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free bus service in lower manhattan

Use this for your spring and summer shopping, dining and sightseeing – the FREE bus service in Lower Manhattan that makes 37 stops between the South Street Seaport and Battery Park City. The bright red buses are between 10am and 7:30pm daily, approximately 10 minutes apart on weekdays and 15 minutes on weekends, traffic permitting, of course. Air conditioned, too, of course.

Click here to view the Downtown Connection river-to-river route map. Electronic “countdown clock” signs dispersed along the route provide real-time information to alert you to the next bus arrival.

There’s a handy free mobile app to help you track where and when the next one arrives, and you can hop on or hop off at any stop.

The free buses were launched late last year, sponsored by the Downtown Alliance on behalf of its member businesses. All seven busses are ADA accessible, with seating for 22.

Service is provided seven days a week, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

The Downtown Alliance free buses are easily identified by their bright red color and their Downtown Connection graphics. And the bus stops are marked, as well.

With easy access to subway lines, bus routes and ferries, it’s the most convenient way to explore Lower Manhattan’s businesses, shops, restaurants, and attractions. And, since the seven buses are free, you can hop on and off as often as you’d like.

  • Lost & Found: Please call (212) 306-5656.

What’s your favorite destination in Lower Manhattan?  Mine is the Museum of the American Indian, part of the Smithsonian, at the edge of Battery Park.  It’s one of the finest museums in NYC, and also FREE.

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