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Tips For Reducing Your Airport Taxi Expenses

What happens next after you get to the airport arrivals hall?  If you have a package holiday booked that includes a transfer, then it should be quite easy. There will be a holiday rep there to guide your toward a coach to get you to your hotel.  

However, if you happen to be traveling on your own, then you will need to get the next part of your journey organized yourself. All airports do offer some type of public transport into the cities they serve, and usually that is the most inexpensive and frequently the most efficient way to reach the city center.

However, taking a train or bus transfer may not be a good solution for you is you have small children or lots of luggage with you, are staying in an area that is hard to reach or arrive late at night. Or maybe you would just like to be driven to your destination directly without having to hassle with consulting with maps and timetables.  

So what are the most cost effective and best way to organize your own airport transfer? We asked Go Green Taxi’s Newbury and they provided the following five top tips to help you do just that:

Taxi Transfer

When you head for a taxi, is tends to be the most uncertain as well as most expensive option. Price and waiting time will be hard to predict and you also run the risk of getting ripped off. If you will be arriving at a new destination, make sure to do some research on what traveling from the airport over to your destination should cost, and agree on an approximate quote or price before leaving. Tourist office and airport websites frequently offer advice about traveling into and from city centers and might have advice on scams you should look out for. For example, travelers are warned by the Prague airport website about taxi drivers who try to take advantage of people visiting the area for the first time by taking busier or circuitous routes into the city center or even altering their meters so that they run faster. Make sure to have local currency with you in small denominations and carefully check your change.   

Private transfer

When a private car or tax is pre-booked it reduces the amount of uncertainty over costs and wait times. There is a worldwide transport service called Holiday Taxis that offers airport to resort and city transfers in  more than 12,000 destinations in more than 130 countries, which include limousines, minibuses and cars.  Some of the other transfer booking websites that are available include hoppa.com, holidayextras.co.uk, suntransfers.com and skyscanner.net/airport-transfers. The airline websites provide links as well to transport companies and sometimes provide discounts also.   

Shared transfers

There are some airports that provide share shuttle service transfers that are more economical. However, not all destinations will have this available.  For example, if you are headed for a private address, then the shuttle might drop you off at the closest hotel. It also won't be the fastest options since the shuttle will be stopping on the way to your destination. However, there are some important benefits, including having the ability to pay and book upfront.

Uber  

Uber service is available at airports in more than 400 cities all over the world. You can book a car after your luggage has been collected at the baggage claim. The app provides details on where the pickup location is and will tell you whether the city that you are in works on the basis of flat rate fares from and to the airport.

Car hire

You get the most flexibility when you hire a car of your own at the airport. You can book one directly with a reputable broker like Holiday Autos or through a car rental company.

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