Airport Taxi Report Summer 2019

Major price differences in taxi fares at European airports

Airports in London and Milan by far the most expensive, travellers want transparency

LONDON, AUGUST 8, 2019. Taking a taxi from the airport of arrival to the final destination at some airports is an expensive affair. At airports in London (Stansted, Luton, Gatwick) and Milan (Bergamo, Malpensa), travellers even have to take into account 100 euros for a taxi ride to the city centre. This amount is 10 times higher than the price at airports in Bucharest and Warsaw. In Europe, travellers pay an average of 40 euros for a taxi ride from the airport to the city centre, according to a study conducted by AirMundo.com.

The Airport Taxi Report Summer 2019 ‘Taxi fares at European airports’ compares the taxi rates at the 50 busiest airports in Europe. The report offers travellers an insight into the average prices for an airport taxi ride to the city centre. Prices of pre-booked taxis are not included in the comparison.

Expensive taxis in London and Milan

The top 5 most expensive airports to continue a journey by taxi are Milan Bergamo Airport (105 EUR), London Stansted Airport (104 EUR / 95 GBP), London Luton Airport (99 EUR / 90 GBP), Milan Malpensa Airport (95 EUR) and London Gatwick Airport (EUR 93 / GBP 85). The unfavourable location of these airports, at a great distance from the city centre, plays an important role.

Taxi more expensive than airline ticket

Milan Bergamo Airport (Ryanair), London Stansted Airport (Ryanair) and London Luton Airport (easyJet and Wizz Air) are mainly used by low-cost carriers. According to the study, however, they are also the most expensive to take a taxi from. Travellers who are only guided by the prices of airline tickets will be disappointed here. Chances are that a taxi ride to the hotel in the centre costs more than the flight. Booking a taxi in advance is a way to reduce the cost of taking a taxi to and from London airports.

Average taxi fare 40 euros

In Europe, the average price for a taxi ride from the airport to the city centre is 40 euros for a journey of 34 minutes. Compared to half a year ago (Airport Taxi Report Winter 2019), only the taxi fares at the airports of Istanbul have risen. Travellers should bear in mind that, in practice, few taxi drivers at Istanbul New Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen Airport adhere to the official rates.

Taxi ride for 10 euros

The price level at airports in Eastern Europe is clearly different, i.e. prices are lower. At Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport (11 EUR / 67 TRY), Bucharest Henri Coanda Airport (10 EUR / 45 RON), Warsaw Airport (9 EUR / 40 PLN) and Antalya Airport (8 EUR / 48,50 TRY) a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of the city costs only 10 euros. Taxi fares are 10 times cheaper than the prices at the most expensive airports.

Transparency through flat rates

The research among the 50 busiest airports in Europe shows that more and more airports in Europe are introducing flat rates for airport taxis. The prices for a taxi ride to the city centre have been determined at 8 of the 50 airports. Milan Malpensa Airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris Orly Airport, Rome Fiumicino Airport, Athens Airport, Nice Airport, Madrid Barajas Airport and Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport communicate the fixed prices for a taxi from the airport to the city centre through their website and app.

“Expensive or very affordable, every traveller wants to know beforehand what the price of a taxi ride will be,” says Guus Wantia of AirMundo.com. “With fixed prices, airports meet the wishes of travellers. Communicating clear prices is essential, yet many airports don’t make much effort to inform travellers. Bergamo Airport for example, the most expensive airport in the study, should communicate more clearly via the official website and at the airport itself.”

