I’ve been doing a lot of business travel lately and hands down have the best way to get to my hotel in most every large city…the train/subway/metro! Not only is taking the metro usually a fraction of the cost of a shuttle or taxi, but I’ve found time and time again it’s usually the fasted way to go.
Here are some real life examples I’ve had (one way travel):
City Taxi Shuttle Metro
Washington DC $20 $15 $2.80
Atlanta $30 $16 $1.75
San Francisco $40 $17 $3.50
Not only is the metro option usually, by far, the cheapest option, but I’ve also heard from several others of their long journey from the airport to the hotel via shuttle or taxi because of traffic.
Most recently the hotel I was staying at in DC, the President of Iran was staying the next block over so there were several streets around us closed. I heard one person say he was dropped four blocks from the hotel after a 45-minute and $60 cab ride. I on the other hand was dropped two blocks away after only 20 minutes and $2.80.
Twice I’ve been dropped in the middle of San Francisco during the gay pride parade and again saved time and money not having to deal with taking a taxi or shuttle.
Most hotel websites do a good job of outlining your travel options and giving you detailed directions on what trains and stops to take. Usually they will list the information under “Maps & Transportation”.
Something to check out the next time you are planning how you’ll get from the airport to the hotel.