Airport Taxi Report Summer 2021

Taxis at European Airports More Popular Due to Corona

Expensive rental cars and public transportation avoided

LONDON, AUGUST 25, 2021. COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the aviation sector in Europe. Not only in the air, also on the ground. A study by AirMundo.com shows that travellers increasingly opt for a taxi for the journey to and from the airport, especially at holiday destinations. The growing popularity of taxis is caused by the corona crisis, which has resulted in higher prices for rental cars and a reduced sense of safety in public transport. Taxis are gaining ground at European airports as a result.

The Airport Taxi Report Summer 2021 ‘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.

Rental cars too expensive

For rental car providers 2020 was a disastrous year. Because there was hardly any demand suppliers were forced to sell a large part of their fleet. Now a year later, this is causing problems, because demand exceeds the supply. In addition, there are relatively few new cars on the market due to the global chip shortage. As a result of the scarcity of rental cars, renting a car is much more expensive than usual these days.

Public transport too crowded

Even though things are slowly moving in the right direction in Europe, some people are still hesitant to move in large groups or to be close to other people. Public transport can create an unsafe feeling and is therefore still avoided by some travellers. A taxi ride is more expensive than a ride on public transportation, however (the sense of) safety wins out over costs more often than before.

Taxis popular at European airports

The figures speak for themselves according to Guus Wantia, owner of AirMundo.com. “Europe is recovering. There is a growing demand for airline tickets, accommodations, transport and activities in comparison to 2020. The growth in the number of bookings for taxi rides to and from airports in Europe stands out.” Higher prices for rental cars and the lack of privacy in public transportation are obvious reasons. For taxi companies, the increasing demand from tourists and travellers comes at the right moment, as they partly make up for the lack of business travellers.

“It is impossible to say whether taxis at airports will remain a popular means of transport among the average holidaymaker in the future. The fact is that taxis are now used by a larger group of people. On the other hand, prices for rental cars will fall again, as will the concerns of travellers about travelling by public transportation to and from the airport,” says Guus Wantia of AirMundo.com.

Average price of 41 euros

In Europe, the average price for a taxi from the airport to the city centre is 41 EUR, for a taxi journey of 34 minutes on average. Compared to two years ago (Airport Taxi Report Summer 2019, pre-COVID), taxis at airports in Russia and Turkey have become cheaper, due to the depreciation of the Russian ruble and Turkish lira against the euro.

