What are the considerations of getting to and from your airport? You’ve been busy planning a trip, figuring what to pack.
You will have hotel reservations, museum reservations and in many cases rental car reservations…. but before you leave on your trip, you have to get to the airport, and when you arrive in your destination, you have to get from the airport to the city…. but HOW?
You are able to research this in advance if you like. Put “getting to and from the airport” into your search engine, and you’ll find pages telling you the choices for getting to and from almost any airport in the world.
Most major airports offer several options. You will have taxis and private limos. Usually you will have buses, sometimes special “airporter” buses that take you to a downtown central location, sometimes hotel buses that will drop you off right at your hotel. You might be able to take a train or even a subway into town.
Almost all airports will tell you to watch out for “unofficial” taxis. Official taxis may use meters or they might have a fixed rate for airport runs. Check to see what you need to be paying before you jump into any vehicle. At some airports, there could possibly be a counter where you pre-pay for a taxi.
Buses may require tickets purchased at a desk inside the airport… others may allow you to pay the driver.
For those who have made a hotel reservation, check to see if they’ve got a free or inexpensive courtesy shuttle for going to and from the airport.
If you haven’t researched this ahead of time on the internet… or even if you’ve done a little research…. you can still always ask at the tourist help desk you will discover in most major airports. The staff there can generally tell you the least expensive and/or fastest way to get into town.
Remember what’s most important to you. Buses are cheap, but could possibly get stuck in traffic. The subway will whisk you to town, but may require a walk to your hotel. A taxi might seem like the costliest choice, but a shared taxi may not be as expensive as you think and can whisk you right to the front door.
Then you’ll find the fun ways of getting to and from the airport… in exceptional cases. In Venice, you can take a water bus or water taxi from the airport. There is even a water shuttle or water taxi to take you to the airport in Boston!
I think the most exotic transportation we had getting to and from the airport was when we flew into Tiger Tops in Nepal… and saw elephants waiting to take us to the lodge!
However if you are on a tour, you do not have to worry about this… your tour company should have your guide or a representative at the airport to meet you.
If this all sounds confusing… it’s not. Just look around and ask questions at the airport or at your hotel desk. There will be a concierge or an information desk to aid you.
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