Located on the east side of downtown Houston, the George R. Brown Convention Center is home to events all year long. Locally known as GRB, the center encompasses 1.8 million square feet. On this page you'll find:
METRO transit services you can ride to GRB
How to ride METRO, including route maps
Different payment methods you can use to ride
Answers to common questions
Rider tools, including our trip planner
If you're commuting from areas in and around downtown Houston, you can access George R. Brown Convention Center using METRORail. Otherwise, you may need to use one or more of the other services listed below. Click or tap on any of the tabs for a
brief overview of the service and how it can get you to the events.
The Green Line travels through downtown Houston, the Theater District, EaDo (East Downtown) and the Second Ward, providing easy access to the George R. Brown Convention Center at the Convention District Station along the western end of the line.
The Purple Line travels through downtown Houston, the Theater District and the Third Ward (southeast of downtown), providing easy access to the George R. Brown Convention Center at the Convention District Station along the western end of the line.
The Red Line travels along Main Street, connecting downtown Houston and the Texas Medical Center. The George R. Brown Convention Center is about half a mile walk from the Main Street Square Station if you choose to walk from there.
If you prefer a shorter walk, transfer from the Red Line at Central Station Main to the Green Line or Purple Line. You'll ride eastbound to the Convention District Station. You'll be on the train for just one stop after your transfer from the Red Line.
All METRORail vehicles are ADA accessible, offer free Wi-Fi and come equipped with video surveillance security cameras.
Two METRO bus routes stop within walking distance of the George R. Brown Convention Center:
40 Telephone / Heights
41 Kirby / Polk
A detailed listing of these routes and maps of where they stop is shown in the Ride METRO section below. Transfers to the routes shown are available at many city street intersections. Transfers are also available at select METRO transit centers which are sheltered waiting areas typically found at the beginning and/or end of a bus route.
All METRO buses are ADA accessible, offer free Wi-Fi and come equipped with video surveillance security cameras.
METRO curb2curb is an on-demand, shared-ride service that provides customized curb-to-curb transportation within specific zones in four communities in Houston. You can access the vehicle at predefined “anchor points” within a zone or book a ride ahead of time so the vehicle can pick you up at the location of your choice. You'll then transfer to a METRO bus route that stops at or near the George R. Brown Convention Center.
The curb2curb service that offers a transfer option to George R. Brown Convention Center is the 344 Acres Homes - curb2curb. You can board in Northwest Houston and ride to the North Shepherd Park & Ride. From there you'll transfer to the 40 Telephone / Heights bus route.
All vehicles are ADA accessible, offer free Wi-Fi and come equipped with video surveillance security cameras.
METROLift provides curb-to-curb transportation for people with disabilities who meet certain eligibility requirements. Service is provided with ADA-accessible vans and minivans that accommodate persons using wheelchairs, scooters and walkers. Boarding chairs are available to assist any patron unable to access the van using the stairs. All vehicles offer free Wi-Fi.
If you're a current METROLift customer, you can schedule, verify and pay for your trip to the George R. Brown Convention Center the same way you would for other trips.
You'll find METRORail lines and local bus routes to the George R. Brown Convention Center in the tabs below. You can click or tap on any METRORail line and local bus route to see a map of stops and transfer options.
Serving as contactless fare payment options – these forms of payment are used by most METRO riders. They function as debit cards for riding METRO. You can continually load and store money on them – and then money will
be deducted each time you pay your fare with a METRO Q® Fare Card or daily upon use with a METRO Day Pass.
How To Pay
Tap your regular ordiscounted METRO Q® Fare Card or Day Pass on the validator that can be found:
inside the local bus when you board
on all METRORail platforms (some fare validators are attached to ticket vending machines, others are freestanding or attached to platform railing)
on all METRORapid platforms (look for the TAP HERE message with an arrow pointing to the validator)
inside the curb2curb vehicle when you board
If you prefer to go contactless, you can wave your card close to the validator as well.
Make sure the light registers green in the upper right when you tap or wave.
After the fare amount is deducted from your METRO Q® Fare Card, you’ll receive free transfers between any of these METRO services for up to three hours in any direction:
For transfers to Park & Ride bus service using a METRO Q®
Fare Card, you'll only pay the fare difference for up to three hours in any direction.
A METRO Day Pass allows you to ride local service as often as
you like during the day for a maximum of $3 (regular fare) or $1.50 (discounted fare).
NOTE: If you use a METRO Day Pass on Park & Ride service, the cost to ride doesn't get applied to the maximum daily card deduction. Because of that, we don’t recommend using a METRO Day Pass on Park & Ride service.
This is a contactless fare payment option. Download the METRO Q Ticketing app to your smartphone and sign up for an account on the app. That will allow you to purchase regular fare mobile tickets to board METRO transit services. Discounted fare mobile tickets
aren’t available for purchase.
How To Pay
Once you purchase and activate a mobile ticket, it will display animated colors and motion on your phone. If you're boarding a bus or curb2curb shuttle, show it to the operator. If you're boarding METRORail or METRORapid, show it to the METRO Fare Inspector or METRO Police Officer upon request – either on the platform prior to boarding or on the vehicle during your ride.
After you activate your mobile ticket, it's valid for three hours.
After you activate a Local Single Ride or Local Day Passmobile ticket, you’ll receive free transfers between any of these METRO services in any direction:
A contactless fare payment option – this is a popular choice for agencies, hotels and convention groups looking to provide a disposable fare card to clients, customers or guests. The card comes preloaded with amounts ranging from $1.25 to $20. These cards can't be reloaded.
