When using such transportation the player will experience no monster encounters and they also move faster on the World Map (accumulating more "steps" and thus resulting in being paid more frequently). Cars require fuel to run and once all fuel is gone the car will cease moving. Renting a car costs 3,500 gil, and fuel costs 3,000 gil per unit. Fuel can be bought from the shops around the world, and a rented car always starts with one unit of fuel.
The first instance of road transportation use in Final Fantasy VIII is when the Balamb Garden students are transported to Balamb Town via SeeD APCs. In Deling City the player can navigate the city by taking a free bus ride. During the assassination attempt upon sorceress Edea Squall hijacks a blue Tempest car, and during the escape from D-District Prison the party acquires two Galbadian APCs. Galbadian motorcycles are seen during the Battle of the Gardens and Laguna Loire is seen using a variety of transports during his appearances in flashback dream sequences.
Cars come in a variety of shapes and models throughout the world of Final Fantasy VIII. Accessible to the player via the town/city rental services (see below), cars and trucks can also be seen around towns and cities being used by other NPCs.
- Main article: Tempest (Final Fantasy VIII)
The Tempest is a light blue convertible Cadillac Squall 'acquires' during the assassination attempt on sorceress Edea. The Tempest would appear in Squall's possession again in Chocobo Racing.
Armored Personnel Carriers are used frequently by military forces to transport personnel to locations. Such APCs are seen being used by both the SeeD forces for student transportation and the Galbadian forces for troop transportation.
Used as a public transportation system, the bus service in Deling City allows the player to travel from one end of the city to the other relatively quickly without interference from surrounding obstacles. The buses can be boarded for free simply by talking to a conductor near a relevant bus stop.
Unused text entries in the game data suggest there was once a plan for the player to be able to choose a location, but instead the bus goes around the city and the player decides when to get off.
- Main article: Motorcycle
Galbadian soldiers ride motorcycles in the Battle of the Gardens, driving them off ramps to launch onto Balamb Garden from Galbadia Garden. To assist them, the Galbadian motorcycles have rockets strapped to their rear wheels to help propel them. The ramps which they drive off likely have some method of launching the motorcycles as well.
- Main article: Chocobo (Final Fantasy VIII)
Chocobos can be used to travel on the world map on the continents that have no car rentals. Chocobos are free, but require the player to solve a puzzle in a chocobo forest first.
The player may rent a car to travel on the world map. Every town has a different looking car to rent.