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How to get from Rochester Airport to Downtown Rochester

Known for its world-class art, culture and historic institutions, Rochester is packed with events and activities for all. The famed city is located a 5 hours drive northwest of New York and is considered one of the best places to live in the State of NYC.

So when travelling to the city, you will be landing at Rochester International Airport, and you have two travel options to get Downtown; you can take a taxi or a bus. Taking a cab or private shuttle from Rochester airport to Downtown is a great way to travel. Cabs provide 24/7 door-to-door services taking you to your Rochester hotel in just 10 minutes. An alternative solution for travellers on a budget is to take the public bus No. 23, taking 20 minutes to reach Downtown.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €19 10min 24/7
Bus €1.90 20min 05:00–00:00

How to get from Rochester airport to Downtown Rochester by taxi

The easiest and fastest way to travel is to take a cab from Rochester airport to Downtown, particularly when travelling with children and/or heavy luggage. Cabs are available 24/7 and only take 10 minutes to reach Rochester city centre.

Taxi fare from Rochester airport to Downtown

Taxis in Rochester calculate their fares using a taximeter based on the time and distance travelled to your exact location. It is important to know that prices do not vary whether you are travelling during the day, at night or on the weekend. Your 10-minute trip downtown should cost around $20 (€19), depending on traffic conditions.

However, if you want to travel at a fixed rate with no extra costs, you can pre-book your Rochester airport shuttle with Welcome Pickups.

Cost

$20 (€19)

Trip Duration

10 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Value for Money
Safety

Taxis are available 24/7 at Rochester International Airport

Where do I get a taxi from?

You can find the official taxi rank at Rochester airport, in front of the main terminal, at ROC’s lower level.

Convenience

Getting around a new city can be daunting, especially with children or heavy luggage. Choosing to take a Rochester cab or private shuttle is always the best way to travel. Taxis are reliable and safe, offering door-to-door services whilst ensuring that your loved ones and personal belongings are safe.

Editor’s Note

Cabs in Rochester should accept bank card payments; however, it is recommended to ask your driver beforehand.

Useful Tips

Be aware that an additional $2 (€1.90) will be charged for every additional passenger.
It is expected to tip your Rochester cab driver; most leave 15% of the total fare.
Ensure that your Rochester taxi driver turns on and resets their taximeter before starting your trip downtown.

How to get from Rochester airport to Downtown Rochester by bus

A cost-savvy alternative for travellers on a budget is to take a shuttle from Rochester airport to downtown. The public bus No. 23 operates daily and takes 20 minutes to reach Rochester city centre.

How much is a bus ticket from Rochester airport to Downtown?

A one-way ticket on the shuttle from Rochester airport to Downtown costs $1 (€0.95).

Cost

$1 (€0.95)

Trip Duration

20 Min.

The bus runs from ROC to downtown every 30 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Bus Route 23 is available on weekdays from 05:00 to 00:00 and on weekends from 06:00 to 00:00.

Where do I get the bus from?

You can find ROC’s bus stop at the airport terminal’s lower level. You can then descend at the “Main & Aqueduct” stop in Downtown Rochester.

Convenience

The airport shuttle bus is a great travel alternative to Downtown Rochester. The bus is fast, frequent and very cheap. However, if you arrive late at night, you will need to find another way to get to Rochester city centre.

Editor’s Note

It is good to know that children under the age of 5 ride free (limit 3 per adult).

Useful Tips

Please note that the bus timetable is subject to change on public holidays.
Reduced fares are available for children aged 6 to 11, seniors aged 65 and above, and people with disabilities.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Rochester airport to Downtown Rochester MN?

There are two travel options when travelling from Rochester airport to Rochester city centre; you can take a taxi or a private shuttle, which takes 10 minutes. Or, you can take the public bus No. 23, which takes 20 minutes.

What's the average taxi fare from Rochester airport to Downtown?

Rochester cabs calculate their fares using a taximeter based on the time and distance travelled. You can expect to pay $20 (€19) for your 10-minute trip to Downtown Rochester.

Nevertheless, if you prefer travelling at a fixed price with no extra costs, you can pre-book your Rochester airport shuttle with Welcome Pickups.

Is there a Rochester bus from the airport to Downtown?

Yes, a direct shuttle bus runs between ROC airport and Downtown and takes just 20 minutes.

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