Public Transportation is a useful means for navigating Birmingham when a traveler is staying in the downtown business district, or simply does not feel like driving to a major attraction on a given day. Arrange all public trasnportation through the Birmingham and Jefferson County Transit Authority, also known as BJCTA. It is the central facility for all Alabama intra/intercity travel.

The Metro Area Express consists of all bus and trolley services. The buses operate on more than 40 routes according to schedules the city regulates. The extensive maps includes most tourist attractions, shopping, and entertainment. The historical trolleys are delightful for short excursions near the downtown area and can be a fun mode especially for young children.

Metro Area Express rates vary according to the age of the rider and a ticket is valid for the entirety of any route. Seniors, children, and students can ride at discounted fares with valid identification. A Summer Fun Pass supports unlimited rides during the summer and the Week pass is redeemable for unlimited rides for a week-long period. Visitors may want to take advantage of these discounted rates for frequent downtown travel.

Generally, the buses cease operation around 10:00 PM. This should be noted when a traveler intends to stay out very late. Prepare for a taxi or car hire, instead.