When going on holiday it is getting easier to book our flights but then comes the problem – How are we going to get to our destination? Public transport is usually an option but it is not always convenient because of strict schedules and fixed drop off points. So usually it comes down to the decision between hiring a car and booking a transfer. Let’s see what the pros and cons are.
The definite advantage of hiring a car is the flexibility it gives you. You can pick your own route and stop as many times as you like on the way. Also you have a car available for the entire duration of your stay so you can explore the area and pop to the supermarket for essentials.
What you need to remember is that there can be extra costs on top of the price that you see on the car hire company’s website. To start with you will need a big enough car. If you are taking any sports equipment, like skis, golf clubs, etc then you can’t go for the smallest economy option. Also if you need child seats, snow chains or other extras then the hire company will charge extra for these. You might also need to take out extra insurance for the car.
On top of your car hire costs you also need to remember to add on fuel costs, motorway charges, parking fees, etc.
Before hiring a car, you should ask yourself how you like driving around airports. If you need to drop your car off at a major international airport then finding the car rental returns area is not always easy and can lead to panic if you don’t leave yourself enough time.
The other problem is of course that someone has to be the designated driver, for more than one driver you also need to pay extra. So you need someone who is confident enough to drive in a different country and who doesn’t mind missing out on the scenery and a glass of vino at lunch.
Let us start with the advantages here as well. By booking a private transfer you know the exact cost and you can pay before you get there so it is one less thing to worry about. When you arrive at the airport your driver will be already waiting for you and you can set off on your journey straight away without queuing at the car hire desk and trekking to your rental car with all of your luggage.
Once in the car you can just sit back and relax until you arrive to your destination and you can forget about transfers for the entire duration of your stay. Your transfer company will advise you about the best pick up time for your flights. Their experience means that you don’t have to worry about timings. Most transfer companies have child seats for all ages and usually they don’t charge any extra.
Probably the main advantage of booking a private transfer is the experience of your driver. They have spent many years driving around the area so they know the roads really well and they also know how to deal with different conditions. Starting your holiday with driving in a snow storm and then trying to put snow chains on for the first time is less than ideal. Your driver might also know the best shortcuts to beat the worst of the holiday traffic and make sure you get to the airport on time.
The disadvantage of a transfer is of course the lack of flexibility. Your driver will be on a schedule and it can’t be guaranteed that there is time to stop for a supermarket shop on the way. You also don’t have the flexibility during your stay to hop in the car and go somewhere different. Private transfers also might work out more expensive if you are only going for a few days.
Unless you want to travel around during your holiday it is always worth comparing car hire prices with private transfer prices.
Getting quotes directly from local companies guarantees that you find the best prices and service.