Be it a land vacation or cruise or even business travel, you have to find a way to get from your home to the airport. Often we plan in advance our airport transfers at our destination, but have you given any thought to your trip to the airport?
You probably figure the easiest way to get from point A to point B is to drive yourself, but think outside of the box.
- Long-term parking: Instead of parking next to your terminal, consider parking in long-term parking. Yes, you will have to take a shuttle back to the terminal, but the inconvenience will result in more money in your pocket. For example, parking in the San Jose Airport Parking (Long Term) if you’re flying from San Jose Airport, can provide parking from just $9 a day compared to much dearer prices closer to the airport itself. Parking in a secure parking lot away from the airport can also improve the safety of your vehicle as not many people enter that carpark each day compared to the official airport carpark. There are also companies like park first that let you lease a parking space a few years although the legitimacy of these companies have been questioned recently.
- Off-airport parking: I’m always getting coupons for off-airport parking deals. The prices are really good and they have shuttles running constantly. They pick you up right where you park and drop you off at your terminal. The only downside is if you live in the Northeast and come back to your car buried in snow.
- Airport bus transfers: Instead of driving to the airport, you can park your car at a bus terminal and ride in. Your car is kept in a locked lot and you don’t have to worry about the expense of parking. This is also convenient if you live in the suburbs or far away from the airport or you don’t like driving to the airport. I know my in-laws don’t like driving in the city or to the airport and prefer taking the bus over driving.
- Shuttle Service: Although not the speediest way to the airport, it is probably one of the most affordable modes of transportation. You make your reservation and you are picked up along with others from their homes or hotel and are taken to the airport. Expect several stops, but the price can’t be beaten!
- Subway or Bus: If you are lucky enough to live in a city, hop on the subway or bus to the airport.
- Taxi: When all else fails, take a cab. Consider booking your flight during off-peak times to reduce the cost of your cab fare.
- Limousine service: If you compare prices between a taxi and a limousine, you might be surprised that sometimes the limousine wins. Check out this car service atlanta if you want to learn more about the different transport options that may be available to you. Shop around and see if there are any deals in your area before booking. I especially like that I can book online and pre-pay so I just jump out of the car and go without fumbling for my wallet at the airport.
- Ask a family member or friend for a ride: If you’re like me, you don’t want to inconvenience anyone by asking them to give you a ride to the airport. But now we share rides with our neighbors and we’re all happy. When they need a ride, we give them a lift and vice versa. Couldn’t be easier!
Give your transportation options more than a quick thought the next time you are traveling. By saving a few bucks with parking, you can spend more on your vacation and who doesn’t want to do that?