Downtown Connection Bus | Downtown Alliance

Downtown Connection Bus

Hop aboard our FREE bus service!

  • May 2019 Suspensions: Due to the installation of the West Thames Street Bridge, the Downtown Connection bus will be skipping ten stops along South End Avenue and Battery Place on Wednesday, May 29 (10a-4p); Friday, May 31 (6-7:30p); and Saturday, June 1 (6-7:30p).  The stops include: Battery Pl & 1st Pl, Battery Place & 3rd Pl, W Thames & South End Ave, South End Ave & Rector Pl, South End Ave & Gateway Plaza (Seaport-bound) and South End Ave & Albany St (Battery Park City-bound).
  • Beginning February 20, 2017 until approximately September 2019, the Downtown Connection bus route will be operating with a service change. For the duration of NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC)’s Warren Street Reconstruction project, the bus will not make the following three stops: Warren Street at Greenwich Street and Warren Street at Church Avenue (Seaport-bound), or at North End Avenue and Chambers Street (Battery Park City-bound). To access Whole Foods and other TriBeCa destinations, please use the temporary bus stop at Chambers Street and West Broadway (Seaport-bound).


Welcome to our free bus service connecting South Street Seaport to Battery Park City with 36 destination stops from river to river. 


.Real Time Departures.

Seven (7) state of the art buses offering free service, each with periphery seating for 22 passengers. All buses are easily identifiable with the red color, Downtown Connection® brand, and GPS technology. The countdown clocks dispersed along the route provide real-time arrival alerts.

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. Bus rides are free so hop on and off as often as you'd like.


Available 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

36 stops around the perimeter of Lower Manhattan, including a Warren/Murray Street loop

Arrival times average 10-minute intervals on weekdays and at 15-minute intervals on weekends (traffic permitting)

ADA accessible

Lost & Found: Call (212) 306-5656

GPS 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 dynamic map above)

Ten NextBus LED countdown clocks — at stops en route, update arrival times of the next two buses.

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