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Getting Around in Dallas

Warm weather, beautiful lakes, and a good quality of life await those thinking of moving to Dallas. If you are considering relocating to the heart of Texas, you can find advice in our Expat Guide on visas, neighborhoods, and how to get around town after your move to Dallas.
The DART light rail train is a comfortable way to commute.

Public Transportation in Dallas: An Affordable and Extensive Service

Most people in the USA rely on their car for getting around, but there are a number of ways of exploring Dallas without one. The DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit), for instance, covers 90 miles (145 km) of light rails and operates more than a hundred different bus routes. The network is constantly expanding and still remains quite affordable. Two-hour passes start at 2.50 USD, and day passes at 5.00 USD. Monthly and weekly passes are available as well if you plan on using the DART for regular commutes.

As a commuter, you may very well find yourself on the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) a lot. This train connects the Dallas and Fort Worth city centers with the airport, with various stops in between, and DART passes are valid for the TRE as well.

Expensive Parking and Traffic Congestion: Driving in Dallas

While Dallas’ public transportation system is quite dependable, sooner or later you may wish to get a car in order to reach the suburbs or the shopping centers in the north more easily. Keep in mind, however, that parking spots in the city center are scarce and expensive. Therefore, it would be wise to find out if your company has its own parking spaces for employees if you plan on driving to work. If you cannot do without a car, renting a parking space is generally a very good idea.

Besides the high parking costs, you also have to keep in mind the patience you’ll need when driving in Dallas. Traffic and congested streets are the order of the day. The infamous Dallas Mixmaster (a junction of many highways) in the heart of Downtown has already brought many a driver to despair. The Dallas Horseshoe Project, a design-build construction project scheduled to open in summer 2017, should improve the traffic flow in Downtown Dallas.

Do you want to learn more about getting around the USA by car? Visit our Extended Guide and read up on everything concerning transport and driving in the USA.

Taking the Taxi

Although hailing a cab may not be as easy in Dallas as some would expect, you should be able to find taxis in front of the bigger hotels and, of course, at the airport. In many cases, therefore, calling for a taxi is easier than wandering the streets in hopes of finding one. There are at least a dozen taxi companies, Cowboy Cab Company and Yellow Checker being two of the most popular. Depending on the taxi company, of course, fares start at around 2.50 USD, with every 1/9 mile (180 m) being an additional 0.20 USD. On top of that, you can obviously expect fees for extra passengers, airport exit and drop-off, etc.

A Gateway to the World: Dallas/Fort Worth Airport

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is one of the biggest airports in the world and a crucial link to a number of destinations in the USA and overseas. The airport offers non-stop service to more than 200 locations, and around 165,000 passengers use the airport each day. By plane, it will only take you about four hours to reach most places in the United States.

Dallas’ second airport, Dallas Love Field Airport, is located right in the heart of the city. Albeit smaller than Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, it has a conference center and excellent connections to the rest of the city. Southwest Airlines, Delta, SeaPort Airlines, and United Airlines serve this airport.


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