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Published on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Airport transfers 'cost more than flights'



Holidaymakers spend more on airport transfers than flights to more than a third of European destinations, according to a new survey.

Research gathered by flight compensation company Flightdelays.co.uk found that the most expensive airport transfers were from Geneva, where the typical cost is £170, more than four times the cost of the average air fare from Manchester.

The next most expensive transfer is from Copenhagen, where passengers should expect to pay £170.67 for an average 10-mile journey to a hotel, compared to £50 for 617-mile flight from Manchester.

However, it is worth pointing out that the cost of the transfers might be shared between several passengers, which could bring the cost per passenger to below the typical air fare.

Flightdelay claimed transfers from Belfast, Weeze in Germany and Naples are also among the most expensive. The cheapest are from Milan and Moscow, it said.

The data analysed the costs of all available airport transfer options, from rail travel to private taxi hire on June 1 to 80 different airports across popular destinations in Europe.

Costs were then compared with flights to the destinations on the same date.

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  • Publicity-seeking 'research'?

    It's not that easy even to find this 'research' on the flightdelays.co.uk site. When you do find it, there's no way of determining how representative their 'data' really is. Until last December, I lived about 16Km (10 miles) from GVA and a cab home, at night, from the Swiss side of the airport would typically cost CHF 65.- (£52 @ £1 = CHF1.25). Sounds to me like a cheap way of getting publicity for this outfit!

    By Peter Lewis, Tuesday, May 2, 2017

  • Just goes to prove......

    ...that, all too often, the research finds out just what the instigator of the report wanted it to. Strange that!

    By Peter Mannell, Tuesday, May 2, 2017

  • Odd Research

    Where did the price of £170 for a 10 mile trip in Geneva come from, It certainly didn't cost me that much! Of course sharing a transfer brings the price down, that's a given. The transfers that we set up for our clients never cost them more than 20 euros return, we hired the bus for loads of money obviously and then put an average of 20 clients on-board. Late arrivals may need a private transfer which is higher cost but then that's to be expected. I think this 'research' is misleading and frankly, pointless.

    By Keith Standen, Tuesday, May 2, 2017

  • EDI cheap as Chips

    Tram or Bus from Edinburgh Airport to city centre under £4... Taxi fare is under £20.

    By Joe Curry, Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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