When traveling to a new place (especially a new country), I like to have things as organized as possible. One of the most important factors? Transportation. So when we were gearing up for our Europe trip, I was trying to determine our best plan of action to get us to/from airports and train stations, considering there was a chance the local cab drivers might not speak English and you never know what kind of charges might pop up using local cabs.
Enter Blacklane, a company based in Berlin, that offers a global professional driver service in 180+ cities (see the full list here) and 50 countries! It seemed like the best option when researching transportation booking, so I was excited to partner with them to test out their service during our Europe trip.
You can book your Blacklane ride easily either online or via app (for Apple/Android) in under 5 minutes. You can make your reservation well in advance (I booked our Munich airport pick-up) or last minute (I booked our Vienna train station pick-up about an hour before). The cost presented to you at the time of booking is the final cost, charged to your credit card, including and tips or tolls, meaning no hidden fees or extra expectations when your ride ends.
The company offers a five-star service, with quality cars, and multi-lingual service. Each driver is licensed and insured, and picks you up in a high-quality car. If you’re getting picked up from an airport or train station, simply enter your flight or train details, and your driver can keep an eye on your arrival time, should you be delayed or early in getting there. Plus, the driver waits for you with a sign with your name on it, so you’re not trying to figure out which car in the sea of cars is the one for you (don’t mind my early morning reflection on the tablet)! You’ll also receive a text when your driver has arrived, along with their name and details.
I mentioned previously that you’re picked up in a high-quality car (you can check out their fleet here). At our Munich airport pick-up, we were escorted in what I think is probably THE fanciest car I’ve ever been in (maybe even including limos). Our ride in the BMW (which we found out cost around what a lot of people might spend on their first home!!) was a smooth ride, comfortable, clean, and stylish, especially after being cooped up on planes for so long!
While Blacklane is a bit pricier than a standard city cab, the quality you get with the service is priceless, with convenience, reliability (safety), and style. After two great experiences in different cities and countries, I know I’ll be utilizing this service again for my future trips abroad!
Have you used a car service before? How do you plan your transport services when traveling abroad?