Ask a Travel Nurse Question:
During an assignment, do you get car rental expenses or do you have to use public transport?
Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:
If you plan to travel for any extended period of time, I do recommend purchasing a reliable auto or truck and driving to the assignments yourself.
I do realize this can be a BIG undertaking for someone who may not be used to driving hundreds or even thousands of miles, but honestly, it is part of the adventure of travel nursing. Plus, you do not have to worry about rental cars or public transport when you get to an assignment.
There are companies out there that will offer rental car reimbursements, but like everything else in life, nothing is free. The company may offer it as one of their “no charge” benefits, but that money does come from somewhere in your compensation package (often resulting in less wage per hour than someone who declines this benefit).
You do need to research the city in which you will be working to see if mass transit is even an option. If you are talking New York, Chicago, or San Francisco, no problem. But small rural destinations may require your own set of wheels or a rental.