One of the challenges many travelers face is the cost of getting to the airport. Reliable transportation that fits your schedule and budget is not always an easy thing to find. Generally, the two main options are either driving yourself or taking a rideshare. Some cities have the option of public transportation, but public transportation isn’t always reliable and it isn’t practical to bring heavy luggage. In this article, we will take a look at the pros and cons of driving to the airport and taking a rideshare.
Parking at the airport and taking a rideshare both offer a level of convenience. The good part about driving yourself is that there is zero waiting time and you don’t have to worry about availability of rideshares. When you return, you can immediately jump in your car and head home. But the advantage to taking a rideshare is that your ride will drop-off and pick-up at the curbside of the terminal. However, it will usually take longer for pick-ups because the area around the airport is very busy.
Whether you decide to take a rideshare or drive yourself, you’ll have to worry about either availability of rideshare cars or availability of on-site parking spaces. If you are departing or arriving very early in the morning, then there is the possibility that rideshare cars are not readily available. Most rideshare apps have the ability to reserve a ride in advance, but be aware that the driver can always choose to cancel the reservation if they feel like it. Also, some cities and airports around the world have tried to restrict the use of rideshares in favor of taxi companies. It’s usually easy enough to find a rideshare to the airport, but the extra fees and regulations at some airports make it difficult to find a ride home. Check the restrictions and regulations for your airport to confirm that you will be able to get a ride from the airport back to your house.
If you are driving to the airport, then there’s always a chance that you could struggle to find an open parking spot. Many airports have a parking status tracker on their website, so you should check that before you leave home. Another option is to reserve a parking spot in advance at an off-site parking lot. This will save you a lot of money and will guarantee a parking spot when you arrive. Use a comparison site, like ParkFellows, to check the prices, read customer reviews, and book easily online. They don’t charge extra reservation fees like some of the other sites.
If you drive to the airport, then your car is parked in an airport lot with top-notch security and parking attendants who will keep an eye on your car. When you leave your car at home, then there is no one who is keeping an eye on it while you’re gone. If you’re still worried about it, check the parking lot reviews to see if anyone has had any trouble with theft or vandalism. Also, check the airport website to find the security measures of their parking garages.
The cost factor is entirely dependent on how far you live from the airport, the length of your trip, and which airport you are driving to. If you live within 5-10 miles of the airport, then it’s worth checking out the rideshare apps and compare the cost to airport parking. If you live over 10 miles away, then more often than not, it’s cheaper to park at the airport.
It is usually more cost effective to drive to the airport for short trips and to take a ride share for longer trips. For example, if you are leaving for 3 days, then a ride share might cost $20 each way ($40 total) and parking might cost $10 per day ($30 total). However, if your trip is over 4 days, then it’s cheaper to take a rideshare. But again, you should always do the cost comparison based on your airport and how far away you live. Also, check the price of the off-site parking lots compared to the on-site airport lots, the prices are usually cheaper by at least half.
As mentioned earlier, some airports have imposed extra regulations on the rideshare apps. Depending on your airport, there might be extra fees for rideshare drop-off and pick-up, which you will have to pay through the rideshare app.
We hoped this article has helped you as you research the best ways to get to the airport. It always helps to prepare in advance. Check out our article on other ways you can streamline your travel plans!