In the good old days of package holidays, the return transfers from
the airport to your hotel, a suitcase in the hold and a meal on the
plane was usually included in the price. Now, so many elements of
package holidays have been stripped out to make the price sound lower.
The last two occasions when we’ve gone on package holidays, to
Madeira and Cyprus, we found it almost as cheap to hire a car as to pay
for our return transfers from the airport to our hotel. Having the hire
car meant that we could organise our day trips.
However if you’re staying in a city, I don’t see much point in having
a hire car. Parking spaces can be difficult to find and parking rates
On our recent trip to Budapest and Prague, I organised taxi transfers
through the hotels at which I was staying. It cost 30 Euro from
Budapest Airport to our city centre hotel, and 21 Euro from our Prague
city centre hotel to the airport (we took the train from Budapest to
Prague). Our taxis were punctual and comfortable, the journey time was a
lot shorter than using public transport. I thought that the price paid
was good value for money for four passengers.
When I went to Chicago with our son Simon, Blacklane Limousines
offered us a complimentary transfer. I thought that after the 7 hour
flight from Edinburgh and getting through US immigration, it’d be great
to get to our accommodation quickly. I decided to request a pick up time
one and a half hours after our scheduled time of arrival at Chicago
O’Hare Airport. The price included a 60 minute wait time after the pick
up time. As our flight arrived early, we came out into the arrivals hall
twenty minutes before the pick up time. Five minutes later, I received a
text and email to say that our chaffeur had arrived.
Deciding whether you should arrange airport transfer will depend on
the price, the location of your accommodation and the available
alternative routes of transport.
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