Taxi fares at top 50 busiest airports in Europe

Airport Country Taxi fare KM / Miles Price per KM
1 Milan Bergamo Airport Italy 105 EUR 52 / 32.3 2.02 EUR
2 London Stansted Airport United Kingdom 104 EUR (95 GBP) 63 / 39.1 1.65 EUR
3 London Luton Airport United Kingdom 99 EUR (90 GBP) 55 / 34.2 1.80 EUR
4 Milan Malpensa Airport Italy 95 EUR 50 / 31.1 1.90 EUR
5 London Gatwick Airport United Kingdom 93 EUR (85 GBP) 47 / 29.2 1.98 EUR
6 Oslo Airport Norway 82 EUR (800 NOK) 50 / 31.1 1.64 EUR
7 London Heathrow Airport United Kingdom 77 EUR (70 GBP) 27 / 16.8 2.85 EUR
8 Munich Airport Germany 70 EUR 38 / 23.6 1.84 EUR
9 Zurich Airport Switzerland 63 EUR (70 CHF) 12 / 7.5 5.25 EUR
10 Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport France 55 EUR 26 / 16.2 2.12 EUR
11 Stockholm Arlanda Airport Sweden 54 EUR (575 SEK) 42 / 26.1 1.29 EUR
12 Rome Fiumicino Airport Italy 48 EUR 30 / 18.6 1.60 EUR
13 Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Netherlands 45 EUR 17 / 10.6 2.65 EUR
14 Brussels Airport Belgium 45 EUR 15 / 9.3 3.00 EUR
15 Helsinki Airport Finland 45 EUR 20 / 12.4 2.25 EUR
16 Berlin Schönefeld Airport Germany 45 EUR 22 / 13.7 2.05 EUR
17 Copenhagen Airport Denmark 40 EUR (300 DKK) 10 / 6.2 4.00 EUR
18 Athens Airport Greece 38 EUR 34 / 21.1 1.12 EUR
19 Geneva Airport Switzerland 36 EUR (40 CHF) 6 / 3.7 6.00 EUR
20 Frankfurt Airport Germany 35 EUR 12 / 7.5 2.92 EUR
21 Barcelona Airport Spain 35 EUR 15 / 9.3 2.33 EUR
22 Paris Orly Airport France 35 EUR 18 / 11.2 1.94 EUR
23 Vienna Airport Austria 33 EUR 20 / 12.4 1.65 EUR
24 Manchester Airport United Kingdom 33 EUR (30 GBP) 14 / 8.7 2.36 EUR
25 Istanbul New Airport Turkey 32 EUR (200 TRY) 50 / 31.1 0.64 EUR
26 Nice Airport France 32 EUR 7 / 4.3 4.57 EUR
27 Madrid Barajas Airport Spain 30 EUR 17 / 10.6 1.76 EUR
28 Hamburg Airport Germany 30 EUR 11 / 6.8 2.73 EUR
29 Moscow Domodedovo Airport Russia 28 EUR (2000 RUB) 45 / 28 0.62 EUR
30 Düsseldorf Airport Germany 28 EUR 9 / 5.6 3.11 EUR
31 Berlin Tegel Airport Germany 28 EUR 12 / 7.5 2.33 EUR
32 Edinburgh Airport United Kingdom 27 EUR (25 GBP) 13 / 8.1 2.08 EUR
33 Cologne Bonn Airport Germany 27 EUR 15 / 9.3 1.80 EUR
34 Dublin Airport Ireland 27 EUR 12 / 7.5 2.25 EUR
35 Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport Russia 25 EUR (1800 RUB) 38 / 23.6 0.66 EUR
36 Palma de Mallorca Airport Spain 25 EUR 10 / 6.2 2.50 EUR
37 Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen Airport Turkey 24 EUR (150 TRY) 50 / 31.1 0.48 EUR
38 Malaga Airport Spain 23 EUR 10 / 6.2 2.30 EUR
39 Moscow Vnukovo Airport Russia 23 EUR (1600 RUB) 30 / 18.6 0.77 EUR
40 Prague Airport Czech Republic 23 EUR (600 CZK) 16 / 9.9 1.44 EUR
41 Budapest Airport Hungary 22 EUR (7300 HUF) 22 / 13.7 1.00 EUR
42 Alicante Airport Spain 20 EUR 11 / 6.8 1.82 EUR
43 Kiev Boryspil Airport Ukraine 16 EUR (450 UAH) 35 / 21.7 0.46 EUR
44 Ankara Esenboga Airport Turkey 15 EUR (94 TRY) 30 / 18.6 0.50 EUR
45 Lisbon Airport Portugal 15 EUR 7 / 4.3 2.14 EUR
46 Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport Russia 15 EUR (1050 RUB) 22 / 13.7 0.68 EUR
47 Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport Turkey 11 EUR (67 TRY) 17 / 10.6 0.65 EUR
48 Bucharest Henri Coanda Airport Romania 10 EUR (45 RON) 18 / 11.2 0.56 EUR
49 Warsaw Airport Poland 9 EUR (40 PLN) 11 / 6.8 0.82 EUR
50 Antalya Airport Turkey 8 EUR (48.50 TRY) 15 / 9.3 0.53 EUR

* Taxi prices at 28-07-2019, exchange rate of 29-07-2019

Airport Taxi Report Winter 2019 ‘Taxi fares at European airports’
AirMundo.com biannually compares taxi prices at the 50 busiest airports in Europe (summer and winter reports). Comparisons are made based on both the taxi ride fare and the price per kilometre. For airports close to the centre, the taxi ride fare is a preferable comparison, the prices are lower because fewer kilometres have to be covered. For airports further away from the centre, the price per kilometre is a more favourable comparison, because the price per kilometre decreases as the distance increases.

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