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November 29, 2023

Airport Pick-Up Options: In Terminal, Shuttle Service and Meet & Greet

Picking up your rental car at the airport can be a stress-free and convenient option for your trip. But how and where do you pick up the car? At HAPPYCAR, you can choose from several pick-up options to suit your needs and preferences. Read in this article how you can easily pick up your rental car at the airport and which pick-up options are available for you. We will make sure that your trip goes smoothly from the very beginning.

Airport Pick-Up Options: In Terminal, Shuttle Service and Meet & Greet

In Terminal

Many car rental companies are located directly in the airport building, i.a. in the car rental area or in its close surroundings, all within walking distance. On smaller airports, the counters located in terminals are often to be found directly on the opposite side of the arrivals. Picking up your rental car in the terminal is a good choice when you are in a rush, traveling with children or simply appreciate the comfort of having it at hand. 

Shuttle Service

Shuttle is a free service provided by car rental companies that are located off-site and hence not easily accessible from the airport.

For your convenience they will transfer you with the luggage to the office where you will be given a car. You also will be transferred back to the airport after returning your rental vehicle. The meeting points are usually located outside the arrivals, and the buses are easy to be found due to their visible logos.

Depending on the season and demand, they run every 15-20 minutes, and the route usually takes between 5-10 minutes. Sometimes the shuttle service may be available on-call only. You can also find the relevant information as well as the car rental´s phone number on your rental car voucher.

If you don’t mind this additional step to pick up your rental car, this option might be perfect for you as such offers are slightly cheaper than the ones directly at the airport.

Meet & Greet 

Meet & greet is a less popular but still functioning type of car pickup.This is a service where a station employee will meet you at a designated location to give you the keys and paperwork for your rental car or guide you to the rental desk. This service is designed to provide you with a more personalized and convenient rental experience, as you do not have to navigate to the car rental location or wait in line at the counter to pick up your vehicle.

Similarly to shuttle service, if you have some spare time and don’t mind additional steps to collect your booked vehicle, this might be a cheaper option than the pick up in the terminal.

Importance of a Flight Number

Whether you choose a rental company that is located in the terminal or a shuttle bus is required, it is recommended that you provide your arrival flight number when booking. This way the rental company can be informed about certain delays.

No matter which option you select, your rental car voucher will provide you with all the information you need to find the rental company. If you ever find yourself unsure about locating the rental desk or the shuttle bus, don't hesitate to reach out to the rental company directly or ask the helpful airport staff for assistance.

Book with HAPPYCAR and choose the best pickup option for you. We are happy to support you!

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