A visit to Montgomery would not be complete without a ride on the bus system where the Civil Rights movement got started. However, riding on the Montgomery Area Transit System is nothing like it was back in the day, and MATS has worked hard to overcome its infamous reputation. The public bus system provides commuter service to communities surrounding the city of Montgomery as well as several fixed-route service around downtown Montgomery. Within the city, public transportation options are limited. Adult fares are $1 per ride with a free transfer. Students (K-12), the handicapped, and the elderly  ride for 50 cents. Current schedules and maps are available on the MATS website.

There is also a trolley service that runs on a fixed route through downtown Montgomery. Trolleys run Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The trolley leaves the Montgomery Area Visitors Center every hour (at the top of the hour) . Tickets are available at the Visitors Center - $3 for age 6-61. Seniors 62 and older ride for $2, children under 5 are free. There is one route that toyrs the Downtown area and offers on and off service at 5 locations in Downtown including:

  • Hank Williams Museum
  • Rosa Parks Museum
  • Court Square Fountain
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church
  • Old Alabama Town
  • Hank Williams Statue
  • Judicial Building
  • Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church
  • Alabama State Capitol
  • Mooseum
  • Alabama Archives and History Building
  • Confederate Memorial
  • Hank Williams Museum
  • Court Square Fountain
Traveling by trolley is a great to both see and learn about the city of Montgomery, as your tour driver offers a live narration throughout the route to point out specific historic sites and events in the city's history.