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Renting a car is your best choice to get around Bend. All the major rental companies (Avis, Budget, Enterprise and Hertz) have offices in the city and there is local Carrera Motors that rent upscale cars such as Porsche, BMW and Audi.
If you opt not to rent a car, the visitor have several options for getting around: Central Oregon Airport Shuttle will take you to Redmond Airport from whatever the location you are. You need to make reservations in advance calling 888-664-8449 or 541-382-1687. Green Energy Transporation and Tours does not only gives service to the airport but also in the city and within the state. High Desert Limo and Stagecoach Transportation offers similar door to door service but in a Limo.
The Bend Area Transit (BAT) public transportation system offers low cost bus transport throughout downtown Bend. More information, including current route and fare info, can be found at their website.. http://www.ci.bend.or.us/bend_area_tr... The City of Bend operates a Dial-a-Ride service for low income and disabled people... http://www.ci.bend.or.us/bend_area_tr...
Some ski resorts offer shuttles that take the traveler back and forth to/from Bend and they offer geat deals that may question how practical renting a car may be. But if you plan to get around, visit different spots and get into activities other than snow sports, a car is still your best option.
You can always take taxis. Order a cab by phone calling Bend Cab/City Cab at 541 389 8090/ 541-548-0919 or The Yellow Cab Company at 541-330-1600.