When should I book my airport transfers?
With summer 2023 fast approaching, many of us will be going into holiday mode. Some may now be thinking about their return airport transfers, while those who are not tied to school holidays may be planning to jet off before school summer holidays, to take advantage of the lower term-time holiday prices.
With all this in mind, customers often ask us how far in advance they should book their airport transfers. They are not sure whether they can order their airport taxi on the day, or whether they need to book a day, a week or a month ahead. The reality is that, the further in advance you reserve your cab, the more options you give yourself and the more likely you are to be able to make the booking you want, especially if you will need a 24-hour taxi for a very early or late flight, when public transport is not available.
Additionally, if there is a particular driver you like to do your airport runs, an early booking is always advisable.
Even if your departure or arrival is during the day, advance reservations are especially worthwhile during busy times – such as the late summer period.
Book as soon as you know you need your airport taxi Gatwick run to ensure a slot with a reliable service provider and best value for money (some firms impose an additional levy if you book a taxi with 24 hours’ notice or less). Even worse, if you leave it until the day or the week of your flight, no airport transfers may be available at all.
Equally, of course, the hours and days before you jet off on a trip tend to be frantically busy. So if you can get the airport run sorted once you know you’re travelling, it leaves you with one less thing to worry about. You can then focus on all your other pre-departure tasks as well as, most importantly, looking forward to your holiday.
People often also ask us how long after landing they should schedule their return cab for. As a general rule of thumb, we’d recommend around half an hour after you’re due to touch down if you only have carry-on bags, 45 to 60 minutes if you have checked-in luggage.
If you’re looking for a professional yet personal airport transfer at an affordable price, talk to us before you talk to anyone else. At Western Cars, we specialise in airport transfers to and from Gatwick airport and all major UK Airports.