How To Pay
Tap your METRO Money card on the validator located on the rail platform and the fare amount will be deducted. Some fare validators are freestanding or attached to the platform railing. Others are attached to ticket vending machines, as shown in the photo.
If you prefer to go contactless, you can wave your card close to the validator as well.
Make sure the light registers green in the upper right when you tap or wave,
After the fare amount is deducted from your card, you’ll receive free transfers between any of these METRO services for up to three hours in any direction:
For transfers to Park & Ride bus service, you only pay the fare difference for up to three hours in any direction.
You can obtain a METRO Q® Fare Card, METRO Day Pass or METRO Money Card at any of the following:
If you’ve purchased one or more mobile tickets that you haven’t used, they’ll be listed under Available in the Use section of the app. From there, you can activate a ticket.
Once activated, your ticket is valid for up to three hours.
If you pay your fare using a METRO Q® Fare Card, METRO Q Mobile Ticket, METRO Day Pass or METRO Money card, you’re entitled to free transfers between any of these METRO services for up to three hours in any direction:
Only regular fare mobile tickets are available for purchase.
Local bus and METRO curb2curb:
A route selector is accessible directly on the website home page, linking you directly to a page for the route of your choice.
At the top of each individual route page, you’ll find:
Frequency of service on weekdays and weekends
Link to view PDF schedule which you can then download and/or print
Frequency of service, a stop-by-stop schedule, a PDF schedule and a linear route map for each METRORail line are found on the METRORail page.
Frequency of service, a stop-by-stop schedule, a PDF schedule and a linear route map for the METRORapid Silver line is found on the METRORapid page.
On the METRO website, there’s a route map on:
Each individual bus route page
Each individual METRO curb2curb route page
You can also use the website's Interactive System Map (best viewed on a desktop or laptop computer). In the map, you can check a box next to any
METRO bus route or rail line and the map will draw a line showing where it runs.
If you’d prefer a physical map, we include a map image in the printed brochure for each individual bus route or rail line. Brochures are available for free at all METRO RideStore locations:
Downtown Transit Center - 1900 Main St.
Fannin South Transit Center - 1604 West Bellfort St.
Main Street Square - 1001 Travis St.
Northwest Transit Center - 7373 Old Katy Road
Trip planning tools are available on:
Various pages of the website, including in the Rider Tools section below
RideMETRO app for your smartphone (“Plan Your Trip” section)
ONE to Ride app for your smartphone
Google or Apple maps
Prior to Arrival
METRO local buses make stops at the following locations
Along city streets, at intersections where you see a METRO bus stop sign and/or bus shelter
At select Park & Ride lots around the region
At more than 20 transit centers around the region
All METRO buses have large, bright destination signs on the front of the bus above the windshield and along the passenger’s side, near the front door. These digital displays include the route number and destination.
We encourage you to do your part to keep yourself and those around you safe throughout your entire trip on a METRO bus. Learn more about rider safety.
METRORail trains make stops at rail station platforms along city streets in and around downtown Houston. You can also board a METRORail train at the following transit centers:
Burnett (Red Line)
Downtown (Red Line)
Fannin South (Red Line)
Magnolia Park (Green Line)
Northline (Red Line)
Palm Center (Purple Line)
Texas Medical Center (Red Line)
All METRORail trains have large, bright destination signs on the front of the train above the windshield and along the side of the train as it pulls into the station.
Red Line trains would say one of the following:
Green Line trains would say one of the following:
Purple Line trains would say one of the following:
If you know your stop number (it's posted on the bus stop sign at every bus stop location), you can text that stop number to 697433. We'll text you back the estimated arrival time of the next bus for all routes that stop at your location.
To help make the journey pleasant and safe for everybody, METRO has developed a Code of Conduct for riders.
For example, smoking is prohibited in covered or enclosed facilities, including transit centers, bus stop shelters and platforms. And consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on METRO property.
Vending machine tickets (METRORail and METRORapid only)
Our experienced riders tell us that the most convenient way to pay is by using the METRO Q Mobile Ticketing app, available by downloading the app for your smartphone.
When you first open the app, you’ll need to create a secure, password-protected
account. That will allow you to purchase and activate mobile tickets. The tickets are valid for two years from the date of purchase.
When traveling by local bus or METRORail we recommend the following:
Plan your route ahead of time
Download the RideMETRO app to view your route, track your bus or train, see schedules and more
Be aware of the last bus and train times and allow yourself enough time to get to your station/stop
Below are some tools to make your METRO riding experience easier and more convenient so you can drive less and do more.
An all-in-one toolkit with everything you need to ride METRO bus and rail services, including contactless fare payments.
Useful information for new riders about the Houston METRORail system.
The image below shows where all three lines intersect in downtown.
The three light rail lines intersect near the following platforms:
Central Station Main (on Main Street along the Red Line) Central Station Rusk (on Rusk Street along the eastbound Green and Purple Lines) Central Station Capitol (on Capitol Street along the
westbound Green and Purple Lines)
The Green and Purple lines share the same stations between Theater District and EaDo / Stadium, before splitting off in different directions.
METRORail Green Line Map
METRORail Green Line Route Map
Map of METRORail Purple Line
METRORail Purple Line Route Map
METRORail Red Line
METRORail Red Line Route Map
40 Telephone / Heights Route Map
41 Kirby / Polk Route Map
41 Kirby / Polk Route Map
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