Getting Around in Center City

Center City is the most densely populated area in Charlotte. It is also the hub for our region’s transportation network. From buses to light rail, from bike sharing to parking galore, it’s easy to get around in Center City.

Fast Facts

Daily Light Rail ridership15,247

Charlotte Douglas International Airport offers

Providing non-stop service to 154 destinations

750 daily flights

122 national, 32 international

CityLYNX Gold Line daily ridership1,748
CATS bus routes that serve Center City18 express, 26 local
Trips made via transit in the Charlotte area in FY 201525.2 Million

Source: Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte Center City Partners (2015)

Driving in? Finding a parking space is easy. Did you know that we have more than 46,000 parking spaces Uptown?

Parking Fast Facts

Total number of parking spaces50,000+
Free Park-N-Ride spaces for transit users6,127
Average monthly parking costs$123

Source: Charlotte Department of Transportation, Charlotte Center City Partners (2015)

Visit our parking section for even more information and some maps that can help you park in Center City. Drive an electric car? Center City now boasts more than 50 plug-in electric vehicle charging stations, complementing an emerging network of stations throughout the region. Go car-free! As part of our effort to make Charlotte greener, we encourage you to leave your car behind and try the LYNX Blue Line or public transportation the next time you travel to the Center City. The CATS Trip Planner tool can help you figure out how to use public transportation options to get anywhere in Charlotte.

If your destination is a few blocks away, try our new bike share program, Charlotte B-cycle! Made possible by a grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Charlotte B-cycle has 25 stations around the city and more than 208 bikes that can help you get from point A to point B.

In our 2016 State of the Center City Report, we outline tons of great information about Charlotte’s transportation network. Click here if you’re interested in the latest facts about parking, airport, public transit ridership, bike share and more.