How much does a Chauffeur cost?
How much does a Chauffeur cost? Chauffeur prices can range from £69 to £199 per hour, cost includes both Chauffeur and vehicle. Most Chauffeur Companies have a minimum charge of 4 hours, that will bring the total minimum cost up to between £276 and £796.
Larger vehicles, such as the new Mercedes V Class with conference seating in the rear for 6 passengers, can cost much more. Additional costs will apply if your plans involve travelling further afield as most companies limit the basic cost to around 25 miles or so.
Chauffeur driven vehicles can also be priced just for miles travelled, popular for Airport Transfers, most booked are as below.
Mercedes Saloon – From £69 – Ideal for 3 x passengers and 3 x medium luggage
Mercedes Estate – From £79 – Ideal for 3 x passengers and 4 x luggage plus carry-on luggage
Mercedes MPV – From £89 – Ideal for 6 x passengers and 6 x luggage plus carry-on luggage
It takes just a few seconds to get a quote online, example below,
Why Choose a Chauffeur?
There are many reasons private customers choose a Chauffeur Driven vehicle.
Trip to a nice Restaurant
Do be aware that dressing the vehicle in Ribbons and Flowers will add to the cost.
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Business customers usually book transfers with a professional driver, in a Chauffeur driven Vehicle, when wanting to impress their clients. That said, the main reason for choosing this service is for ‘when Safe Travel Matters’
Information on the Chauffeur and Executive Hire company can usually be found on the about page.
Why Hire a Chauffeur Driven Vehicle?
Customers usually select a Chauffeur driven hire company to make an evening out feel more memorable rather than travelling by Taxi or driving themselves. Chauffeurs offer a high level of customer service, making it a more enjoyable experience.
Airport transfers are extremely popular with clients that want a 5 Star Chauffeur Service to start their holiday or business trip in style, after all, why book a 5 Star Hotel and travel in less than 5 Star style.
You can usually find out the different types of service offered on the company’s website
Which is the most popular Chauffeur Driven Vehicle?
Many makes and models fit into this category but by default the most commonly booked in the UK are Mercedes. The Mercedes V Class MPV is the go-to vehicle for many reasons including the below.
Conference seating in the rear for 6 passengers or just pure luxury for 1 or more.
Fridge to keep drinks cold to offer customers during long transfers or after a long-haul flight.
Spacious interior for easier social distancing.
Most Chauffeur companies have a page on their website dedicated to showing off their vehicles, as below.
Gratuities (Do you tip a Chauffeur?)
It is standard to tip Chauffeurs 10% for a job well done.
Most reputable companies encourage tipping the driver directly rather than the company as the driver is the one providing the service on the day.
This is only recommended if the customer feels that an outstanding service has been provided.
Do Chauffeur Companies offer discounts?
A few Chauffeur Companies offer discounts to NHS Staff, some even expand this to all key workers.
It is always worth emailing a Chauffeur Driven Car Hire Company and asking if they have any special offers on. This can benefit the customer with cheaper prices and benefit the Chauffeur company who will be happy to discount some fares during the quieter periods.
An example of this would be if a Chauffeur Company had a drop off, at say, Manchester Airport and did not have a return job for the driver to pick up. They would be more than happy to offer a discounted fare for a client requiring a pick up from Manchester Airport, helping to fill empty legs.
Some Chauffeur driven Car Hire companies also offer discounts to 1st time customers in the hope that they will become regular customers in the future.
Some Executive Chauffeur companies even have a page on their website for discount codes, an example being as below.
Are Chauffeur Companies a safer option for travel?
During recent times, such as the Covid 19 outbreak, there is more call for safer travelling options, rather than using public transport or Taxis that pick up multiple bookings each day. A Chauffeur usually carries out just 2 to 3 jobs each day, valeting the car in-between commissions. It is always worth the extra effort to see what customers are saying about the service and checking to see if they have an up to date safety policy.
When Safe Travel Matters, the 1st page you should visit, even before checking prices or selecting vehicles, is the Safety page on the website of the company you are thinking of booking for your Executive travel. This will contain the official licence that the company operates under.
How do I know Reviews are genuine?
The best way to know reviews are genuine is to check that the Chauffeur company are not just copying and pasting on their websites but are getting reviews from 3rd party suppliers. Some of the most common review platforms for Executive Travel companies are listed below.
See an example below.
How do I know the Chauffeur company are legally Licensed?
If you see a price that is too good to be true, it probably is!
As with most types of Businesses, the Chauffeur industry is no different.
In times of high unemployment, you start to see a lot of offers, especially through the socials, whereby someone has gone out and bought a Mercedes, immediately starting to advertise cheap rides to the Airport.
To operate legally, the following, which come at considerable cost, need to be put in place.
This can be up to 10 times more expensive than regular car insurance.
Public Liability Insurance
Minimum cover of 5 Million GBP
This is obtained from Public Health, Public Protection Services, from whichever Licensing authority they operate under.
At the moment, only an authorised officer of the council or a Police Officer can ask a driver or company to produce it, that said, most reputable companies make it readily available to the public.
The main information it contains is the proprietors name, company name and Licence number, example as below.
MR Byrne / Junction 21 / PO 0178
Private Hire Chauffeur Vehicle Licence
This licence is displayed in the front windscreen of the vehicle and should always be checked by the passenger before getting into the vehicle.
Private Hire Chauffeur Drivers Licence
This is worn by the Chauffeur and once again should be checked
The Licence to Operate ID is usually located on the Chauffeurs safety policy page, as below
Difference Between Chauffeur & Driver
Key differences between a Chauffeur and Driver
Whether you are a Private Client or a Business Traveller, do you choose a driver or Chauffeur when safe travel matters?
Who can be a Driver or Chauffeur?
Read Chauffeur ‘V’ Driver page below