There are several ways of getting to the airport, each with their own pros and cons, from using your own car, using a shuttle service, taking advantage of taxis and rideshare services, public transportation, and to having a friend or family member drive.
So, whether you want to get to the airport with or without a car, you will be able to.
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1. Driving Your Own Car
With the popularity of rideshare apps, it is becoming less and less common to see people drive their own car to the airport, but it can still be a good idea.
The main concern people have is where can I park?
Airports offer on-site parking that accommodates both short-term and long-term stays with varying rates, availability, security measures, and locations.
If you want to drive to the airport yourself, it would be best to pre-book, so you can guarantee availability, not to mention that you might be able to find a discount or promotion if you book in advance.
Off-site parking, such as parking lots or garages, can be a better option if you’re looking to save money.
The only question is how close will the off-site parking be to the airport?
So make sure that you research your options for how you will get to the airport once you have parked.
Security measures are something else that you will definitely want to take into account, too.
Valet parking is an airport service that will typically be available at major airports, such as at JFK and Newark – and it can be a good option for some people due to the convenience it offers.
Before you hand over your keys, make sure that you securely store your valuables, and ensure that you have the right documentation.
2. Shuttle Services
Using a shuttle service that takes you to the airport can be a great idea, especially if you are traveling in a large group due to the convenience they offer, as well as how cost-effective they can be.
Keep in mind that shuttle services have designated routes, schedules, pick-up/drop-off locations, and accessibility options.
This can be a lot to think about, but also means that you should be able to find a shuttle service that will work for you and your needs.
Taxis and rideshare services like Uber or Lyft are available at most airports, though rideshare services might be limited when departing the airport, as some countries restrict them.
I certainly had this issue when traveling through Mexico and in some Latin American countries.
Taxis and rideshare services have designated pick-up/drop-off locations and rates, are very convenient, but are one of the more expensive options.
4. Public Transportation
It’s no surprise that many airports, especially major airports, are well-connected to public transportation.
So taking a bus, train, or tram to the airport can be very cost-effective, though also a bit of a hassle, especially if you need to get to the airport during rush-hour, and you have large items of baggage that you need to take with you.
Just keep in mind, especially if you need to get to the airport when you are in another country, to research routes schedules, and fares in advance.
If you’re in an unfamiliar country late at night, it might also be better to pay more for a safer and more convenient mode of transport.
5. Friends and Family
If possible, having a friend or family member drive you to the airport is probably your best option.
Not only will be inevitably be inexpensive, even if you are asked to pay for gas, but it can be a convenient option.
Ella Dunham, a Freelance Travel Journalist and Marketing Manager, boasts an impressive career spanning eight years in the travel and tourism sectors.
Honored as one of "30 Under 30" by TTG Media (the world’s very first weekly travel trade newspaper), a "Tour Operator Travel Guru" and "Legend Award" winner, Ella is also a Fellow of the Institute of Travel, a Member of the Association of Women Travel Executives, has completed over 250 travel modules, and hosts travel-focused segments on national radio shows where she provides insights on travel regulations and destinations.
Ella has visited over 40 countries (with 10 more planned this year).