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Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Fri May 15, 2020 4:14 pm
by DBCoop3r
I've actually had meetings in downtown San Diego where I fly into SAN, walk to the meeting, then walk back to the airport and go home.

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Fri May 15, 2020 6:51 pm
by MartijnNL
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TUGMASTER wrote:
You CANNOT walk to The LHR central area anymore.

Reply 50

Albert12 wrote:
You CANNOT walk to The LHR central area anymore

Copy-paste anyone?

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Fri May 15, 2020 10:35 pm
by teachpdx
PDX has dedicated foot and bike connections to the terminal.
It’s also possible to walk from LAS to the Strip in under 45 minutes.

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 2:58 pm
by jetwet1
You can walk to LAS by using Paradise, though honestly, you don't want to do it in the summer.

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 1:10 am
by LGAviation
As mentioned before, SYD Domestic is accessible by foot. The route is actually somewhat popular for people wanting to save the airport station fee which adds roughly $ 10 to your otherwise $ 4 ticket if you get off at Mascot. I have definitely also walked from Cairns airport into town which is not the most recommendable walk and I don't think intended for pedestrian access.

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 10:45 am
by fessor
It's possible to Walk to CPH, DMK, CNX.

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 8:21 pm
by aklrno
Yflyer wrote:
LAX can be accessed on foot, which is kind of ironic considering how car-centric Los Angeles is. There are sidewalks on both sides of Sky Way, and stairs that take you from the overpass down to Sepulveda Blvd. I've walked that route to In-N-Out Burger and back during a long layover.

lugie wrote:
In general I would say that US airports may be harder to reach on foot simply because the pedestrian infrastructure can be lacking in general. I've tried to do it at RDU coming in from the north along the single-carriageway access route and though I eventually pulled it off I would not do it again nor recommend it.


Yeah, we should probably define "can be accessed on foot" as having some sort of pedestrian infrastructure. Technically you *can* walk along the side of the road to pretty much any airport, there's no law saying you can't as far as I know, but at most US airports (like RDU in your example) it's not really safe to do so due to the lack of infrastructure for pedestrians.

This is exactly right. I've walked between LAX and a Century Blvd. hotel many times. It is often faster than waiting for one of the free shuttle buses. Usually I'm just going to or from terminal 1 (Southwest) but a fast walker can make it to any other terminal in 10 or 15 minutes more, and on the top level its usually a fairly pleasant walk.

I think it is strange that you can walk into an airport the size of LAX, but a tiny airport like RNO is nearly impossible to access on foot without going far out of your way. Now that some hotels have been built across the street from the airport it would be nice if a footpath could be built.

I didn't notice if anyone mentioned this above, but you can walk to SEA from the hotels across the street. There is a bridge leading to the light rail station, and from there it is a 10 minute walk through the enormous parking garage to the terminal. Considering the long route used by the shuttle bus from the hotels it is probably faster to walk.

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Mon May 18, 2020 4:21 pm
by bval
stlgph wrote:
Possible, but a total pain in the ass to get to LGA by foot and probably not something someone would voluntarily. But an option when everything was under construction and traffic was backed up down the GCP for miles - it was obvious to take the backroads through Queens out to the hotels by LGA and then get out and walk over

Or head over to the Trade Fair on 21 Ave and hoof it over to the Marine Terminal.


Crossing the GCP isn't fun but when the rideshare garage is backed up for hours it's not a bad idea to meet your driver on the other side.

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Tue May 19, 2020 8:39 pm
by IAHWorldflyer
You could walk down Broadway Blvd. and into HOU pretty easily, though the neighborhood is very sketchy and I wouldn't recommend it after dark.
I'm surprised no one has said anything about Milan Linate. That seemed like it was in the middle of the city, so I think there would be access. MEX would be pedestrian accessible, though it would be a VERY long walk from the city center. There is a pedestrian overpass over the highway at the west end of the runways that is crowded with families watching planes land and take off on weekends when kids are out of school.

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 2:21 am
by sprxUSA
BOI has sidewalks right up to it, and it is easy to access.
SAT has to be the most in-town airport with zero sidewalk access to it. Definitely not pedestrian friendly. Not even from old employee lot was there a walkway...
As for SLC, one can take the light rail.... :)

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 12:16 am
by mattyfitzg
Mentioned above a few times, but I’d like to reiterate how scenic the walk to London City is, Canary Wharf, the o2 arena and the shard are just a number of attractions in the backdrop.

