It's always a bonus to go to cities that had easy rail connections from the airport to downtown. Trains, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.