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Car Hire Or Airport/Golf Transfers

One popular question with travellers is;

How are we going to get to our destination once we have landed and passed through passport control?

Here at Golf Holiday Shop, you have the choice of both Car Hire or Airport/Golf Transfers,

all pre arranged and part of your amazing golf holiday.

Here is a short guide is the difference between both options and what the pros and cons are.

Car Hire

The definite advantage of hiring a car is the flexibility it gives you. You can pick your own route and stop as many times as you like on the way. Also you have a car available for the entire duration of your stay so you can explore the area and pop to the supermarket for essentials.

What you need to remember is that there can be extra costs on top of the price that you see on the car hire company’s website. To start with you will need a big enough car especially If you are planning on taking your own clubs, then you can’t go for the smallest economy option. Also if you need child seats, or other extras then the hire company will charge extra for these. You might also need to take out extra insurance for the car.

On top of your car hire costs you also need to remember to add on fuel costs, motorway charges, parking fees, etc.

Before hiring a car, you should ask yourself how you like driving around airports. If you need to drop your car off at a major international airport then finding the car rental returns area is not always easy and can lead to panic if you don’t leave yourself enough time.

The other problem is of course that someone has to be the designated driver, for more than one driver you also need to pay extra. So you need someone who is confident enough to drive in a different country and who doesn’t mind missing out on the scenery and a glass of vino at lunch.

Private Transfers


Let us start with the advantages here as well. By booking a private transfer you know that you have pre paid for this already as part of your Golf Holiday Shop package so it is one less thing to worry about. When you arrive at the airport your driver will be already waiting for you and you can set off on your journey straight away without queuing at the car hire desk and trekking to your rental car with all of your luggage.

Once in the transfer vehicle you can just sit back and relax until you arrive to your destination and you can forget about transfers for the entire duration of your stay. Your transfer company will already have your pick up and drop off time schedules in advance too. Their experience means that you don’t have to worry about timings. Most transfer companies have child seats for all ages and usually they don’t charge any extra.

Probably the main advantage of booking a private transfer is the experience of your driver. They have spent many years driving around the area so they know the roads really well and they also know how to deal with different conditions. Your driver might also know the best shortcuts to beat the worst of the holiday traffic and make sure you get to the airport on time.

The disadvantage of a transfer is of course the lack of flexibility. Your driver will be on a schedule and it can’t be guaranteed that there is time to stop for a supermarket shop on the way. You also don’t have the flexibility during your stay to hop in the car and go somewhere different. Private transfers also might work out more expensive if you are only a small group between 1-4.


Unless you want to travel around during your holiday it is always worth comparing car hire prices with private transfer prices, something we can sensibly advise on.


One thing is for sure, we only work with the very best Transfer companies so you can be sure to be in good hands. Getting a car Hire quote is easy with us just click the link below to find your car.

What our clients say

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    Location: Portugal | ' A Great five days!

    A great five days! The service Stewart provided was second to none. A very slick operation. The hotel, Marina club in Lagos, was above expectation with very helpful staff, along with a good choice of breakfast and wide selection of drinks in the bar. Very close to restaurants and town with a choice for every taste. The golf course, Palmares was very challenging with three very different nine holes.
    I have 16 very happy golfers along with myself already thinking of our next golfing holiday.

    SEPTEMBER 2019

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    Location: Alicante | ' Top class service

    Top class service and a fantastic golf holiday to Alicante - definitely recommended for anyone that wants a great golfing holiday

    AUGUST 2019

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    Location: Cyprus | 'Super Holiday'

    We had a super holiday in Paphos, this is a great place to play golf in the sun, the only problem now is we go back to cold Moscow and no more golf until April. Stewart was very easy to deal with and looked after everything, we even had complimentary snacks and drinks for each days golf.

    JANUARY 2020

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    Location: Bulgaria | 'Great organisation'

    Great organisation. Exceptionally prescribed. We have utilised GHS twice now and the courses of action have been flawless in the two cases. Stewart is constantly useful and proficient, the documentation is finished and exceptionally clear. The special seasons have been actually as depicted, and the suggestions made to us have demonstrated to be particularly in accordance with our necessities.

