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Getting Around -- Fairbanks is designed around the car, and that's the practical way to get around. Without one, sticking only to downtown, you will leave with a low opinion of the place. The city is too spread out to use taxis much. Avis, Hertz, Dollar, Budget, Payless, Alamo, and National are located at the airport. Brand-name rental-car agencies do not allow driving on the region's unpaved highways.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough's MACS bus system (tel. 907/459-1002; www.co.fairbanks.ak.us/transportation) links the university, downtown, the nearby North Pole community, shopping areas, and some hotels. Service is every 30 minutes at best, worse Saturday, and nonexistent Sunday. Pick up timetables at the visitor center or online. Almost all buses connect at the transit park downtown, at 5th Avenue and Cushman Street. The fare is $1.50 for adults; 75¢ for seniors, children, teens, and people with disabilities; free for children 4 and under.

Fairbanks's car-oriented layout does not lend itself to using bikes as the primary means of transportation, but there are great mountain-biking opportunities.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.