Taxi fares at top 50 busiest airports in Europe

Airport Country Taxi fare KM / Miles Price per KM
1 London Stansted Airport United Kingdom 112 EUR (95 GBP) 63 / 39.1 1.78 EUR
2 London Luton Airport United Kingdom 106 EUR (90 GBP) 55 / 34.2 1.93 EUR
3 Milan Bergamo Airport Italy 105 EUR 52 / 32.3 2.02 EUR
4 Londen Gatwick Airport United Kingdom 100 EUR (85 GBP) 47 / 29.2 2.13 EUR
5 Milan Malpensa Airport Italy 95 EUR 50 / 31.1 1.90 EUR
6 Londen Heathrow Airport United Kingdom 82 EUR (70 GBP) 27 / 16.8 3.04 EUR
7 Oslo Airport Norway 77 EUR (800 NOK) 50 / 31.1 1.54 EUR
8 Munich Airport Germany 75 EUR 38 / 23.6 1.97 EUR
9 Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport France 58 EUR 26 / 16.2 2.23 EUR
10 Stockholm Arlanda Airport Sweden 56 EUR (575 SEK) 42 / 26.1 1.33 EUR
11 Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Netherlands 55 EUR 17 / 10.6 3.24 EUR
12 Berlin Brandenburg Airport Germany 53 EUR 27 / 16.8 1.96 EUR
13 Rome Fiumicino Airport Italy 50 EUR 30 / 18.6 1.67 EUR
14 Zurich Airport Switzerland 47 EUR (50 CHF) 12 / 7.5 3.92 EUR
15 Brussels Airport Belgium 45 EUR 15 / 9.3 3.00 EUR
16 Helsinki Airport Finland 45 EUR 20 / 12.4 2.25 EUR
17 Copenhagen Airport Denmark 40 EUR (300 DKK) 10 / 6.2 4.00 EUR
18 Geneva Airport Switzerland 37 EUR (40 CHF) 6 / 3.7 6.17 EUR
19 Paris Orly Airport France 37 EUR 18 / 11.2 2.06 EUR
20 Vienna Airport Austria 36 EUR 20 / 12.4 1.80 EUR
21 Edinburgh Airport United Kingdom 35 EUR (30 GBP) 13 / 8.1 2.69 EUR
22 Manchester Airport United Kingdom 35 EUR (30 GBP) 14 / 8.7 2.50 EUR
23 Barcelona Airport Spain 35 EUR 15 / 9.3 2.33 EUR
24 Athens Airport Greece 35 EUR 34 / 21.1 1.03 EUR
25 Frankfurt Airport Germany 33 EUR 12 / 7.5 2.75 EUR
26 Nice Airport France 32 EUR 7 / 4.3 4.57 EUR
27 Stuttgart Airport Germany 32 EUR 13 / 8.1 2.46 EUR
28 Hamburg Airport Germany 30 EUR 11 / 6.8 2.73 EUR
29 Madrid Barajas Airport Spain 30 EUR 17 / 10.6 1.76 EUR
30 Gran Canaria Airport Spain 30 EUR 21 / 13 1.43 EUR
31 Düsseldorf Airport Germany 28 EUR 9 / 5.6 3.11 EUR
32 Dublin Airport Ireland 27 EUR 12 / 7.5 2.25 EUR
33 Moscow Domodedovo Airport Russia 27 EUR (2,300 RUB) 45 / 28 0.60 EUR
34 Porto Airport Portugal 25 EUR 16 / 9.9 1.56 EUR
35 Istanbul Airport Turkey 25 EUR (250 TRY) 50 / 31.1 0.50 EUR
36 Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen Airport Turkey 25 EUR (250 TRY) 50 / 31.1 0.50 EUR
37 Prague Airport Czech Republic 24 EUR (600 CZK) 16 / 9.9 1.50 EUR
38 Malaga Airport Spain 23 EUR 10 / 6.2 2.30 EUR
39 Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport Russia 23 EUR (2,000 RUB) 38 / 23.6 0.61 EUR
40 Alicante Airport Spain 22 EUR 11 / 6.8 2.00 EUR
41 Budapest Airport Hungary 21 EUR (7,300 HUF) 22 / 13.7 0.95 EUR
42 Palma de Mallorca Airport Spain 20 EUR 10 / 6.2 2.00 EUR
43 Moscow Vnukovo Airport Russia 20 EUR (1,700 RUB) 30 / 18.6 0.67 EUR
44 Kiev Boryspil Airport Ukraine 18 EUR (550 UAH) 35 / 21.7 0.51 EUR
45 Lisbon Airport Portugal 15 EUR 7 / 4.3 2.14 EUR
46 Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport Russia 15 EUR (1,300 RUB) 22 / 13.7 0.68 EUR
47 Ankara Esenboga Airport Turkey 11 EUR (106.6 TRY) 30 / 18.6 0.37 EUR
48 Bucharest Henri Coanda Airport Romania 10 EUR (50 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 5 EUR (48.5 TRY) 15 / 9.3 0.33 EUR

* Taxi prices checked at 17-08-2021, exchange rate of 18-08-2021

Airport Taxi Report Summer 2021 ‘Taxi fares at European airports’
AirMundo.com semi-annually 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 city centre, the taxi fare is a preferable comparison, since the prices are lower due to the shorter distance travelled. For airports that are further from the city centre, the price per kilometre is a more favourable comparison, because the price per kilometre decreases as the distance increases. Note: The report was not published in the summer of 2020 and the winter of 2021 due to the corona crisis.

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