Posted on: 13 March 2020Share
If you are planning on renting a car while on your vacation, you may want to look into shuttle bus services at the airport of your destination. There are many different setups for airports, all of which could be different than the arrival plan you have worked out in your head. Instead of being stranded, overpaying, or getting lost, planning ahead could make a world of difference for your vacation. Airports come in all shapes and sizes. For example, the airport in Kona, Hawaii is almost completely outside, while many other airports in the United States feel more like a shopping mall. Each airport also has different ways to handle rental cars. For this reason, you should make sure you know the routine of wherever you are headed. Here are a few common rental car procedures, and how you should plan ahead.
Rental Car Lot in the Airport
Most of the more expensive, common car rental places will have a rental lot located at the airport. Obviously, this is not always the case, depending on the year the airport was built and if there was enough space to accommodate rental facilities. These lots will allow you to walk up to their desk in the airport, pick up your car from the rental lot, and be on your way.
Shuttle Bus to Rental Lot
Finding a deal on a car rental may cost you the hassle of having to get yourself to the rental lot. Many airports and car rental facilities offer shuttle busses that work 24/7 and should come every 10-15 minutes, depending on how well staffed they are. Some, unfortunately, do not work outside of business hours. Make sure you know this ahead of time so that you will not be stranded.
Foreign Car Rentals
Some foreign airports (especially those in third world countries) do not have rental car facilities or shuttles to the lot, requiring you to find a way there yourself. There may be taxi's available, though they may be costly. Make sure that you know the procedure of where you are going so that you can plan ahead.
In conclusion, knowledge and preparation bring peace of mind and timely action. Make sure you know what the plan is for your destination location, along with what to expect. This is especially important if you are going to be arriving outside of normal business hours. Many tourists have been stranded because they assumed someone would be there to pick them up. Don't let that be you.