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How to Book a Private Transfer

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

A few other reasons to book a Private Transfer

  • pay in advance so no need to worry about having €uros when you land
  • prebook baby / child seats
  • no queuing or waiting around in the heat loosing valuable holiday time
  • be met in arrivals by your driver and taken directly to your destination

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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.  The majority of taxis are 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.

Baby / Child Safetly

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.  We highly recommend the use of car seats on the roads here in Spain.

A little more about Private Transfers

We 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 hall 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.  They will also know if your flight is delayed, as you will give your flight number at time of booking, so you don’t need to worry should this happen to you.

Shared Transfers

If you are arriving late at night, when the Public Transport no longer runs,  staying in an area that is a bit tricky to get to, or travelling alone, we would highly recommend a Shared Transfer.  Just go to the “Book Now” above, add your destination, dates and select Shared/Shuttle Service Transfer.  Please not this may not be available on every destination.  The Trains only go as far as Alora or Fuengirola and stop before midnight.  The Airport Buses go direct to Marbella, Estepona or Algeciras and also stop before midnight, so depending on when your flight arrives, you may find that a shared transfer is a better and safer option.  Of course it will not be the quickest option as there will be stops along the way, but, it will all be paid for upfront.  There will be a designated meeting point at Malaga Airport.  Should you be going to a Private Residence, the Shuttle will take you to the nearest Hotel.

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.  If you do intend to use a taxi, they are situated to the right as you leave the Arrivals Hall T3.   They do have meters installed now, so do make sure it is turned on.  There is a set charge for picking up at the airport of 5.50€ and also a minimum charge of around 15€.  There are also extra charges for the times of day, weekends and public holidays and pieces of luggage over a certain size.

 

DestinationDistanceTaxiPrivate Transfer (per person)
Algeciras142km€170-200€40.60
Almuñecar106km€128-€151€30.41
Antequera63km€78-€92€22.65
Benalmadena Costa14km€21-€25€6.20
Benalmadena Pueblo20km€28-€33€7.61
Cala de Mijas35km€46-€53€12.29
Calahonda40km€51-€60€12.29
Coin35km€46-€53€17.47
Estepona85km€104-€122€22.65
Fuengirola26km€25-€41€8.24
Marbella54km€68-€80€13.72
Mijas35km€41-€48€9.87
Motril118km€142-€168€35.75
Nerja74km€91-€107€15.26
Puerto Banus67km€83-€96€14.52
Ronda110km€133-€157€30.40
San Pedro70km€86-€102€19.74
Sotogrande118km€141-€170€32.03
Torremolinos9km€17-€21€4.82

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