Most of the interurban parts of the city are accessible on foot, by free trolley, or by light rail. If you are on foot, keep an eye out for Fountain Place (pictured below). It is next door to the Fairmont and visible from almost every point in the city. Head towards it and eventually you will make it back!
Dallas has plenty of things to do at ground level, but downtown also sports an extensive, lesser known system of tunnels and skyways with restaurants, shops, and businesses of all types. This is a nice way to get around when the weather is not at its best. Note that most of the tunnels are closed at night, and various areas may close at different times, depending on the access hours of the buildings above. To learn more and to download free maps, visit these sites:
Bus and Light Rail
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) services the entire Dallas area by bus and light rail. Visit their site for detailed schedules, maps, and fare information. The nearest DART light rail stop to the Fairmont--Dallas is the Akard St. Station. The Red, Blue, and Green lines stop there at regular intervals. Busses pick up and drop off at many places near the hotel.
McKinney Avenue Transit Authority (MATA; M-Line Trolley)
The M-Line Trolley is a set of historic street cars connecting Uptown and Downtown. Everyone rides free of charge, and the conductors often give anecdotal commentary on the sights as you travel. The Downtown end of the line picks up 1 block East of the hotel at the corner of Ross and St. Paul St. The trolley stops by request along the main thoroughfare of Uptown Dallas, and all Uptown restaurants are no more than 3 blocks from the tracks.
E-Frogs and the Art Cart
E-Frogs (Eco-Friendly Rides on Green Shuttles) provides FREE short-trip shuttle service around Dallas, including Uptown, Downtown, Arts District, Oak Lawn, Greenville Ave., Deep Ellum, Knox/Henderson, and Victory Park. E-Frogs operates Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.--2:00 p.m. for lunch/brunch, Monday-Wednesday from 5:30 p.m.--midnight, and Thursday-Saturday from 5:30 p.m.--2:00 a.m. Call or text 469-432-4055 with a pick-up time and location for service.
The Art Cart also provides FREE service to restaurants and event locations in the Arts District, including the Fairmont--Dallas hotel. Hours of operation: Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.--2:00 p.m. for lunch, Tuesday-Saturday 5:00 p.m.--close for dinner and events. Call 214-608-7215 for details.
Rentals for Powered Scooters, Wheelchairs, and Other Mobility Devices
PLEASE NOTE: PRICES VARY with your choice of device, height and weight capacity requirements, and length of time you will be using the device. Prices listed here are approximate for a powered scooter for a person of average height and weight. The first company listed will do one-day rentals, if you are interested only for the Wednesday tours. Both will do multi-day rentals (note minimum for Scootaround), should you want to keep it to help with lunches and touring on your own for the entire conference.
AABCO - Ready Rental Sales & Service
3-day minimum rental $150, no delivery fee to Fairmont
Fares typically are $2.25 drop, $0.20/mile ($0.45/mile in traffic!), and $2.00 for each additional person.
Service to Dallas Love Field airport is approximately $20.00.
Service to the Dallas/Fort Worth International airport is approximately $45.00.
Alamo Cab - 214-688-1999
Cowboy Cab - 214-428-0202
Yellow Cab - 214-426-6262
Super Shuttle - 1-800-BLUE VAN (1-800-258-3826)
City Shuttle - 1-888-760-1998 or 214-777-7777