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Approximate Travel Distance
2,296 miles
Approximate Flight Duration
4 hour 30 min
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Transportation to Charlotte Airport from the City Center

Douglas Airport

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is easily accessible as it is located in close proximity to the city center, about 11 km away. There are a few transportation alternatives available if you want to access the airport by road, which include taxis, buses, transfer services, and rental cars. The airport features an expansive parking area with long-term and short-term parking options for those who want to drive their personal car to the airport.  


One of the fastest and most reliable methods of transportation to get to the airport is by taxi. Taxis are very convenient and easily accessible in the city. Since the airport is located in such close proximity, only 11 km away, you can get to Charlotte Douglas International Airport very quickly using a taxi.   


Charlotte Douglas International Airport is served by CATS’ Sprinter Bus Service. The Sprinter provides transportation from various parts of Charlotte to the airport. Depending on the traffic and where you get on, the bus takes less than 30 minutes to get to the airport. The Sprinter is accessible from the Charlotte Transportation center, at Trade & Tryon, or from one of the stops on Trade Street. The Sprinter bus is the cheapest method of transportation to get to the airport from the city center. The fare is only $2. Passengers can pay in exact change or use a CATS transit pass. For more detailed information please visit Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s website.

Transfer Services

Another way to get to Charlotte Douglas International Airport is by using transfer services. Various hotels in the city will provide transfer services to the airport. These courtesy vehicles provide a comfortable ride to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, enabling you to relax on the way to your flight. For more information contact your hotel or visit the airport’s website.  

Rental Car

Another method of transportation to get to Charlotte Douglas International Airport from the city center is by rental car. There are various rental car companies located in the city. Renting a car is an easy and comfortable transportation alternative. You can return your vehicle at the Rental Car Returns area at the airport before your departure.

Airport Information

Located 11 km from the city center, Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the primary airport serving the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a major airport operating both international and domestic flights.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport consists of one passenger terminal that operates domestic and international flights and offers a wide variety of services. The airport contains a lost and found, mother’s room, ATMs, charging stations, lounges, and countless stores and restaurants aimed at meeting passengers’ pre-flight and post-flight needs. The airport also promotes the arts through permanent and rotating exhibits featured throughout the terminal.  

Stores where you can go shopping include Best Buy Express, The Body Shop, Brighton, Brooks Brothers, Carolinas News Beat, CNBC Express, CNBC Smartshop, Duty Free Americas, EA Sports, Erwin Pearl, Executive Shoeshine, Heritage Booksellers, Johnston & Murphy, M-A-C, New South Travelmart, News2You, Pandora, PGA Tour Shops, Queen City Gifts, Shades of Time and Taxco Sterlin Co.

Venues where you can enjoy a bite to eat or something to drink include 897 Marketplace, A Taste of Carolina, Auntie Anne’s, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Beaudevin, Bojangles’, Brioche Doree, Brookwood Farms, Burger King, California Pizza Kitchen, Charlotte Bristo, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Farmer’s Market, Genghis Grill, Hissho Sushi, Jamba Juice, Papa John’s, Pino Gelato, Red Mango, Starbucks, TCBY, The Local and Wendy’s.

Last Updated: December 01, 2016

Transportation to San Francisco City Center from Airport

San Francisco Intl Airport

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is located in San Francisco California, 21 km from the city center. The airport is a major transit center for passengers, particularly those traveling from Asia. San Francisco International is the second busiest airport in California and one of the first major airports to have an automated baggage system in place.  

San Francisco International Airport is an important hub for United Airlines and Virgin America. There are a variety of transportation alternatives available to get to the city center from the airport. You can get to various parts of the city from San Francisco International Airport by taxi, bus, train, rental car, and personal car.


There are two rail systems that you can use to get to the city center from San Francisco International Airport. The first is the BART, a rapid-rail system. The BART station is located in the international terminal at the airport. The BART starts running in the early hours of the morning, providing easy and fast transportation between the airport and the northern and southern parts of the city.

The other rail system that you can use to get to the city center from SFO is the CalTrain. This train departs on the hour, every hour, every day of the week, until 10 pm. This train provides transportation between SFO and San Francisco and San Jose.


One of the most convenient and fastest transportation alternatives to get to the city center from SFO is by taxi. Taxi fares are calculated based on the kilometers traveled. A taxi from the airport to downtown San Francisco can cost between 42 and 62 dollars and takes about 20 minutes. Taxis are readily available at each terminal at the airport and depart from the taxi zones located on the arrivals/baggage claim level. For more information on taxi companies and their contact information please visit San Francisco International Airport’s website.


SamTrans buses provide transportation between San Francisco International Airport and the city center. These public buses are operated by San Mateo County and run between San Francisco International Airport and San Mateo and various parts of San Francisco. SamTrans lines KX, 292, 397, and 398 stop at the airport terminals. Buses stop at the arrivals and baggage claim level of Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 and at Level 1 of the International Terminal.

Rental Car

Renting a car is another transportation alternative to get to the city center. There are many rental car companies that have offices at the airport. Renting a car is also a great way to get around the city during your trip. The AirTrain Blue Line provides access to the Rental Car Center from the airport terminals and it operates 24 hours a day, every day of the week. Rental car companies that you can choose from include Alamo, Dollar, Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, National, Budget, Fox and Thrifty. If you are traveling between multiple places make sure to specify your vehicle pick up and drop off location.


San Francisco International Airport contains bike assembly stations and parking areas for those who are traveling with their bike or who want to leave their bike at the airport. The BART and SamTrans rapid rail systems provide passengers with bike/transit options and the airport features marked bicycle routes.

Last Updated: December 02, 2016
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