One of the first things that you will discover upon your arrival in the U.S. is that Jacksonville
does not have an extensive public transportation system like the one you probably have in your
home country. This is due to Jacksonville being the largest city in the continental U.S. in terms
of landmass. Getting around town and traveling to other areas can be an extremely frustrating
experience. However, there are a few ways to make traveling easier and more enjoyable.
Options for Public Transportation
• Bus – Jacksonville Transportation Authority – JTA operates more than 30 bus routes through
Jacksonville, as well as Baldwin and the beaches. For information on specific routes and
timetables, check out
JTA bus schedules online
. Or contact JTA customer service at
(904) 630-3100 or email@example.com
• Airport – Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) – The airport is located about 20-25
minutes away from campus.
• Taxi – There are a wide number of taxi services in the city including Checker Cab, Coastal
Cab and Duval Taxi. (Note: Sometimes they will bargain or provide group discounts, if you find
a driver/deal you like ask for their number)
• Driver’s License – There are numerous DMV’s in Jacksonville. If you’re interested in the
ability to drive while you’re here, you can visit the
Department of Motor Vehicles
Etiquette for Riding with Friends
The cheapest way to get around the city is to become friends with Americans who have cars.
Everybody has to go to the grocery store and do other small errands, so most people will
probably not mind giving you a lift when they go. However, before jumping into a friend's
car, there are a few little rules of which you should be aware.
Even when someone has offered to take you someplace without you asking, you may still be
expected to contribute to gas expenses. Most college students cannot afford to drive all over
Jacksonville to get you where you need to go. You should make it clear from the beginning of the trip
that you are willing to contribute to these expenses. Usually a dollar or two is enough for a short
trip. Or, if you are continually riding with one person, you may want to offer to fill up their tank
one day. The drivers are probably not going to accept money from you for every ride, but it is always
polite to make the offer.