If you travel by air, getting transportation to or from the terminal is almost always an afterthought. After all, there is almost never a lack of taxis at most airports. On the contrary, there is usually a long line of them. Nevertheless, However, if you are doing a lot of traveling, it is beneficial to be aware that there are other options available.
Obviously, if your expected travel from the airport is just a couple of miles, grabbing a taxi is the most convenient and practicle. However, if you are commuting 10 or more miles, you may want to consider an airport shuttle, as they can offer a discounted rate for longer commutes.
Are you traveling as a big group? If you are traveling with a group, it just makes sense to make a reservation with an airport shuttle as they will most always have a bus to transport your group and all their bags. Otherwise, if you’re relying on the cars in the airport taxi line,there may not be a van available to take all of you.
Many shuttle users do so primarily because of the comfort and space provided. The majority of airport taxis, whether they be a sedan or mini-van are procured by their owners with the goal of delivering the bare minimum when it comes to luxury and space. After all, repeat business is not necessarily high on their list. As long as their drivers pay the lease, they are probably cpntent. A shuttle service will usually have later-model, luxurious vehicles, as their business is highly reliant on repeat business. In fact, it is a highly competitive business in some parts .
Although an airport service will probably always be the more practical option, certain situations might make taking a taxi a better choice. Obviously, when you are needing transportation for a short distance a few blocks away, it is most likely not worthy of your time hiring a shuttle. In fact, most shuttle businesses will have a minimum miles or charge anyhow. Another reason would be a an emergency trip where there just is not sufficient time to set up a ride.
In some places, cab drivers are well known for turning down credit cards. With innovations like the “Square” credit card app that accepts credit card transactions on a cell phone easy, it’s hard to imagine anything easier. Yet, there are still cab drivers out there, that for whatever reason, whether it be a small fee or just plain inconvenience, will still not accept them. Now, with a shuttle service, most companys’ will gladly accept your credit card. In fact, some will require pre-pay with a credit card.