I am taking a trip soon and no one will be able to take me to the airport, and I don't want to leave my car there. So my question is, how do you folks who have to get a ride to the airport do it? Is there a limo service or taxi service you use? How do you find them? How much do these services typically cost? Do you have to reserve in advance? Thanks.
If you look in the yellow pages under "Airport Limosine Services" you will find many vendors in most markets. For instance, here in Portland, we use "Blue Star Transportation." Our round-trip transfers to the airport (about 12 miles) is $53. We just call ahead and they are quite punctual about coming just at the right time. This is generally cheaper than leaving the car at the airport which is nearly $10 per day here at PDX.
The $53 is for two passengers, singles are less of course.
I live a bit far out so a taxi service is not a viable option. It is over $100 each way. I find it is less expensive to:
1. Park at the airport in the secure, covered lot. $15/day.
2. Limousine. Usually around $80 each way. About the same with tip but it's nicer way to get there.
3. Get a room near the airport and leave my wife's car at her work and take a cab to and from there. Only $20 for the cab ride and usually around $40 for the hotel room.
What we usually end up doing is just parking at the airport. It is far more convenient to just have the car there when we get back. It is covered, semi-heated and "relatively" secure. I don't like being asked to take people (other than immediate family) to the airport early in the morning or late at night so I don't do it to others. That's just me.
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We don't have many options in Orlando. A cab for me is around $55 each way and a sedan pickup is around $65 each way. I park at the Parking Spot for $7 per day. You can park at Thrifty for $6 per day.
One other option, it may take a while, is taking Lynx. They have a couple of routes that go to airport. I have never used them. However, I have found most city bus services have a website where you can put in time, starting point, and ending point and they will give you routes.
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We have the same problem. A great distance to airport and expensive parking. $11-$14 per day). Most of the ST Louis airport hotels offer parking and shuttle to and from at little or no charge if you book a "Park and Fly" package. We booked our hotel on Hotwire or Priceline and checked the ammenities to be sure we had parking available at n/c. We got the Hilton and 1 week of parking for less than $50.
We go to the air port several times per year. Each time we rent a car for one day. I use Budget because they are handy to Ocoee. I pick up the car there and leave it at the airport. Usually cost is under $30. Then I can leave my car in my garage and it will not get hail damage as it did once while parking at the Off property property lot. Then coming back I reverse the order. You have the privelage of using the rental for 1 day each time. Go for it gal.
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Here in Phoenix I use the Super Shuttle. You make a reservation for the trip from your house to the airport, and then returning you go out to the curb and the attendant radios for a shuttle for you. They are a shared van service and go to all areas of the valley. I just made the reservations for our upcoming Alaska cruise, and, from our house to the airport, first person is $19, 2nd person is $7, total $26 plus tip.
When I am going to be gone for jsut a few days I park at the airport economy parking lot. Longer trips are via Super Shuttle and the car stays home in the garage.
I never park at O'Hare, even a week would cost me more than a limo and then I'm risking my life and car in the garage! :-) The remote lots are a zoo so I do the limo thing.
I'm fortunate that a retiree in the area runs a small limo service, not to make big bucks but more to keep him out of his wife's way!!! :-) He's not much more than the various shuttle vans.
With Great Lakes so close, the vans are a deal but they tend to make many stops and I get nervous time wise. I'm one of those that needs to be there early!
I dont ask anyone to drive me to O'Hare anymore, its just too much of a pain. When I leave in Sept., Labor Day Weekend, a 6:30 flight, most of my friends work and anyone that drops me off will get caught in the "get out of town and head for Wisconsin Friday afternoon" traffic!
Thanks everybody. I swear I didn't post to ask for a ride! But I will be e-mailing those who asked anyway. I need to go Thursday evening around 5:45 p.m. I live about 15 minutes northeast of the airport.
Emeril's has been wonderful. My friends son was a sous chef there before he joined the navy. We were always treated like royalty when we went with my friend....will be odd to be there without him!