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Lifestyle : Travel Essentials 2011
1HERSA1 0007 After a new all-in-one lens to cut down your kit while travelling? 174 Canterbury Road, Canterbury NSW 2193 www.digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au 1300 365 220 Digital Camera Warehouse is your one-stop purple shop for all your photographic needs. If you re due for a camera upgrade and you re soon to take the trip of a lifetime, why not come in and speak to one of our photographic experts to gear up before you take o ? We have a huge range of compacts, DSLRs, lenses, video cameras and all the latest accessories from the hottest brands. Our fantastic showroom is located in Canterbury, open 9am-5pm 6 days a week or browse and purchase online 24/7 for fast secure delivery Australia-wide. You cannot go past the new Tamron 18-270mm PZD. Clarity and sharpness with a seriously versatile focal length. Available in a variety of mounts and with an exclusive o er just for SMH readers. Log on to www.digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au/smhtravel to purchase this lens and receive a bonus Gorillapod travel tripod and Lonely Planet travel photography guide valued at $114. EXCLUSIVE OFFER! THE SUN-HERALD SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2011 7 essentials special report On track . . . from left, Beijing's Airport Express; a Los Angeles subway stop. Photos: Reuters; Getty Images is due. It's better to read a book in the gate lounge for 40 minutes than miss your flight. Airport to hotel The best mode of transport depends on where you are in the world. Here are some common airports and tips for getting to and from them. Bangkok After lengthy delays, Suvarnabhumi Airport's train line has opened. That might be welcome news to anyone who's ever been stuck in a traffic-jammed taxi on their way into central Bangkok, which is pretty much anyone who's ever visited Bangkok and taken a taxi from the airport. Debate rages on which is the best option, however. Taxis, while often slow, are super-cheap, plentiful and door-to- door convenient. The train often requires a walk and a change of lines. Perhaps the best way is a combination of taxi to a main station, then train to the airport. There's an excellent trip planner at transitbangkok.com. Singapore The train from Changi to City Hall costs less than $S2 ($1.59). A taxi is about $S26. That's still very reasonable for the 20-kilometre ride. But think of how you can spend that $S26 on Orchard Road. Unsurprisingly, ultra-efficient Singapore makes it easy and cheap whichever way you go. London This city has an outstanding train system and the Tube from Heathrow is the cheapest way to get in and out of the main airport. Even though London's black cabs can carry up to five passengers, splitting the cost, you still risk some spectacular traffic snarls and huge fares, whereas the Tube usually just chugs on in within about 40 to 60 minutes at a set cost of £5 ($7.60). Even better, the Heathrow Express runs non-stop to Paddington Station, taking a mere 15 minutes for £16.50 one way. Likewise, the Gatwick Express, which departs from London Victoria, is great value (£17.90) and a quick, comfortable service. A word of warning for those with luggage: check which city Tube stations have lifts.visitlondon.com. Los Angeles When deciding how to get to and from Los Angeles International Airport , consider public transport if you have way more time than money. The system is cheap but it's slow and disjointed. Assuming you are going to Hollywood, choose the Union Station FlyAway bus to Union Station and catch the Metro Red Line to Hollywood from there. However, if you're staying somewhere on the coast -- Santa Monica or Venice Beach, for instance -- go by taxi as they are close to LAX. Most people who visit LA hire a car. This sprawling city is hard to get around without one. So pick it up at the airport. Alternatively -- this goes for all destinations -- choose a hotel that offers airport transfers. Beijing Since the 2008 Olympics, the Beijing subway has changed the way visitors can access the city with the inclusion of the very fast Airport Express. Brilliantly avoiding the diabolical Beijing traffic (for the most part, as you'll probably need a taxi from the city station to your hotel) the 25-yuan ($3.60) trip takes ''16 minutes'', bjsubway.com says. Paris Regular bus transfers run between Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports as well as stops at airport hotels. paris-airport-shuttle.com. The train is the best option for the city. It costs A8.50 ($11.60) and takes about 40 minutes. parisbytrain.com. Australian airports Melbourne The Skybus goes express to Southern Cross Station. $16 one way. skybus.com.au. Brisbane Airtrain takes 22 minutes and costs $15. airtrain.com.au. Gold Coast A range of shuttle companies service various areas. Perth Bus shuttles run to the city and Fremantle. perthairport connect.com.au.
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