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Handy transportation options that will keep you rolling — long after your flight has come to a stop.

As hard as it is to find flights that land on time, getting yourself from an airport to a city's downtown (as well as navigating once you're there) is often harder still. How do you battle the hundreds of other tired travelers who are trying to hail a cab from the handful that are available? Here are some handy transportation options that will keep you rolling — long after your flight has come to a stop.

Airport Trick of the Trade Around Town Local Lowdown
Logan International Airport,
Boston
www.massport.com/logan
It's not quite Venice, but Boston has a water-based route from Logan to the Financial District. The trip takes 7 minutes on the Airport Water Shuttle. Weekday shuttles leave every 15 minutes. Dating back to 1630, the city is full of crooked streets that are quaint — but not "car-friendly." So, if you hope to do some sight-seeing, your best bet to get around is to take the T, Boston's subway system. The "Big Dig" — a vast construction project that will reshape the city's look — has already reshaped the city's map. Check out the project's Web site (www.bigdig.com) for updates on traffic shifts.
Los Angeles International Airport,
Los Angeles
www.lawa.org/lax/welcome.htm
You may not want to tangle with LA's traffic after you step off a plane. One option is the SuperShuttle, which comes every 15 to 20 minutes, and offers door-to-door service. You can even reserve a ticket online. In LA, freeways are pretty much the only way to get around. Southern California Rideshare's Web site provides links to information on driving conditions and directions (www.scag.ca.gov/commute). Driving can be fun too. Mulholland Drive, which runs along the spine of the Santa Monica Mountains, offers great views and lovely sunsets. You can exit from either side of the San Diego (405) Freeway.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport,
Research Triangle, North Carolina
www.rdu.com
Hop on the bus, Gus. The Triangle's huge student population means that there are many shuttles and buses to choose from. The R&G Airport Shuttle runs seven days a week, from 7 AM to 11:30 PM. Slowing down is a key to southern comfort — and to Triangle traffic. Clogged highway arteries are a big part of life here. In particular, the Beltline (I-40) is often bursting at the seams. Seven rental-car companies have offices at the airport. Ask their rental agents for off-the-beaten-path directions. Locals say that taking side streets beats taking the Beltline during a rush-hour crunch.
Hong Kong International Airport
at Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
www.hkairport.com/index.htm
The best way to get to downtown Hong Kong is to take the Airport Express train, which goes to Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and Tsing Yi. It's easy to find your way around Hong Kong, because everything is so close. But most taxi drivers speak only Cantonese, so walking may be your best bet. Hong Kong's deep channel makes it one of the world's premier port cities, but crossing that vast waterway poses a constant challenge. Most people take the ferry.

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