Getting Around Hot Springs, AR
The best way to get around Hot Springs is by car. The small Memorial Field Airport (HOT) sits adjacent to Hot Springs, but most out-of-state travelers opt to land at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT) in Little Rock. From the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, visitors can rent a car from one of the many on-site rental companies and drive 55 miles southwest across Arkansas from Little Rock to Hot Springs. You'll need the car when exploring Hot Springs as public transit throughout the town, and Arkansas as a whole, is relatively scarce.
Renting a car provides travelers with the flexibility needed to fully explore the array of attractions in Hot Springs. Both Enterprise and Hertz provide rental stations in Hot Springs, while Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport offers a variety of companies, including AVIS, Budget and Thrifty, among others. If you have time, plan to enjoy one or two of the scenic mountain drives through Hot Springs National Park.
Three bus routes span the majority of Hot Springs, but their limited frequency and hours make utilizing public transit relatively difficult. The buses operate from around 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from around 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays; there is no service on Sundays. If you find a way to make the buses work, though, they're an excellent way to save some money. What's more, they provide a cost-effective way to get around Hot Springs National Park's points of interest, as well as the Mid-America Science Museum and the Magic Springs Theme and Water Park. The fare for a single ride is only $1.25, while seniors ride for 50 cents and kids age 6 and younger ride for free.
Boats provide an entertaining way to explore the area bordering Lake Hamilton and the Ouachita River. Travelers can rent sport boats and pontoons from a handful of local companies. Keep in mind that most eight-hour rentals start at $400, with some variation depending on the rental's model, vendor and duration. A variety of attractions, including the Garvan Woodland Gardens and Lake Catherine State Park, sit on the edge of the water for passersby to take in. Additionally, many waterfront restaurants provide boat access for anyone hoping to grab a bite without spending too much time on land.
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