Post by Roland Perry
As a result, and even as a more adventurous traveller (colleagues were
amazed I dared get a bus from Geneva to the airport, and didn't even
consider rail) I think I've only once got a train on first arrival at a
suitably equipped overseas airport.
Working backwards through my travel log.
Vienna: caught the CAT train then the U-bahn to the hotel. No problem.
Possibly CAT is overpriced but it went to the right place and I could
buy a ticket right in the terminal.
Seoul: first trip I used the express bus that stopped outside the
company hotel rather than two or three (long) metro trips and then a 2
km taxi in a country where I can't even read the signs. Second trip,
just used the metro to the (different) hotel; both cheaper and faster
than the express bus.
Seattle: wasn't going anywhere on the tram, so rented a car (perhaps I
should have tried Uber, but I never have so far). In the past I've used
the tram. I forget what I did before there were trams.
Minneapolis St.Paul: wasn't staying near the metro, such as it is, and
wasn't staying close enough to the meeting place to walk, so rented a
Perth: got picked up by relatives this time. Last time, rented a car
because I was going several hundred km. When I returned the car I took
bus+metro to my hotel. (I eventually left Perth by train.)
Sydney: train. Opal card. Trivial.
Cairns: no metro, rented a car. But did catch the train once.
Copenhagen: metro or train every time (including to Aalborg, Lund, and
Atlanta: MARTA works fine. What's the problem?
Singapore: metro, of course.
AYQ: got the dedicated bus service.
Melbourne: bus to central area, then tram to hotel. Trams and local
trains thereafter (left Melbourne on a coach trip).
Hobart: rented a car because going to catch the Ida Bay railway then
drive to Launceston.
Cagliari: rented a car because was going all over the place. But did
ride the entire tram network while I was there.
Aalborg: no trams to hotel, so used a taxi.
San Francisco: always been going somewhere that needs a car, though I
have used the San Jose trams (and once acted as conductor on one).
Billund: no public transport and needed to get to Aalborg.
Hong Kong: metro and tram. Octopus card. Simples.
Amsterdam: train and tram.
Montreal: from memory, express bus to the city (Dorval train wasn't
workable) but metro in the city.
Calgary: rented a car because had to drive half way to Banff.
ACE: rented a car because going all over the place.
DFW: rented a car because it's nowhere near D or FW with no public
transport I can find.
Stockholm: train and metro.
That's 7 years; I think I'll stop there.
Clive D.W. Feather