Getting Around Dallas

By plane. There are two major airports in the Dallas / Fort Worth area: Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW), and Love Field (DAL). The massive DFW airport (with flights of four hours or less to every major city in the United States, Canada, and Mexico) is located in the community of Grapevine, located west of Dallas and north of Fort Worth. Love Field Airport is located within the city limits and within a few minutes' taxi ride from downtown. Love Field is home to Southwest Airlines, so if you are flying from within Texas, a nearby state or don't mind connecting, you might check with them. No matter which airport you are flying into or out of, if it is during rush hour, traffic will be a factor. Make sure you budget at least 2-3 hours to get to/from the airport if you are traveling on I-635, the Bush turnpike (SH-190), or 75 (Central Expressway). Once you've arrived at the airport, you will probably do best to take one of the Shared Ride shuttle services. They offer door to door pickup and drop off, probably costing ~$30 for ~20 miles, which will get you to most places. A less expensive option, to some places, would be DART, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, which offers regular daytime bus service from DFW Airport to a commuter rail station located South of the airport.

Car rental agencies at the airport make it easy to get around the metro area. From each terminal's baggage area (lower level), look for the rental car signs. Follow these outside the terminal, where a shuttle labeled "Rental Car" will transport you to the rental car center, a 10-minute ride. These complimentary shuttles leave every five minutes.

By train. There are two Amtrak routes which serve Dallas/Fort Worth, the Texas Eagle between San Antonio and Chicago, and the Heartland Flyer between Fort Worth and Oklahoma City.

By car. To get here from Oklahoma, take I-35 or US 75 south. To get here from Houston, it's ~250 miles north on I-45 (which turns into US 75). To get here from Austin, take I-35 North. To get here from Louisiana, take I-20 east. Dallas is the junction-point for most cities within a 200-300 mile radius, with good road service to and from. Any map of the United States should have enough information to get you into Dallas with no problems.

By bus. Dallas' Greyhound terminal is near the center of downtown at 205 S. Lamar. Buses also run to and from Shreveport on the weekends, which is sponsored by the casinos. This is more for the locals to go and get their gambling fixes, but ask around if you're interested.

Get around. The best way to get around Dallas is by car. There is public transportation in the form of buses and trains (light rail), but these best serve the local needs and are very difficult to get good timings.

Taxis are a good option for travel within Dallas, but because of the size of the metro area, they can be an expensive choice for more distant rides. The average cost of a taxi is $1.80 per mile. Cost (and maximum number) for additional passengers varies depending on the taxi company, but expect to pay $2 for each additional passenger.