My favorite part of traveling is exploring new places. Going to entirely new locations, experiencing the culture, sights, scents and pulse of a city is one of the best feelings in the world. Getting from the airport to the city, however, can be a hassle. Especially when I’m traveling to a country with limited support for English speakers. Deciding on which mode of transportation to get for the last mile of the journey is a question of economy, time and comfort. The most common modes of airport transfer transportation today are trains, buses, on-demand rideshare services, shuttles and taxicabs. Mozio lets you compare the different modes of transportation provided from airports all over the world, allowing you to select the best option for your personal needs. By providing individuals a way to search for and pre-book transportation around the world, Mozio is removing the hassle of the last mile, making traveling an even better experience.
For my second blog post as Mozio’s marketing intern, I want to discuss the pros and cons of the different modes of transportation that are most used for ground transportation today, and introduce you to our vision of worldwide multimodal transportation.
Train - Airport express trains are often the fastest mode of transportation to get you to and from the airport. Going by rail is in my opinion the best way to get to and from the airport, as long as there is a railway station in close proximity to where I’m going. I often find myself combining rail with on-demand rideshare services and taxis to mitigate the obvious limitation of not being able to get to locations outside of track coverage. Airport express train tickets are usually more expensive than bus tickets, and regional/national trains but it’s usually the fastest type of public transportation between airports and cities. Going by rail is obviously not limited to airport transfers. Trains are a great option for transport in general, and they are usually my go-to alternative for medium range trips that feel too short for flying/ is located far away from an airport. Going by rail is a fast, comfortable, environmentally friendly and relatively cheap way to go where you need to go.
Bus – Going by bus can be a great alternative to get around. Bus is by far the mode of transportation I use the most. Local buses are a great alternative to commute, and you will struggle to find a cheaper alternative no matter where you go. There are also a lot of airport express buses operating between airports and cities around the world. These are a good alternative to going by rail, and usually offers service to more locations that the trains. Public transportation is something we root for in Mozio. By taking more people at the time, buses and trains are relieving the roads from a lot of cars, helping reduce traffic and functioning as a more environmentally friendly option than cars.
On-demand rideshare services – The newest contender in the ground transport scene. This technology-enabled type of service has seen a massive worldwide growth in recent years. The biggest plus with on-demand rideshare services like Lyft and Uber is in my opinion the simplicity they bring to transportation. I often find myself using on-demand rideshare services as a supplement to public transportation, taking me to and from the stop. The biggest problem with on-demand rideshare services is in my opinion the fact that they have a limited contribution towards lowering overall traffic compared to public transportation. I use on-demand rideshare services with good conscience if the alternative is to go there with my own car, but not if there are means of public transportation that can get me there just as easily. One great trend I am seeing is Lyft & Uber drivers opting for more environmentally friendly vehicles, like hybrids and cars with smaller engines. I am also a big fan of the increased focus on the ridesharing products Lyft Line and Uber Pool.
Shuttles – Shuttles and shared shuttles can be seen as a sort of hybrid between buses, taxicabs and on-demand rideshare services. They are usually capable of taking between 10 to 30 passengers from and to the airport. Airport shuttles are usually rather cheap, priced between buses and rideshare cars. Most shuttle providers, like SuperShuttle, allows you to choose between a shared shuttle and a non-stop shuttle. Shared shuttles are perfect if you are part of a smaller group and want a cheap and convenient way to get to and from the airport, while non-stop shuttles are great for larger groups.
Taxis, cabs and limos – If you are all about getting to your location as easily and comfortable as possible, private chauffeur services like limos, executive cars or the fancier taxi services might be the best option for you. As a student, I usually opt to go for the cheaper services. I personally prefer fixed price services over meter services, allowing me to be in control of my traveling expenses. If I had the money, I would probably go for some of the more fancier services.
Multimodal Transportation - All the different modes of transportation have pros and cons. At Mozio we are connecting the different modes of transportation. We allow the different modes of transportation to complement each other so you, as a traveler, can get to the good stuff sooner. By connecting all the modes previously described together in a customizable, seamless experience, we believe we are solving the hassle of the last mile for all travelers and I am amazingly excited to be a part of that, if only for the summer. Click the image below to learn more about our multimodal vision.