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Bellevue Beat | Bellevue launches Bellhop, the first all-electric, free shuttle service

Bellevue recently electrified its transportation landscape with the launch of Bellhop, an innovative all-electric, on-demand, and free shuttle service. Launched in August 2023, Bellhop is designed to make commuting within Bellevue more efficient and convenient. Operating on designated routes across key locations in Bellevue, the new free shuttle service provides a hassle-free and reliable transportation option for Bellevue residents and visitors alike.

Using Bellhop is as simple as 1-2-3. Users need to download the Circuit app, hail a ride, and wait for the driver to confirm they’re on the way. The service is available within a 6-mile radius of the downtown core, making it easier and greener to navigate downtown Bellevue from Bellevue Botanical Garden to Spring District to Meydenbauer Bay Park and more.

Bellhop Free Shuttle Service Map


Bellhop Free Shuttle Service
Bellevue Bellhop Free Shuttle Service | Requesting a BellHop ride is as easy as 1-2-3. Download the Circuit app, hail a ride, and our driver will confirm they're on the way. Enjoy your free ride anywhere within the Bellevue service area.

  • Sun – Thu, 9AM – 9PM
  • Fri – Sat, 10AM – 10PM

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The Bellhop program is fully funded by hotel room taxes and does not impact taxpayers or Bellevue residents. It operates 12 hours per day, every day from Sunday to Thursday, 9 AM – 9 PM, and Friday to Saturday, 10 AM – 10 PM. Please note, BellHop rides are not available on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. The service is pet-friendly, as long as they sit on the user’s lap or on the floor directly next to them.

Bellhop is a partnership between Visit Bellevue and Circuit, a transportation company operating in about 34 cities across the US. Its mission is to replace short car rides of two miles or less, which account for 35% of car trips, with more sustainable options. Bellhop is projected to cut carbon dioxide emissions in Bellevue by over 100 metric tons annually. The on-demand, all-electric connector transportation service signifies a meaningful stride towards sustainability and is expected to revolutionize last-mile travel while enhancing the visitor experience in Bellevue.

Bellhop is not just a shuttle service; it’s a commitment to a greener, more connected Bellevue. So, the next time you're in Bellevue or another city with a Bellhop presence, consider taking a ride into the future of sustainable transit.

How to Use Bellhop: A User-Friendly Experience
Using Bellhop is as easy as hailing a ride on your favorite rideshare app. Here's a step-by-step guide to hopping on board:

  • Download the Bellhop App: Start by downloading the Bellhop app from your preferred app store. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices.
  • Create an Account: Sign up and create your Bellhop account. This process is quick and straightforward, requiring basic information such as your name and payment details for a seamless experience.
  • Plan Your Route: Enter your destination, and the app will provide you with real-time information about the nearest shuttle and the most efficient route to your destination.
  • Track Your Ride: Track the arrival time of your shuttle in real-time using the app. This feature ensures you're always in the loop and can plan your departure accordingly.
  • Hop On and Enjoy the Ride: Once your Bellhop arrives, hop on board and enjoy the quiet, emission-free ride to your destination. BellHop is a free service.

The GeekWire team went on several test rides of Bellhop in downtown Bellevue, read their story. For more information, visit Bellhop shuttle program.

Published: November 28, 2023
Photos/images courtesy of Visit Bellevue


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