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 1:46 am
by Airontario
You can access T3 at YYZ from a sidewalk to Airport Rd. It's actually only about 200/300m to the road. From Airport Rd to downtown Toronto, it's theoretically possible, however it would take 5 hours according to Google, and it's not a particularly inviting walk.

Interestingly you can't walk to T1. You'd have to go to T3 and then grab the free Link Train and take that to T1.

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 6:45 pm
by entdoc
ISP and HPN

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 6:46 pm
by entdoc
ISP and HPN

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 7:08 am
by hvusslax
KEF has had a dedicated footpath into the town of Keflavík for a few years now, it's like 20-30 minute walk to the edge of town. It was possible to go by foot before but it was a rather unappealing route on the shoulder of a road with fast traffic.

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 2:23 pm
by atav
BOS is accessible by foot. I live two towns over from it and on nice days I'll walk all the way there. They built a beautiful park right at the foot of where it meets the bus shuttles to terminals. If I don't feel like taking a shuttle, I can walk directly to the inside of Terminal E using sidewalks. It's probably one of the top 5 bigger US airports that you can do this.

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Tue May 26, 2020 5:24 pm
by blueflyer
You can easily walk into DAL, however you cannot walk to in DFW. Even though there are a couple of roads coming from residential neighborhoods on the West side of DFW, they have, to the best of my knowledge, no sidewalk.

mattyfitzg wrote:
Mentioned above a few times, but I’d like to reiterate how scenic the walk to London City is, Canary Wharf, the o2 arena and the shard are just a number of attractions in the backdrop.

Yup. Done the walk from Canary Wharf to LCY early in the morning a few times (for some reason never the opposite). Not a bad view in the sunrise if one likes urban architecture too.

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Thu May 28, 2020 7:45 pm
by A350
I used to have an apartment at Dresden-Klotzsche a few hundred meters away from the terminal of DRS a couple of years ago. You can walk there as well as go by bike. I walked there often, also because it was the nearest railway station as well.

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Fri May 29, 2020 2:23 am
by lesfalls
Walked and biked (with a big parking for bikes) to HAM a couple of times.

CPH is quite nicely accesible too. LIN is very close but the question of safety arises as the "preriferie" are not very safe in Milan.

I've always wanted to try JFK by foot from Midtown but going through all those neighberhoods makes it a pain (there actually is an easily accesible sidewalk from the 60s to enter the terminal area from van wyck but then it becomes grass till you exit the facilieties).

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Fri May 29, 2020 2:25 am
by lesfalls
I remember OSL also had a bike/pedestrian pathway accesible to downtown Oslo but I'm sure that was quite a long hike (there were multiple bikes parked at the airport though).

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Fri May 29, 2020 5:41 am
by ClipperGoodwill
MCO is only accessible by car, bus and soon rail. I have see a few intrepid people attempt to walk to the hotels just North of the airport. Brave souls!

The new South Terminal is supposed to have a bike trail that leads to the South Entrance and Lake Nona, but I have never seen any concrete plans for it.

