Getting Around

Rochester is divided into four quadrants: NE, NW, SE, SW. The East-West dividing line is Highway 63 or Broadway. The North-South dividing line is Center Street. Streets and avenues are numbered from these dividing lines.

Public Transportation

The City of Rochester is served by public regular route bus transportation. Bus information is available by calling Rochester Public Transit Lines at 507.288.4353 or on the web at Bus service is provided weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:15 a.m. to 7:10 p.m. There is no service on Sundays or holidays. A cash fare for adults is $2.00 with discounts offered for multiple ride passes, youth, seniors and persons with disabilities. All buses are wheelchair accessible as well as equipped with bicycle racks. Special door to door service (ZIPS Dial-a-Ride) is also available for persons not able to use regular route buses. Information about ZIPS is available on the City's public transit website or by calling 507.328.2439.

Skyways & Pedestrian Subways

Rochester's downtown skyway and underground walkways give you access to more than 1,700 hotel rooms, Mayo Civic Center, over 3,900 parking spaces, shopping and entertainment...all without going outside. The downtown skyways are open to the public during the following hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 6:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Fridays: 6:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
  • Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
  • Sundays & Legal Holidays: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Specialized Transportation

Hotels in Rochester providing shuttle services for their guests also have transportation services for visitors with wheelchairs and mobility challenges. To areas in the city other than those provided by your hotel shuttles, Rochester has specialized transportation providers.

R & S Transport: 507.289.5080 or

Taxi Service

If taxi service is needed, the taxi company will provide at-the-door pickup. City ordinances set a minimum charge of $3.75 for each taxi load. Charges begin with a $3.75 meter flip and accrue at $2.25 per mile thereafter. Taxi fare to downtown from the Rochester International Airport is approximately $25.00. Advance reservations suggested for hotel to airport transports.

Med City Taxi: 507.282.TAXI (507.282.8294) or 
Yellow Cab Company: 507.282.2222