Getting Around West Palm Beach
The best way to get around West Palm Beach is by car. Whether you rent one at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) or use your own, a car is necessary to enjoy most of West Palm's sites. However, for select attractions, the city's Palm Tran buses and West Palm Beach Trolley lines are a viable option. Taxis are available as well but can be costly if traveling long distances.
For the most convenient transportation option, consider renting a vehicle. Like other Florida cities, West Palm's public transportation only reaches select areas, making it a challenge to solely rely on buses and trolleys. All major car rental vendors can be found at the airport or throughout the city. Just be prepared for pricey tolls if you decide to drive on Florida's Turnpike. But once you are in the city, driving is relatively easy. Roads are set up in a basic grid system, and parking is plentiful. To minimize driving headaches, avoid the main thoroughfares like Interstate 95 and Military Trail during rush hour.
The Palm Tran bus system operates more than 30 routes throughout West Palm and Palm Beach, several of which include stops at popular attractions like Mounts Botanical Garden, Okeeheelee Park and the Norton Museum of Art. Affordable bus fares – just $2 per ride or $1 for seniors and students 21 and younger – and daily 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. operations also make Palm Tran buses a preferable transit option. (Do keep in mind that some routes do not operate on weekends.) Still, once rush hour strikes, increased traffic causes heavy bus delays, making this system only reliable during select hours.
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The free and user-friendly West Palm Beach Trolley is another way to get around central West Palm. There are three lines offered but the most used are the yellow and green lines, which service attractions like Clematis Street, the Kravis Center and CityPlace. The yellow line runs daily from 11 a.m. to 9 or 11 p.m., while the green line starts at 7, 9 or 11 a.m. and runs until 7 p.m. each day. Remember, though, that trolley routes are restricted to the downtown West Palm area, so it is not recommended for travelers looking to explore other parts of the city or Palm Beach County.
Visitors looking to travel shorter distances not covered by West Palm's bus or trolley networks could hail a cab. However, regularly using taxis is not recommended due to their pricier rates. The ride-sharing smartphone app Lyft also operates in the West Palm Beach area.
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