6 U.S. Airports With Easy Rail-to-City Connections

It's always a bonus to go to cities that had easy rail connections from the airport to downtown. Rails and subways are always cheaper than a cab, and during rush hour or heavy traffic, it can be quicker. Below are six airports that have great rail connections to get you to the action cheaper and faster.


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    Two men waiting for the subway at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority station on January 1, 1993 in Atlanta, GA
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    The Atlanta subway system -- Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) -- has a train stop at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport right past baggage claim. it costs only $2.50 to take a 20-minute ride to the heart of downtown Atlanta. According to MARTA, a cab ride can cost around $30.

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    Travelers and commuters arrive at the Chicago Transit Authority's Rosemont station and head towards shuttle busses after a train derailment shut down the CTA's O'Hare International Airport station on March 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 30 were injured when a train, arriving at O'Hare, slammed into the platform overnight coming to rest on an escalator. Airport patrons and workers who use the CTA's Blue Line must take shuttle busses between the Rosemont station and O'Hare while National Transportation Safety Board investigators determine the cause of the crash.
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    The Windy City’s iconic L trains serve both O’Hare and Midway airports. The CTA Blue Line station, which provides direct service to O'Hare, can be found on the lower level concourse, which connects Terminals 1, 2 and 3. For those flying into Terminal 5, there are free airport shuttle trains to get you to the station. The ride downtown takes about 45 minutes. The CTA Orange Line, which serves Midway Airport, is right next to the airport terminal building and connected by an enclosed walkway. The ride downtown takes about 25 minutes.

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    Dallas Texas Skyline DART Area Rapid Transit Train
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    If you’re looking to go anywhere in the Dallas Metroplex, you have access to Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). The DART Rail Orange Line is located at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport's Terminal A. Travelers also have access to the Trinity Railway Express, which provides commuter rail service between Dallas and Fort Worth.

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    Passengers ride the AirTrain at the John F. Kennedy International Airport February 26, 2013 in the Queens borough of New York
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    It’s a given that the city that never sleeps would have myriad options to get downtown from JFK Airport. Your first stop will be the AirTrain ($8.50 one way), which takes travelers to numerous connecting public transit services at two off-airport locations -- Jamaica Station and Howard Beach Station. From the Jamaica station, you have access to the Long Island Rail Road, the NYC subway’s E, J and Z trains and more than a dozen bus lines. From the Howard Beach station, catch the subway A train to southern Queens, Brooklyn, and lower Manhattan or the Q11 bus. A cab ride from the airport to Manhattan costs around $60.

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    Commuters walk off of a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train July 5, 2005 in San Francisco, California. With a strike deadline looming at the end of the July 5, BART management and union representatives are trying to hammer out a contract that would keep BART trains running and avoid potential gridlock on the roadways, as potentially over 300,000 regular BART commuters could take to the highways if the system shuts down.
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    San Francisco International Airport has a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stop at the International Terminal. Travelers can walk to the station from Terminal 3, and while those coming to and from Terminals 1 and 2 can take a 1- to 3-minute ride on the AirTrain. Travelers can also access the Caltrain via the Air Train. Caltrain goes from San Francisco all the way down the peninsula to Gilroy, including a stop at Norman Mineta San Jose International Airport.

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    The Metrorail or Metro in downtown Miami is a rapid transit system that serves the urban centers of Miami and the Miami International Airport.
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    Miami International Airport is home to a station on the Orange Line of the city’s Metrorail system. Riding the line from the Earlington Heights Station to Miami International Airport takes approximately four minutes, and Metrorail rides to MIA cost ~$2 per trip. And later this spring, the  Miami Central Station is scheduled to open, providing passengers connections to services including Miami-Dade Transit’s Metrobus, Tri-Rail, Amtrak, Greyhound, taxi and other forms of private transportation.

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