getting around in rochester
Rochester is divided into four quadrants: NE, NW, SE, SW. The East-West dividing line is Highway 63 or Broadway. The North-South dividing line is Center Street. Streets and avenues are numbered from these dividing lines.
The City of Rochester is served by public regular route bus transportation. Bus information is available by calling Rochester City Lines at (507) 288-4353 or on the web at www.rochesterbus.com. Bus service is provided weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. There is no service on Sundays or Holidays. A cash fare for adults is $2.00 with discounts offered for multiple ride passes, youth, seniors and persons with disabilities. All buses are wheelchair accessible as well as equipped with bicycle racks. Special door to door service (ZIPS Dial-a-Ride) is also available for persons not able to use regular route buses. Information about ZIPS is available on the City’s public transit website www.rochesterbus.com or by calling (507) 328-2439.
skyways & pedestrian subways
Rochester's downtown skyway and underground walkways give you access to more than 1,700 hotel rooms, Mayo Civic Center, over 3,900 parking spaces, shopping and entertainment... all without going outside. The downtown skyways are open to the public during the following hours:
- Mon.-Thursday: 6:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
- Fridays: 6:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.
- Saturdays: 8:30 a.m.-1:00 a.m.
- Sundays & Legal Holidays: 8:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
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Hotels in Rochester providing shuttle services for their guests also have transportation services for visitors with wheelchairs and mobility challenges. To areas in the city other than those provided by your hotel shuttles, Rochester has specialized transportation providers. Call to schedule.
If taxi service is needed, the taxi company will provide at-the-door pickup. City ordinances set a minimum charge of $3.75 for each taxi load. Charges begin with a $3.75 meter flip and accrue at $2.25 per mile thereafter. Taxi fare between downtown and the Rochester International Airport is approximately $25.00. Advance reservations suggested for hotel to airport transports.