Even before you see the security line or discover your flight has been delayed, many fliers are frazzled and frustrated just by trying to reach the airport. As you might expect, airports in America’s major cities are among the worst to drive to, but just how bad is bad? Check out the top 5 most difficult airport commutes.
5 LaGuardia International Airport (LGA)
Access to New York City’s airports is notoriously bad, but LaGuardia gets special recognition as the only major East Coast airport without a rail connection. By public transit, it takes around 65 minutes from downtown Manhattan and 50 minutes by car, provided it’s not rush hour. And here’s one more reason to skip the commute and opt for offsite airport parking – the cost. According to Travelbank, New York’s LGA has the most expensive parking rates of any U.S. airport.
4 Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
While Washington Dulles is only 30 miles from Washington DC, the trip takes travelers an average of 67 minutes. Public transportation is about the same, if not longer. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the airport received an 87.5 out of 100 on the “Airport Frustration Index” for a variety of flier complaints, not the least of which was the trek to get there.
3 Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Los Angeles International Airport is just plain difficult to get to. If you’re trying to make your flight on-time, you’re better off in a car, where you can reach the airport from downtown Los Angeles in 73 minutes, on average. That sounds pretty awful until you consider the public transit times. According to FiveThirtyEight, it takes the average traveler more than 3 hours.
2 Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Of the 36 major North American airports included in Bloomberg’s report on the Airport Frustration Index, Chicago O’Hare is the second-most-difficult airport to reach, with travelers reporting an average airport commute of 78-minutes. Of course, if you want to skip I-90 and take the “L” train, the Chicago Transit Authority will help shave a little time off your commute.
1 John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Here’s a #1 distinction that no one wants. According to Bloomberg, it takes close to 2 hours to reach JFK from the center of Manhattan, making it the most difficult to reach of any airport in their study. New York travelers have the unlucky choice of schlepping luggage through multiple transit transfers or braving clogged roadways to get to JFK. Once you arrive, the maze of six terminals can be equally overwhelming. All the more reason to opt for offsite airport parking with complimentary shuttle service directly to your terminal.
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