Downtown Connection

Welcome to the Downtown Connection®, the Downtown Alliance's free bus service that connects the South Street Seaport with Battery Park City, making 37 stops at important destinations from river to river.

Due to the Papal visit to Lower Manhattan on Friday, September 25, West Street will be closed to vehicular traffic. The Downtown Connection bus service will operate between Fulton Street and Liberty Street only – normal service is expected to resume in the early afternoon.  Click here for more street closure info on the papal visit to the area.

Due to the Tunnel to Towers Run on Sunday September 27th, the Downtown Connection will not operate in the Battery Park City, Whole Foods or Broadway areas. Normal service
will resume in the afternoon.

Our buses are easily identified with Downtown Connection labeling and are equipped with GPS technology. Seven buses are in service that include periphery seating for 22.  The electronic “countdown clock” signs dispersed along the route provide real-time information to alert our passengers of the bus arrival.

With easy access to subway lines, bus routes and ferries, it's the most convenient way to explore Lower Manhattan's businesses, shops, restaurants, and attractions.  And, since the seven buses are free, you can hop on and off as often as you'd like.

Click here to view the Downtown Connection route map.

  • Service is provided seven days a week, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
  • Daily service starts at 10 AM, and ends with a final run at 7:30 PM.
  • Buses come on average at 10-minute intervals on weekdays - traffic permitting - and at 15-minute intervals on weekends.
  • Buses make 37 stops around the perimeter of Lower Manhattan, including a Warren/Murray Street retail loop.  Click here to view the bus route map.
  • Buses are ADA accessible.
  • Lost & Found: Please call (212) 306-5656.

Global Positioning System Technology/NextBus

In an effort to make the Downtown Connection© even more useful, we have added global positioning system (GPS) technology to each shuttle bus. This technology allows riders to track the exact position of Downtown Connection buses in real time. (See map below.)

Ten NextBus LED "countdown clocks" —placed at stops along the route—tell riders precisely when the next two buses will arrive.

Riders can use smartphones or computers to determine the position of our buses. Just follow these simple directions:

Step 1. Go to
Step 2. Choose your stop to find out when the next bus will be arriving.

Riders can even get a text message alert announcing when a bus is minutes away!

Check out the NextBus cellphone access page for even more information and features.

If you do not see buses on the map, it is most likely because there are no buses running at that time.

plan your visit

Whether for business or pleasure, Downtown offers a multitude of places to stay, eat and shop, things to do and sites to see.


Let Us Guide You!

The Downtown Alliance publishes a number of FREE maps and guides to suit your interests.



Download our Apps

The Downtown Alliance has launched free mobile apps for iPhone and Android providing Lower Manhattan restaurant, shopping, and event information right at your fingertips.

become a member

Membership entitles you to vote on Downtown Alliance initiatives affecting your neighborhood, and also ensures that you receive important correspondence.