Ground Transportation Tips

There are lots of options to get to and from your airport, including taxis, limos, public buses or trains, shared-ride vans, and of course driving and parking.  To help you decide what might be best for you, we have complied some tips that may help in your planning process.

Taxi & Limo Tips

For convenience sake, there is nothing better than arriving after a long flight, getting your bag at baggage claim, and walking outside to the airport taxi stand. However, if you are new in the city area make sure you inquire before hand with the cab driver to get an approximation of the fare. There are countless documented stories from frustrated travelers worldwide who have been 'taken for a ride' by an unscrupulous taxi driver out to make a few extra bucks. Also, ask about traffic at the time you get your taxi, and ask him if he/she knows the alternative routes. Carry a map to your destination - many taxi operators are not native to the area (surprise!) and may not know all the short-cuts. You might also want to ask what the airport pick-up surcharge is. This way, your taxi ride to your destination will be stress free.  If arriving into an airport you are not familiar with, the best bet is to first go to the information desk and inquire about taxis.  You can also call your hotel in advance and ask them how much you should expect to have to pay the cab.  Being armed with this info will help set expectations up-front, and avoid any unpleasantries.
But believe it or not, often times a limo is cheaper than a cab, as unlike taxis, limo rates are fixed and are not dependent on traffic issues that may arise which drive up taxi fares.  Limo drivers are incentivized (via tips) to get you to the airport as quickly and safely as possible. Are you ready to indulge?

Public Transportation Tips

Public transportation is the most economic way into and out of the airport, but depending on the mode (bus vs train) and the time of day it can either be the slowest way to get to the airport or the fastest. Public buses are cheap, but make frequent stops and may require connections. Be prepared for a longer trip in times of rush hours if taking a bus. But during these same times, if a train is an option, this can be a lot faster than taxis or buses, which have to navigate surface traffic. But also consider you have to lug your bags through train terminals and many escalators, which slows you down.

Also note that during off-peak hours and holidays, certain options may either not be available or may be running a reduced frequency. Make sure you have prepared accordingly beforehand to save yourself any undue frustration.

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Shared Ride Shuttles

Often the cheapest way to get to and from the airport, shuttle vans often offer a cost effective alternative to taking a taxi. Typically, airport shuttle services use large passenger vans and provide pickup service from your home, hotel, or office to (or from) the airport. You share the ride, and hence much of the cost, with fellow travelers in your immediate area.

Another option is to reserve a private-ride van, useful for larger families or groups. The ultimate experience is to arrive to your airport in a sedan or limo. Sedans are typically Lincoln Towncar-type vehicles that accommodate 2-3 passengers, while limos can be as long as buses and hold an entire bachelorette party.

To get you effortlessly to the airport, you can reserve a door-to-door airport shuttle van, sedan or limo right here using one of our specially selected partners. Its safe and secure, and will make your trip a little easier.

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Pros & Cons of using Airport Door-to-Door Shuttles

Door-to-Door airport shuttles are typically small passenger vans that go to/from the airport, from/to local communities within the greater city area. The main advantage of these airport shuttles is the cost typically you can save half or more compared to a taxi. Also, the rate is fixed, so if your airport shuttle gets stuck in traffic coming from airport, you still pay the same. The disadvantages are that you share the ride with other passengers, and may find that if you are going to airport, you might be the first pickup, and may make several stops until your shuttle van is full. The same holds if you use an airport shuttle going to the city from airport. Some of the shuttles that leave the airport are on a schedule, meaning they leave at designated times. Others may only leave once the shuttle is full. Its best to ask first to make sure!

Best ways to get to/from the airport: cab, taxi, rental or park your car

A frequent dilemma amongst even seasoned travelers is "what is the cheapest, fastest, most convenient way to get to or from the airport"? Going to the airport, you have the option of driving your car and parking at the airport, taking a taxi, or using an airport shuttle. To get an idea of what is cheapest, you'll need to arm yourself with some info. Go to the airport parking page to see the parking rates, or look for even cheaper off-site parking. Compare what you would spend for your parking vs taking a cab roundtrip (anywhere from $1.50 to as much as $3 per mile). If you are arriving at the airport, you might even consider renting a car vs taking a cab - but it depends on how far you are going.

Shuttle van/limo Tipping Etiquette:

  • Shared ride shuttles: if you’re taking bags and the driver helps you loading/unloading them, its appropriate to give the driver a few bucks for his/her efforts.
  • Sedans/limos: the most appropriate form of tipping is a percentage of the fare, usually around 15%. Drivers derive much of their income from tips and usually deserve a gratuity if their service was satisfactory.