How to Get Around
Because of its convenient location to DFW International Airport and Dallas Love Field, Irving offers visitors an unparalleled ease of air travel by putting them within a three and half hour flight of every major metropolitan area in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Irving’s location in between Dallas and Fort Worth and proximity to almost every major freeway in the Dallas/Fort Worth area makes it one of the easiest cities to navigate and visit in the US. Several highways wind their way through the city, making travel a breeze in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Chartered and Mass Transit
On land, travelers have their choice of taxi, shuttle, rental car, limo, bus or light rail. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) offers visitor-friendly bus and train transportation for individual and group travelers throughout the region. The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) makes traveling from Irving to Fort Worth and Dallas practically effortless.
Visitors can travel to Irving via the Orange Line light rail system from downtown Dallas or DFW Airport. Exit at the Las Colinas Urban Center Station, and in a matter of minutes, you can board the APT (Area Personal Transit) for any of other three route destinations covering the area’s growing residential and business community.
A quick and easy way to access Irving businesses, hotels, restaurants and residences located around Las Colinas’ Lake Carolyn is the Area Personal Transit (APT) system. The APT is a climate-controlled, on-demand people mover system covering the Las Colinas Urban Center with four passenger stations.
For more romantic Irving transportation, make a reservation for a Venetian gondola ride and glide peacefully through the lovely waterways of the Mandalay Canal
Most rental agencies are available at the airports, while other companies offer shuttle service to locations off the airports’ property. For your convenience, an Enterprise office is located inside the Irving Convention Center at 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. That counter can be reached at (972) 409-7073.
Taxi Cabs & Car Service
Cabs are metered at $2.25 minimum, plus $1.80 per each additional mile. There is a fuel surcharge when gas exceeds $2/gallon and each additional passenger costs $2. Cabs can be hailed at the airports, hotels, in the Las Colinas Urban Center, in Dallas and in Fort Worth. In other areas, it is usually necessary to call one from your location. Time to reach the Irving area from either airport is approximately 15 minutes by cab. A list of area cab companies and sedan and limo services can be found below.
Located midway between Dallas and Fort Worth, Irving provides easy access to freeways traveling north, south, east and west across the region. The city itself is bordered by four major highways.
I-635 (LBJ Freeway) travels east/west along Irving's northern border, providing access to Dallas to the east and DFW Airport to the west
SH-114 (John W. Carpenter Freeway) travels east/west through north Irving, providing easy access to both I-35E (Stemmons Freeway) and also to northwest Fort Worth.
SH-183 (Airport Freeway) travels east/west through central Irving, providing access east to I-35E to Dallas and the mid-cities and north Fort Worth to the west.
Loop 12 (Walton Walker Boulevard) travels north/south on Irving's eastern border, merging with northbound I-35E just past Irving's northern border.
SH-360 travels north/south through eastern Arlington, just west of Irving. It is easily accessible from SH-183 and travels south to I-30 (Tom Landry Freeway)and I-20 (Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway).
SH-161 (President George Bush Turnpike) provides quick access from SH-183 north to SH-114 and I-635 and south to Arlington on I-30.
Airports & Airlines
Served by two world class airports, every major US city and the countries of Mexico and Canada can be reached from the Dallas/Fort Worth area within three and a half hours. Both airports are accessible by the area’s public transportation systems.
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
Immediately adjacent to Irving, DFW International Airport is easily accessible from anywhere in metropolitan Dallas/Fort Worth. As the third largest airport in the world, DFW serves 204 national and international destinations.
Dallas Love Field
The newly renovated and expanded Dallas Love Field, located off of I.H. 35, is just minutes from Irving. The hub for Southwest Airlines, Love Field is also served by airlines such as Virgin America, Seaport, United and Delta.
Dart Bus Transportation
With over 130 routes, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) operates local and express buses serving Irving, Dallas, Addison, Carrollton, Cockrell Hill, Farmers Branch, Garland, Glen Heights, Highland Park, Richardson, Rowlett, Plano and University Park. Generally, buses run every 30 minutes in peak hours and every 60 minutes during off-peak hours. A variety of local and regional passes are available to riders.
Irving bus routes connect all parts of Irving and link the city to bus routes into Dallas. Several Irving bus routes connect to the Orange Line, light rail trains traveling to DFW Airport and downtown Dallas, and the Trinity Railway Express, train service between Dallas and Fort Worth.
Printed DART schedules are available at all Irving libraries, City Hall, and area supermarkets. Schedules can also be accessed online at www.DART.org or by calling DART customer service at 214-979-1111.
Trinity Railway Express
The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) commuter train connects the downtown areas of Dallas and Fort Worth, with stops in Irving and DFW Airport. A partnership between Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), the TRE is an easy and efficient way to travel directly between the two cities. Trains operate Monday through Saturday and regional day passes are available. There is no scheduled service on Sundays.
With stops in Irving’s Heritage District and west Irving, the TRE links visitors not only to Dallas and Fort Worth, but also to the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). At the CentrePort station, travelers can transfer to a free shuttle bus service to DFW’s Remote South parking. At that point, it is an easy transfer to any of DFW Airport’s five terminals. Shuttles depart each destination approximately every 15 minutes.
Once at your destination in either Dallas or Fort Worth, a transfer to DART rail/bus service or The T’s transportation service allows visitors to enjoy each city’s unique attractions and events.
Light Rail Travel
The Dallas Area Rapid Transportation (DART) system makes getting around the Dallas/Fort Worth area quick and efficient. The Orange Line servicing the Irving area also travels to DFW Airport, Dallas’ Love Field Airport, downtown Dallas, the Dallas Arts District, North Dallas and Plano.
With five stops in Irving proper, visitors and residents can travel to the University of Dallas, the Irving Convention Center, the Las Colinas urban and business districts and Northlake College within minutes. Continue riding the rails to the west and the Orange Line delivers you to Terminal A at DFW Airport in less time than it takes to park in the airport’s remote parking. Head south from Irving and the Orange Line takes you to downtown Dallas in under an hour.
Transfers from the Orange Line to DART’s other light rail and bus stations expand visitor accessibility to locations such as the Dallas Zoo, White Rock Lake, Denton and the University of North Texas and even the city of Fort Worth.
Area Personal Transit System (APT)
A quick and easy way to access the businesses, hotels, restaurants and residences located around the Las Colinas Urban Center is the Area Personal Transit (APT) system. The APT is a climate-controlled, on-demand people mover system covering the Urban Center with four passenger stations.
Visitors can travel to Irving via the Orange Line light rail system from downtown Dallas or DFW Airport, exit at the Las Colinas Urban Center Station, and in a matter of minutes board the APT for any of other three route destinations covering the area’s growing residential and business community.
The famous Mustangs of Las Colinas, the Mustang Sculpture Exhibit and the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce are within walking distance from stations at either the Bell Tower or 600 Las Colinas Blvd. Several restaurants and hotels are also located near the APT route.
Irving Public Transportation
Irving has a number of public transportation options including the Dallas Area Rapid Transportation (DART) system, which includes light rail and bus service. The DART Line Rail Orange Line connects Irving with DFW Airport and Downtown Dallas. The DART bus service operates local and express busses to most areas in Irving and Dallas/Fort Worth. The Trinity Railway Express is a heavy rail line that connect Irving to Dallas and Fort Worth.