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Plano has excellent access to air, highways, light rail and public transit.


Key Facts

  • 30 minutes to DFW International Airport.
  • Central Time Zone allows same-day departure and return from both the East and West coasts.
  • By air, Plano is less than 4 hours to every major continental destination.
  • Plano is 20 minutes north of downtown Dallas.


DFW International Airport, (DFW) ranked fourth in the world for flight operations, provides non-stop service to 193 domestic and 67 international destinations. It is served by 23 airline carriers in 5 terminals and 24 cargo carriers. It is the hub of American Airlines.

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Love Field, Dallas’ inner-city airport, is convenient for regional travelers. Love Field also supports private commercial services for corporate jets. It serves as the hub for Southwest Airlines

Addison and McKinney National Airport airports provide private commercial services for area businesses and service for corporate jets. Each airport is only a few miles from Plano. Addison Airport is the 3rd largest general aviation airport in the US.


Getting around Plano by car is easy. East-West access is provided by Sam Rayburn Tollway (SH 121) and George Bush Tollway (SH 190). Both roads serve as the city’s north and south boundaries and provide convenient access to I-35 and I-635 as well as DFW International airport.

North-South access is available by Dallas North Tollway (DNT) and Central Expressway (US 75). The Dallas North Tollway, nicknamed “the Platinum Corridor,” links Legacy, Granite and International business parks to downtown Dallas and several regional shopping malls. Central Expressway provides southbound access to downtown Dallas and northbound access to Oklahoma.

Public Transit

Plano, Dallas and much of the surrounding area are served by mass transit from Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). DART provides light rail, local and express bus service, as well as HOV lanes. DART’s extensive network of DART Rail, Trinity Railway Express (TRE) and bus services moves more than 200,000 passengers per day across its 700-square-mile service area.


There are 3 DART bus transit centers in Plano, strategically located on the east and west sides of the city. The new Legacy Transit Center serves both Legacy business park and Granite. The west transit center is located at 15th Street and Coit Road, near major employers such as Nokia, Medical City Plano and Dallas Morning News. The east transit center is near US 75 and Archerwood Street, in proximity to light rail, government and county offices, office complexes and shopping districts.

Light Rail

DART operates a modern light rail system serving the Dallas metroplex. From Ft. Worth via the Trinity Railway Express to the Dallas Zoo, DART has numerous stops throughout Dallas and has northbound routes to connect Plano and other suburban cities such as Richardson, Garland, Carrollton, and Farmers Branch. In 2002, DART opened 2 light rail stations in Plano at 15th Street and Parker Road. DART’s light rail gives Plano residents alternative and convenient travel choices for work and leisure.

Check out  DART's Progress Report FY 2018 for more information. 

Freight Rail

Plano is accessible by 3 class-1 railroads; Union Pacific, BNSF and Kansas City Southern. Short-haul rail is also available by DG&O.

Port Access

Plano is within 350 miles of 3 of the top 10 U.S. ports:

  • Houston (268 miles)
  • Beaumont (347 miles)
  • Texas City (300 miles)