The only thing more stressful than flying is figuring out how to get to the airport. If you are leaving the Princeton, New Jersey area you have to answer a couple of questions before you purchase your flight, those questions being, “Would I rather fly out of Philadelphia or Newark,” and “How should I get there? Should I drive or take public transportation?” Since Princeton is a major metropolitan area, many options are available to you.
The first option you always have is that you can drive to the airport. While this option may seem as though it is the cheapest upfront, the reality is that you will be paying for parking on the backend of your trip. Depending on the length of your trip this can be very pricey especially for the family vacations and week long vacations for Spring Break or Summer Break. Long-term parking can rack up the costs quickly and you might not want that weighing on your conscience as you head home from a relaxing vacation.
The second option you have in traveling to and from the airport is public transportation. To take public transportation form Princeton to the Newark Airport takes over two and a half hours, three separate transfers, and twenty-one total stops before you get to your destination. More than an hour and a half than if you just drove there directly. To take public transportation from Princeton to the Philadelphia International Airport take almost two hours and forty-five minutes. This trip requires three separate transfers and over 65 total stops before hitting your destination. This trip is nearly two full hours longer than driving there directly.
The third option is to use a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft. This can also get expensive as the ride is roughly an hour from Princeton to each airport. The driver’s are often inexperienced with traveling to these airports and will follow their GPS guidelines regardless of traffic situation. This could imperil your travel and make it more difficult to make your flight or get to the security line in time. You also do not know what type of vehicle to expect and the ride to the airport may be cramped or uncomfortable.
The fourth and best option would be to order a black car service like American City Express, which provides full service to both the Newark Airport and Philadelphia International Airport. A black car service provides an experienced driver who knows how to best avoid traffic to ensure on time arrival. A black car provides much more luxury than your typical ride-sharing app can offer, and since most black car services are family businesses, customer service is of utmost important to them as it is often their name on the business and is what keeps food on their families tables. Mistreating a customer has much graver results to a family business than an international corporation, so each ride has to be perfect and each customer is treated with the utmost respect.