Planes, Trains and Automobiles: How to Get Around Plano, TX

Getting around in an unfamiliar place can be stressful, confusing and overwhelming


Plano, Texas is no exception, but a little inside info will help make Plano transportation a breeze. Plano is an easily drivable—and walkable—city with a wide variety of public transportation options.


Arriving By Air

Planes from all over the world arrive at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Located less than 30 minutes from Plano, more than a dozen major airlines serve the airport from more than 100 domestic and dozens of international destinations. It's easy to get there from practically anywhere in the U.S. The much smaller Love Field in Dallas offers another option for regional flights.

Taking Public Transportation

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) provides local bus and train service throughout the Dallas area, including Love Field and DFW International Airport. The local railway system is extensive. You can take the Trinity Railway Express from the airport to downtown Dallas, then use either the Red Line or the Orange Line to go northbound to Plano. The Red Line will take you directly to the Downtown Plano Station seven days a week. The Orange Line only goes to Plano during peak weekday hours. Several DART bus routes also serve Plano, including FLEX service routes which allow you to call ahead and request a stop outside the usual DART routes. You can find current schedules online through the DART website.

Driving in Plano

Whether you arrive in Plano from neighboring Dallas or from elsewhere in the country, you shouldn't have too much trouble getting into town but it's wise to plan ahead. U.S. Route 75 is the primary north-south route to the city, running directly through the heart of Plano within a mile of downtown. The Sam Rayburn Tollway and the President George Bush Turnpike provide access from the east and west. Most of the main roads within Plano are roughly laid out in a grid-like fashion with the downtown area centered around the intersection of K Avenue and East 15th Street.

Plano Parking

Metered 4-hour parking is available on both sides of 15th Street, and you can find additional street parking throughout Plano. The city of Plano also provides several free municipal parking areas in the downtown area, including two parking garages along with centrally-located parking lots near Haggard Park and McCall Plaza.


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