An insider’s look into best airport transportation

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Mumbai | Published: December 17, 2014 4:42:01 PM has compiled an insider’s look at the best transportation options from 29 major airports around the world

To help travellers save commuting time and also find the most cost efficient airport transportation, has compiled an insider’s look at the best transportation options from 29 major airports around the world. The Airport Transportation Insider compares taxi, private car and mass transit options within the most popular international and domestic destinations.

The survey reveals that Bangkok offers affordable taxis for travellers from the airport to the city center, covering 17 miles in INR 491 (approximately US$ 8 at an average of US$ 0.45 per mile). Not far behind are Beijing, Mexico City, Singapore and Rio de Janeiro , these cities offer transportation from the airport to the city center at a price below INR 1200 (US$ 20). While taxi apps continue to remain popular abroad, services in a number of top destinations such as Dublin and Paris offer prices similar to taxi fares as well.

The London Heathrow airport is one of the busiest airports of the world. A cab from the airport to the city center would cost around INR 6700 (US$ 109), while a pocket friendly alternative would be to use the mass transit at INR 552 (US$ 9).Other airports offering affordable mass transit options are Mexico City at INR 22 (US$ 0.37),while the TransMilenio bus in Bogotá costs about INR 61 (US$ 1). Travellers in Singapore prefer to use the MRT rail which costs approximately INR 61 (US$ 1).

When it comes to domestic air travel in Mumbai the distance from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport to the city centre –Dadar is approximately 11 km. Prepaid yellow black taxis are available in AC and non AC options without a need for prior booking. They are the most affordable taxis for INR 350 and it takes approximately 20 minutes to reach Dadar. AC cabs such as the Ola, Meru or Tab Cabs services are available at a higher price. Buses ply between CSIA and nearby railway stations, Vile Parle and Andheri. Auto rickshaws are only licensed to operate in the western suburbs beyond Bandra, and in the central suburbs past Sion. Travellers looking for mass transitcan travel through Mumbai local train at the cost of INR 10 and reach Dadar (city centre) in around 25 minutes.

At Bengaluru, the airport is 34 km (21.00 miles) from the city centre – Koramangala. Travellers will have to pay INR 1050 with the average time of 1 hour 20 minutes by cab. Buses are broadly categorised as air-conditioned or regular, which have separate fee structures.

In Delhi, it takes about 35 minutes from the Indira Gandhi International Airport to reach the city centre – Connaught Place. Local taxis costs around INR 500. The Delhi Metro is one of the fastest ways to commute in the city. Recently a Superfast Airport Express has been introduced to connect the airport with the central part of New Delhi. For travellers looking for mass transit in the capital city, it will take around 30 minutes and approximately INR 30 – 100 depending on the distance.

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