An airport transfer is a connection by a ground transport service either; From an airport flight arrival to a location away from the airport or; Transport from a location to an airport for the purpose of connecting with a departing flight. Airport Transfers are available in a variety of modes. The two most common modes are “Private” and “Shared” Shared transfers are more structured and Private are more personal. Shared Transfers ; Are shared with other passengers, the inherent benefit of a shared transfer is that the passengers also share the cost of the transfer journey. The shared transfer is generally structured with a timetable and has particular pickup and drop point locations.
The tariff is generally based on a per head basis. Some shared transfers are also known as a shuttle bus or airport bus. The vehicles used by shared transfer operators generally have a larger seating capacity than a normal car or people mover. They are usually mini-bus in size with 11-14 seat capacity or a normal size bus with 22 to 40+ seats. The advantage of a shared transfer is the lower cost to the passenger. The disadvantage is that the shared transfer is structured; • The company has a timetable, little flexibility to make your own time. • Most journeys are to fixed points. Sometimes meaning another transport is required to your final destination. • The journey can take a long time to get to your destination. All of the other passenger’s stops have to be made before yours, unless of course you have just a short trip. Private Transfers ; There are no other passengers in your transfer vehicle. The vehicle and driver are dedicated to picking up one customer booking at a time. This type of transfer is more personal. The cost is mostly per transfer and not per head, sometimes a slight difference according to how many passengers are being transported. The driver will usually monitor incoming flights and adjust the meeting time accordingly.
The outbound transfer time to the airport can also be nominated by the passenger. It’s more like making an appointment! The driver will meet the passenger at the meeting point nominated by the passenger where ever their preference is. The vehicle type size is usually a people mover or sedan. A people mover generally has a 7 passenger seat maximum and is commonly a Toyota Tarago or Hyundai imax. The disadvantage of a private transfer is that the cost is borne totally by the occupants. The comparison on a per head basis can be just as cost effective as a shared transfer if there are several occupants. This point is often overlooked by the price conscious multiple passenger shared transfer customer. The advantage of a private transfer is that it is not structured; • There is no timetable. The customer nominates the booking time for the outbound transfer and provides the arrival flight details to monitor and adjust as required. • The passenger selects their own location for their desired journey.
The journey is direct as it is private and there are no other stops or pickup points. • The transfer time can be considerably shorter for the same reason, as it is a private direct door to door transfer. Some confusion exists as to what the expression “door to door” means. The confusion stems from a blend of the two service modes. There are some shuttle bus services that provide shared transfers that go to every passenger’s desired pickup or drop off location. This can make the transfer time considerably longer than to fixed points. The “door to door” can mean “door to door to door to door” in this case.
The private transfer will generally be one pick up door, to one destination door more like an “Express Transfer”. In summary, two main types of airport transfer services are available at most airports. The shared transfer service revolves around a bus ticketing system, if you miss one bus, then you catch the next one on the timetable. It is not as personal as a private transfer where the driver is waiting for you to arrive at the airport. The private transfer driver would not be there otherwise, because it is pre-booked on an appointment basis according to the customer needs. The cost between the two services can be comparable for multiple passenger transfers. For single passenger transfers the shared transfer is cost effective if time is not an issue.
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