Travel to Cleveland
Flying to Cleveland
Although there are no direct flights from the UK to Cleveland, airlines offering flights via their US/Canadian hubs include American Airlines, Delta, United and Air Canada. Flights are cheaper in winter, due to Cleveland’s cold and snowy climate.
Travel by road
Traffic drives on the right and the minimum age for unsupervised driving in Cleveland is 18 years. Freeways have a maximum speed limit of 113kph (70mph) or 105kph (65mph). Two-lane highways have a maximum speed limit of 89kph (55mph). Most city-centre speed limits are 56kph (35mph), but take care around schools, roadworks and heavily built-up areas, as this limit can drop to 32kph (20mph), with harsh penalties for breaking it. As with many cities, many highways have five lanes – two lanes in each direction and a centre lane used mainly for turning left. Foreign drivers who want to drive in Cleveland must have a licence from their country of origin and proof of insurance.
The American Automobile Association (AAA) (tel: +1 888 222 6446; www.ohio.aaa.com) can provide information, and may offer benefits to members of automobile clubs in other countries.
Emergency breakdown services
AAA (tel: +1 800 222 4357).
Cleveland is connected to its suburbs and the rest of the state by a series of interstate highways. I-90 and I-80 (Ohio Turnpike) run east-west through the Downtown, connecting Toledo in the west and Ashtabula in the east. Running south from the shores of Lake Erie, I-71 connects with Columbus and Cincinnati, while I-77 connects with Akron and the eastern half of Ohio. I-480 and I-271 services suburbs lying on the southern rim of the city centre, such as Brooklyn, Garfield Heights and Solon.
Greyhound (tel: +1 216 781 0529; www.greyhound.com) operates intercity coach services in Cleveland out of the Greyhound bus terminal at 1465 Chester Avenue. Megabus (tel: +1 877 462 6342; www.megabus.com) runs intercity services from the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center at East 22nd Street.
Time to city
From Akron - 45 minutes; Columbus - 2 hours 15 minutes; Cincinnati - 3 hours 45 minutes; Chicago - 5 hours 30 minutes; New York - 7 hours 30 minutes.
Travel by Rail
The main railway station in Cleveland is Lakefront Station, 200 Cleveland Memorial Parkway. Amtrak offers direct daily services to Pittsburgh, New York and Chicago. Many other US cities on the Amtrak network are accessible, although journeys are often very long due to the distances involved.
Amtrak (tel: +1 800 872 7245; www.amtrak.com) operates intercity rail services to Cleveland via the Capitol Limited route, which runs between Chicago and Washington, DC, and the Lake Shore Limited route, which connects Chicago with New York City.
From Pittsburgh - 3 hours; New York - 9 hours; Chicago - 7 hours.