Mississippi — Transportation
Mississippi Taxis and Car Rental
One thing for sure about traveling in Mississippi is that you will need your own car if you want to see or do anything at all. There simply aren't any other transportation options to get between towns or even within the towns of this largely rural state. That said, the taxis Jackson and Gulfport can prove useful if you don’t plan to stray far from your beachfront hotel. In the capital Jackson, Yellow Cab (+1-601-922-3782) is a good choice, while Biloxicab (+1-228-385-7777) is popular in Gulfport and along the Gulf shores. Be sure and keep a couple of taxi numbers on your phone so you can call for a pickup whenever needed because they are few and far between. Cabs in Mississippi don’t cruise the streets looking for fares.
You’ll be glad you rented a car in Mississippi. With four major interstates and some of the nicest scenic byways in the country, getting from Point A to Point B is the best part. All the major car rental companies are on site at the airports in Jackson and Gulfport, as well as the downtown areas of popular tourist towns such as Oxford and Natchez. Weekly rates are quite reasonable when you factor in touring the pretty countryside or Gulf coast.
Mississippi Trains and Buses
There are three Amtrak lines that run through parts of Mississippi. While the train is certainly the slowest means of transportation in the state, it’s easily the most scenic and relaxing. Fares are comparable to domestic flights, but if time is not an issue you will get to see parts of the Mississippi River valley that few others do. The City of New Orleans line runs north to south stopping in Greenwood, Yazoo City, Jackson, Brookhaven, and McComb, while the Sunset Limited makes a stop in Biloxi, and the Crescent line stops in Meridian and Hattiesburg. The train isn’t really useful for traveling within the state, but it’s a fun way to get around.
The Greyhound bus is far more comprehensive if you need a cheap way to get to Mississippi or move between towns on a limited budget. The Delta Bus Line is another good option for travel within Mississippi only. The problem with the buses is they often stop on the outskirts of small towns and have fairly limited timetables.