March Madness culminates in Houston this weekend as the city hosts the Final Four and national championship game. Festivities include a massive free music festival downtown, a star-studded fan festival at the convention center, and not-to-be-missed events at Houston restaurants and attractions. We put together a definitive guide to getting around town during this epic weekend.
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Houston is connected by over 23 miles of light rail in addition to its expansive bus network. With convenient stop near NRG Stadium and festivals downtown, METRORail may be your best option when heading into town. For $12 fans can purchase a commemorative Final Four 4-day pass that can be used on rail or bus. A $3 one-day pass is also available. For a list of activities and restaurants near each rail stop see our METRORail tip page. Fans can also use the free Greenlink bus which runs downtown throughout the day. This option is free but may have limited space and travel times.
Park at METRO’s Fannin South Transit Center for just $20, and everyone in your vehicle rides METRORail Free to and from NRG Park.
Houston welcomed Uber for the first time in 2014. Since then, the transportation network has become one of the most convenient and affordable ways to travel around town. Download the Uber app to arrange travel to and from games, festivals, and other Houston hot spots. We've partnered with Uber to get new users $20 off their first ride by using our promo code VISITHOUSTON20 - enter here!
Taxi Rates During Final Four
Houston’s taxis are an extremely convenient way to get around town. A special flat rate has been established for Final Four fans. Visit our taxi listings for contact information.
|Central Business District||Within||$6.00|
|Central Business District||NRG Park||$22.00|
|Central Business District||Galleria||$22.00|
|Galleria||Central Business District||$22.00|
Downtown Houston is extremely bikeable. In recent years, the city has added green designated bike lanes on every main downtown road. Free bike valet is being offered at the March Madness Music Festival (located on McKinney Street between Austin and LaBranch). B-cycle’s are also available at various stations around town.
Some say Houston is best explored by car because of how expansive the city is. If you plan on experiencing some of Houston’s best attractions around town in addition to Final Four festivities, you may want to consider renting a car. With daily rates as low as $41, renting might be the way to go.
Open surface lots as well as designated garages will be open to accommodate the influx of fans downtown. Prices are dependent on proximity to the convention center and music festival at Discovery Green. For a list of parking options downtown, visit DowntownHouston.org/Parking. The list does not include closely located EaDo parking options or the newly opened Partnership Tower parking garage.
Parking at NRG
Parking at NRG Park can be purchased with tickets but is also available for $35 here. Because NRG is equipped to handle large scale sporting events throughout the year, plenty of space will be available.