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.
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
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?
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.
Free Riverfront Parking
Paid Riverfront Parking
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!
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.
Out of the 16 total RVA Bike Share stations, 7 stations can be found downtown:
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.
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.
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.