Why use a chauffeur and limousine service?
Taxi queues can be quite long at certain airports at certain times. Therefore, it is not a bad idea to pre-book a chauffeur and limousine service. Depending on the city, the typical taxi can also leave something to be desired when it comes to cleanliness of the car and sometimes, the driver. The number of name signs in the arrivals area at major airports is a good indication that quite a few passengers have the good idea to pre-book a chauffeur and limousine service.
How to find a chauffeur and limousine service?
Some years ago, the best way to find a chauffeur and limousine service was to have your assistant contact another assistant at your travel destination for a recommendation. While this still works, there is now a much easier way to book online in most business travel destinations around the world. The two globally leading companies are Blacklane and Sixt mydriver. Both offer a pre-booking service at a fixed rate. They equally work with qualified local chauffeur companies in the cities in which they operate.
Daimler backed Blacklane started in 2011. Based in Berlin, the company covers more than 250 cities globally. The rental car company Sixt started the mydriver business in 2013. The company also operates from Berlin covering more than 150 cities.
How does it work?
It’s a simple process. When you go to the company’s respective website you enter your travel details to book the ride. The fare is fixed, no matter if it’s a sunny weekday afternoon or a rainy Monday morning. After you book, the company offers the ride in a reverse auction to its drivers. The price starts at a certain minimum level. If no driver wants the ride at that price, the price bumps up over time, until a driver takes the ride. At both companies, you can cancel your ride up until one hour prior to pick-up time for one-way rides. If you have booked hourly travel, the cancellation must be made 24 hours before pick-up time.
Which company to choose?
Blacklane and Sixt mydriver have similar offerings, but there are differences in coverage and pricing. Blacklane, for instance, has a better coverage in Asia. At times, there are also significant differences in pricing. To help you to make the best decision, we added a widget to the left sidebar on our listing pages. A click on the ‘Book’ button opens the respective booking page of the company that covers the city and offers the better price.