Gas Busters: Five Top Vacation Cities Where You Don't Need a Rental Car

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Has the price of gas given you the pre-summer travel time blues? Don’t let those expensive trips to the Exxon station (XOM) cast a cloud over your vacation plans. Instead, plan to take public transportation on your next summer fun trip.

Whether you’re visiting the Statue of Liberty or the White House there are convenient ways to get around some of the nation’s major cities that do not involve major exertion.
Here are five cities with some of the best deals around for a vacationing family of four, as well as some estimates of the costs, and savings to be had.


Chicago, Ill.
How to Get Around: Check out the Chicago Transit Authority for information on trains and buses to take you around the city, including to the Sears Tower. The daily cost of travel for four with an unlimited pass is $5 per person.
Public Transport Cost (Per Day): $20
Mid-sized Car Rental (Per Day): $37.99
Estimated Savings by Taking Public Transportation: $17.99
Gas You Could Buy with Your Savings: A little more than 4 gallons


Washington, D.C.
How to Get Around: Take the Metro, which can take you from the National Mall to the Pentagon City Mall (and to many points in between). The Washington Area Transit Authority provides directions for navigating the nation’s capital. The daily cost of travel for four with an unlimited pass is $7.80 per person.
Public Transport Cost (Per Day): $31.20
Mid-sized Car Rental (Per Day): $60.99
Estimated Savings by Taking Public Transportation: $29.49
Gas You Could Buy with Your Savings: More than 7 gallon

Atlanta, Ga.
How to Get Around: The Marta offers rail and bus schedules for visitors to get from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the Georgia Aquarium, among other spots. The daily cost of travel for four with a weekly unlimited pass is $13 per person.
Public Transport Cost (Per Day): $7.43
Mid-sized Car Rental (Per Day): $37.99
Estimated Savings by Taking Public Transportation: $30.56
Gas You Could Buy with Your Savings: Nearly 8 gallons

New York, N.Y.
How to Get Around: Hop Stop provides routes to get around the Big Apple, and the New York Metropolitan Authority can also offer tips for your family to help you get from the Statue of Liberty to Times Square. The daily cost of travel for four with an unlimited pass is $7.50 per person
Public Transport Cost (Per Day): $30
Mid-sized Car Rental (Per Day): $80.99
Estimated Savings by Taking Public Transportation: $50.99
Gas You Could Buy with Your Savings: Nearly 13 gallons

San Francisco, Calif.
How to Get Around: Go from the Asian Art Museum to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art with your one day Muni Passport, which will get you unlimited rides on the underground train system, and travel by cable car. The daily cost of travel with this unlimited pass is $11 per person.
Public Transport Cost (Per Day): $44
Mid-sized Car Rental (Per Day): $106.99
Estimated Savings by Taking Public Transportation: $62.99
Gas You Could Buy with Your Savings: Almost 16 gallons


These are just a sampling. If you’re traveling to Seattle or Miami, check out public routes to find ways to get around. And for those venturing off to Boston or New Jersey, Hop Stop can help you to navigate the streets. Enjoy your vacation!

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