Before you pay outrageous Tampa Airport parking fees, read this!
• Drive Yourself
• Hire an Airport Shuttle
Although some travelers have a personal favorite way to travel to the airport, each method has advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a closer look at these options to help you pick the best method of transportation before you book your next flight.
On the surface, this may seem to be the most convenient option. There are a few things that you have to consider before you head to your flight.
Driving yourself poses an obvious issue as to where to leave your vehicle. Did you know that TPA Airport has some of Florida’s highest airport parking rates? In fact, Orlando International Airport recently increased its rates to be on par with Tampa’s.
Daily rates range from $10/24 hours in the economy lot to $30/24 hours in valet parking. That may not sound like a lot, you’ll have to factor in how long you’ll be away.
For example: a week-long getaway at these rates could leave you with a parking bill of $70-210!
That’s just for the privilege of parking your car on-site. If anything were to happen to your vehicle while it’s sitting in Tampa airport parking, you may still have to foot the bill for repairs.
In addition, the cheaper parking lots are farther away from the terminal, so you also have to leave yourself enough time to park and walk up to airport. Once you return, you’ll have to make the same trek to retrieve your vehicle and head home.
Catching a Ride
On the other end of the spectrum, catching a ride can turn out to be the most inconvenient option. Sure, you save money by not having to pay for TPA Airport parking. But money isn’t the only thing that you should consider.
Catching a ride from a friend can be risky. Or finding anyone with free time in his or her schedule when you need them. Once you manage to find a ride, you then have to hope that your driver is responsible.
Your ride runing late? You may not have enough time to make it through security before your flight starts boarding. If you’re on a personal trip, you may be able to switch to a later flight.
However, if your trip is for corporate travel, you may not be so lucky. Your flight arrangements are made by your employer, the company may also have to process any changes to your travel itinerary. Not only is this a time-intensive process, but it can also damage your reputation at work.
Booking an Airport Shuttle
Recently, more people have started using Uber or Lyft in place of a tradition airport shuttle service. Keep in mind that the major difference in a ride-sharing service and an airport shuttle is behind the wheel. In other words, Uber and Lyft provide drivers, but that’s about it. There is no standard fleet from which they send out cars.
Each vehicle is owned and operated by the individual driver, so each experience will be different. While you have the ability to file a complaint against an unprofessional or unsatisfactory driver, this is only once the damage has been done.
When you book an airport shuttle, you can rest easy knowing that your chauffeur is at your service. As opposed to “drivers,” chauffeurs are required to undergo rigorous training and obtain a special license to work for a limousine service.
Tampa Limousine Service
Not only is this the most reliable option, but it is also the most convenient for business event transportation. That’s because your company’s travel planner may be able to work with the same limo transportation company for all of your corporate travel arrangements.
For example: Network Transportation Services is Tampa’s best local source for limousine service and more. No matter whether you prefers Town Cars or traditional stretched limousine cars, our fleet has the right vehicle for your transportation needs.
We can get you from your home to your flight at TPA Airport. If you’re flying into town, our meet and greet airport shuttle services provide a place for you to relax after a long flight on the way to your hotel.
Once you’re rested up, we’ll even provide your local business event transportation or show you the sights as you experience the best Tampa, Florida attractions.
Head over to our website to learn more about our services or book your reservation!
Written By: Amber M. Smith