The best way to get around Montgomery, Alabama is by car. Unlike many other big cities, its public transportation options are limited, and instead of making improvements to its bus system, the city has been making cutbacks due to budget constraints.
The Montgomery Regional Airport hosts many of the major rental car companies, including Enterprise, Hertz, Alamo, Avis, Budget and Thrifty. If you plan to stick to the downtown area, you may be able to get by without renting a vehicle by using independent shuttle services like Go Airport Shuttles and the MGM SuperShuttle. Some hotels also offer complimentary shuttle service from the airport – be sure to inquire upon booking.
Montgomery Area Transit System
The city’s bus system is run by Montgomery Area Transit System. As mentioned, it’s not the most convenient way to get around. Buses are often late, which means it can be rather unreliable, especially when you need to be somewhere at a specific time.
There are 16 fixed bus routes that only run about every hour to 90 minutes on weekdays. Service is reduced on Saturday, and there is no service at all on Sunday.
While you may read or hear about trolley service in Montgomery, while it was once a popular way to see the downtown sights, the service has unfortunately come to an end.
Taxis are available just outside baggage claim at Montgomery Regional Airport. For pickups elsewhere, it’s best to call in advance. While it’s not the cheapest way to get around, taxi service is generally convenient and reliable. Taxifarefinder.com is a great site to go for determining rates before you schedule a ride.
Wilson Cab Company is the top-rated among reviewers, though Montgomery also hosts many other cab companies, including Yellow Cab, Checker & Deluxe, People’s Cab and New Deal Cab Company.
Private driving tours
If you’re here simply to check out the sights and explore Montgomery’s most popular tourist attractions, private driving tours are available, conducted by local tour guides who can offer special insight through toursbylocal.com. For example, the Montgomery Civil Rights Tour will bring you to some of the most important landmarks that defined the Civil Rights Movement, including the pulpit where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached from, the Civil Rights Memorial Center and more.
The good news for Montgomery visitors is that Uber became available early in 2016, giving travelers an alternative to traditional cab service. The popular ride-sharing company launched here with over 100 drivers and continues to expand.
All you need is a smartphone and you can download the Uber app for free. Then, you’ll simply set your pickup location and desired destination, check the rate and get a ride on demand, usually within minutes, or set up a ride in advance. If budget is your main concern, be sure to compare rates with taxi service, as during high-demand times such as special events or rush hour, something known as “surge pricing” kicks in which often means much higher fares.