If you find yourself in need of transportation when you are in a different city, it can be a little overwhelming. While renting a car is an option in most places, some it’s an even bigger hassle because of traffic. Some cities have great public transport systems and some have useless systems. It’s hard to know what kind of city you are going to be entering and what will be the easiest way to get around. Especially if you have special events to attend while you are there, you want to make sure that whatever way you choose to travel will have to all the special events promptly and on time. Here are a few methods to look in to before you get to your destination:
- Airport Express Shuttle
The first thing that you will need to do after stepping on the plane is get to your hotel. Most airports and hotels have agreements and offer free shuttle service to and from the airport so that shouldn’t be to big of a deal to handle. However, you will want to find out if the hotel your staying at will drop you off and pick you up right at the hotel entrance or if there is a separate meeting place. Some hotels will have their guests gather in a neutral area to be picked up at certain times rather than have the shuttles offer door to door service. Make sure you find out which service your hotel is offering before hand.
- Charter Bus Rentals
If you are traveling as a group to your special events, this may be a good way to go, but only if you are all staying in the same place. If you all are staying in different areas around down it can waste time going to pick everyone up even if the rental was cheaper because you all split the cost. However, if you are all staying relatively close together, renting a charter bus usually comes with a driver so no one will have to worry about being the designated driver at the special events. A driver will know the best routes and be familiar with the area so he or she will also ensure that you will arrive on time to the venue.
- Private Shuttle Services
Shuttle services are available in most cities whether this is literally a shuttle, a bus or a taxi. It is a more personalized service that the public bus system so being able to specify where you need to go and what time you need to be there might be negotiable. Or at the very least, you can get the schedule and find out which shuttle will be crossing your path at the correct times. Knowing the shuttle schedule can be helpful as well if you plan to use it to go home; some shuttles stop service after a certain time, unlike most public services. If you miss the last private shuttle, you may be stuck in public transport to go home.
- Bus tours
If you plan to do any sight seeing as well as event attending, the bus tours are the way to go. Bus drivers are usually very informed and knowledgeable about the city and after all, if you have to be in the particular city anyway, why not take a tour and find out a little about where you are? If can be an enlightening experience especially if the city is full of history and detail, as most cities are. Keep an open mind to looking into bus tours. You don’t want to waste a trip only going to the designated places. Sometimes, the spontaneous bus tour or two can really open your mind to the world around us.
Although these are not the only methods of travel when going to another city, they are very convenient. If you have looked in to these and find that the times or methods are not going to suit your needs, you may want to look into renting a car. While renting a car can get a little pricey, it may be worth it not to miss any events that you are required to attend. It will also give you freedom to roam as you wish during off times.