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|2012 Top 10 Coolest Airport Public Transportation Routes
While many travelers believe that inexpensive public transportation to and from the
airport is a European thing, the reality is that almost every airport in the United States
has some sort of cheap public transit option. AirportGroundDirectory.com, the leading
airport public transportation website, has compiled its 2012 list of the best public
transportation options in the United States.
Best route to a shopping spree – It’s only an eleven minute train ride from
Minneapolis/St. Paul airport to the largest shopping center in the United States. The Mall
of America is four stops from terminal 2, and offers more than 400 stores. If shopping is
not your thing, enjoy the seven-acre indoor amusement park Nickelodeon Universe, or
the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, all under the same roof. The round trip will only cost
you $4.50 during rush hour or $3.50 any other time, and can be done on a long layover.
Best ride to the beach – Once you’re on Key West Transit’s Blue line, your only about 4
minutes from getting your feet wet on Smathers Beach on the island’s south side. Stay on
the bus a few more minutes and enjoy the sights and sounds of Duval Street. It will set
you back $2.00.
Best way to a wine tasting – Take Sonoma County Transit bus 62 from the Charles M.
Schulz Sonoma County Airport south to Old World Winery in Fulton. It’s about a 1,000
foot walk from the official bus stop, but the return bus picks up across from the
Landscape Center next door. The ride cost $1.25 each way.
Best route for celebrity sighting – Country music stars are known for their down to
earth, regular people lifestyles. And nowhere better to see them than in music city
Nashville, TN. Twenty minutes and $2.10 later, you’re in the heart of the country music
scene and in walking distance of the Ryman Auditorium and plenty of downtown bars and
clubs. And who knows who might be up there at the mic.
Best ride to the ballpark – Got some time to kill while in Baltimore? Then take the light
rail from the airport to Camden Yards. The 25 minute ride and $1.60 fare will leave you
plenty of spare change for peanuts and Cracker Jacks.
Best way to hit the slots and tables – Actually you don’t have to leave the airport to hit
the slots in Las Vegas, but the famous Strip is only a few short minutes away. Take the
Westcliff Airport Express to the corner of Tropicana and Las Vegas Blvd and you can start
your Vegas Strip journey at the foot of the MGM Grand Hotel. Be sure to ask where to
pick up the return bus. It is a long block east of where you were dropped off. Be sure to
keep $2.00 in a safe place for your ride back to the airport.
Best place to see planes, planes and more planes – Washington D.C. is a great place to
visit a museum, and a really good one is close to Washington Dulles Airport. If you have
fifty cents and a couple of hours, you can take Loudoun Transit’s Dulles 2 Dulles
Connector to the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and see a
Space Shuttle and a Concorde, among others.
Best and only place in the U.S. to ride on the left side of the road – The U.S. Virgin
Islands are the only place in the United States where driving is on the left. Although not
very reliable, hop on a VITRAN bus outside of the St. Thomas airport and enjoy the sights
and sounds of the harbor in Charlotte Amalia. Why not, it’s only $1.00.
Heading to the Slopes – In Aspen, you’ll soon find out that the cheapest part of the trip
will be the ride from the airport to the slopes. The Roaring Forks Transportation
Authority has service just about every hour of the day from the airport to the gondola in
Aspen. Going to Snowmass? A bus goes there too. And the cost? Zero! The bus service is
free, and goes all over the valley from Aspen to Glenwood Springs.
Visit a presidential library – Little Rock is home to the Clinton Presidential Library, and
you can get there in less than 15 minutes from the airport by taking the Route 12 bus.
Visit AirportGroundDirectory.com for over 100 more public transportation options in the
U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean.