When you need to travel and can’t or don’t want to use your own automobile, there are a number of options. Your travel options will largely depend on how far you need to go and what method would be most efficient in getting you there.
Individual travel has changed over the past several years with the rise of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. These services allow regular people to provide paid rides to anyone who wants them through the use of an app. It makes for easy travel to and from events, the airport or anywhere else someone needs to go on short notice.
Another common method of intracity as well as intercity travel is the use of a shuttle. Shuttles usually are either vans or buses that take people to and from airports, hotels, car dealerships, workplaces and other places. Shuttles also are a convenient way to travel that doesn’t require scheduling in advance. Most shuttles run either on demand or at scheduled intervals, making it easy and convenient to use one. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 16,000 shuttle buses and vans working for various charter services.
If you need to go longer distances or if you need more customization for a local trip, buses can be the right choice for you. For parties, weddings or other special events, you can rent a party bus. You also can use a charter bus to take groups on long trips. Bus travel also is an important way for people without other transportation to get around their city. Intercity bus travel also is an option.
For longer trips, rail and air travel are what many people choose. Many people take an airplane for leisure purposes, such as for a vacation or to visit friends and family, but air travel also is important for work. About one-third of business trips are by air. People who take trains usually do so because they are afraid of flying or can’t afford it, although some people just enjoy the nostalgia of train travel.
Whatever method of travel you choose will depend on a number of factors, including the specific situation, personal preference and cost, among others.