Your flight gets in late.
All the buses from the airport to the city are done for the day.
You want to get to the city, but don’t want to pay handsomely for a taxi ride.
Did you check Hotels.com?
Unless you have to get to the city that night, just use the Hotels.com filter feature to find a hotel that will pick you up from the airport.
On the filter panel, under “Amenities,” you can select “Airport transfers” to look at all the hotels that have an airport shuttle.
To view the options on a map instead of as a list, select “View on map” in the upper left.
Want to get to the city?
Just find a hotel that’s near the city but still has an airport shuttle, and there’s a good chance it’ll have a shuttle to the city.
For example, the green dots below are all the hotels with a shuttle to the Pittsburgh airport:
That green dot the farthest to the right and closest to the city is a Holiday Inn Express.
I went to the website for that $83/night Holiday Inn Express, and sure enough, found this under the amenities section:
They offer a complimentary area shuttle, or a shuttle to the convention center downtown.
Sure, an Uber ride might not be that pricey:
But many cities still don’t have Uber, and among the cities that do have Uber, some don’t allow Uber pick-ups from the airport.
Things can get expensive when there’s no train between a city and its airport, so it’s always good to have options.
Here is a post on the pros and cons of using Hotels.com to actually book your hotel.
What methods have you used when airport transportation options were few?