Where to Find the Best Airport Transportation Options

Hotels.com Airport Transportation Insider examines most affordable and convenient ways to get to your destination

Oct 23, 2014, 14:46 ET from Hotels.com

DALLAS, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- To help Americans better plan their travel itineraries, Hotels.com® has compiled an insider's look at the best transportation options from 29 major airports around the world. The Hotels.com Airport Transportation Insider compares taxi, private car and mass transit options within the most popular international and domestic destinations based on the latest Hotel Price Index™.

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TRAVEL

Among the most popular international destinations for Americans, travelers can find the most affordable taxis in Bogota, Columbia (38th most popular) and Bangkok (ranked #21 in international popularity), where you can get from the main airport to the city center for around $7 and $8, respectively. Bogota's El Dorado International Airport is the shortest drive to city center (20 minutes), while Bangkok taxis offer travelers the most for their money, with the $8 fare covering a distance of 17 miles (average of $0.45 per mile). Travelers can also find a taxi fare from the airport to the main part of the city under $20 in Beijing (#29), Mexico City (#16), Singapore (#19) and Rio de Janeiro (#41).

Hotels.com also found that travelers looking to take advantage of a long international layover to go sightseeing will find the most efficient mass transit options in London (#1) via the Heathrow Express and Madrid (#14) via the Metro de Madrid– both of which take passengers from the airport to the respective cities within 15 minutes. Mexico City and Berlin (#24) also offer airport bus options that take only 20 minutes. A number of cities also offer mass transit options under a $1 that take an hour or less, including the Metro in Mexico City ($0.37), the TransMilenio bus in Bogotá ($1) and the MRT rail in Singapore ($1).

Travelers can also find private cars for rates equivalent to average taxi fares in international destinations like Rome (#4) and Madrid, $38 and $51 respectively. Taxi apps also continue to become more popular abroad and services in many top destinations such as Dublin (#17) and Paris (#2) offer rates similar to taxi fares as well.

 

City

International Popularity

Major Airport

Distance to City Center

(miles)

Avg.

Taxi Cost

Avg.

Taxi Time

Avg. Mass Transit Cost

Ave. Mass Transit Time

Mexico City

16

Mexico City International Airport

7

$16

40

$0.37

35

Bogota

38

El Dorado International Airport

9

$7

20

$1

40

Singapore

19

Singapore Changi International Airport

11

$17

25

$1

60

Bangkok

21

Suvarnabhumi Airport

17

$8

40

$2

85

Toronto

3

Toronto Pearson International Airport

16

$49

50

$3

75

Seoul

23

Incheon International Airport

36

$39

66

$4

56

Dublin

17

Dublin Airport

9

$32

25

$4

30

Hong Kong

9

Hong Kong International Airport

25

$38

30

$4

40

Taipei

47

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

29

$30

42

$4

60

Beijing

29

Beijing Capital International Airport

19

$15

28

$4

61

Buenos Aires

37

Ministro Pistarini International Airport

19

$34

60

$1

120

Rome

4

Rome Fiumicino Airport

16

$51

30

$5

55

Rio de Janeiro

41

Galeao International Airport

12

$19

40

$5

66

Madrid

14

Madrid-Barajas International Airport

18

$38

30

$6

40

London

1

London Heathrow Airport

15

$109

60

$9

60

Sydney

32

Kingsford-Smith Airport 

5

$35

25

$14

25

Paris

2

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

19

$76

56

$15

48

Tokyo

7

Narita International Airport

44

$191

60

$24

55

Berlin

24

Berlin Tegel Airport

8

$30

30

$3

20

 

DOMESTIC AIRPORT TRAVEL

In the U.S., the best airports for long layovers are Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington (8th most popular domestic destination for Americans) and San Diego International Airport in San Diego (ranked #5 for domestic travel). Travelers can get to the cities' downtown areas within 15 minutes via Washington's Metrorail ($3) and San Diego's Metro Bus ($3).

San Diego has the most affordable ($14) and the most efficient (11 minutes from city center) taxi options as well. Passengers arriving in top-ranked Las Vegas, Washington or 10th ranked San Antonio can also get to the city center or main hotel area via taxi for under $25 in 15 minutes or less. John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York (#2) offers the most transportation alternatives to taxis, giving arriving passengers the option of taking the MTA Subway, Long Island Railroad or various shared ride and shuttle bus services – all more affordable than the $52 taxi flat rate to Manhattan.

 

City

Domestic Popularity

Major Airport

Distance to City Center

(miles)

Avg.

Taxi Cost

Avg.

Taxi Time

Avg. Mass Transit Cost

Ave. Mass Transit Time

Washington

8

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

5

$17

15

$3

15

San Diego

5

San Diego International Airport

4

$14

11

$2

15

San Antonio

10

San Antonio International Airport

10

$25

15

$1

30

Las Vegas

1

McCarran International Airport

4

$17

14

$6

35

Chicago

6

O'Hare International Airport

18

$40

25

$5

45

Los Angeles

4

Los Angeles International Airport

14

$47

40

$2

47

New York

2

John F. Kennedy Int'l Airport

15

$52

52

$8

50

Orlando

3

Orlando International Airport

17

$60

22

$4

83

Houston

9

George Bush Intercontinental Airport

21

$52

25

$2

80

San Francisco

7

San Francisco International Airport

14

$39

19

$2

50

 

For more information about the Airport Transportation Insider, visit http://press.hotels.com/en-us/infographics. To learn more about the Hotel Price Index, visit www.hotel-price-index.com.

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