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Whether you’re here to stroll the back alleys and courtyards, drive the broad avenues or cruise in on the light rail, you’ll need to know how to get around South End.


There are several parking garages and surface lots open to the public. Find the lot closest to you using the South End Parking Map.

Parking is also available on-street throughout the district, and at park-and-ride lots on the light rail line, most of which are free.

Joy Rides

Joy Rides is Charlotte’s urban bike-sharing program, made possible in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield NC. Purchase your access pass online or at one of the 24 (and growing) stations.


Scooter-sharing is also a popular way to get around South End. Multiple vendors have popped up around Charlotte, and rentable scooters are steps away. Directions to rent are right on the vehicle.

Free Cart Ride

Free Cart Ride offers a safe and environmentally friendly alternative mode of local transportation throughout the South End district. Give them a call at 704-238-3111 or wave them down while they are driving around and hop in for a free ride! Free Cart Ride App coming soon. For more information email

Charlotte Area Transit System

Perhaps the most carefree (and car-free) way to get around is via CATS buses or light rail.

Buses operate from 4:49 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and 5:25 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Sundays. Twelve express routes serve this area.

The LYNX Blue Line is centrally located in South End. Weekday service operates from 5:26 a.m. to 1:26 a.m. and service is available every 10 minutes during weekday rush hour and every 15 minutes during non-peak hours. Weekend service operates every 20 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes during late night hours.

Light Rail stops in South End include - Carson, Bland St, East/West, and New Bern

To view schedules and find other details to navigate the CATS system (including a variety of mobile apps) here