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Pros And Cons Of "The Big 3" Ways To Get To The Airport

When you're staying out of town in an unfamiliar city, making your way to the airport to head home can be one of the most challenging aspects of the journey. These days, you have three main options. You can call a traditional cab, take a rideshare that you book via an app, or take public transportation. All options have their pros and cons, which are discussed below.

Public Transportation

Taking public transportation is often the cheapest option. You may pay just a few dollars to take a bus, train, or combination of both to the airport. But public transportation has some pretty big downsides. It's reliable in big cities like New York and London, but in other areas, busses and trains are often late — and you really can't afford to have the bus come late when you have a flight to catch. Depending on where you're staying, you might also have to walk quite a ways to the nearest bus stop, which is not easy if you have a big suitcase in tow. Navigating the bus with a lot of luggage is not fun during rush hour, either.

Rideshare Apps

Rideshare apps are convenient. You log in on your smartphone, look for a car near you, and book it. The ride should be there in a few minutes, taking you to the airport for an affordable rate. Rideshare apps have the advantage of allowing you to see reviews for your driver. Many drivers are now offering fun amenities in their cars, such as snacks or the option to choose your own music. However, there are some downsides to ridesharing, too. If you go to book the ride, only to not have one available right away, you could be late. And in some cities, airports are not fond of rideshare drivers bringing passengers in. You don't want to reach the airport and get in trouble — or have your driver get in trouble — for being there.

Classic Cab

A classic cab is, in many instances, the most straightforward option for airport transportation. You may pay a little more than you would for public transportation or ridesharing, but you can call and book your cab in advance, so you're assured it will be there on time. Your driver will know you're headed to the airport, so they'll definitely bring a vehicle that can accommodate your luggage. Plus, you'll get dropped off right in front of the airport. (Some buses and trains drop you off a ways away from the actual terminal.) Visit a company like Ski Taxi to learn more. 

So which airport transportation option is best for you? Weigh the options above, considering your budget and preferences to decide.