Easter weekend is the perfect opportunity for a city break and taking a taxi from the airport to your hotel is usually the most convenient and fastest way to travel. But just how much are Brits paying for this convenience?
Research from travel money specialist No.1 Currency looks at the cost of a taxi ride – not booked in advance – from some of the main airports in Europe to the centre of the city. With some airport transfers significantly longer in distance than others, these were calculated as cost per kilometre.
The results revealed huge differences in price, with the cost of a round trip taxi from the airport adding as much as £136 onto the cost of a weekend break.
By the kilometre, Geneva boasts the most expensive airport-city centre taxi transfer in Europe. The journey by road is only 6km – but will typically set you back £22.83, or £3.80 per km. This means a round trip of 12km costs nearly £46.
Copenhagen in Denmark closely follows Genera as the next most expensive taxi journey per km in Europe. The journey is short at only 8km, but for each of these kilometres, you’ll pay nearly £3.00 – a total of £23.88 for the whole journey.
It may not come as a surprise to hear that on price alone, taxi rides from Heathrow to central London are the most expensive. The cost of a one-way trip is an eye-watering £68, and a round trip is an even more painful £136.
On the continent, Milan and Oslo closely follow London’s notoriously high prices, with airport to city journeys in either city costing nearly £59 – leaving holiday makers £118 worse off for a round trip.
The following table shows the most expensive taxi rides, ranked by £ per km, from European airports to city centres:
|Location||Airport||Distance from airport to city centre (km)||Average cost of taxi one way (in £)||Cost of taxi
(£ per km)
|Bratislava, Slovenia||Bratislav airport||7||12.2||1.71|
|Paris, France||Charles de Gaulle||30||34.69||1.16|
Eastern European cities are unsurprisingly some of the cheapest when it comes to the cost of taking a taxi from the airport. The journey from Sofia airport to the city centre costs a mere £3.33 for the 10km journey, or £0.33 per km – 20 times less than the journey from Heathrow into central London.
Istanbul might be steeped in a history of opulence and luxury, but you won’t pay extravagant prices to travel from the airport to the heart of the city. In terms of price per km, a taxi ride from Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport to the centre of Istanbul is actually the best value, with the 25km trip costing an average of £4.65 or £0.19 per km.
The following table shows the cheapest taxi rides, ranked by £ per km, from European airports to capital or major city centres:
|Location||Airport||Distance from airport to city centre (km)||Average cost of taxi one way
|Cost of taxi
(£ per km)
|Istanbul, Turkey||Atatürk Airport||25||4.65||0.19|
|Reykjavik, Iceland||Keflavik International Airport||29||6.86||0.24|
|Bucharest, Romania||Otopeni Airport||17||4.67||0.27|
|Sofia, Bulgaria||Sofia Airport||10||3.33||0.33|
|Moscow, Russia||Sheremetyevo Airport||29||11.48||0.39|
|Zagreb, Croatia||Zagreb Airport||16||10.69||0.66|
|Warsaw, Poland||The Frederic Chopin International Airport||10||6.9||0.69|
|Budapest, Hungary||Budapest Ference Liszt International Aiport||16||11.6||0.72|
|Lisbon, Portugal||Portela Airport||7||5.72||0.81|
|Stockholm, Sweden||Arlanda Airport||43||43||1|
|Vienna, Austria||Vienna Airport||21||22.01||1.05|
|Prague, Czech Republic||Vaclav Havel||10||10.92||1.09|
Simon Phillips, Director of Retail for No1. Currency, comments: “Taking a taxi from the airport is not the cheapest option, but for Brits heading away to Europe this Easter weekend, it is generally the most convenient. If you’re only away for a long weekend, often the last thing you want to be doing is spending hours trying to navigate unfamiliar local transport networks, which won’t even drop you off outside your hotel.
“Our research reveals that there is a huge variation in the cost of a taxi depending on which European city you’re visiting, so do your research before you travel. If the airport to city centre taxi ride is particularly pricey, like Milan, then taking the bus or train may be the better option. Alternatively, you could book a taxi in advance of travelling to your weekend destination, as this could work out significantly cheaper than flagging down a taxi outside the airport.
“It’s also worth exchanging money before you fly, because if you’re paying for a taxi once you reach your destination, or even using a train or bus, it’s likely you will need to pay the fare in cash.