TOP TIPS FOR AIR­PORT TRANS­FERS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - TRAVEL WISDOM - TIANA TEMPLEMAN

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.

SAN FRAN­CISCO

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