Let me guess, you have planned meticulously for your summer holiday.
Suitcase weighed – check
New clothes – check
Passport and booking number confirmation printed off – check
Have you booked your holiday transfer from Malaga Airport? err……. I will just grab a taxi when we get there is the normal reaction.
Dont worry if this is you as we highlight a few tips in this post to help you get the best price.
What You Will Learn
- How to search for a reliable taxi company
- Howe to ask the right questions to get the best airport transfer
- How not to get ripped off
- How To plan ahead
- How To Get The cheapest taxi tariffs
Malaga Airport is 3 hours from most UK airports and the general consensus is that the holiday starts in the airport bar. Once the hard work of booking the holiday and accommodation is taken care of the transfers are an after thought.
Dont Get Ripped Off
Unfortunately, that’s where you stand to lose out and get hit big time by tax companies waiting for you outside Malaga Airport’s gleeming new terminal.
You see taxis in Spain only take 4 people period.
No squashing an extra one no matter how small, even a toddler. No baby seats are generally on hand so if your traveling with kids forget that. Planning ahead is the only solution.
A great overview on how to save money below
Most taxis dont operate using meters, they carry clipboards and gauge the destination by the furthest point on your transfers, then there is the language barrier just to throw a spanner in the works when your not happy with the tariff.
Its surprising how little English they know when its time to pay the bill
Getting the best Minibus company at the Cheapest rates
So our guidelines to follow to get the best rates from Malaga Airport are as follows:
- Search for a minibus company before you set off.
- Send a template email requesting a total cost for your transfer to your destination.
- Note which company gets back first.
- Shortlist 3 top companies.
- Send the same questions to all 3 companies.
- Play off the best priced company against the second best to see if they will reduce the fair
- Request if they have special luggage trailers for golf clubs or extra suitcase if travelling in groups
- See if they allow pay on arrival and only pay the first leg of the journey.
From our experience there are several minibus companies that offer a professional service. And the link above compares the best airport transfers from Malaga Airport To Puerto Banus with example prices, its well worth a read.
Comparing Oranges with Apples
When you are comparing prices for different minibus services make sure you are comparing like for like.
For example if you are only traveling in a group of 4 then don’t book a minibus. If you are in a group of 16 golfers make sure that they include extra trailer to carry your golf clubs. You can hire clubs or contact local golf package operators to organize for free club hire.
Do you have to pay for baby seats? Is the price your quoted the price you pay or are there hidden extras?
Will you get dropped off at your destination or only close by? Will the company wait for you at your destination and charge a extra fee for example if its a day trip to Alhambra Palace.
Some companies operate illegally in Spain so do check they have a license and are fully insured before you book with a company. There are several renowned companies that operate illegally and they will not meet you in the airport as they don’t have a license they will ask you to meet outside or in a car park away from the am in arrivals hall.
And some companies only operate a shuttle service and will ask you to combine your transfer with other passengers to share the experience! Sometimes this involves a stop off or two so will delay your airport transfer.
Some companies also operate via an agent so your request comes in via a website and your transfer gets tendered out to the cheapest company prepared to take this on. Meaning you don’t always get the level of service you are requesting because the agent is touting the price out to the cheapest company prepared to take it.