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City Population296,943

Elevation820 ft.

Sales TaxThe Cincinnati area has a 7 percent sales tax. A lodging tax of 13.5 percent is applicable in Hamilton County. There is a 12 percent rental car tax with an additional 9 percent recoupment tax. The northern Kentucky lodging tax is 11.24 percent.

Emergency911

Police (non-emergency)(513) 765-1212

Fire (non-emergency)(513) 765-1212

Time and Temperature(513) 721-1700

HospitalsThe Christ Hospital, (513) 585-2000; Good Samaritan Hospital, (513) 862-1400; The Jewish Hospital, (513) 686-3000; Mercy Health Anderson Hospital, (513) 624-4500; Mercy Health West Hospital, (513) 215-5000; UC Health Academic Medical Center, (513) 584-1000.

Visitor Information Cincinnati USA 50 E. Rivercenter Blvd Suite 810 Covington, KY 41011. Phone:(859)581-2260 or (800)543-2613The visitor center is on Fountain Square at 511 Walnut St. and is open Thurs.-Sun. 11-5.

Air TravelMajor passenger airlines serve the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). Contact your local AAA travel advisor for help finding cheap airfare.

Long-term airport parking costs $9 per day, with free shuttle service to the terminals. The terminal garage is $16 per day and curbside valet is $25 per day.

The Airport Taxi Association offers cabs with fixed fares from the airport to downtown (fare is metered from downtown to the airport). The fixed fare is approximately $34 (one to five passengers). Many hotels provide courtesy car service.

Rental CarsHertz offers discounts to AAA members; phone (859) 767-3535 or (800) 654-3080.

Rail ServiceThe Amtrak station, (800) 872-7245, is at 1301 Western Ave. inside historic Union Terminal.

BusesGreyhound Lines Inc., (800) 231-2222, 1005 Gilbert Ave., is the major company serving the city. Megabus, (877) 462-6342, offers routes to several cities.

TaxisTaxis are metered and charge $4 for a pickup and $2 per mile. There is no charge for additional passengers. Taxis can be hailed at downtown hotels or ordered by phone. Companies include Cincinnati Taxi Inc., (513) 666-2184, and Towne Taxi, (513) 761-7700.

Public TransportationMetro operates buses throughout the metropolitan area. The base fare is $1.75. Exact change is required, and zone and transfer charges are additional. Signs at many bus stops list the numbers of the routes that stop there.

For route and schedule information phone (513) 621-4455, Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Information also is available at Mercantile Way Arcade, 120 E. Fourth St., Mon.-Fri. 7-5:30; phone (513) 632-7699.

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Cincinnati, OH

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Travel Information

City Population

296,943

Elevation

820 ft.

Sales Tax

The Cincinnati area has a 7 percent sales tax. A lodging tax of 13.5 percent is applicable in Hamilton County. There is a 12 percent rental car tax with an additional 9 percent recoupment tax. The northern Kentucky lodging tax is 11.24 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(513) 765-1212

Fire (non-emergency)

(513) 765-1212

Time and Temperature

(513) 721-1700

Hospitals

The Christ Hospital, (513) 585-2000; Good Samaritan Hospital, (513) 862-1400; The Jewish Hospital, (513) 686-3000; Mercy Health Anderson Hospital, (513) 624-4500; Mercy Health West Hospital, (513) 215-5000; UC Health Academic Medical Center, (513) 584-1000.

Visitor Information

50 E. Rivercenter Blvd Suite 810 Covington, KY 41011. Phone:(859)581-2260 or (800)543-2613

Air Travel

Major passenger airlines serve the

Rental Cars

Hertz offers discounts to AAA members; phone (859) 767-3535 or (800) 654-3080.

Rail Service

The Amtrak station, (800) 872-7245, is at 1301 Western Ave. inside historic Union Terminal.

Buses

Greyhound Lines Inc., (800) 231-2222, 1005 Gilbert Ave., is the major company serving the city. Megabus, (877) 462-6342, offers routes to several cities.

Taxis

Taxis are metered and charge $4 for a pickup and $2 per mile. There is no charge for additional passengers. Taxis can be hailed at downtown hotels or ordered by phone. Companies include Cincinnati Taxi Inc., (513) 666-2184, and Towne Taxi, (513) 761-7700.

Public Transportation

Metro operates buses throughout the metropolitan area. The base fare is $1.75. Exact change is required, and zone and transfer charges are additional. Signs at many bus stops list the numbers of the routes that stop there.

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