Airport Transit Guide
The traveler's bible, updated annually
This pocket sized
little book is crammed full of information.
It helps you plan
your trip before you go and manage your travels while you're
on the road.
This $9.95 book has already
saved me more than $50. I wanted to get from the Munich
train station to the Munich airport, and without this book would
have simply hopped in a taxi, not knowing how else to get to the
Happily, the book told me how
to find and take a train or bus to the airport, saving me about
€40 ($50) in the process.
Chances are it will help your
What the Book Contains
This small sized paperback
book measures 4" x 6" (regular paperbacks are about 4½"
x 7"). It is just over ¼"
thick and weighs a mere 3 ounces. As such, it can
conveniently fit in your pocket or carry-on bag when traveling.
The book has 144 pages, all
crammed full of text. It is printed in black with no extra
color, and has no pictures or illustrations. 'Just the
facts, ma'am' seems to be its motto. No piece of white
paper is wasted; all pages are full of helpful information.
After some explanatory notes
at the beginning, it then offers a non-stop alphabetical
detailing of 456 airports around the world.
The book is updated
annually, and is currently in its 23rd year. The edition I'm using, published in November
2004, claims to have thousands of changes from the 2003 edition.
The Airport Listings
Listings vary in size.
Large airports, just as New York's three airports, may have up
to 1.5 pages of information. Smaller airports, such as
Topeka, KS, or Tortuga, BVI, might have only 3 or 4 lines of
For each airport, some or
all of the following information is provided :
City, State, Country
Airport Name or names, and
airport three letter identifier
Distance from the city
center, and direction from city
Airport information phone
Taxi, limousine, shuttle bus,
regular bus, train, light rail, helicopter, and rental car
Airport parking and rates
There are 456 airports
detailed. This seems to comprise just about every airport
most of us are likely to travel to. Most of the airports I
have traveled to or will soon be traveling to were listed.
Two exceptions were Rotorua in New Zealand being omitted
(although Queenstown and Dunedin were listed), and Moscow's
Domodedovo (DME) airport. Although Moscow's Sheremetyevo (SVO)
is still the major airport, with airlines like BA using DME, and
smart travelers generally preferring DME over SVO, this is an
omission that hopefully will soon be addressed.
Details of Travel Options
Within each listing, you're
told varying amounts of detail for each travel method.
A typical listing will tell
you taxi fares and travel times, and if the airport is in a
foreign country, will also give guidance on tipping. More
detailed listings may also give information on where taxi stands
are, extra information on licensed and unlicensed taxi service,
and even complaint numbers if you have a problem with a taxi.
Extra information on flat
fares, surcharges for groups or luggage, and even what the meter
should show at flag fall may also be given.
Shuttles and Limos
Listings can sometimes
provide wonderful information on your various choices of limo
services and shuttle bus services, enabling you to price compare
before you travel, and even book your travel needs before you
leave, although the book also fairly notes that there are likely
to be additional options available at the airport not written up
in the book.
If there are different fares
for one-way and roundtrip, you'll be told about that, and the
book even tells you which services are airconditioned.
Bus numbers, train lines,
travel times, hours of operation, frequency of service, fares,
and other helpful comments and notes all provide helpful data.
This information told me
everything I needed to confidently find a suburban train line
from Munich's main railway station to the airport, and by
comparing the fares and travel times to those of taxis, I could
see that it would only take me a few more minutes by train,
while saving me substantially, and so did exactly that.
Thank you, Ron Salk, for saving me over $50 and encouraging me
to travel slightly more adventurously.
A few airports have
helicopter service. I saw, to my surprise, that even my
home airport of Seattle offers this - something I'd been unaware
Helpful information on
parking is also offered, including approximate rates and parking
At only 3 ounces, this book
is almost literally worth its weight in gold. Happily, it
costs a whole lot less - a mere $9.95. If your experience
is at all like mine, the book will pay for itself several times
over with your first use.
It can be found in some book
Amazon claims it to have a list price
of $11.95 and sells it for $10.16. The book is also available through
at its regular list price of $9.95.
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15 Jul 2005, last update
28 May 2011
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