How to Get To and From Downtown Richmond

Find parking in downtown Richmond or the perfect route for your travels in our transportation guide below!

In order to explore, live and work in a city, you need to be able to get around easily without breaking your budget! A city is only as good as its multi-modal transportation and downtown Richmond has it all. Explore our Parking & Transportation guide below and get ready to choose your own adventure.

Parking & Transportation in Downtown Richmond

Parking in Downtown Richmond

Did you know that there are over 20,000 parking spots in and around downtown Richmond?

On-Street Parking in Downtown Richmond

Find free on-street parking, loading zones, handicapped spaces, pay-to-park spots ranging from 15-minute, 1-hour, 2-hour, 3-hour, 4-hour,unlimited time restrictions, no parking zones and more via the City of Richmond parking map here.

Find more information regarding parking in downtown Richmond here and make parking easy when you download the Passport Parking app here.

Pay-to-Park Lots and Decks in Downtown Richmond

Parking & Transportation in Downtown Richmond

GRTC Pulse (Bus Rapid Transit)

The GRTC Pulse stops at 14 activity centers along its route with 8 stops throughout downtown. Buses arrive every 15 minutes and run seven days a week, 6:00am – 11:30pm. The GRTC Pulse is the best option to navigate short trips throughout the city’s core and is made easy with ticket vending machines at every station. Did we mention there’s free Wifi on the bus?

For more information about riding the Pulse here!

Taking the Bus Throughout Downtown Richmond

Downtown's regular public bus service routes, like the 1, 2, 3 and 5, are as convenient and accessible. With 15-minute service running from surrounding neighborhoods, our GRTC bus system makes navigating to and from downtown Richmond stress-free and easy.

GRTC has your public transportation needs covered! With 40 bus routes, the GRTC mobile app provides real-time bus arrival info and a Trip Planner tool and is available on their website. Now thru 2025, all passengers can ride the GRTC for FREE thanks to a grant from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.

Find more information about GRTC via their website here.

Explore GRTC's downtown bus service map here.

Access to Downtown Richmond's Riverfront

Free Riverfront Parking

Paid Riverfront Parking

  • American Civil War Museum parking lot located at 480 Tredegar Street (limited hours during special events)
  • 5th & Canal Street: public parking after 5:00pm on weekdays, and 24/7 on weekends (Rates: $6.50 for 8 hrs; pay through “ParkMobile” by app or QR code, see signage on-site)
  • 4th & Canal Street: public parking 24/7 (Weekday Rates: $4.50 for 1 hr; $9.00 for 2 hrs; $13.50 for 3 hrs; Evening Rate: $6.50 for 8 hrs; pay through “ParkMobile” by app or QR code, see signage on-site)
  • 1200 E Byrd Street (Reynolds lot): public parking 24/7 (Rates: see signage and pay-to-park kiosk on-site)
  • Delta Hotels by Marriott parking deck, 555 E. Canal Street (Open 24/7; 1 Hour $7.00; 2 Hours $14.00; Evening $7.00)

Riverfront Bike Parking

Riverfront GRTC Bus Transportation

Getting to Richmond's riverfront is easy when you take the GRTC public bus system. Just take the route #87 bus across the Lee Bridge from the north side of the river to the new stops at 2nd Street and Brown's Island Way near Tredegar or at 2nd and Spring Street. The route #87 bus runs every 60 minutes. On its way back across the river, the bus stops at 2nd and Spring Street and again at 2nd Street closer to the Virginia War Memorial. Just look for the GRTC signs!

Parking & Transportation in Downtown Richmond

Biking in Downtown Richmond

Protected bike lanes are popping up all over downtown Richmond making it easier, safer and a better option to navigate RVA by bike than by car. On Franklin Street the bike lane spans 15 blocks and is a separated lane of travel for two-way bike traffic traveling east and west through downtown Richmond between Belvidere and 9th Streets.

There are over 10 bikeways throughout downtown, learn all about where they are with the RVA Bikeways Map.

Parking & Transportation in Downtown Richmond

RVA Bike Share

Out of the 16 total RVA Bike Share stations, 7 stations can be found downtown:

  • Canal Walk at 200 S. 14th St, Richmond, VA
  • Brown's Island at 620 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA
  • City Hall at 900 E. Broad St, Richmond, VA
  • Kanawha Plaza at 701 E. Canal St, Richmond, VA
  • Main Street Station at 900 E. Broad St, Richmond, VA
  • Main Library at 101 E. Franklin St, Richmond VA
  • Abner Clay Park at 216 W. Clay St, Richmond, VA

Still have questions? Visit the RVA Bike Share website for more information or download the RVA Bike Share app.

Bolt Scooters

Bolt e-scooters are now available all across the city! These dockless, electric scooters can be accessed and found when you download the Bolt App. The scooters are free to unlock, but require a $5 deposit to start riding. The scooters will cost you 25 cents per minute on your ride and are accessible from 5AM to 9PM.

Parking & Transportation in Downtown Richmond

Amtrak Station in Downtown Richmond

Ride the train into the heart of downtown at Main Street Station, the newly renovated transportation hub located at 1500 E. Main Street. Main Street Station provides Amtrak service on the Northeast Regional Train. North to south service goes from Richmond to DC, New York, Hartford, Providence/Springfield and Boston and east to west to Norfolk/Newport News and Virginia Beach. Or, of course, you can head to DC and transfer to just about anywhere Amtrak serves. And, Amtrak now offers bike service on trains traveling to Williamsburg.

Find more information about schedules and Main Street Station here!

Richmond International Airport

RIC attracts nearly four million passengers traveling across the country each year! The airlines that fly in and out of RIC are Allegiant, American Airlines, Breeze Airways, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, and United making booking your flight to RVA convenient and affordable.

Find more information about RIC here!