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 4:39 pm
by classicjets
Airports that I have walked to/from successfully:
Halmstad, Sweden (HAD) - Easy walk into town, though using the bicycle lanes
Qingdao, China (TAO) - After crossing through the car park, could walk out and anywhere on the sidewalk
San Diego (SAN) - Walked to and from downtown, though when first trying to exit I tried to leave first crossing a surface car park but was blocked from accessing the road by a chainlink fence which I climbed, scraping myself. On the way back, I found the right way.
Changhai Island, China (CNI) - Tiny airport, could just walk along small roads to the town. But not made for pedestrians.
Hamilton Island, Australia (HTI) - Walked along the quiet road into the terminal
Gibraltar (GIB) - Walked across the runway :) and into the terminal from the city centre
Mexico City (MEX) - Not pedestrian friendly, but followed many people out of the terminal walking on the exit road until a main street with a sidewalk.
Saipan (SPN) - Not pedestrian friendly, walked a very long way from my beachside hotel along busy roads with no sidewalk, eventually reached it. Not recommended.
Nantucket (ACK) - Easy but slightly long walk along trails and sidewalk to the town.
Whitehorse, Yukon (YXY) - Also not made for pedestrian entry, but quiet enough to walk in along the road.
Barrow, Alaska (BRW) - The airport is right in the town, so easy to walk in and out and all around the small city.
Ponta Delgada, Azores (PDL) - Longish walk but sidewalk all the way to the city centre, though the streets become very narrow once in town.
Myrtle Beach (MYR) - Not made for pedestrians, but could walk in the grass along the road to enter. Not recommended.
Manistee, Michigan (MBL) - Walked along the highway from the airport to town. Scary at night with fast traffic. Not recommended.
Los Angeles (LAX) - As others have mentioned, walked from Terminal 1 to the In-N-Out. Also walked to the east to a hotel before.
Manila (MNL) - Have walked to the casino, hotels, aviation museum, restaurants from the airport by crossing the parking and onto roads. Just crossing the street outside Terminal 4 can get you into a shopping centre.
Block Island (BIT) - Could walk along the road right out of the airport. It was winter so very few cars on the roads.
Westerly, Rhode Island (WST) - Sidewalks from the terminal to anywhere in town - walked to the train station.
Marble Canyon, Arizona (MYH) - Walked on the shoulder of the highway from the airport to the visitor center of the Navajo Bridge
Imperial, California (IPL) - Walked on the shoulder of the highway from the terminal to get Mexican food at a nearby shopping center.
St. Pierre (FSP) - Walked along the side of the road to and from the airport several times during my stay in St-Pierre et Miquelon.
Rochester, UK (RCS) - I ended up making it to the airport from the railway station, but there was no pavement in several places and it did not feel safe.
Guernsey (GCI) - Had a great walk from the airport to the seacliffs along country lanes.
Isle of Man (IOM) - Walked from the airport to Castletown and back - I believe there was pavement.
Duxford (QFO) - Walked from a nearby railway station to the airport using a scenic dirt trail.
Le Bourget (LBG) - Easy to walk into any of the FBOs from the surrounding city area.
Bern (BRN) - Walked from the airport into the nearby Belp town to a hotel using cycle paths/pavement.
Warsaw (WAW) - Walked into the airport from nearby town area on sidewalk.
Wels, Austria (LOLW) - Walked out of the airport and along residential streets into the town centre.
San Carlos (SQL) - Was able to walk out of the airport and into the commercial areas on sidewalks.
Blackpool (BLK) - Adjacent to a residential area, a long but easy walk on sidewalks to the centre of town.
Tiree (TRE) - Walked out of the airport and down the middle of the road and all over the island. Thankfully, very little traffic.
Donegal (CFN) - Walked out of the airport and down the road to the nearby beach.

Unsuccessful:
Charlotte (CLT) - After visiting the Carolina Aviation Museum, I wanted to go back to the terminal for my flight and thought I'd walk. First I found myself walking on the airport perimeter road, a police car passed me and took no notice. Then, I walked down a slope and was walking on the shoulder of the interstate. At an overpass, I went back up the slope and along the side of that road and found myself at an employee parking lot. I boarded an employee shuttle that took me back to the terminal.
Las Vegas (LAS) - I wanted to go to a nearby airport hotel but it was too late for the shuttle to operate, so I tried to walk there from the airport. I tried to cross several parking lots but was always met by high fences. Eventually I returned and took a rip-off taxi ride to the hotel.
Stansted (STN) - Wanted to walk to a nearby airport hotel, but it seemed the only way to leave the airport was to get onto a road with lots of fast traffic. Took an Uber in the end.
Newquay (NQY) - This is from the old Classic Air Force museum rather than the terminal. I wanted to walk back to town from the museum, but the road is narrow with steep mounds on either side. I had to run up the mound each time cars would come. Eventually someone stopped who was worried for my safety and gave me a ride the rest of the way.
Atlantic City (ACY) - Thought of walking out of the airport to see what was around, but seemed I would have to walk on the road to do so.
Newport News (PHF) - No way out without walking on the road itself, so I ended up taking a taxi which drove in the wrong direction and pretended not to understand me and then later used my credit card number for fraudulent purchases.