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Airports with no / bad public transportation to be AVOIDED?

Old May 20, 19, 11:15 pm
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Airports with no / bad public transportation to be AVOIDED?

There is a thread listing walkable airports such that travellers can save money not taking expensive airport trains, but I need a list of airports to AVOID for budget travellers because they are in the middle of nowhere with basically nonexistent transportation.

For example, last year I attempted to visit Alexandria by flying to HBE. There was basically no transportation at the airport. It only worked as I booked private transportation beforehand. This is the standard type of airports to be avoided by travellers.

If you know any airports which are not accessible with any public transport at all (not counting taxis or privately-operated expensive airport coaches) and not in the city centre, please reply here such that we can avoid them.
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Old May 21, 19, 2:43 am
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Ryanair style airports, such as Frankfurt-Hahn (which is actually nowhere near Frankfurt) and Memmingen are pretty bad.

I've heard Stewart International (SWF which is meant to be "near" New York) is also pretty bad.
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Old May 23, 19, 12:45 pm
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Ryanair used to call Katowice airport Krakow (Katowice) airport. In fact, Katowice is still often used as a gateway to Krakow.

The problem is Katowice airport is in the middle of nowhere and is very far away from Krakow.

Even from Katowice city centre, Katowice airport is 60 minutes away by bus and Krakow airport is... 60 too!

Katowice Airport to Krakow takes one hour and forty five minutes by direct bus. Though at least there is still a direct one to take I guess.
It takes just twenty minutes to get from Krakow airport to the centre by train.
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Old May 23, 19, 1:11 pm
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When I visited Quebec City a few years ago, I found that there was very little public transport between YQB and downtown. What there was seemed to be timed for airport workers.
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Old May 23, 19, 1:23 pm
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Neither NRT (Tokyo) or KEF (Reykjavik) were made for budget travellers.
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Old May 23, 19, 2:42 pm
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Originally Posted by jbjelloid View Post
Neither NRT (Tokyo) or KEF (Reykjavik) were made for budget travellers.
Unless I win the lottery, it' unlikely (especially since I don't play the lottery) I would splurge for expensive Iceland @:-)

Now NRT is a whole another ball of wax IMHO.

I took the train and metro to get to Tokyo, and IIRC it set me back $10 US and about hour and a half of my life. Same on return, except I gave myself more time in case I got off at the wrong spot, but that time wasn't wasted as I spent it in ANA lounge with my lifetime MM status with UA (and having an Int'l flight).
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The one time I caught the local train into Tokyo, I didnít get a seat for the first hour. Tough to handle after a trans pacific flight. Since then Iíve been taking the Keisei Skyliner express train. Still willing to give the local train another try though. For KEF there is a local bus for 1500ISK or $12ish USD. Still a little spendy IMO.
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Old May 28, 19, 12:13 pm
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I remember taking a bus from NRT to my hotel in Ikebukuro. It was around $60 R/T, but it took a really long time.
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Old May 28, 19, 12:17 pm
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Originally Posted by The_Bouncer View Post
Ryanair style airports, such as Frankfurt-Hahn (which is actually nowhere near Frankfurt) and Memmingen are pretty bad.

I've heard Stewart International (SWF which is meant to be "near" New York) is also pretty bad.
Add the airport in Chantilly which is far from Paris.

In some places the public transportation is very infrequent, such as GRU, or only operates during very limited hours, such as SAV.
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Old May 28, 19, 1:58 pm
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Originally Posted by jbjelloid View Post
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The one time I caught the local train into Tokyo, I didn’t get a seat for the first hour. Tough to handle after a trans pacific flight. Since then I’ve been taking the Keisei Skyliner express train. Still willing to give the local train another try though. For KEF there is a local bus for 1500ISK or $12ish USD. Still a little spendy IMO.
Since I usually stay in Ueno, I prefer the Keisei Skyliner. After spending all the time and miles/money to get to Japan in the first place, the price doesn't seem unreasonable to me for the speed and convenience of getting to my hotel after the TPAC flight. Though once when I was activating my JR railpass on arrival I took the N'EX since it's included - then just hopped the Yamanote line over to Ueno.

My home airport, DAY, doesn't really have any public transit options. There may be a city bus service but if so, it's extremely limited. Not that there is much of a reason to come here anyway!
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Old May 30, 19, 4:36 am
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Is this a joke?
Griping about Narita when there are lots of options to get to central Tokyo for 1,000yen
(And half price or nothing for kids)
Thatís 20 US cents a mile. Takes an hour.
As well as trains
Information | THE ACCESS NARITA
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Expressway Bus: Tokyo Sta. - Narita Airport of 1000 yen | Tokyo Shuttle | Keisei Bus

My contribution (especially since Kent International Airport in Manston is no longer in use) is San Javier Airport In Murcia, Spain.
Bus frequency is a LOT better than it used to be, but still not great
http://interbusmurcia.es/wp-content/...ia-04-2019.pdf
Am not griping about the cost of the bus, after all itís 5Euros for the 28 mile journey which is... wait for it... 20 US cents a mile.
I understand that this airport is just about to be moved somewhere even more inconvenient and less interesting.
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two corrections and additions

Originally Posted by jbjelloid View Post
Neither NRT (Tokyo) or KEF (Reykjavik) were made for budget travellers.
Both require qualification. NRT is part of the JR Pass and KEF has public transit buses from the CBD for regular prices.

My two are in upstate NY:
i) OGS - Both Allegiant and UA operate flights.Listed as Ottawa on the Allegiant site!No public transit but I figure I can get there on VIA (Brockville) and a taxi (driver needs a passport!);
ii) SYR - I took a taxi but a better option is to stay at the local Aloft and take the shuttle. (Public transit takes 1-2 hours).
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Old May 30, 19, 3:55 pm
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Both require qualification. NRT is part of the JR Pass and KEF has public transit buses from the CBD for regular prices.
Obviously not a joke then. Iím really going to have this explained to me.

OK. So if one can get into the centre of Tokyo from NRT for 1,000 yen by bus (Ginza - 1 hour) or by train for 1,380yen (68 minutes to Shimbashi)
Why would anyone who is budget minded want to activate a JR Pass for travel to or from Narita?
The JR Pass is roughly 29,000yen for 7 days which comes out at about 4,140yen a day. Only reason to do so is if your stay is actually 7/8 days or less.
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Old May 31, 19, 12:03 am
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The JR Pass is excellent value if you travel long distance.

A return ticket from TYO to Kyoto or Osaka is about the same price as the 7 day pass. Add a return to Narita and you're saving.

It's not good value at all if you stay in the Tokyo region.
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Old May 31, 19, 7:05 am
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Originally Posted by TravelDream View Post
The JR Pass is excellent value if you travel long distance.

A return ticket from TYO to Kyoto or Osaka is about the same price as the 7 day pass. Add a return to Narita and you're saving.

It's not good value at all if you stay in the Tokyo region.
Doesnít explain why a budget traveller would squander a day of travelling using the JR Pass for a trip to or from Narita - something they can do for 1,000yen.

NRT does not belong in this thread. Period!
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