Airport Taxi Report Winter 2020

Taxi fares rise at European airports

Average cost for a taxi ride is 41 EUR / 35 GBP; Spanish and Turkish airports much cheaper

LONDON, JANUARY 27, 2020. Traveling by taxi to or from the airport remains expensive in Europe. A taxi ride from the airport to the city centre costs an average of 41 EUR / 35 GBP. At 9 of the 50 busiest airports in Europe (18%), prices rose compared to a study just six months ago. However, an airport taxi does not have to be expensive. A taxi ride remains quite affordable at airports in Spain (27 EUR / 23 GBP) and Turkey (19 EUR / 16 GBP), according to a study carried out by AirMundo.com.

The Airport Taxi Report Winter 2020 ‘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.

Prices rise

The prices for a taxi at European airports continue to rise. On average, a taxi ride to the centre of the city now costs 41 EUR / 35 GBP, or 1.99 EUR / 1.77 GBP per kilometre. The increased average in 2020 is due to a price increase at 9 of the 50 airports investigated.

This year, travellers pay more than last year at the airports in Munich (70 EUR → 75 EUR), Edinburgh (25 GBP → 30 GBP), Moscow Domodedovo (2,000 RUB → 2,300 RUB), Moscow Sheremetyevo (1,800 RUB → 2,000 RUB), Moscow Vnukovo (1,600 RUB → 1,700 RUB), Saint Petersburg Pulkovo (1,050 RUB → 1,300 RUB), Kiev Boryspil (450 UAH → 550 UAH), Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen (150 TRY → 200 TRY) and Ankara Esenboga (94 TRY → 107 TRY).

United Kingdom most expensive

The most expensive country in the survey remains the United Kingdom. Anyone flying to the UK and travelling by taxi onwards to the final destination can expect high prices. On average, a taxi ride to the centre of the city from the six largest UK airports costs 78.50 EUR / 67 GBP. For many business travellers this is acceptable, but not for the average person. Moreover, the high costs are partly due to the unfavourable locations of the London airports Stansted, Luton and Gatwick, which are far from the city centre.

Lower fares in Spain and Turkey

A taxi ride to or from the airport does not have to be expensive. In Spain and Turkey, for example, taxis are very affordable compared to the European average. At the five busiest airports in Spain, a taxi to the city centre costs 27 EUR / 23 GBP. Barcelona Airport is the most expensive (35 EUR) while Alicante Airport (20 EUR) the most economical. At the five busiest airports in Turkey, a taxi to the city centre costs only 19 EUR / 16 GBP. Taxi drivers at the airports in Istanbul (IST and SAW) charge an average of 200 TRY for a 50-kilometre drive to the city centre.

Taxi remains popular

Despite rising prices and high costs, taxis remain incredibly popular at the busiest airports in Europe. It makes sense according to Guus Wantia of AirMundo.com. “In general, airport taxis offer the most comfortable and quickest transfer, besides they are available 24/7. It means an early departure or late arrival is no problem at all. At times when public transport does not operate, there is always a taxi available. Moreover, the cost per person decreases when travelling with several people. In countries such as Turkey and Spain, the costs are more than acceptable.”

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 83 EUR (70 GBP) 27 / 16.8 3.07 EUR
7 Oslo Airport Norway 81 EUR (800 NOK) 50 / 31.1 1.62 EUR
8 Munich Airport Germany 75 EUR 38 / 23.6 1.97 EUR
9 Zurich Airport Switzerland 65 EUR (70 CHF) 12 / 7.5 5.42 EUR
10 Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport France 55 EUR 26 /  16.2 2.12 EUR
11 Stockholm Arlanda Airport Sweden 55 EUR (575 SEK) 42 / 26.1 1.31 EUR
12 Rome Fiumicino Airport Italy 48 EUR 30 / 18.6 1.60 EUR
13 Brussels Airport Belgium 45 EUR 15 / 9.3 3.00 EUR
14 Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Netherlands 45 EUR 17 / 10.6 2.65 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 37 EUR (40 CHF) 6 / 3.7 6.17 EUR
20 Frankfurt Airport Germany 35 EUR 12 / 7.5 2.92 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 Paris Orly Airport France 35 EUR 18 / 11.2 1.94 EUR
25 Moscow Domodedovo Airport Russia 34 EUR (2300 RUB) 45 / 28 0.76 EUR
26 Vienna Airport Austria 33 EUR 20 / 12.4 1.65 EUR
27 Nice Airport France 32 EUR 7 / 4.3 4.57 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 Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport Russia 30 EUR (2000 RUB) 38 / 23.6 0.79 EUR
31 Istanbul New Airport Turkey 30 EUR (200 TRY) 50 / 31.1 0.60 EUR
32 Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen Airport Turkey 30 EUR (200 TRY) 50 / 31.1 0.60 EUR
33 Düsseldorf Airport Germany 28 EUR 9 / 5.6 3.11 EUR
34 Dublin Airport Ireland 27 EUR 12 / 7.5 2.25 EUR
35 Cologne Bonn Airport Germany 27 EUR 15 / 9.3 1.80 EUR
36 Berlin Tegel Airport Germany 26 EUR 12 / 7.5 2.17 EUR
37 Palma de Mallorca Airport Spain 25 EUR 10 / 6.2 2.50 EUR
38 Moscow Vnukovo Airport Russia 25 EUR (1700 RUB) 30 / 18.6 0.83 EUR
39 Prague Airport Czech Republic 24 EUR (600 CZK) 16 / 9.9 1.50 EUR
40 Malaga Airport Spain 23 EUR 10 / 6.2 2.30 EUR
41 Budapest Airport Hungary 22 EUR (7300 HUF) 22 / 13.7 1.00 EUR
42 Kiev Boryspil Airport Ukraine 21 EUR (550 UAH) 35 /  21.7 0.60 EUR
43 Alicante Airport Spain 20 EUR 11 / 6.8 1.82 EUR
44 Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport Russia 19 EUR (1300 RUB) 22  /  13.7 0.86 EUR
45 Ankara Esenboga Airport Turkey 16 EUR (106,6 TRY) 30 / 18.6 0.53 EUR
46 Lisbon Airport Portugal 15 EUR 7 / 4.3 2.14 EUR
47 Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport Turkey 10 EUR (67 TRY) 17 / 10.6 0.59 EUR
48 Warsaw Airport Poland 9 EUR (40 PLN) 11 / 6.8 0.82 EUR
49 Bucharest Henri Coanda Airport Romania 9 EUR (45 RON) 18 / 11.2 0.50 EUR
50 Antalya Airport Turkey 7 EUR (48,50 TRY) 15 / 9.3 0.47 EUR

* Taxi prices checked at 08-01-2020, exchange rate of 08-01-2020

Airport Taxi Report Winter 2020 ‘Taxi fares at European airports’
AirMundo.com semiannually 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.

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