If you’ve been reading my Hotel Reviews you will notice that they start with a ‘Getting There’ snippet. I do this for two reasons: 1) If you are landing in a country and google transport from airport, chances are you don’t want to read the entire hotel review before getting to the useful info. 2) Because hotels seldom write the cheapest way to get to the hotel. Instead they sell their car service for $100+ which only an ass clown or someone expensing it on the company would go for.
Currently, I am en route to Athens airport to catch my flight to Egypt. I googled transport from airport and my hotel name. The result was either to book a private car or take a taxi for 30 euros. From there I went on tripadvisor, taxifarefinder.com (a cool site), and others until I found that haggling for a taxi should run around $7. We shall see if that is true but at least I have a point of reference.
Just about everywhere in the world has to have an affordable transport option to the airport to service the local market. The only places I know of without reasonable transport are Mauritius, where the airport taxi went for $100, and Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar, where only the rich ruling generals (something perhaps changing as of today) reside.
Before settling for the ripoff option, ask yourself how a local would get from the airport. The answer may be something inconvenient such as taking a bus to a central station only to catch another but at least you are aware that it exists. From there you can make the determination of how best to spend your time/money. Alternatively, you can continue to read my blog.