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Thank you for your interest in visiting Downtown Worcester. We offer a number of travel tools to help plan your trip.

Getting Around


Worcester, known as the Heart of the Commonwealth, is in Central Massachusetts and is accessible by car, rail, or bus.



Worcester is conveniently located near the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) with direct access from I-290, I-190, and Route 146. Easily accessible from these highways, you will arrive in Downtown Worcester in minutes. If you don’t have your own vehicle while in Downtown Worcester, you can grab a taxi, or use car shares with Uber and Lyft.



Worcester rail services are located at Union Station, our beautifully restored transportation hub, in Downtown Worcester. There is regular, daily services offered through Amtrak and the MBTA Commuter Rail.



The Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) bus hub is located at Union Station. This hub offers service to both inter-and intra-city transit locations via the WRTA or Greyhound or Peter Pan Bus Line services.

Bus Schedules

Downtown Worcester provides various parking options, including on-street parking, parking garages, and parking lots, so you don’t have to waste time navigating for a parking spot! Parking is easily accessible, and paying for parking is convenient with pay-by-plate on-street pay stations and the option to pay by mobile app. For more information, review the resources below, check out our parking map, or visit the City of Worcester’s Park Worcester website.

Municipal Garages

  • Federal Plaza Municipal Garage
  • Major Taylor Garage
  • Pearl Elm Municipal Garage
  • Worcester Common Garage

Municipal Parking Lots

  • Francis J. McGrath Municipal Lot

Private Garages

  • Franklin Square Parking Garage
  • Mercantile Center Garage
  • One Mercantile Street Garage
  • Worcester Plaza Garage

EV Charging Station Locations Info & Map

A largescale sign with bright color accents hanging over a parking garage, displaying the name, "Worcester Common Garage"

Where to Stay

Downtown Worcester has some of the most luxurious hotels in the entire city. Whether for a business trip, holiday, or romantic getaway, our Downtown hotels are perfectly suited for every occasion. They also are opulent venues for milestone celebrations like weddings, showers, and birthdays — and are the ideal setting for business conventions and trainings, being conveniently located near Union Station.

Two large beds with white sheets in a sleek and modern-looking hotel room

AC Hotel by Marriott Worcester

125 Front Street
Worcester, MA 01608

Sleek and modern, the AC Hotel provides all the luxuries of a grand hotel right in the heart of Downtown Worcester. The lounge features a welcoming fireplace while its ballroom can accommodate 750 guests. The AC Hotel is centrally located allowing guests to easily walk to The Hanover Theatre, Polar Park, Mechanics Hall, or the DCU Center in order to see the latest shows, games, and performances. Free WiFi, a fitness center, and workspaces are other amenities that visitors can enjoy at this sophisticated, European-inspired hotel. Enjoy a riveting performance then come back to a luxurious hotel room for a wonderful getaway.

An outdoor courtyard with wicker chairs with large cushions, faced towards a fireplace

Courtyard by Marriott Worcester

72 Grove Street
Worcester, MA 01605

The Courtyard by Marriott Worcester has everything in a hotel that you will ever need: comfortable beds, onsite fine dining, a refreshing pool, and a convenient, scenic location north of Downtown. The hotel’s outdoor patio is cozy and features a fire pit. The Courtyard by Marriott is also located near some of the city’s hottest restaurants like Armsby Abbey and deadhorse hill. With their onsite bistro and plentiful amenities, The Courtyard by Marriott is perfect for your next overnight stay or special occasion.

Unique light fixtures handing over a lunchtime buffet

Hilton Garden Inn Worcester

35 Major Taylor Boulevard
Worcester, MA 01608

Steps away from the DCU Center, the Hilton Garden Inn Worcester is in the center of all the action in Downtown Worcester. In close proximity to the Theatre District and colleges, the Hilton Garden Inn is a very popular spot among tourists who want to explore all Downtown has to offer. With onsite dining, the hotel serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their recreational amenities allow guests to pamper themselves with a 24-hour health club, indoor pool, and spa tub. Have fun on your Downtown adventure and then relax in your comfortable hotel room with a great view and tasty room service.

A homey-looking hotel room with a large bed and stylish finishings

Homewood Suites by Hilton Worcester

1 Washington Square
Worcester, MA 01604

Homewood Suites by Hilton is the perfect home away from home for visitors looking to see the sights in Downtown Worcester. Located on Washington Square, this area hotel is near Shrewsbury Street and down the street from Union Station. The Homewood Suites is encompassed by the best arts and culture venues that Downtown has to offer. This beautiful and welcoming hotel is also pet-friendly and offers a hot continental breakfast and an indoor pool. After your night out on the town, wind down and enjoy the hotel’s complimentary evening socials.

A graphic depiction of the boundaries that the Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District serves.