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Taking a train from the airport to the city? Now that's a bright idea.
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Want to avoid steep cab fares and/or traffic delays from the airport to the city? Rapid transit systems are adding stops inside airports, making the trip a cinch.

  • Atlanta, Hartsford-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: MARTA trains stop inside the main terminal building in a station over the ground transportation area. Fare: $1.75.
  • Chicago, Midway Airport: Follow signs to the CTA Orange Line station. The trip downtown takes about 30 minutes. Fare: $1.75.
  • Chicago, O'Hare Airport: The CTA Blue Line station is at the lowest level of the main parking garage (next to elevator center 4). Fare: $1.75.
  • New York, John F. Kennedy International: Take the AirTrain monorail ($5) to stations at either Howard Beach or Jamaica. From Howard Beach, the A-line subway fare to the city is $2. From Jamaica, the fare to Penn Station on the Long Island Railroad is $6.75.
  • New York, Newark Liberty International: Take the free AirTrain monorail to the nearby AMTRAK/NJ Transit station. From there, catch the train to Manhattan's Penn Station. Fare: $11.15.
  • San Francisco International: Walk or take the free AirTrain to the BART station located near the airport's new international terminal. From there, board trains for the 30-minute trip downtown (or beyond). Fare: $4.95 (downtown).
  • Washington, DC; Reagan Washington National Airport: Metro trains depart from a station across the roadway from the main terminal. Fares range from $1.20 to $3, depending on your destination within the metropolitan area and the time of day.

Chris McGinnis, travel correspondent for CNN Headline News, is author of The Unofficial Business Travelers' Pocket Guide.

Edition: May 2017

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