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Downtown Dallas Transportation Guide

Cambria Dallas Downtown is located on the cusp of the southeast end of downtown in the Harwood Historic District. Just steps from the DART, the Dallas Pedestrian Network, and bike share stations, you'll have unbridled access to downtown Dallas and beyond. Whether you're in traveling for a conference or crisscrossing the city to experience all of the area's local treasures, the upscale but never uptight Cambria Dallas Downtown offers an excellent home base for business and leisure travelers alike.

When you stay at Cambria Dallas Downtown, you'll be in the heart of downtown's most important attractions, offices, restaurants, and entertainment. Choosing the right location the right location is crucial for an enjoyable trip, but you'll also need to know how to get around this amazing city.

To make your visit go smoothly as possible, our team of local experts has put together this Dallas transportation guide, chock-full of insider tips and expert knowledge about the city's public transportation, pedways, and parking. If you're traveling to Dallas for the first time, keep this guide handy and you'll be getting around like a native Dallasite in no time!

How the DART Works

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Dallas Area Rapid Transport, the city's above-ground rail system, has a station at St. Paul which is just two blocks from our hotel. DART trains stop throughout downtown Dallas including the at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Fair Park, and all the way to DFW airport.

In addition to providing the city's train service, DART also operates downtown Dallas's bus, trolley, and streetcars, which will take you to every corner of town. Every city's public transit system operates a little differently, but with a little bit of knowledge, you'll be able to comfortably and confidently zip around Dallas on the DART.

Ticket Vending Machines

You'll find Ticket Vending Machines on all DART train platforms. TVMs accept cash and credit, and you can use your ticket on all DART vehicles. DART buses also accept cash, but since they require exact change, we recommend getting a DART ticket from a TVM.

Download the GoPass App

Skip the Ticket Vending Machine altogether when you download the GoPass App, which allows you to buy your tickets in advance with your phone. The GoPass App is available for both Android and Apple devices. The app also has a helpful trip planner with travel tools and route information.

DART Fares

DART offers different fare tiers, but Local service is sufficient for most visitors. A Local ticket will get you on all DART trains and buses, including Trinity Railway Express to DFW and Union Station.

  • Daily Pass: $5.00
  • Two-Hour Pass: $2.50
  • Seven Day Pass: $25.00

Cambria Insider Tip: Take the DART Trolley! The M Trolley station at Federal and Harwood is three blocks from the hotel, providing a historical trolley ride into the arts center and uptown area.

Dallas Pedestrian Network

Did you know there is an underground pedestrian tunnel system open during weekday business hours with access to several skyscraper buildings and offices? Affectionately known by Dallasites as "the tunnels," the interconnected system of grade-separated walkways covers thirty-six city blocks of downtown Dallas.

Pedestrian Network Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How to Access the Pedway

You'll find access points to the Dallas Pedestrian Network in private buildings throughout downtown Dallas, which means the hours of operation for each entrance will vary. The pedway will connect you to nearly 50 offices, parks, garages, restaurants, and banks, including the iconic, Art Deco Tower Petroleum Building (that's us!).

Cambria Insider Tip: To shield you from the elements, the pedway provides an air-conditioned reprise from the hot Texas sun and a dry refuge from the torrential spring rains.

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Downtown Dallas Bikeshare Networks

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Dallas is an easily walkable city, especially when you stay at Cambria Dallas Downtown, so as long as you brought comfortable shoes, you don’t have to stress too much about transportation.

If you’d rather ride than stroll, check out Dallas’ plentiful dockless bikeshare options, including V Bikes and LimeBike.

Just scan a bike with your smartphone, connect a payment method, and go! It’s a great activity and an efficient way to combine exercise with fun on your way to the next Dallas attraction.

Driving Around Downtown Dallas

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Driving Around Downtown Dallas

As you may have heard, traffic in Dallas is notoriously bad. While the Horseshoe has eased up some of the congestion, the junction between the Tom Landry Freeway and East R.L. Thornton Freeway still make for some lengthy travel times during rush hour. Outside of rush hour, you'll have no problem cruising around Dallas, Fort Worth, and beyond.

Looking to rent a car during your visit? Directly across the street from Cambria Dallas Downtown, you'll find an Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which is open seven days a week.

Parking in Downtown Dallas

We will be discontinuing the valet parking service starting Saturday 3/21 until further notice. Guests may use the Elm Street Parking Garage one block away from the hotel for all self-parking needs. The are entrances to the garage on Elm, Harwood, Main, and Pearl.

Are you a guest with special needs? Please call the front desk upon arrival for assistance and we will be happy to accommodate.

Metered Parking

If you prefer to hunt down street parking, we recommend downloading the Parkmobile app, which allows you to pay for (and refill) your meter from your phone. Depending on where the meter is located, prices typically range from $0.50 to $2.00 per hour with a two to four hour limit. While overnight street parking in Downtown Dallas is technically free, you run the risk of getting a $68.00 ticket when the meter begins to run in the morning.

Driving Directions to Cambria Dallas Downtown

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Cambria Dallas Downtown is easily accessible from the DART and all of the city's major expressway. For the best and most efficient routes, head on over to our hotel directions page.

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Dallas Transportation Deals

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By Plane

Book our I Fly SWA Package to receive a $25.00 Southwest Airlines voucher for your trip!

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By Train

Take advantage of our DART Rail Package, and you'll receive a $15.00 DART Rail pass each day of your stay!

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By Automobile

Driving into Dallas? Book our Parking Package to enjoy daily valet parking during your stay at Cambria Dallas Downtown!

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Cambria Dallas Downtown
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(214) 220-2900

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