TOP TIPS FOR AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Did you know taking a taxi from the airport to your hotel instead of public transport can be cheaper, and timing your flight arrival carefully can save you hundreds? Read on to discover how to travel smarter.
PLAN YOUR FLIGHT ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIME
That cheap flight deal might not be so cheap after all. If you are planning on catching public transport to or from the airport, check it will be running before you book your flights.
Late night and early morning arrivals can cost more than they save if you have to catch a taxi.
STAY AT THE AIRPORT
Consider staying at an airport hotel if you are flying late at night or early in the morning. Most are a short walk or shuttle bus ride from the terminal or even inside the airport. It couldn’t be easier getting to and from the airport when you stay at one of these hotels.
IS PUBLIC TRANSPORT AVAILABLE?
Check what public transport is available and don’t assume the fastest is the best option. For example, in Seoul, the Airport Railroad Express (AREX) is the quickest way to get to and from central Seoul. However, the airport bus will take you straight to your hotel. If you are travelling with children or tired after the flight, the bus could be a better option.
DO THE MATHS
If you are travelling with friends or family, a taxi or an Uber could be cheaper than taking public transport to and from your hotel. Share the cost and save.
BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE
If you are catching a bus or train, check if it is cheaper to buy tickets online or in advance.
Doing so can save up to 75 per cent off the fare when you are travelling to or from an airport.
LIMIT YOUR LUGGAGE
While all airport stations have lifts, there may not be one at the station near your hotel. Limit yourself to one suitcase and pack light so you can use public transport with ease.
CHECK THE FARE
If you are planning on taking a taxi, check the going rate before you arrive at your destination. For example, taxis at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport charge a standard flat rate. Not using the meter at another airport could be a scam.
Don’t get caught.