Tags – Pros and Cons of Taking a Taxi to the Airport


Whether you’re excitedly waiting to go on holiday, or you’re about to embark on an important business trip, you’ll need to figure out how best to get to the airport. 

There are a variety of options available to you. But, in this article, we’re just exploring the pros and cons of your three main options: train, coach, or taxi. 

By the end of this blog post, you’ll be better positioned to make the best decision for your trip. 



If you live near a train station, a train to the airport might seem like a viable option. But weigh up these pros and cons before purchasing your ticket:


The Pros:

  • You can get up and move around down the aisles, which is a relief to those with long legs and/or those travelling a long distance.
  • Trains (usually) offer more amenities, most notably power outlets and toilets. 
  • Depending on the airport you’re travelling to, you might be able to arrive directly at your terminal.


The Cons:

  • Typically speaking, trains are restrictive as to when you can depart and arrive. This isn’t always convenient, and as such, you may end up having to do lots of waiting around. 
  • Unless you’re catching a train from a large station, train stations aren’t (usually) very comfortable. 
  • Not all airports boast a direct train line.
  • It’s common for trains to be delayed or cancelled, which could result in missing your flight!



What about taking a coach?


The Pros:

  • Taking a coach is near-on always the cheapest option.
  • Generally speaking, bus tickets don’t sell out very quickly.


The Cons:

  • You can’t get up and move around.
  • Coaches aren’t famous for their reliability.
  • Generally speaking, you can’t carry as much luggage on a bus in comparison to a train or a taxi. 
  • Coaches are slow. They often have to make a few stops along the way, and they typically travel at a slower pace than regular vehicles. 
  • Bus stations aren’t very comfortable to wait at.
  • Some coach companies advise you arrive three hours before departure!



Last but not least, what about taking a taxi to the airport?


The Pros:

  • You can split the cost. If you’re travelling with companions, or if you know of others getting the same flight as you, you can divide the fair. In some cases, this is even cheaper (per person) than taking the bus!
  • You’ll enjoy a door-to-door transfer from your home to the airport, without making any stops on the way. 
  • There’s a next-to-no risk of getting lost. If you haven’t visited this airport before, or if navigation isn’t one of your top skills, it makes sense to use a taxi firm that knows the route inside out and back to front. 
  • Getting a taxi gives you so much more freedom. You’re not restricted by pre-set departure times, making it by far the easiest way to get to the airport. 


The Cons:

  • It’s potentially the most expensive option for solo travellers.
  • If you’re travelling in a group, people are less likely to talk and connect with one another.

Having weighed everything up, it seems to us that booking a cab to the airport is by far the easiest, most convenient way of getting to the airport.


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