Transportation Services

Airport Shuttle Service to Host Hotels

The South Dakota WASHTO Team will supplement host hotel* airport shuttles with a complementary shuttle service for both arrivals and departures at peak arrival and departure times. All host hotels have complimentary airport shuttles to handle arrivals and departures outside of the shuttle schedule.  

WASHTO Operated Supplemental Airport Shuttle Service to Host Hotels*

  • Saturday, June 9th - 11:30am to 9:30pm
  • Sunday, June 10th - 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Thursday, June 14th – 4:30am to 12:30pm

It is anticipated that shuttle demand will be high for departures on Thursday, June 14th. WASHTO participants should factor in wait time for their airport commute.  The WASHTO Team will have staff at the Rapid City Airport on June 9 & 10 if you need assistance.  

* Host Hotels are:

  • Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn
  • The Rushmore Hotel
  • Hotel Alex Johnson
  • Cambria Suites
  • Mainstay Suites
  • Howard Johnson

Host Hotel Shuttle Service

Complementary shuttle service will be available from host hotels* (see above) to the convention site, the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Shuttles will run on the following schedule: 

  • Sunday, June 10 - 2:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Monday, June 11 - 7:00am to 5:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 12 - 7:00am to 10:00pm
  • Wednesday, June 13 - 7:00am to 10:00pm

Shuttles will pick-up and drop off passengers at the east entrance to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.  Shuttles will run continually through the day, however, WASHTO participants should factor in a short wait time into their convention site commute.

Public Transit

Transit is available through the City of Rapid City’s Rapid Transit System (RTS).  Prior to using please visit or call (605) 394-6631 for schedules and fees.  The services available are:

  • Rapid Ride - a fixed route, fixed time transit service to many locations in Rapid City. See the attached map or go-online for more information. 
  • Dial A Ride - an on-call transit service for those meeting criteria specified by the ADA
  • City View Trolley - while not a transit service, RTS offers the City View Trolley for those interested in an hour-long tour of points-of-interest in Rapid City

Private Transportation Services

Limousine Services

Rental Cars

Taxi Service

Ride Share Services

  • Lyft - Lyft operates in Rapid City. Download the App on your smartphone - 
  • Uber - Uber does not operate in Rapid City


Going Out Downtown and need transportation? 

  • The Rushmore Hotel and Hotel Alex Johnson– if you are staying at either of these locations, your hotel is located downtown, within easy walking distance to many dining and retail establishments.
  • Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn, Cambria Suites, Mainstay Suites, and Howard Johnson – if you are staying at any of these 4 locations and need a ride to your hotel from downtown, consider taking the shuttle from your hotel to the Civic Center and then catching the shuttle to the either the Rushmore Hotel or Hotel Alex Johnson to access downtown and then doing the reverse to return to your hotel.  Please keep in mind the Host Hotel Shuttle Service schedule.  
  • Many of the host hotels will provide shuttle services to other locations in Rapid City.  Check at the front desk for availability.    


If you like to walk, here are the distances and approximate times to reach the WASHTO Conference at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center:

  • Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn - adjacent to Rushmore Plaza Civic Center (2 minutes)
  • Hotel Alex Johnson - .6 miles (~12 minutes)
  • Howard Johnson - .4 miles (~8 minutes)
  • Rushmore Hotel - .6 miles (~11 minutes)
  • Cambria Suites - walking not recommended due to distance
  • Mainstay Suites - walking not recommended due to distance