Getting around downtown
Downtown Fort Collins Parking & Transportation Information
Historic Downtown Fort Collins is proud to be highly accessible with transit options ranging from modern to historic. View parking and transportation options below with up-to-date information on all of Downtown’s transit amenities.
The City of Fort Collins will again offer free parking in city parking structures (Firehouse Alley Parking Structure, Old Town Parking Structure and Civic Center Parking Structure) on Saturdays and holidays this year to help promote Downtown shopping.
Free Saturday parking begins Saturday, November 27, 2021 and continues through Saturday, January 1, 2022.
In addition, free parking will also be offered this year on Thanksgiving (November 25), Black Friday (November 26), Christmas Eve (December 24), and New Year’s Eve (December 31).
Parking in structures is always free on Sundays.
Downtown Fort Collins offers a variety of parking options, including on-street, three parking structures, and five surface lots. Generally, the on-street parking in the core of downtown is free with 2-hour time limits, while the parking around the periphery of downtown has free, open, all-day parking.
Hourly Parking Structure Instructions: You must pre-pay for the time you expect to be parked in the structure. You may pay via the stationary pay stations in each garage or via the FC Parking App. You must enter your license plate number which will serve as verification of your payment. Please see details in the City of Fort Collins Parking Brochure.
First Hour Details: The first hour in the Old Town Parking Structure and Civic Center Parking Structure is free, but you must still utilize the stationary pay stations or FC Parking App. The Old Firehouse Parking Structure grants no free first hour.
Visit the Permits page for monthly permit information and how to purchase a permit.
Fort Collins Bus Systems
Transfort provides exceptional, customer-focused service that meets our community’s present and future transit needs. Transfort is all about easy, modern transit – in fact it guides our operation and strategic decisions.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Transfort; committed to making your trips around Fort Collins safe, easy and convenient.
Phone: General information, 24-hour automated assistance: 970.221.6620
MAX Bus Rapid Transit
MAX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) serves major activity and employment centers throughout our community including Midtown, CSU and Downtown. MAX links with other Transfort bus routes, Park-n-Rides, the City’s bicycle/pedestrian trail system, and other local and regional transit routes to provide seamless service for passengers.
MAX follows a dedicated transit-only guideway (its own road) and mixed-traffic streets that run parallel to the BNSF Railway between the South Transit Center (south of Harmony Road) and Downtown. It is served by 12 stations and stops.
Bicycling in Fort Collins is a popular and efficient mode of transportation. The City of Fort Collins and local stakeholders are working to maintain a safe bicycling community for both bicyclists and pedestrians in the downtown area.
To view The City of Fort Collins’ Bike Safety Summary Document, visit this link.
For the latest info on Trail & Road closures, visit this link.
For on-street maintenance projects, check out the Street Maintenance Program’s page by following this link.
FC Bikes’ Bicycle Ambassadors encourage people to ride their bikes safely and confidently. The program offers a variety of classes and encourages people to become ambassadors of safe cycling in Northern Colorado.
- Smart Cycling (formerly Traffic Skills 101)
- Learn to Ride for Adults
- Bicycle Friendly Driver
- Bicycle Traffic Citation Course
- And many others, including seasonal classes and classes for women!
Fort Collins Streetcar
Join the Fort Collins Municipal Railway Society (FCMRS) on summer weekend afternoons and holidays for a trip on Birney Car 21! Each 3-mile round trip between City Park and Howes Street (Downtown) along Mountain Ave takes about 30 minutes. The FCMRS is an all-volunteer organization working with the City of Fort Collins to provide a heritage streetcar experience.
- Adults: $2
- Seniors & Children: $1
- Under 3: Free
- City Park (tennis courts).
- Shields Street and Mountain Avenue.
- Loomis Street and Mountain Avenue.
- Howes Street and Mountain Avenue.
Historic Downtown Fort Collins is proud to be highly accessible with transit options ranging from modern to historic. View parking and transportation options below for up-to-date information on all of Downtown’s transit amenities.