Domestic Transportation in the United States

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Means of Transport Recommended in Town

In the USA, you can use Public or Private Transports: Public transport includes Rail and Bus services (present most of the time in all the cities). Private transport include taxi cab or limousine services.
Maps of Urban Networks
New York City Metropolitan
Los Angeles Metropolitan
Urban Transport Agencies
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

New York City Transit
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Find an Itinerary
San Francisco Bay Area Transit Information
Taxi Companies
1-800 Taxi Cab

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Los Angeles Intl (LAX) 24 km / 15 miles USD 30 / 30-35 min USD 3 / 30-45 min Available Available
Gary - Chicago Intl (GYY) 7 km / 4 miles Available Available - Available
New York - Kennedy Intl (JFK) 21 km / 13 miles USD 45 / 40-100 min Available USD 5 /1 0-15 min Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

The railroad network is good but trains for passengers are slower and less frequent than in Europe. The network of intercity buses is denser and tends to be cheaper. The network of the domestic airlines is very extensive. The plane is the mean of transport more used.
Rail Companies


Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
American Airlines Major Yes Yes
United Airlines Major Yes Yes
US Airways Major Yes Yes
Continental Major Yes Yes
Delta Major Yes No
Jet Blue Low Cost Yes No
Northwest Airlines Major Yes No
Southwest Airlines Low Cost Yes No
Virgin America Low Cost Yes No
Spirit Airlines Low Cost Yes No

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Traveling By Yourself

If you drive in the USA, remember that each of the 50 states has its own set of traffic laws and regulations. Fortunately, most of the laws are the same.
The gasoline price in the USA is cheaper than in Europe for example. However, you still have to remember that the unit measure is the gallon (3.785 liters) and the price changes from one state to another.
Driver's License
An international driver's license must be obtained from your home country. This permit only verifies that you hold a valid license in your home country. It is your foreign driver's license that allows you to drive in the United States.
If you are a visitor to the United States and over 18, and have a valid driver's license from your home country, you may drive as long as your home country license remains valid. However, if you take a job or become a resident of the US, you must get a driver's license within 10 days.
Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
You can usually rent a car and drive with a valid driver's license from your home country. An international license may be helpful in convincing the car rental agent that you really have a valid license when they cannot recognize or understand your license. Some rental agencies will not rent cars to anyone younger than 25 years. Other agencies will rent to young people but will charge a higher fee. Some agencies will not rent to anyone over 71 years old.


Car rental agencies always offer collision damage waiver insurance (CDW) and theft insurance at very high prices that can significantly increase the price of a car rental. You should not drive without insurance in the US but you can find another way to get your insurance for a cheaper price or check with your credit card issuer to see if it provides such coverage.

Rental Agencies
E-Z Rent-A-Car
Fox Rent A Car
Tolls or Taxes
Highways tolls differ from one State to another. Please go to U.S Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration.
Road Maps
The United States Map
Find an Itinerary
Google Maps
Live Search Maps
Traffic Conditions Online
National Traffic and Road Closure Information
Traffic online in real time
Parking Facilities
In the main cities, there is little free space. Parking lots and garages are found in most cities.

Rules of the Road

Minimum Driving Age
The minimum age for driving is 16 in most states but some states will not allow unrestricted driving until 18.
Side of the Road For Driving
Speed Limits
  • 25–30 mph (40–50 km/h) on residential streets
  • 35–45 mph (55–70 km/h) on urban arterial roads
  • 50–65 mph (80–105 km/h) on major highways inside cities
  • 45–65 mph (70–105 km/h) on rural two-lane roads
  • 55–70 mph (90–110 km/h) on rural expressways
  • 65–75 mph (105–120 km/h) on rural Interstate highways

The speed limit in most states is now 65 miles per hour (about 110 km/hr) except where signs indicate slower speeds.

Safety Belts
Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
All 50 states and the District of Columbia have signed laws defining it as a crime to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above 0.08 percent.
National Roads Organizations
Federal Highways Administration
Department of Motor Vehicles

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