Most Americans don’t consider a public bus for anything anymore, even in their own communities. If you can afford a car (and even if you can’t), you will buy a car just so you don’t have to be bothered with public transport. This is typical of all Americans and it makes sense that public transportation would be a bad idea for airport transfer needs in NYC, as well, for many reasons.
Understanding the Route
Even if you were interested in using a public bus for an airport transfer in NYC, you would likely spend most of your travel time trying to figure out the bus route. Routes can be difficult to figure out, even in small cities or your own city. Just think how much more difficult it would be in the city you knew almost nothing about.
Once you found the right bus, you may realize, too late, that the bus either doesn’t go directly to the airport or that it only goes at certain times. Many bus drivers prefer to go to busy areas in traffic lulls, avoiding the rush traffic that occurs around noon and five in the evening. Many more buses don’t go to the airport at all, because there is little demand for it. Those living in NYC will likely take their cars or hire transfer companies to get them to the airport.
Public transportation does not provide a lot of luggage. You are responsible for all the bags you bring on the bus. If you are one person with a suitcase or a couple of carry-on bags, you will need to get all that on the bus by yourself and will be in other people’s way. Many buses won’t allow more than a few small bags because of the inconvenience to other travelers.
Time and Annoyance
Because it is public transportation, you will likely run out of time getting to the airport for your transfer. This is because buses are bigger and will be stuck in traffic, even when it is lighter. You will also need to consider the extra time it will take to pick up new passengers and drop them off regularly. The bus doesn’t go directly from your pick-up point to the airport.
Annoyances are another problem because you can’t choose who you sit next to. If the bus is incredibly full, you may be squashed in close to others.