We all want to travel in style but that’s not sustainable if you’re backpacking in the farthest reaches of the world. Unfortunately, once the plane lands, it’s a struggle to scramble for a ride when you’re jetlagged and carrying multiple luggage on your own. So how do you get convenient airport services without spending a small fortune? Consider these tips:
If you are planning a trip three months from now, it pays to prepare all the necessary details to make it easier for you to travel from the airport to your destination and vice versa. Some travel agencies do offer online reservations at much lower prices especially during off-peak season. Planning ahead will help you save more time and money. It will also save you the headache of looking for a ride once you land in your destination!
Of course, you don’t want to jump at the first offer that you come across with. You want to compare prices by looking around. The good news is that you don’t need to drive around town checking prices from different agencies. You can do this at home!
Two tips when shopping around. First, you need to look for feedbacks from old clients. You want to know what to expect when getting a service. Second, don’t let the cost be the only deciding factor when looking for airport services. You want value for your money as well as convenience and excellent customer service. Choose airport service agencies that offer reasonable prices and a straightforward process for reservation.
Ask Your Hotel for Airport Services
To simplify your search, you can always ask your hotel representative to either book you an affordable airport service they are affiliated with or ask them if that’s included in the accommodations package you purchased. Most hotels do offer service pickups as well as airport transfer.
If, say the accommodation package does not include airport transfer, ask the hotel representative a great agency for airport pickups. They are bound to give you a list of great service providers or they could make special arrangements just for you.
On the other hand, if they do include airport transfer in your accommodation package, you may give special instructions like your schedule, etc. when needed.
Ask Locals for Airport Pickup
If you are planning on roughing it, you can ask locals the most popular airport transfer agencies on that area and then book your reservation. Of course, being the most popular does not guarantee great service but it should do when in a pinch. Most airports have chauffeur-driven taxis too but depending on the country you’re visiting, this could be expensive.
Ride Public Transportation
If you are really serious about spending as little as possible on a trip, then forget about planning ahead and making reservations and just ride a bus. It’s cheap, it could be fun, and it’s accessible.
Of course, this is only advisable if you are flying to a place you know very well, you speak the language, and you carry very little luggage. Most airports do have designated areas for buses and shuttles that will take you to the central district.