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Free MetroRide

The Free MetroRide returns temporarily on May 26, 2024, to provide service from morning to evening, 7 days a week, between Union Station and Civic Center Station

Get Anywhere Downtown with Limited Stops

With seven stops in both directions between the Union Station bus concourse and Civic Center Station on 18th and 19th streets, the Free MetroRide returns May 26 with 10-minute frequency from 5:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Free MetroRide offers easy connections to bus, light rail, and commuter rail and serves as a convenient companion to the 16th Street Free MallRide. The Free MetroRide is returning temporarily to provide another downtown alternative due to construction on Denver’s 16th Street Mall and RTD’s Downtown Rail Reconstruction Project. See the combined MallRide and MetroRide map below and sign up for RTD Service Alerts for the latest updates.

Catch It at Union Station

The Free MetroRide operates out of 3 dedicated gates in the underground Union Station Bus Concourse.

Gate 11

Drop-off only; nearest gate to the light rail station

Gate 13

Boarding and drop-off; nearest gate to the light rail station and Chestnut Pavilion

Gate 22

Boarding only; near the historic building and commuter rail station


Travel from one end of downtown Denver to the other seven days a week on the Free MetroRide with limited stops along 18th and 19th streets.

Free MetroRide Schedule