What is an airport car service and how is it better than a taxi?

Often times when people are about ready to take a trip that involves flying, the last thing that they think to consider is how they are going to get to and from the airport. In a lot of cases, people drive themselves and park in either long-term or short-term parking or call upon a friend or family member to help provide the transportation. How many times can you ask for a ride from a friend without feeling burdensome? Oh, and what if the forecast calls for inclement weather on your departure day and you are stuck in the pouring rain waiting for a parking shuttle to take you to the terminal? Boulevard Limousine can help you get to the airport in a timely, classy manner without having to get wet or depend on a friend.

A lot of people know about airport shuttle service and taxis, but only small segment of the population knows about airport car services and the benefits they can provide travelers. There are vast differences between each type of transportation. Each with be discussed briefly as to what they are and how they can benefit you, the traveler.

Taxicabs are typically an on-demand service that people call upon at the time they need the ride. In rare cases, you can call ahead for a taxi to arrive at a specific time, but that option can vary from company to company. A benefit of going this route is that is you are typically taken directly to your destination, however if you are unfamiliar with the area you are traveling, the driver may take a detour adding miles and time to the trip resulting in an increased price since cab fares are based on a combination of distance and time. If you live in the city center, this is can be a cost effective way to get to the airport since most airports are typically close to the urban core, but if you live in the suburbans, the final price can be quite costly and it may even be difficult to locate a vehicle.

Airport shuttles are a mix between an on-demand service and a reservation based service. For a pick-up at your house, place of business, or a suburban hotel, having a reservation is best and may even be required. If you are visiting from out of town and are staying at a hotel in the city center, it is quite possible that you may be able to ride with an airport shuttle without having a reservation if seating is available. This method of transportation is likely to be the cheapest option of getting to the airport, however, it is likely that you are part of a shared-ride vehicle and several stops will be made to pick up additional passengers to fill every seat possible. If using an airport shuttle service to get to the airport, we recommend allowing extra time for those stops to be completed so that you don’t miss your flight. Also, consider whether or not the extra time you spent traveling to and from the airport is worth the money saved as often times it isn’t.

Airport car services are strictly reservation based. This means that regardless of where you are being picked up, whether it is at the airport, at your house, at your work or office, or at a hotel, you must have a reservation. Unlike taxicabs and airport shuttles, cars don’t make regular stops at hotels or stage in holding areas waiting to be hailed. In rare cases, car services are able to take last minute requests, but having a reservation placed well in advance of your travel time is best. Pricing for this type of transportation is going to be more expensive than shuttles and often times more expensive than a cab when traveling between the airport at the city center. When traveling between the airport and a suburb, you would be surprised at how competitive the price of an airport car service can be when compared to a taxicab and may even be cheaper.

There are many advantages of using a chauffeured transportation service over airport shuttles and taxicabs when traveling to and from the airport. Typically the vehicles used are newer and more luxurious with such amenities as leather seats and complimentary bottled water. Pricing is usually set at the time the reservation is placed, before the trip takes place, meaning that you will know what you are going to pay and it isn’t going to change because the driver decided to take a long way around to add a few miles to the trip and increase the number displayed on the meter. The hired vehicle will also be a private car so you will have it all to yourself and nobody else will be sharing it with you. This combination of having a private car and at a fixed price, you can be assured the your driver is going to go the most efficient route possible to get you to your destination.

So, the next time you are traveling, ask yourself a few questions for choosing how to get to the airport. Would you like to get to the airport as efficiently as possible without going a long, roundabout way to get there and without stopping for other passengers? Would you like to know what the total cost is going to be so that you can budget appropriately? Would you like to travel in a clean, newer, well-appointed vehicle and not an older, smelly car or a minivan? If you said yes to all of these questions, then consider hiring an airport car service such as Boulevard Limousine the next time you are about to fly out of town.