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Getting Around Des Moines

Des Moines, Iowa is a fairly large city with plenty of dining, shopping and attractions to see. When visiting Des Moines there are several different transportation options available to fit any preference and budget. With countless choices available, visitors to Des Moines will enjoy the freedom of exploring the city without having to worry about transportation.

The Des Moines Area Transit Authority, also called DART, is the local public bus transportation system. With a large amount of regular routes, DART covers nearly the entire metro area of Des Moines. DART also has several express routes, offering a much quicker ride with less stops to arrive at destinations in a timely manner. Most routes have fairly frequent service at all stops, especially routes that cover major streets and popular destinations. DART has a website that continually features detailed system maps and information about routes, stops, fares and updates.

Taxicabs are available in Des Moines by phone appointment. Cabs are not usually available on the street on demand, but with at least a 15-minute advance notice, most cab companies are happy to send a driver out immediately throughout the city and to the airport. Yellow, Capitol and Freedom are a few of the most reputable cab companies in Des Moines and all are properly licensed.

Limos and party shuttles are also available for airport and some inner-city transit. Full information and contact phone numbers for party shuttle and limo companies may be located through the Des Moines International Airport's website. This option is popular for large groups or wedding parties. Also para-transit services for the handicapped may be scheduled in Des Moines by appointment.

Rental cars are a popular choice for those who prefer not to rely on cabs and public transportation. Several well-known and trusted companies such as Budget, Enterprise, Dollar and Thrifty are found scattered throughout the city. Most car rental locations are conveniently found within minutes from the Des Moines International Airport.

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