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Getting Around Dallas - Fort Worth

The best way to get around Dallas-Fort Worth is by car. Overall, the streets here are very orderly and on a grid; even some of the freeways adhere to the linear plans. Because distances are so great, you'll be counting on the highways to get around, but back roads might be quicker during rush hour. Also, collect quarters: You'll encounter a few tolls. If need be, you can rent a car at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), which conveniently lies directly between the two cities and hosts many rental car agencies. The smaller Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL), which handles low-fare carriers like Southwest Airlines, is also a good option.

Amtrak services both Dallas and Fort Worth. Trains to Dallas arrive downtown at Union Station on South Houston Street. The Fort Worth Amtrak station is on Jones Street, just a few blocks from central Fort Worth.

By Car Driving can be frustrating, but it remains the most comfortable option -- particularly when sitting in traffic avoids waiting outside in the heat or standing on an overcrowded bus. Traffic is notoriously bad during rush hour, so stay off the highways. Parking in the city also tends to be expensive. Once you reach the downtowns, walking is best.

By Public Transport

Unfortunately, a city with two nuclei means two different transit systems. Dallas is serviced by buses and light-rail, operated by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Most tourist spots are accessible by public transportation, and DART offers affordable single ride, day passes and week passes available for purchase at the DART Store at Akard Station. Travelers can also use the McKinney Avenue Trolley, which stops at many of the city's museums and shopping centers. The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) provides commuter rail services between the two downtowns. Fort Worth's bus system The T, stops at many of the major tourist attractions. Single ride and seven-day passes are available online or at any of the numerous ticket booths throughout the city.

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