Airport Transfer Your holiday’s all booked and you can’t wait to get to the hotel and ditch your suitcase – but have you given any thought to how you’re going to get from airport to accommodation?
It’s no fun trying to negotiate public transport when you’re exhausted, jetlagged, hot and have a hefty suitcase to grapple with, so booking an airport transfer in advance is a smart move… it could save you time, hassle and money.
Types of airport transfer
You’ll have to choose an airport transfer that suits your budget and the size of your group.
Shared airport transfers
For singles, couples and smaller groups, it’s usually cheaper to share an airport transfer service with a number of other passengers.
The size of the vehicle will vary and includes people carriers and large minibuses. In general, larger vehicles with more people sharing tend to be cheaper per person.
The main drawback of shared airport transfers is that they’ll usually take a little longer to get you to your hotel.
Firstly, the transport has to wait for all the booked passengers to collect their luggage, get through the airport and find the transfer bus.
Secondly, there might be a long list of hotels to drop off at, one after the other. That’s not a problem if you’re the first on the list, but if your accommodation’s last you could find it’s quite a roundabout journey around town.
You’ll be given an idea of the journey time when you book though, and shared transfers are still a pretty efficient way of getting to your hotel, as well as usually being a great money saver.
Did you know…?
- If you’re travelling as part of a large group, you might find it’s cheaper per person – and a little faster – to book a private minibus transfer
There are two main types of shared transfer:
- Minibus transfer – this is sometimes also called a shared shuttle, or shuttle bus transfer. It’ll collect a number of different parties and may stop at several hotels
- Speedy shuttle max four stops – this is also a minibus transfer, but it will only drop off at a maximum of four hotels, so can be quicker
Private airport transfer
If you’re happy to spend a little more, you can be whisked speedily from the arrivals hall to your hotel in a private transfer. This will typically be a taxi or private car, or perhaps a minibus or people carrier for larger groups.
If you’re travelling with a larger group, perhaps of five-to-10 people, you might even find it’s cheaper to book a private transfer rather than a shared transfer, as well as being quicker. For smaller groups it can prove more expensive, as you’ll be paying for any empty seats in the car.
For those who really want to start their holiday in style, it’s possible to book executive transfers and luxury transfers, which will offer you a higher class of vehicle. The most expensive will generally be a chauffeur-driven limo – perfect for that special romantic getaway.
There are three main types of private transfer:
- Luxury vehicle transfer – sometimes also called a private luxury transfer or executive transfer. It’ll be for one party only and you’ll travel in a high-class vehicle
- Private minibus transfer – instead of booking several private vehicles, larger parties can book a minibus to themselves
- Private transfer – this could be a car, a taxi or a minibus, depending on the size of the party