Round Tips

November 14, 2005
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Business travelers who make frequent trips to nearby cities like Chicago are faced with a tough decision: What's the best way to get there? Bearing in mind cost, convenience and time away from the office, it's not an easy call.


Grand Rapids To Chicago

   

Time (one way)

   

Roundtrip Cost**

   

Convenience

   

Work while traveling?

Charter Flight

(incl. ground trans. downtown)

1 hour

(45 min. flight, 15 min. ground trans.)

High

($3,000-$3,500)

Very convenient

Laptop

No cell phone use on plane

Drive

3 hours

Low ($40)

Convenient

Cell phone only

Commercial Flight (incl. ground trans. downtown)

3 hours (1 hour flight, 2 hours security, waiting, ground trans.)

Varied

($125 - $1,500)

Slightly inconvenient

Laptop

No cell phone use on plane

Taxi

3 hours

High ($600)

Very convenient

Laptop

Cell phone

Drive/Train*

3-4 hours

Low ($50)

Convenient

Laptop (on train)

Cell phone

Train

4 hours

Low ($80)

Convenient

Laptop

Bus

5 hours

Low ($60)

Slightly inconvenient

Laptop

Cell phone

Drive/Ferry/Drive

(Seasonal)

5+ hours

Moderate ($235)

Slightly inconvenient

Laptop (on ferry)

Cell phone

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