Rock Island Transportation

Whether you live in the Quad City area or are just visiting, there are many Rock Island transportation options for shopping, entertainment, work transportation, or getting together with friends. As heavy traffic is seldom a problem even during peak travel times, most people in the area use their vehicles to get around. There are many scenic thoroughfares along the river in Rock Island for driving, biking, and hiking. Early October is a fantastic time for sightseeing, as the leaves begin their glorious turn. Winter is also a fine time to travel these routes for drivers and intrepid cyclists as bald eagles visit the area to fish near the locks and dams.

Rock Island Mass Transportation

Mass transportation in Rock Island and the Quad City metropolitan area is served by MetroLINK which operates a number of bus routes which make getting around without a car fairly easy and inexpensive. Each bus is equipped with a bicycle rack on the front for easy transportation to your destinations from the bus stops. Here are some MetroLINK links:

Quad City International Airport

For those flying into Rock Island or one of the other Quad Cities, Quad City International Airport is the regional air transportation hub and serves almost one million travelers annually. Five airlines offer nonstop flights to eight different cities throughout the country. Flights to and from Chicago O’Hare average around 30 minutes for connecting flights to national and international destinations. Here are some helpful Quad City International Airport links:

Rock Island Bridges across the Mississippi River

Getting across the Mississippi River to Iowa destinations is fairly easy as there are three different bridges located in Rock Island. Each offers a unique perspective for viewing the river. During the colder months, the approach to the Government Bridge is often the best place to see and photograph bald eagles. The most direct route to Davenport, Iowa, from Rock Island is the Centennial Bridge which arches above the river and provides excellent sightlines in all directions. The I-280 Bridge in southwestern Rock Island is very close to the confluence of the Rock and Mississippi Rivers and loops around Davenport on the Iowa side for easy access to Interstate 80.

Whether you want to drive, ride, bike, fly, or hike in the Rock Island area, there are plenty of Rock Island transportation options to choose from which make getting around easy and affordable. Most routes offer great views of the river and the surrounding area and give residents and visitors alike a unique perspective of the Quad City metropolitan area.