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What airport transfer is and how it works
The airport transfers service is constantly increasing in popularity and is often the best way to move on longer distances compared to Uber or regular taxi. Let´s see why.
During your travels, probably happened more than once to come across drivers, each one holding a board with a name on top, waiting for their customers in the arrival hall of the airport. Also, you probably wondered what are the main advantages to use of this form of transportation compared to taxis or Uber, where to book a similar service and if the price range is compatible with the budget of any traveler, or if it is suitable only for "business" or "first class" passengers. But let's begin from start...
WHAT IS AIRPORT TRANSFER?
Let's first look what an airport transfer, so defined by modern travel industry, actually is: we will do this trying to use simple words and examples that are easy to understand, leaving aside all the technical, bureaucratic and legislative aspects that govern this important transport category. In a few words, seen through the eyes of a casual traveler who use this service, airport transfers look like normal car rental, but with the big difference that in addition to the car, the client "rent" (please pass me the term) also the driver. So let's see in more details where to book airport transfers, how to use such service and why choose it instead of other ways of transportation, like taxis, Uber or even public transport.
WHERE TO BOOK AIRPORT TRANSFERS?
The very first step necessary to use airport transfer service is, of course, to make a reservation through a web site. In fact, differently from taxis or other shuttle service, you can't (or, better, you really shouldn't) grab an airport transfer car once on place, or most of the advantages of using this form of transport (especially related to cost and guaranteed availability) may simply vanish. There are numerous agencies, booking centers and local operators that provide a website designed specifically to book airport transfers. The rules, however, or the "terms and conditions" differ from operator to operator: for example, some agency may require upfront payment of the journey, even if you are booking months in advance, while others accept more friendly payments directly to the driver on the day of the trip.
During our travels around the world we have been able to test different airport transfers companies and we found particularly convenient and friendly the service provided by Best Airport Transfer, especially for flexible payment methods and for the cancellation policy that in many cases does not impose any charge, even if canceling a few hours before the scheduled pick-up time. Booking an airport transfer on the mentioned website is very simple: just enter or select the departure location, the destination location and then choose the type of vehicle you want, selecting from a simple sedan-class car to a large bus, going through all the intermediate categories. Obviously the selection of the vehicle depends on how many passengers you are booking for, however, even if you travel alone but want a particularly spacious minivan, you have the possibility to choose such vehicle as well. Once the selection has been made, a booking form lets to enter further information, like your contact details and everything the driver needs to know in order to provide the requested service (therefore, complete addresses, number of baggage, etc.). The credit card is necessary only for guarantee and, unless otherwise instructed by yourself, the payment will be made in cash to the driver.
Another airport transfer booking center that we have used is Taxi Airport Pickup, which works very similarly to the other one already been described, but has a more modern web site design (we know that someone like older website designs, but others prefer a more modern look, reason for which we are suggesting two agencies). In all cases, after submitting the airport transfer reservation, an agent will carefully check that everything is correct and well squared-up, before sending you the confirmation e-mail. In the same e-mail you will find the mobile phone number of the driver, which can be called for any last-minute questions or emergencies. That's all! You are now ready to enjoy your trip without worrying about anything else and without getting crazy among taxis or public transport on the day of your journey.
We have also to mention that the same airport transfer companies offer also the opposite direction transfers, specifically from your hotel or apartment to airport, but also any other kind of transfer from and to railway stations and cruise ports, using exactly the same philosophy.
WHY AIRPORT TRANSFERS INSTEAD OF TAXIS, UBER OR PUBLIC TRANSPORT?
Now that you know what is an airport transfer service and how to book it, you may just wonder why use airport transfers and why bother making a reservation, if once on place you may still grab a taxi, call Uber, get a shared shuttle or use public transportation. Well, let's see what are the main advantages of airport transfers compared to other forms of transportation and why you won't be able to travel again without it, once you tried it.
AIRPORT TRANSFERS ARE FOR EVERYONE
Well, we just discussed how the airport transfer service works, how to book it and what are the countless pros of airport transfers vs taxis or other types of transport. As you can see, it is a normal service, even low cost for everyone and not just for VIPs or business travelers, as it may appear to be initially. We hope to have clarified all your doubts: now you just have to to book and try. Have a nice trip!
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