Is it going to be like FFXI where certain races get a bonus for starting in their home cities?
and how easy is it to travel within the three cities once you get a higher level?
I traveled from Limsa Lominsa to Western Thanalan (the outer edges of Ul'dah territory) via ferry, and from there to Ul'dah, to Gridania on foot at rank one. Took about an hour total. Don't forget to attune yourself to the Aetherytes along the way so you can teleport there later.
FFXI-Garuda 2003-2009; Lakshmi 2011-8/20/13 (retired)
FFXIV: ARR - Ghost Bear, Balmung server