United States


Cincinnati, also known as the “Queen of the West”, is the third largest city in Ohio. The city is unique amongst Midwestern cities for its mélange of cultures as well as for its blend of industry and architecture. Downtown Cincinnati is bordered by scenic foothills that create a breathtaking backdrop to the city and its skyline. Cincinnati has a strong sports heritage; it is home to the Cincinnati Reds - the first professional baseball team in the United States, the Cincinnati Bengals NFL team and the Western & Southern Open - a premier tennis tournament that it has been hosting since 1899.


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  • Lexington, Louisville, Indianapolis and Columbus make up Cincinnati’s immediate neighboring cities.


  • Popular neighborhoods within Cincinnati include:
    • Riverview Heights
    • Mount Adams
    • California
    • Mount Adams
    • Ault View Avenue
    • Sixteen Mile Stand
    • Remington
    • Clifton Avenue
    • Erie Avenue
    • Mount Lookout

Getting around

General info


The closest airport to Cincinnati is the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

  • It is located about 20 miles from downtown Cincinnati.
  • You can get a one way taxi from the airport to downtown Cincinnati for about USD 30.
  • For more information please refer to the CVG Airport website.


  • Metro
    • Metro offers service throughout the Cincinnati region.
    • Notably, Metro Rt. 1, travels east and west to arts, parks, museums and entertainment venues including Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, Downtown Cincinnati, Cincinnati Art Museum and Eden Park.
    • The Metro website provides more detailed information on maps and schedules.
    • Bus fares start from USD 1.75 for travel within the city of Cincinnati (Zone 1) and go up to USD 4.25 for travel to Warren County (Zone 5). Refer to the Metro website for more details on fares.


  • TANK (The Transit Authority Of Northern Kentucky)
    • TANK operates 26 routes throughout Northern Kentucky and provides service to downtown Cincinnati from almost every suburban community in Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties.
    • The Southbank Shuttle Trolley travels the riverfront cities of Newport, Covington and downtown Cincinnati, making travel between entertainment venues, sports arenas, shopping, dining favorites and cultural destinations effortless.
    • You can refer to the TANK website for more information on bus routes and schedules.
    • Local cash fare is USD 1.50 for a single ride. Refer to the TANK website for more details on fares.


  • The following are authorized taxicab and shuttle services in Cincinnati:
    • Community Yellow Cab - 513/241-2100 ,  513/241-2100, or 513/721-2100 , 513/721-2100 
    • Towne Cab - 513/761-7700 , 513/761-7700
    • United Cab Co - 513/251-1155, 513/251-1155     
    • CC Rider - 513/787-7025. They also provide city wide taxi van services and Cincinnati city tours.
  • You can refer to the website for taxi fares in Cincinnati.

Suggested itinerary

Cincinnati in 2 days (Source:


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Day 2

Bring The Kids!

Staying connected

  • There are two main GSM service providers in the USA - AT&T and T-Mobile.
  • Both offer 3G services across the 850 MHz / 1900 MHz bands which supported by most modern quad-band phones.
  • If you have an “Unlocked” phone then you can purchase a prepaid / Pay As You Go SIM card for your phone. Check this link for tariff rates.
  • Prepaid SIM cards are readily available – both at the airport as well as at convenience stores like Walgreens.
  • You could consider purchasing a SIM from either of the two bigger players, which might have a broader coverage, or from Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) like Ultra Mobile, Black Wireless and H2O, which might have a more flexible pricing.


Tipping is expected in most places and should always be done unless the service provided was completely unsatisfactory.


  • Hotels: Tip your porter USD 1 to 2 per bag depending on the weight. A doorman who helps you hail a cab should be paid USD 1 to 2 as well.
  • Restaurants: Tip your server 10 to 15% of the bill for average service. Restaurants will add a service charge for groups of five or more.
  • Bars: Tip the bartender USD 1 to 2 per drink.
  • Counter Service: Tips are not generally required.
  • Taxis: Tip your driver 10 to 15% of the fare; an additional USD 1 to 2 for help with bags.

Eat / Drink





  • SOHO
    • Cuisine: Japanese





Banner image credits: Brian Koprowski