Airport transfers are pre-arranged transportation for travelers between an airport and their final destination, whether it be a hotel, cruise port, or another local point of interest. They are often prebooked and prepaid through a booking service, a travel agent, or a tour operator. Airport transfers do not include taxis, rideshares, or public transportation options. You can also book transfers when you’re heading back to the airport at the end of your trip.
Private Airport Transfers
Private airport transfers are when you and your travel companions take pre-booked transportation to your destination. Typically you are met at the airport by a driver (drivers are the people you see holding signs with names on them outside of the baggage claim in the arrivals hall). As an individual traveling for business or leisure, you can book private cars, limos, or even vans for bigger groups. Most tour operators and cruise lines organize transfers themselves to bring guests directly from the airport to the tour meeting point or the port.
The benefit to choosing this kind of service is convenience—it eliminates the stress of trying to hail a taxi or lug a heavy suitcase onto public transportation. Many travelers enjoy having all their transportation taken care of (including payment) before they arrive at their destination airport, especially if they’re coming off a long-haul flight. Plus, many drivers will monitor their passengers’ flights, so they can adjust pick-up times if there are delays. The only major downside is the price. Private transfers can be very costly, though if you’re splitting the price with travel companions, it could be cost-effective when compared to taking a normal taxi.