Tulsa: Transportation

Approaching the City

Visitors arriving by air will touch down at Tulsa International Airport, just nine miles northeast of downtown—approximately 15 minutes by taxi. Employing more than 17,000 people, the modern 22-gate facility is served by 10 passenger air carriers and supports about 170 daily arrivals and departures. South of the city is the Richard Lloyd Jones, Jr., Airport, a smaller facility serving general aviation traffic. For those traveling to Tulsa by car, the major direct routes are Interstate Highways 44 from the east and south—which merges with U.S. Highway 75-Alternate and State Highway 33 a few miles southwest of the city—and 244 from the east—which intersects with I-44 a few miles east of Tulsa and leads directly into the city, then merges with U.S. 75 southwest of the city; U.S. Highway 75 from the north and south, 64 from the southeast—which merges with State 51 southeast and northwest of the city—and 169 from the northeast; and by State highways 412—an east-west highway south of the city—and 51 from the east and west. Four toll expressways radiate from the city, the Red Fork and Crosstown (both are Interstate 244), Cherokee (U.S. 75), and Broken Arrow (U.S. 64/State 51).

Traveling in the City

Downtown Tulsa is bounded on the north by Interstate 244/U.S. 64/State 51, on the east by U.S. 75, on the south by U.S. 64/State 51, and on the west by Interstate 244/U.S. 75.

Tulsa's bus-based mass transit system, Tulsa Transit, has routes to most business, shopping, and recreation areas and is operated by the Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority. Unique to the system are trackless trolleys. To make commuting easier, the city also offers Rideshare, a free computerized service matching individuals who drive similar routes daily.