Note to European Visitors
The public transportation system in the United States is similar in operation to the systems in Europe. The major difference is the frequency of service. The normal United States local transit schedule usually is not as frequent as European intercity rail service.
A typical local service frequency is 30 minutes and some routes have longer frequencies. The bigger cities, such as New York where a majority of the local people use public transportation, have frequencies similar to European standards.
Please consult the schedules of the local transportation providers before deciding to use the services suggested.
Amtrak National Rail ServiceThe United States national train service is provided by Amtrak. Amtrak is a public agency subsidized by Federal and State governments. Frequencies close to European standards are provided in the Northeast Corridor between Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston.
Some Amtrak routes have a train once a day or a few times a week and there are larger metropolitian areas such as Columbus, Ohio that do not have intercity train service.
Some states and larger metropolitan areas have train service that is not part of the Amtrak system. Some of these systems are mentioned on this web site. Many places in the United States can not be reached by public transportation.
High Speed rail is in the beginning planning phase in portions of the United States. Because of the longer travel distances, as compared to Europe, a lot of success for this endeavor would be suprising.
Tour Packages to US National Wonders
Tour packages to various National Wonders are available from several cities. These packages provide a method to visit the countries natural wonders without relying on public transportation or renting a vehicle. More details are available at the following links.
- Several tours to Niagara Falls are available from New York City.
- Several tours to Yosemite National Park are available from San Francisco.
- Day tours to Mount Rainer National Park are available from Seattle.
- A three day tour to Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce National Parks is available from Las Vegas.
- Several options for tours to Grand Canyon National Park are available from Las Vegas.