When most of us plan a holiday, we give ourselves a budget. Most of us come back in the red. One reason is the little extras that you wouldn't normally be spending money on -- things that you haven't planned for, such as the spiralling costs of transport. One of the big hitters is normally forking out for a taxi from the airport, in order to get straight to your hotel to make the most of your time there. However, getting there quickly doesn't have to mean spending a small fortune before your holidays properly begins. Here are our tips for a few popular destinations:
While it's not the biggest city in the world, it is one of the most expensive -- at least in terms of taxis. Earlier this year it was ranked 12th in a global survey of airport taxis in terms of cost of distance, coming in at a whopping £2.44 per mile.
Instead, stroll out of the arrivals building and follow the turquoise signs for the Airlink buses. The 747 bus towards Heuston Rail Station leaves the airport every 15-20 minutes between 6am and 11:30pm, and will get you to the central bus station in 30 minutes, and O'Connell Street, in the heart of the capital, in 40 minutes. A single journey will cost a fraction of a taxi fare -- 6€ (£5) for adults, and 3€ (£2.50) for children.
Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport
Visiting Sydney is never going to be cheap, but there are options that are less expensive than others to get from the airport into the city. Without walking a mile in the scorching heat, the best option is to head to platform 1 at the International Airport station to catch an Airport Link T2 train. A single will set you back AUD15.90, which is less than a tenner, and trains go directly to Central and Town Hall stations. Children can travel for AUD11.40 (£6.70), and families travelling together will only pay for one child.
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport
To get directly into Melbourne city centre from the airport, the easiest option is the grab the SkyBus to Southern Cross Station. The service, which runs 24/7 and has departures every 10 minutes during the day, transports more than two million travellers to and from the airport every year. A single ticket is AUD17 (£10), and will get you into the city in around 20 minutes. The bus picks up at Terminals 1 and 3, and there is also a free transfer service, which departs from Southern Cross Station to a number of city centre hotels. For those organised travellers out there, you can even buy your ticket in advance at the SkyBus website.
McCarran International Airport
As soon as the wheels touch the tarmac in Las Vegas, there's only one thing most people want to do -- hit the strip. At McCarran International Airport, head to Terminal 1, Level Zero. Here, you can board the Route 109 bus to the South Strip Transfer Terminal (SSTT), which will take 5-10 minutes. This is only $2, around £1.25, but you must have the correct change when boarding.
At the SSTT, you can change for a northbound Strip and Downtown Express (SDX) bus, which will take you directly into the city, stopping at virtually all the major resorts along the way. It will cost $6 (£3.75) for a 2-hour pass, but if you plan on using either the SDX or the Deuce buses again during your stay, a 24-hour pass is $8 (£5), or a 3-day pass is $20 (£12.50).
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