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Getting from and to the
Airport Buses / shuttles...
Some are accessible and some are not. If you consider this type of
transfer research first to make certain if you require one that
wheelchair accessible transfers are available at that location.
These are not private transfers, and your vehicle may make
multiple stops and pickups. If required do you have assistance
in boarding? Remember under insurance provisions the driver is
often not allowed to assist in helping a person onto the bus.
Doesn't mean they will not help but never count on that. In the
case of a vehicle that allows roll on accessibility for
wheelchair or scooter then they will help with the procedure of
boarding if you remain in the scooter or wheelchair.
Just like a transit system
with a thousand drivers, taxis will also have a variety of
driver personalities, from ones that like to give an
un-requested tour of the city when they know it is your first
time there or don't have a clue where you are going, to ones
that are very helpful and courteous.
Make sure that if considering a taxi that the taxi system in the
location you are visiting does have wheelchair accessible
vehicles if you require one. Some locations have very few
accessible vehicles, and sometimes is advisable to at least
enquire if accessible vehicles will be available when you
arrive, and in some instances it may be best to arrange in
In the past I have always
pre-arranged airport transfers. The really good private transfer
companies have flight tracking capabilities and as long as they
have up to date flight information, they will keep track of when
the flight is arriving or if it is delayed. If your flight
number is changed it is very important to inform the transfer
company otherwise they will expect you on a different flight.. I
always have the contact info with me and if the flight is
delayed I will contact the transfer company on my cell informing
them of that. Bear in mind though that your cell phone service
may not work in some countries and even if it does there could
be additional charges to use such as roaming charges. On private
transfers you can often arrange meet and greet service
(sometimes for an extra charge) that the driver will be waiting
as you come into the baggage claim area with a sign with you
name on it and will assist you with picking up your luggage.
Most times I have had more
courteous service using private pre-arranged transfers than with
taxi services, and I have never been given a tour of the city
when using pre-arranged private transfers. But not all private
transfer companies may have wheelchair accessible vehicles.
Scooters and wheelchairs that easily come apart or fold should
be ok in almost any vehicle, although consider the number of
luggage items and number of companions coming with you when
deciding on which vehicle type to book.
By: Donald Kerr