Transportation and Parking
Downtown Burlington is easily accessible by a variety of transportation options. By car, downtown is located just south of Hwy. 34; take either the Main St. or Central Ave. exits. Amtrak has daily California Zephyr service to the depot at 300 S. Main St. at the southern edge of downtown. For ticketing, route, and scheduling information, go to www.amtrak.com. And for those who prefer to travel by water, complimentary visitor docks are in place at the Port of Burlington, 400 Front St., from May through October. The Port is a stop for Mississippi River cruise ships as well.
The City provides public transportation six days a week with its Burlington Urban Service system. Pass and route information for BUS can be found at www.burlingtoniowa.org. Nearly 90% of all Burlington residents live within 3 blocks of a BUS route. And cyclists are welcome not only during the Snake Alley Criterium, but year round! Bike rentals are available at the Port of Burlington at hourly, half day, or daily rates. Downtown is also slated to be connected the Big Hollow Recreation Area via the Flint River Trail.
Downtown Partners and the City of Burlington have commissioned the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission to undertake a comprehensive downtown parking study and recommendations. It may be downloaded at www.drive.google.com.
The on-street parking time limits are color coded on the downtown parking map. There are no meters for curbside parking, and most of the on street stalls have a limit of 2 hours or longer. You might be surprised to find that the walk from your parking spot to your downtown destination is probably shorter than at a big box store or mall!
Download: Downtown Parking Map