Airport Transfers

31 January 2024 – 2 Minute Read

How do airport transfers work?

Airport transports are pre-arranged transport that takes passengers between the airport and their destination. Airport transfers take individuals and groups to and from the airport to their destination, usually their hotel. Airport transfers are usually pre-booked and pre-paid via a travel agent, booking service or tour operator. They can also sometimes be a free service organised by the hotel, such as hotel shuttles.

How to book transfers from airports?

You can book transfers from airports either through your travel agent, tour operator or directly with the airport transfer company. When making your travel arrangements, you should have the option to book transfers from the airport. Many airport transfer services allow you to book up to 3 months in advance, or you can even book on the actual day you need the airport taxi transfer service.

Do I need a car seat for airport transfers?

You are not legally required to have a car seat for airport transfers. You don’t need to have a car seat with you for airport transfers. However, it is recommended that young children travel in a car seat even for a short distance during an airport transfer. Some airport transfer companies provide baby car seats and child car seats for families to use during their airport transfer.

Are airports taxi transfers reliable?

Yes, in most cases, airport taxi transfers provide a reliable service. Most taxi transfer services will wait at the airport arrival hall before your flight is due to arrive so they are there in plenty of time. Many drivers will wait up to 1.5 hours after your flight is due to arrive in case the flight is delayed.

Are airport taxis taxed?

The fares that airport taxis charge passengers for private hire or taxi journeys are liable to VAT at the standard rate. Passengers can usually claim back the VAT on their airport taxi fares at 20%. However, if the airport taxi driver is not registered for VAT, passengers cannot claim the VAT back.

Can you get private hire taxis from airports?

Yes, at most UK airports there are taxi drop-off and pick up points. There are usually private hire taxis at each airport dropping off or waiting to pick up passengers, making it easy to get straight from the car to the check-in desk within minutes, and vice versa.

Do airport transfer taxis take credit cards?

Yes, airport transfer taxis do take credit cards. In most cases, you will likely pre-book and pre-pay for your airport transfer taxi and pay online or over the phone using your credit or debit card. However, you may also be able to pay the driver directly by credit or debit card at the end of your journey.

Do taxis at airport terminals cost more?

Yes, taxis at airport terminals generally cost more than taxis elsewhere. Most airport taxis are privately owned companies that can set their prices. Taxis at airport terminals tend to be more expensive as you pay for the convenience of being picked up or dropped off at the terminal.