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Cleveland, Ohio is home to American history, baseball, and brews. The best time of the year to take a vacation in Cleveland is from September – October or from April – May. At this period of the year, the weather is warm, but you are not enduring the humidity of summer in the city. Temperatures from April – May average 60 degrees Fahrenheit, while September – October average mid-60’s into the 70 degrees Fahrenheit range. Peak tourist season is mid-May, so you might see costlier flights and accommodation prices at this time of the year.
The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Red Line runs from the airport to Downtown Cleveland. The ride takes less than 30 minutes and the fare is $2.25 USD for a one-way trip. The RTA departs from the airport every 15 minutes.
The airport offers dedicated taxi services to downtown using a flat-rate structure. Taxi rates start at $15 USD per 5 miles with the cost for getting to downtown averaging $26 – $30 USD.
Several major hotels offer shuttle services to their facility from the airport, including Courtyard Cleveland Airport North, Bertram Inn, Avon Hotel, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inns, and more.
Lyft and Uber operate in Cleveland and offer services from the Limo Lot of the airport into downtown. Prices for ride-sharing depend on the vehicle, number of travelers, and time of the day. You can access rates using the smartphone app for either provider.
Car rental desks are located throughout arrival terminals, and you will find the car rental facility on the second level of the lobby for hourly parking. Thrifty gives their customers a shuttle ride to their parked cars.
Most of Cleveland’s attractions in the downtown area and University Circle are easily accessed on foot. If your hotel is downtown, you can walk to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Progressive Field, and the USS Cod Submarine Memorial.
Rail, Trolley, and BRT
The RTA rail, trolley, and BRT are affordable ways to get around the city. To get cheaper fares, purchase a 1-day pass for $5 USD, 2-day pass for $10 USD, or a 4-day pass for $20 USD.
The bus system is difficult for new visitors in Cleveland, but there are numerous stops throughout the city center. The RTA 1 – 4 day pass works on the bus system as well.
Taxi and Ride Share
Taxis are available throughout the city, but you cannot hail them downtown. Instead, you must contact them directly. Taxi services offered in the downtown core include Americab, Yellow Cab Company, and Ace Taxi. In addition to taxi services, Uber and Lyft vehicles are available throughout the city, but you must book ahead with their smartphone app.
Cleveland is a vibrant city with plenty to do in the downtown area. Visit University Circle, which is the famous urban district of downtown. Here you will find preserved 19th century structures, live concerts, outdoor events, festivals, and plenty of local eateries. Stop in at the Cleveland Museum of Art, which was originally founded in 1913 and features preserved artwork from the neo-classical ages. Then head to the West Side Market where you will find more than 100 local artisans selling their vegetables, spices, nuts, dairy products, meats and charcuterie, and more. At the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, you will find 29 separate gardens in full bloom that are designed to represent the historic moments of the country, including World War I, the Cold War, and World War II.
East Cleveland is not an area that tourists frequent, but it is close to Little Italy. If you are in East Cleveland, never leave valuable possessions in your rental car, and try not to park or stop in the area if you can.
Cleveland offers numerous free activities, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, free Mondays at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, free film viewing at the Lakewood Public Library, free tours of the Federal Reserve Bank, and more. The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival in June is free.