Public & Local Transportation Options
Local services are also available by bus and taxi, along with connections to areas outside the region by plane, train, and coach. Fees apply for these services, though University discounts may be available, and some recommend advanced reservations.
Rochester Bus System
The city offers extensive bus service through the Regional Transit Service (RTS). These buses only accept exact change or a transfer slip, which allows you to continue your trip on a second bus for free. You can ask the driver for a transfer when you enter the bus and pay your fare. Schedules are often available at the Common Connection in Wilson Commons or in the back of Rush Rhees Library near ITS. You can find links online for routes, schedules, and a Trip Planner tool to map out your trip and receive specific instructions! Routes that service the University area are: #5 (South), #8 (Chili), & #18/19 (University/Plymouth).
There are several taxicab companies in Rochester. Most taxi fares are charged by a combination of distance and time, in case you are traveling during peak traffic hours. Rates will also be increased slightly for additional passengers or luggage. It is customary in the U.S. to offer the driver a small tip of 10%, in addition to the fare. You can search for local taxi services in the Rochester Yellow Pages.
Rental Car Companies
Renting a vehicle from a rental car agency can be useful for weekend trips but are also available by the day, week or month. Generally you must be 25 years old to rent a car, but some companies may rent to younger people for additional fees. You will be able to rent a car with a foreign drivers license, but you should check with the rental agency for any additional requirements. Prices vary and University discounts may be available, so you may want to compare costs. Some local car rental agencies include:
The Rochester area is also accessible by air, rail, and coach services (details listed below). If you are traveling to one of these stations, even just to pick up or drop off a passenger, it is recommended that you have your immigration documents with you. For a discussion on this, please see Travel within Rochester and the US
- Greater Rochester International Airport: Travelers are advised to check in and pass through the security check-point at least 60 minutes prior to their scheduled departure. For guidelines on permitted items and identification, please visit the Transportation Security Administration.
- Amtrak Train Station: Direct service extends from Chicago and Toronto to New York City and Boston, with trains operating daily.
- Local coach bus services include Greyhound and Trailways, both with stations in downtown Rochester. Other bus services may be advertised and available, but please make sure they are reputable and safe.