What is the Airport Transfer Process?

Transfers from the airport to hotels, cruise ports, or other points of interest are part of prearranged airport transportation services. Travel agencies, tour operators, or free services like hotel shuttles offer the option of pre-paying and pre-booking. Neither public transportation or ridesharing services such as Uber or Lyft are available at the airport.

Transport from and to the airport

Your companion and you will be transported privately to your destination. In general, drivers wait in the arrivals hall outside the baggage claim (the people with signs). Private cars, limos, and vans for groups can be reserved for individuals traveling alone.

The main benefit of using something like this service is convenience. Taxis and hauling heavy luggage will not be an issue. If you just arrived from a long-haul flight, most travelers prefer to have everything handled for them before they leave an airport (including payment). A driver will often check the status of the passenger’s flight, so he can adjust the pick-up time accordingly if there has been a delay. A major downside is the price.


A private transfer can be expensive, but you could save money if you split it with a travel companion.

Arrangements for private airport transfers can be arranged by your hotel or local taxi company at your destination.

The transfer of passengers between airports is shared

The use of shuttles and vans, which are often shared between passengers, is common at airports. A shared transfer’s schedule is similar to that of a private transfer, which can happen any time of day. Others will only drop you off at a central hub, like a train station, where they will drop you directly to your hotel.

Tour operators and cruise lines book shared transfers when guests arrive at an airport at the same time. However, most services are still delivered door-to-door.

A shared airport transfer is typically more affordable than a private transfer, giving travelers who want convenient, but not overpriced, transportation an attractive option. Depending on how many guests arrive before your transfer departs, you might have to wait. In some cases, door-to-door delivery is possible.

Services for hotels that provide shuttles

Transfers to and from the airport can also be facilitated by a hotel shuttle.

A number of area hotels offer shuttle service from the airport to their properties free of charge. The schedule for transferring between airports is usually set regularly (every 15 minutes to every hour). It is not always possible for them to work around the clock. Find out if your hotel provides a free shuttle service, and find out what time it operates. You must make arrangements with the hotel ahead of time if you wish to take the shuttle, so be aware of that.

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