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How to Book a Private Transfer

Say the words Private Transfer and many people think “expensive”! Well think again as it’s often not the case and you can get a better service, value for money and reassurance that you are not paying over the top.

Check out the table below which does a cost comparison of private transfers vs taxis to see what we mean.

You will find taxis on the forecourt outside T3 arrivals hall, but in the summer expect to queue a while – and in the heat – that’s not much fun especially with kids.


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We always use Shuttle Direct for our own personal private transfers and have no hesitation in recommending them to you. In fact the cost comparisons below are based on quotes obtained from them.

Also the normal size taxi is only licensed to carry 4 passengers (including children), so if you are travelling in a large group or are carrying sports equipment which will not fit into a normal sized boot, it is worth getting a quote for a private transfer as companies can supply large vehicles or even buses which can transport up to 50 people.

If you are travelling with young children or toddlers and do not want to bring car seats over on the plane, bear in mind that if you pre-book a private transfer you can ask them to supply the necessary safety seats for the journey.  Even though the law in Spain is the same as in the UK and states that children must be carried in special seats or restraints in private vehicles, Spanish taxis are exceptions to the rules and do not have to carry child seats or fit restraints.

If you want your child to travel safely to your holiday destination you can ensure this happens by booking a private transfer or by hiring a car and asking for these seats to be provided when you make the reservation.

I have found the most hassle-free way of getting to your final destination is by booking a private transfer and being met in the arrivals all by your own driver who is waiting to help you and your family or friends. They will take you to the waiting car or minibus and on to your destination. When you make the booking online you pay for it in advance using your credit card so there are no nasty surprises with high costs suddenly being thrown at you when you arrive in Spain.

If you do intend to use a taxi make sure you get a quote from the driver before setting off.  They have a book of regulated charges but it does not state destinations, and unfortunately I know that some drivers just point to a random fare which is way above what they should be charging.

Should your flight be delayed for whatever reason, your driver will know as you give your flight details at the time of booking.

By Linda Craik Google+

Cost Comparisons of Private Transfers versus Taxis

The prices below are based on a pick up of 4 passengers from the airport on Friday October 1st returning Friday October 8th at around 10:00am.  The taxi fare is a flat fee and covers up to 4 passengers, but the private transfer costs quoted are per person, so if there are four of you travelling you need to multiply the figure by 4.

The cost of a taxi for up to 4 people from the airport into Malaga City Centre which is 19 km away will cost between €28-32 (including all surcharges) depending on your day and time of travel.:

Destination Distance Taxi Private Transfer (per person)
Algeciras 142km €160-190 €34.56
Almuñecar 106km €120-150 €25.89
Antequera 63km €75-90 €19.28
Benalmadena Costa 14km €20-25 €6.20
Benalmadena Pueblo 20km €30-40 €7.61
Cala de Mijas 35km €45-55 €10.46
Calahonda 40km €50-60 €10.46
Coin 35km €45-55 €14.87
Estepona 85km €100-120 €19.28
Fuengirola 26km €35-40 €7.99
Marbella 54km €65-80 €14.17
Mijas 35km €40-46 €8.40
Motril 118km €135-160 €30.43
Nerja 74km €88-105 €19.97
Puerto Banus 67km €80-95 €16.80
Ronda 110km €130-150 €25.89
San Pedro 70km €82-100 €16.80
Sotogrande 118km €135-160 €27.27
Torremolinos 9km €16-18 €5.37

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