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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.

Flight times

From London - 10 hours 15 minutes (including stopover); New York - 1 hour 45 minutes; Los Angeles - 4 hours 30 minutes; Toronto - 1 hour 10 minutes; Sydney- 20 hours (including stopover).

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).

Routes

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.

Coaches

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

Services

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.

Operators

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.

Journey times

From Pittsburgh - 3 hours; New York - 9 hours; Chicago - 7 hours.

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Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

A good value hotel on Public Square, the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel is housed in an elegant 1918 building with vaulted ceilings and high-arched windows, and it offers some of the finest accommodations in the city. Its Mediterranean-style restaurant Sans Souci is excellent, and the hotel is conveniently connected to Tower City Center, which offers other good restaurants and a cinema in addition to upscale shopping.

Ritz-Carlton Cleveland

Its spot on the top of the Tower City Center shopping mall is more romantic than it sounds, and the Ritz-Carlton is arguably the city’s most luxurious hotel. Midwest chic, if such a thing can be imagined, is the order of the day, with oversized desks, high-class toiletries and views over the city.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Cleveland Downtown - Lakeside

A former Holiday Inn, this property has undergone recent renovation (completed in 2011). For a good price, you’ll get flatscreen TVs and branded toiletries, as well as a smart location not far from Browns Stadium and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Hampton Inn Cleveland Downtown

It’s a budget hotel, but it’s as fresh as many above its station, and you can’t fault the location, which is within walking distance of many places you’re likely to want to visit. Rooms come with coffee makers and there’s even a small fitness room on site.

Embassy Suites Downtown Cleveland

A budget, all-suite option that puts you in the centre of things. Each room comes with a full-size sofa bed if you want to cram a small group in, and also HD TVs and complimentary tea and coffee. Again, you can walk to most of the city's main attractions.

Holiday Inn Express

This inn is constructed in a historic, refurbished bank building in the heart of the downtown theatre district. Centrally located and well priced, it is also popular with sports fans, being within easy walking distance of both Progressive Field and Quicken Loans (Q) Arena. Breakfast and wifi are included with your stay.