Affordable Transportation in Columbus Ohio

by Hometeam Properties on August 21, 2017

Want to get from here to there? You have a lot of choices in Columbus.

From apps like Uber and Lyft, to public options like buses and taxis- there are many affordable options that will get you from point A to point B.

As you get familiar with the Columbus area, you may learn that driving through the streets of downtown or trying to find parking in the Short North just isn't for you. Here's a roundup of some options for alternative transportation in Columbus.


Cost: Varies depending on car selection and distance

Whether you’re headed to campus, German Village, or downtown for work, the Uber app connects you with a reliable ride in minutes. One click and a car comes directly to you and your driver knows exactly where to go.

Uber also allows you to select different car options like economy cars or luxury cars, for whatever style you want to ride in.

And the best part? Payment is all handled online through the app, so not having cash isn't a problem. 


Cost: Varies w/ base fare at $3.30

If you’re like us, you love the Columbus Area, from Short North to the Arena District to Ohio State University. The Lyft app matches you with friendly local drivers at the tap of a button to get you wherever you want to go.

Lyft doesn't offer as many car options as Uber, but does offer single ride options versus larger group options.

After the ride, paying is a breeze — just simply pay in the app through your smartphone. 


Cost: Varies w/ distance and traffic but a quick trip from German Village to the Brewery District is around $6

transportation in columbus ohioUsed to more traditional transportation like taxis? Companies like Yellow Cab of Columbus are still making their way downtown and taking people to their destinations. With options for individuals or large groups, you can call 614.444.4444 or request a taxi online or through the mobile app.

All yellow cab drivers go through background checks, so you can feel safe when you travel with them.

Yellow Cab of Columbus also offers prepaid taxi fare cards and discounted fare cards for seniors.

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CoGo Bike Share

Price: $8 for a 1-Day pass, $18 for a 3-Day pass, or $75/year or $7/month for annual memberships

transportation columbus ohioCoGo is a public transportation system with 365 bikes at 46 stations located throughout Columbus. Available for use at all hours and every day of the week, the CoGo Bike Share System is intended to help you quickly get from Point A to B.

With CoGo, you get a bike from a designated station, ride where you need to go, and return the bike to any CoGo station when you're finished. CoGo also has an app so that you can see what bikes are available and where.


Cost: $0.35/min, $14.99/hr, $59/day

Similar to CoGo, Car2Go provides on-demand access to a network of 200 Smart cars around Easton Town Center, Downtown, Ohio State University and to/from John Glenn Columbus International Airport via The Parking Spot.

Members can take one-way trips to their destination and park in any legal parking spot that is an approved area. Parking, fuel and insurance are all included. Sign up online before you arrive, or download the free app for same-day access.

COTA Buses

Cost: One-way fares as low as $2; day passes as low as $4.50


Riding public transit is easy, safe, and convenient with COTA. The COTA Bus System provides bus service for a fee throughout Franklin County, and parts of Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, and Union Counties.

All COTA buses are equipped with bike racks that hold two bikes per rack and are available to all passengers on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are also 28 park and ride locations that take the hassle out of driving to work. Simply leave your car at one of the park and ride locations and take the bus to your location.

In June of 2016, Columbus received the SMART City Grant. Since then, COTA has been able to expand their services, offering a a direct route from downtown to Polaris, as well as a direct route from downtown to the John Glenn Columbus International Airport.


Cost: Free

Part of COTA's bus line, the CBUS is a free downtown Columbus transit that runs every 10-15 minutes from the Short North Arts District to the Brewery District. This option is open 7 days a week and is only closed on holidays.

The bus runs:

  • Monday-Thursdays from 7 a.m.-9 p.m
  • Fridays from 7 a.m.-12 a.m
  • Saturdays from 9 a.m.-12 a.m
  • Sundays from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m 

Hopper Carts

Cost: Free

Hopper Carts connect Columbus by providing free, on-demand, eco-friendly rides to your favorite local places. Using money from local sponsors that support their mission, Hopper Carts is a smart and sustainable transportation option to get around downtown Columbus.

Using Hopper is as simple as using the Hopper app to request a ride, and waiting for your knight in shining smart car to arrive. The cars run from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and  11:00 am – 12:00 am Friday and Saturday. 


With so many options, you should have no problem finding a transportation method that fits your budget and lifestyle.