9 Things to Know About Your Arrival Airport

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Does your arrival airport have easy access to public transportation? Are there entry or exit fees? Where's the rental-car counter? Getting there is only half the battle. Here are nine things you need to know about your arrival airport before you even take off.


Public Transportation

Not all airports are conveniently or cheaply connected to a destination city by public transportation. When booking a flight, pull up a map of local transportation options (such as subways, buses, trams, and shuttles) that serve the airport. Know the route you'll need, how much it will cost, and how and where to buy your fare (including whether ticket kiosks accept credit cards, cash, or coins). Don't forget to look up a timetable, too, lest you get caught at the airport long after the subway has stopped running. If you're heading straight to a nearby hotel from the airport, find out if a shuttle van is included in your room rate.

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