Free MetroRide

Another free downtown bus

Now in service

With limited stops between the new bus concourse at Union Station and Civic Center Station along 18th and 19th streets, the Free MetroRide is the perfect option for downtown commuters. This free bus service runs during weekday rush hours (6:00am – 9:00am and 3:30pm – 6:30pm) and provides convenient connections to bus, light rail, and future commuter rail. The Free MetroRide is a fast, reliable alternative and convenient companion to the 16th Street Free MallRide.

Map of Free MetroRide service in downtown Denver. See stop list for details.

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Schedule

The Free MetroRide provides frequent service during morning and evening rush hours only , with a bus arriving approximately every 5-10 minutes.

Arrivals every 5-10 minutes

Monday – Friday
6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Catch it at Union Station

The Free MetroRide operates out of five dedicated gates in the the new underground Union Station Bus Concourse.

Gates 1 & 2
Drop-off only; near the historic building and future commuter rail station
Gate 11
Drop-off only; nearest gate to the light rail station
Gate 13
Boarding only; nearest gate to the light rail station and Chestnut Pavilion
Gate 22
Boarding only; near the historic building and future commuter rail station

Free MetroRide Stops

The Free MetroRide makes 13 stops during a round trip on 18th and 19th streets, traveling between Union Station and Civic Center Station. The stops markers are distinct from other RTD bus stops and have a white canopy and/or marker with a map of the route and downtown area.

Free MetroRide stop markers are teal, silver, and white

Union Station to Civic Center Station

  • Union Station Bus Concourse
  • 19th St & Blake St.
  • 19th St & Lawrence St.
  • 19th St & Curtis St.
  • 19th St & Stout St.
  • Broadway & 18th St.
  • 16th Ave. & Broadway

Civic Center Station to Union Station

  • 17th Ave. & Lincoln St.
  • 18th St. & Glenarm Pl.
  • 18th St. & California St.
  • 18th St. & Curtis St.
  • 18th St. & Lawrence St.
  • 18th St. & Market St.
  • 18th St. & Wazee St.

A great pair: Free MallRide & Free MetroRide

RTD's 16th Street Free MallRide, traveling seven days a week down the bustling 16th Street Mall, is another great alternative for getting around downtown. This free service stopping at every block between Civic Center and Union Station is the ideal companion to our new Free MetroRide service. Both provide fast, reliable service to area businesses, convenient connections to bus, light rail, and future commuter rail lines.

Learn about the Free MallRide