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How to get from Oklahoma City Airport to downtown Oklahoma

Oklahoma City has come a long way from the days when it was just known for its rearing cattle and cowboy culture. Today it is a city with a modern flair, hip neighbourhoods (see Bricktown district) and the urban paradise of the Myriad Botanical Gardens, offering entertainment, shopping, fine dining and tranquil spaces. Oklahoma City has become an exciting and fun city destination for all to explore and enjoy.

Oklahoma City airport is not well connected to the downtown area, so there are limited travel options available. There is no direct public transport option from OKC Airport to downtown, there is however a bus service (Route 12 and Route 13) run by Embark (the local transportation system) that departs from Oklahoma City Community College and reaches the centre of Oklahoma City, but you will have to first take a taxi to that location. The only direct transport option between Oklahoma city airport and downtown is a taxi or private shuttle service.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €32 20min 24/7
Bus €18.50 80min 06:00–18:30

How to get from Oklahoma City Airport to Downtown Oklahoma by taxi

Taking a taxi from Oklahoma city airport to the downtown area of Oklahoma City is the best and most convenient travel choice, as no public transport option serves this route. The proximity of the airport allows for a quick 20-minute Oklahoma city airport shuttle to downtown, taking you straight to the heart of the city and the door of your accommodation.

Taxi fare from Oklahoma City Airport to Downtown Oklahoma

The taxi fare from OKC airport to downtown will be about $32 (€32) using a metered cab service. This cost is calculated based on taxi rates set by the state of Oklahoma, which are as follows: an initial base fee of $2.75 (€2.79), a per km cost of $1.25 (€1.22) and a waiting time charge / per hour: $30 (€30.60), where applicable. Flat rate fares are also available when you book your Oklahoma City airport shuttle to downtown in advance with a reliable company like Welcome Pickups.

Cost

$32

Trip Duration

20 minutes

Don't forget to tip the driver at the end of your transfer. This is standard practice and tipping should be 10-15% of the total cost.

Convenience
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Value for money

Taxis and shuttles at Oklahoma City airport are available 24/7.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Taxis at Oklahoma City airport are located in the Transportation Plaza which is on the lower level of the Baggage Claim terminal.

Convenience

With no public transport option available, a regular taxi or an Oklahoma City airport shuttle to downtown is undoubtedly the most convenient and fastest option available.

Editor’s Note

Before taking a cab, look for the taxi rates posted on each vehicle's exterior. This will give you an idea of the cost of your ride.

Useful Tips

Fixed-rate fares are available to popular destinations, so it would be worth asking your driver at the start of your transfer if they offer a set fare to downtown.
Once at the airport taxi rank, you are not obliged to take the first shuttle or taxi that is made available to you.
Any toll fees incurred during your transfer will be added to the final cost.

How to get from Oklahoma City Airport to Downtown Oklahoma by bus

The bus service is not a direct transportation option from Oklahoma City airport to downtown. In order to take the bus service you must first take a taxi from the airport to the Oklahoma City community college, which is about a 10-minute cab ride. Embark runs bus routes 012 and 013 that depart from the Oklahoma City community college at regular intervals (every 30-40 minutes) and travel into downtown Oklahoma. For the downtown area of Oklahoma City, get off at the Walker Avenue and Main Street stop. The bus leg of the journey will take between 45 to 50 minutes.

How much is the bus option from Oklahoma City Airport to Downtown Oklahoma?

The first leg of the trip from Oklahoma City airport to the Oklahoma City community college by taxi will cost on average $15 (€15). The second leg of the journey taking either bus routes 012 or 013 from the Oklahoma City community college to downtown Oklahoma will cost $1.75 (€1.75). Therefore the total cost of the journey will be $16.75 (€16.75) if you’re travelling solo.

Cost

$16.75

Trip Duration

60 minutes

The total cost of both legs of the journey comes to approximately $16.75 (€16.75), the taxi is $15 and the bus fare is $1.75 (€1.75).

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Value for money

Taxis at Oklahoma City airport are available 24/7 and the Embark bus service runs every 30-40 minutes from 6:00 to 18:30.

Where do I get the bus from?

For the first leg of the journey, taxis at Oklahoma City airport are located in the Transportation Plaza found on the lower level of the baggage claim terminal. The bus stop for routes 012 and 013 that depart from Oklahoma City community college is outside the main building and just off J Keels Boulevard.

Convenience

The Embark bus service from the Oklahoma City community college is a regular and affordable travel option to get to downtown Oklahoma. It isn’t a direct travel option though, making it somewhat inconvenient since a taxi is firstly needed to travel from the airport to where you can take the bus. This option will obviously add significant travel time to your journey, plus if you’re travelling with children or a lot of luggage, that can complicate things even further.

Editor’s Note

You can purchase your bus ticket on the bus but you can only pay in cash with the exact fare; change cannot be given back and cards are not accepted.

Useful Tips

Children up to the age of 6 can ride the bus for free, while senior citizens (65+) and children aged 7-17 are eligible for a reduced fare at a cost of $0.75 (€0.75).
The last bus service departs from Oklahoma City community college to downtown at 18:30, therefore arrivals after this time will not be able to use this travel option and will have to make alternative travel arrangements.
All Embark buses offer wheelchair accessibility via lifts and other features, to help accommodate passengers with disabilities.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the average taxi fare from Oklahoma City airport to downtown?

The average fare for an Oklahoma City airport shuttle to downtown will be about $32 (€32). You’ll also have to add a tip (10-15% of the total fare) which is standard across the US, as well as take into consideration any tolls that may incur during your trip. Alternatively, you can book an Oklahoma city airport transfer with Welcome Pickups at a fixed rate and avoid hidden costs.

How do I get from Oklahoma City airport to downtown Oklahoma?

There are limited transportation options to get from Oklahoma City airport to downtown Oklahoma. There are no direct public transport options but there is a bus service to downtown OKC run by Embark (routes 012 and 013) that departs from the Oklahoma City Community College. For this option, you will first have to take a taxi to get to this location. The only direct option from OKC airport to downtown is the use of an Oklahoma City airport shuttle or taxi service.

How far is Oklahoma City airport from downtown?

OKC Airport is located 18km away from the downtown area. An Oklahoma City airport shuttle to downtown will take approximately 20 minutes to get you into the city, depending on traffic.

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