Dallas will never be mistaken for Vienna, Rome or Berlin. But now, thanks to the Dallas Streetcar, you can pretend you're in Europe for a few hours as you ride the rails and sample bars, restaurants and points of interest from downtown Dallas to the heart of North Oak Cliff.
Launched in 2015 -- with an extension to the Bishop Arts District that opened in August 2016 -- the DART-run Streetcar looks very much like the trams that have been a fixture in European cities for decades. Sleek and modern, with accordion-like joints that allow it to slither down Zang Boulevard, the Streetcar feels more like a light-rail train than the charming-but-clanky McKinney Avenue Trolley in Uptown.
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Best of all, the Dallas Streetcar is free. Climb off and on as many times as you like, any time between 5:30 a.m. and midnight, seven days a week.
The Streetcar runs every 20 minutes, leaving downtown from a stop on Houston Street next to Union Station. It then crosses the Trinity River on the 106-year-old Houston Street Viaduct and makes five stops in Oak Cliff, including one at its final destination, the Bishop Arts District.
It doesn't travel far -- just 2.45 miles in 10 minutes. But there are no shortages of places to eat, drink and investigate along its brief span.