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By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Dallas?

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Do you need a car in Dallas? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Dallas really is one of those cities where the natural assumption is that a car is necessary to get around, and over 90% of journeys within the city are made this way. Although Dallas does have a small element of light rail, connecting through as far as the city of Fort Worth, the Dallas Metroplex really has come very late to this party, and unless your plan is largely just to stay downtown, then a rental car will almost certainly be a good idea.

Long haul visitors to Dallas are most likely to arrive into the vast sprawling Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), whereas visitors from within the United States, especially those flying with Southwest Airlines, might also fly into the smaller Love Field.

Our view is that the best of the Texas landscape is to be found in the north-west of the state, towards the border with New Mexico. It goes without saying that this is all natural driving country, although some visitors might also prefer to take a guided tour.

Other visitors might also want to venture towards the state capital San Antonio or the popular college town of Austin, although regular scheduled bus services are also available to both locations, as are direct short hop flights.

Overall, Dallas is a very strong and obvious “yes” to getting a rental car.

Why should you rent a car in Dallas?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Dallas?

Dallas Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

40%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€170

 #198/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €240

164/300

 

Free parking score

Total 673 - of which 491 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

73%

#41/300

 
  • Because it’s the only real option.
 

Why not? Visiting Dallas without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Dallas public transport quick facts

Train score

 

00%

Water travel score

00%

Overall public transport score

10%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Dallas. 

10%

There are very few reasons to visit Dallas without a car, if you have the option of renting, then I suggest you do so!

  • DART – the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system is actually the largest light rail operator in the USA!
  • You should be able to get around key places in the DFW-Metroplex without too much hassle, but public transport options outside this urban area are poor.

Do you need a car in Dallas? – Oh yes!

Ratings

Car rental in - Dallas Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Dallas?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Dallas?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in Dallas?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Dallas if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Dallas if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Dallas if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Dallas on the Carornocar scale?

8

Go back up to:
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Would you hire a car in Dallas?

Have you driven in Dallas? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Dallas?
Tell us what you think using the comments section below:
 
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