Jackson Hole Travel Guide

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Getting Around Jackson Hole

The best way to get around Jackson Hole is by car. Rental offices are located in the town of Jackson and at the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC), about 9 miles north. There is also public transportation available around the town of Jackson and to Teton Village. However, service isn't very frequent. Taxis are also available in the area. An airport initiative called TaxiPool is a ride-sharing program to reduce road traffic. Passengers who use the service receive a $10 discount on the posted fare to their destination. Head to the taxi pool stand in the baggage claim area for details. Some hotels offer complimentary shuttle service, so make sure to ask.

Most travelers fly into Jackson Hole Airport. The airport is serviced by United, Delta and American airlines, with nonstop flights from 12 major U.S. cities.

Car

There are several major rental companies in the Hole and at the airport. Two major highways run through the area: U.S. Route 189 (also marked as U.S. Route 26, 89 and 191) goes from north to south through the town of Jackson, while Highway 22 runs westward from Jackson. These two major roads make navigating the valley fairly easy. However, regional authorities advise winter visitors to be wary of cold-weather driving conditions; ice and heavy snowfall can make these mountain roads treacherous.

There are four companies located on-site at the airport (Hertz, National, Enterprise and Alamo), but there are also complimentary shuttles available to the off-site locations of several other companies, including Avis and Thrifty.

Public Transportation

The Southern Teton Area Rapid Transit (START) system operates a free shuttle bus around the town of Jackson every 30 minutes. There is also a bus route connecting Jackson to Teton Village that run approximately once an hour every day of the summer, but service is significantly reduced during the offseasons. One-way tickets cost $3 per passenger, or you could buy a $24 booklet with 10 one-way rides. Buses also run between Jackson, Teton Village and the southern Star Valley, making stops in the town of Alpine and at the Snow King Resort. One-way trips to Star Valley cost $8 per person. 

Taxi Jackson Hole operates a variety of cab companies that pick up at the airport and transport guests around the area. However, use taxis sparingly as rates do add up. Flat rates from the airport start at $35 and increase by number of passengers and final destination. 
On Foot The towns located in Jackson Hole even the cosmopolitan town of Jackson are small enough to explore on foot. Just make sure to bundle up if you're visiting during the winter.
On Bike

The Start Bike bike-share program is another great way to get around. Look for stations around town to borrow a bike for a day for $8 or for three days for $20. Keep in mind: Bikes are not available in the winter.

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