    JANUARY 2020

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    Location: Spain | 'Truly educated'

    Four of us had an occasion to Spain not long ago sorted out by Golf Holiday Shop and we would suggest them wholeheartedly. Stewart made the courses of action for us once more, he is truly educated and gives an individual help. Our gathering has extremely elevated requirements as far as our desires and Stewart consistently coordinates those desires.

    JANUARY 2020

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    Location: Greece | 'Simplicity of booking'

    Fantastic help. Simplicity of booking, individual consideration from starting request. full data given and clarified, Excellent help!!

    JANUARY 2020

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    Location: Turkey | 'Very well organised'

    All our clients have a great tuition trip to Belek, very well organised and we look forward to return again next year.

    JANUARY 2020

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    Location: Turkey | 'Great value for money'

    Awesome trip to Belek on 5 amazing courses. Great value for money and we look forward to more business together

    DECEMBER 2019

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    Location: Algarve | 'Transfer arrangements worked really well'

    Stewart was world class. Twenty of us went to Portugal, the courses we played on were absolutely superb. The transfer arrangements worked really well and gave us enough times for a few beers afterwards. Hotel was perfect location to walk out and gave a beer in the evening. Stewart is very caring and has always provided a memorable golf tour for us over the years.

    NOVEMBER 2019

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    Location: Turkey | 'Super golf courses'

    Thanks to Stewart for all his help in organising this holiday for us, we had a great time in Belek, super golf courses. Will contact you soon to arrange the next trip in May.

    DECEMBER 2019

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    Location: Vilamoura | 'Hassle free'

    I Highly recommend Stewart, he has arranged our trips to Spain, Portugal and Turkey over the years, all the trips have been top quality, hassle free and with no hiccps. He literally Takes care of it all to ensure everything runs smoothly.

    SEPTEMBER 2019

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    Location: Crete | 'Fantastic holiday'

    We had a great week exploring crete, this Island was a real joy and thank you to Stewart for his invaluable knowledge of where to go, places to see etc. Crete golf club is a real gem, a good challenge with incredible views of the mountains and sea, we teed off at 5pm one day and almost had the whole course to ourselves, heaven!

    AUGUST 2019

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    Location: Tenerife | 'Thanks for organising a memorable trip'

    Thanks for organising a memorable trip, the highlights were going to the top of Mount Tiede, playing Costa Adeje, a mouthwatering front 9, amarilla was fun, las americas top class and the lovely people we met at golf del sur. Hire car arrangements were spot on

    MARCH 2019

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    Location: Sesimbra | 'Amazing holiday'

    We had an Amazing holiday in Sesimbra, the Sana Sesimbra was absolutely first class, the staff could not do enough for us and Sesimbra, the surrounding area and the golf courses were absolutely fabulous. The hire car arrangements were very efficient, i highly recommend using Golf Holiday Shop, Stewart and travelling to the Sesimbra area.

    APRIL 2019

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    Location: Belfry | 'Enjoyable weekend'

    Stewart organised a thoroughly enjoyable golf weekend for us, everything was very quick and easy when booking and the price was very good, will use again.

    June 2019

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    Location: Algarve | 'Great Value'

    Stewart organised us another fabulous golf holiday. Once again it was the small bits we were really impressed with like the welcome table with drinks at Espiche. Thank you for your efforts

    APRIL 2019

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    Location: Lagos | 'Meticulous planning'

    We have been travelling for our annual golf jolly tour for the best part of 20 years and this one really stood out thanks to Stewart's meticulous planning. It was quite a challenge that we put upon him booking his recommended restaurants for a group of 24 men and 6 demanding ladies, he even arranged the resort on the final day to have a leaderboard for us waiting on the 18th, a class touch!

    APRIL 2019

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    Location: Costa De Luz | 'Best golf holiday to date'

    Another cracking holiday to Spain, the best golf holiday to date, we were a little rushed to by the tee starters one morning but other than that everything was first class.

    MARCH 2019

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    Location: El Rompido | 'Great fun week'

    We had a great fun week at El Rompido, Stewart once again came up trumps and organised our best holiday yet, superb courses, facilities and selection of food

    FEBRUARY 2019

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    Location: Tavira | 'As always very professional'

    As always very professional, all changes to Itinerary were easily achieved.
    Great quality of Courses chosen and the Maria Nova Lounge Hotel was superb, really enjoyed the town. As a package for 6 it was very good value and we will certainly continue to book again.

    OCTOBER 2019

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