Lodgeur Guide: Using the METRORail

Metrorail in Midtown
The Red Line of Houston METRORail, at Ensemble Station. Staying directly on the Red Line of Houston’s light rail system allows you to explore the city without a car.

Exploring Houston with METRORail: Your Ultimate Guide

Houston is a city like no other, boasting incredible diversity and character. If you’re staying with Lodgeur in Midtown, riding the METRORail is the fastest and most adventurous way to explore the city’s hot spots.

Understanding METRORail

METROrail map - Houston light rail

Houston’s METRORail consists of three lines connecting major neighborhoods and destinations:

  • Red Line (12.8 miles): North-south route through downtown, spanning from Northline Transit Center to NRG Park. Key stops include:
    • Downtown
    • Midtown
    • Museum District
    • Texas Medical Center (TMC)
    • NRG Park/Stadium
  • Green Line (3.3 miles): East-west route through downtown’s east end, covering:
    • Downtown
    • EaDo (East Downtown)
    • East End
  • Purple Line (6.6 miles): Southeast route from downtown, serving:
    • Downtown
    • EaDo
    • Third Ward
    • University of Houston
    • TSU (Texas Southern University)

The METRORail runs from 4 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday, with weekend hours varying by route. Some stops are open until 1 a.m. or later on Saturdays and Sundays.

How to Ride the METRORail

Hey there, Houston explorer! Ready to hop on the METRORail and discover the city? Let’s get you set up with everything you need to know for a smooth ride.

METRO Q Fare Card: Your Best Friend for Frequent Rides

metrorail ticket

If you’re planning to become a METRORail regular, the METRO Q Fare Card is your golden ticket! This nifty reloadable card isn’t just for the rail – it’s your all-access pass to Houston’s public transit. Use it on:

  • Local Bus
  • Park & Ride bus
  • METRORail
  • METRORapid
  • METRO curb2curb

The best part? You can order and reload your card online – super convenient, right? And here’s a sweet deal: after every 50 rides, you get five rides free! It’s like METRO’s way of saying “thanks for riding with us!”Pro tip: If you’re a student or a senior aged 65-69, you can snag a discounted METRO Q Fare Card. Don’t miss out on those savings!

Fares and Passes: Flexible Options for Every Journey

Got a quick trip planned? A Local Single Ride ticket is just $1.25, and it comes with unlimited transfers for three whole hours. Talk about getting your money’s worth!If you’re in the mood for an all-day adventure, grab a Local Day Pass for only $3. It’s perfect for those days when you want to explore every corner of Houston without worrying about your fare.

When to Ride: Catch the City’s Buzz

Want to experience Houston at its liveliest? Hop on the METRORail during morning hours or lunchtime. The city’s energy is infectious, and you’ll get a real feel for Houston’s vibrant pulse.

Accessibility and Comfort: Everyone’s Welcome

Good news for all our riders! Every METRORail platform is fully accessible, with ramps and helpful audio-visual announcements to keep you in the loop about arrivals and departures.As for seating, there’s plenty to go around. But don’t be surprised if you see lots of Houstonians standing – it’s just how we roll!

Stay Informed: Real-Time Updates at Your Fingertips

Download the RideMETRO app to stay on top of service alerts and real-time updates. Or, if you’re more of a texter, send “light rail” to (713) 635-4000 for quick, automated responses about the service.

10 Must-Visit Places Using METRORail

  1. Museum District
    • Nearest Station: Museum District (Red Line)
    • Description: Home to 19 museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts and Holocaust Museum Houston.
    • Insider Tip: Many museums offer free admission on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
  2. Downtown Houston
    • Nearest Station: Main Street Square (Red Line)
    • Description: Features Minute Maid Park, Toyota Center, and the Theater District.
    • Insider Tip: Check out our post on What to do in Downtown Houston for more ideas.
  3. Hermann Park and Houston Zoo
  4. Rice University and Rice Village
    • Nearest Station: Dryden/TMC (Red Line)
    • Description: Beautiful campus and a nearby shopping district with boutiques and eateries.
    • Insider Tip: Visit the James Turrell Skyspace at sunset for a unique experience.
  5. NRG Stadium
  6. Theater District
    • Nearest Station: Theater District (Red Line)
    • Description: Houses venues like the Alley Theatre, Jones Hall, and the Hobby Center.
    • Insider Tip: Look for discounted tickets to performances on weekdays.
  7. Discovery Green
    • Nearest Station: Convention District (Green/Purple Line)
    • Description: A vibrant park with public art, playgrounds, and seasonal ice skating.
    • Insider Tip: Check the park’s calendar for free yoga classes and concerts.
  8. University of Houston and Texas Southern University
    • Nearest Station: UH South/University Oaks (Purple Line)
    • Description: Two major universities with beautiful campuses and cultural events.
    • Insider Tip: Visit the Blaffer Art Museum at UH for contemporary art exhibitions.
  9. Minute Maid Park
    • Nearest Station: Convention District (Green/Purple Line)
    • Description: Home of the Houston Astros, featuring a retractable roof and great views.
    • Insider Tip: Take a stadium tour for behind-the-scenes access.
  10. Buffalo Bayou Park
    • Nearest Station: Theater District (Red Line)
    • Description: A 160-acre park with trails, sculptures, and kayak rentals.
    • Insider Tip: Visit the Cistern, an underground reservoir turned art space.

By using METRORail, you’re not just saving on transportation costs – you’re also reducing traffic congestion and supporting Houston’s efforts to become a more sustainable city. So hop aboard and start exploring the diverse attractions Houston has to offer!Remember to check the official METRO website or app for the most up-to-date information on schedules, fares, and any service changes before your journey. And if you’re staying in Midtown for downtown events, the METRORail is your perfect transportation solution!

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