Jackson does have an International Airport and bus transport to surrounding ski areas is good but travel to and from the National Park is best by car. Jackson is 20 miles or 40 minutes from popular Jenny Lake Campground in Grand Teton National Park. It's a very pretty drive especially at sunset and you'll love the look of the Teton range from this different perspective. Just be careful of wildlife, especially elk, as they are at their most active and dusk and dawn.
The center of town is quite small and you can easily walk anywhere in it. It does sprawl out quite a bit so many supermarkets and facilities are on the outskirts and you would need to use the bus or drive to them.
I have booked my car via the company Holiday autos.
This makes it much easier, as it is in your own language, if you have problem you can call their office.
First I was searching the internet to rent a car, but there are so many different companies, like Alamo, Hertz, Avis, Budget, ...
And they all heave different ways in giving their prices (with or without a number of assurances), that makes it really hard to compare; also there are the hidden extras.
And then after a long tiring flight you stand there for the rent a car desk, and then they propose all kind of extras and assurances, and then it is sometimes very confusing to know what you really need.
So the advantage of booking via Holiday autos was that everything was included, so no more extras, of course at the desk they always try to sell one or more extra insurances, but a simple no does it
After the booking you receive a voucher, and upon arrival you present this voucher at the rent a car desk, a few signatures, and you can explore the American Highways.
The rent a car firm was Alamo.
And for the 21 days I paid 681 euro, which is 32.4 euro a day.
My car was a red PT Cruiser – Cryssler.
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In order to do something about the pollution by the dirty exhaust from the many cars, in Jackson they have replaced the traditional busses (which use the very polluting Diesel) by the traditional stagecoaches.
This is a much cleaner solution, and the so called litter produced by the horses, can be re-used in order to fertilise the plants and the flowers in the city square park.
As you can see on the picture, this is a 2pk vehicle, for longer distances there is also a 4pk version.
And if you believe this story, then I am very sorry, as of course it is a joke, these stagecoaches make historical sightseeing tours in the city . . .
Grab the bus around downtown for free or catch a ride to or from Jackson for $3.
Easy to figure out, convient if you don't have a car.
Just pick up a bus guide around town and go...
Check website for schedules:
You definitely do not need a car in Jackson, unless you plan on taking some road trips into the national parks. There is a very comprehensive local bus system and everything is walking distance within Jackson itself. Keep in mind that the ski resort (Teton Village) is a separate town 15 minutes away.
I could not figure out how to get around the bummer of a cost for the trip to and from the airport. It seems that taxi and shuttle van both ended up costing around $45 round trip for two people. There is really no other alternative as the public bus system does not seem to go the airport. You do not need reservations for either the shuttle can or taxi, they will be waiting to steal your money once you get off the plane.
I flew into Jackson and did not have a personal rental car. Fortunately, the Jackson bus system is easy to learn, convenient and free (within Jackson City Limits). The buses were clean and well maintained and were ALWAYS on time. A great way to get around Jackson once you learn the schedule and stops.
The airport is only 10 miles from the town of Jackson. It has great access!
The START Bus can take you to the airport, the ski hill, anywhere in town, and lots of hotels.
It can even take you to this grocery store, where if you look closely, a canine decided he didn't want to wait, and would drive home;)
Taxi Tim is a good cab co. to call if you just want a cab ride. But Norm and Tiki Taxi is an adventure, full of scary luau print, and a cheesy volcano, the Tiki Taxi is just AWESOME.
Otherwise, walking and riding a bike will pretty much get you anywhere in Jackson you need to go. There are Bike rentals throughout town.
Fly. American or United (Delta is pulling out). American has a direct flight from Chicago once a week in the summer and every day in the winter. Otherwise it generally connects through Dallas (ugh.). United obviously connects through Denver.
If you're skiing you may not need a car b/c there is a decent bus system that can take you to the mountains. If you're hiking rent a car.
Whether you need to get to or from Salt Lake City, across the pass to do some skiing at Grand Targhee, or to the Jackson Hole Airport Alltrans is your best option.
check out there website for all there services and prices: