Airport Transfer Service between Oberursel and Frankfurt

Over the years, with all our family’s and friends’ comings and goings, we have often used an airport transfer service. The average fee is euro 35, and this includes up to four people (based on our family experience).

For the past three years or so, we had used My Car24. As a matter of fact, we used them just two weeks ago for our round-trip to London. We had always been served well in regards to reliability and good service. And I like booking online, as I get a written confirmation.

But this was tricky last time, when I made our reservation Monday morning, and did not get confirmation by e-mail until late Tuesday evening – for an early Wednesday morning flight.

Since then, at least, they have added this recommendation to their website:

Please allow at least 48 hours  to process your reservation.

Making an airport transfer reservation is usually one of the very last things I remember to do. A more than 48 hour-advance booking does not sit well with me, nor my life-style.

In the meantime, I have reverted to using Kilic for today’s airport transfer. His office still takes reservations the old-fashioned way – by phone. He had also served us very well over the last 15 years or so.

The following list is a compilation of available airport transfer service companies around the area. The top two, Kilic and My Car24, I have used myself. The others are various recommendations by locals.

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Kilic: 06171 287260 (euro 35 for Oberursel – Frankfurt Airport)

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My Car24 Driving Service & Airport Transfer:  (euro 35 for Oberursel – Frankfurt airport)

https://www.mc24h.de/

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Premium Taxi Sascha Lehmann:

http://www.drivedeluxe.de/premium-taxi-oberursel/

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Drive Automobile Taxi (€ 34)

http://www.drivedeluxe.de/

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HB Cars (€30)

http://hbcars.de/leistungen/

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Taxi Kirschall:

http://www.taxikirschall.de/

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Taxi Zuber:

http://www.taxizuber.com

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WE-DRIVE24.COM

http://we-drive24.com/

Chauffeur und Limousinen Dienst – teurer

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Taxi Aladin

http://www.aladin-service.de/

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BB Businessline. Top Service, gepflegte/neue Autos, immer zuverlaessig.

http://www.bb-businessline.de/

 

Taxi Fare between Frankfurt Airport and Oberursel

A regular taxi might cost you between euro 50 and 70 to get you from the Frankfurt Airport to Oberursel.

Since our regular airport transfer service Kilic * has changed his line of business (he now has a fish restaurant/shop in downtown Oberursel), I had to look for a another one.

Welcome to Oberursel!

Welcome to Oberursel!

We are using My Car 24 Airport service & Flughafentransfer now. We’ve made four or five online reservations so far this summer, and it worked out really well each way – Oberursel to the airport, and vice versa.

Leaving your cell phone on the online application is not only mandatory, but essential when it comes to finding your driver outside the busy airport.

After reserving online, you get one mail with the data you entered. Within 24 hours, you get another mail confirming your online registration. They advise you to print it out – good to have if things went wrong – but I only take a screen shot. Making an online reservation is euro 33, a call-in reservation is euro 35.

* This was my previous post about the Flughafenkurier Kilic, who is no longer in business. Please ignore this recommendation. Updated: 25 September 2015

Unlike other blogger friends, I do not get any free services or products in return for recommending anything on this blog. I just want to share my experience with you. If this makes your life a bit easier, then that is my reward.

Solar Eclipse and Brewing Beer in the Dark on the the Faroe Islands

Back in 2008, I visited my friend Mariann on the Faroe Islands and fell in love with the landscape, the shores, and the islands’ serenity.

Faroe Islands

Mariann just sent me this notification. For those of you with limited Faroese language skills, here is the English version of the announcement (source: VisitFaroeIslands on Facebook) for the Total Solar Eclipse and beer drinking happening on 20 March 2015.

Vagar Airport, the international airport in the Faroes, is located on the island of Vágoy.

The Total Solar Eclipse, which this year can only be seen in the Faroe Islands and Svalbar, is only 33 days away!

Føroya Bjór, a Faroese brewery, have produced a limited edition Solar Eclipse beer.

What’s special about the beer is that it is brewed only in complete darkness and when there is a full moon. The raw materials used are distinct. The water is Faroese, and there are three different types of beer- and wheat malt.

The beer is spiced with special hops imported from New Zealand called Nelson Sauvignon, which relates to the grape of the same type. The beer is golden like the sun, and leaves a dry aftertaste, making it resemble white wine.

If you’d like to come and enjoy a one-in-a-lifetime experience (and some Faroese beer), there are still flights, ferries and accommodation available.

For more information about the Total Solar Eclipse, visit www.solareclipse.fo

Depositing your Winter Coat at Frankfurt Airport

As travel towards warmer destinations are sure to pick up again during this winter season, handling a heavy coat on flights isn’t what most of us enjoy.

The Frankfurt Airport offers to keep your coat in its luggage deposit room for a daily fee of 50 cents. This service will run until spring break 2015.

There are three luggage deposit rooms (Gepäckaufbewahrung), see locations below:

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• Terminal 1, Bereich B, Ebene 1 (Ankunft), täglich 24 Stunden geöffnet, Telefon (069) 690-70786;

Terminal 1, Hall B, Level 1 (arrivals), 24-hour coat check-in

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• Terminal 1, Bereich B – C, Ebene 2 (Abflug), täglich von 6 bis 22 Uhr geöffnet, Telefon (069) 690-73277;

Terminal 1, Hall B – C, Level 2 (departures), open daily from 6am – 10pm

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• Terminal 2, Bereich D, Ebene 2 (Ankunft), täglich von 6 bis 22 Uhr geöffnet, Telefon (069) 690-72860.

Terminal 2, Hall D, Level 2 (arrivals), open daily from 6am – 10pm

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If you do use this service, please remember to pick up your coat as well. Personal winter clothing items are only kept for three months, then they get auctioned off.

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 Gute Reise!

(Have a good trip!)

Frankfurt Airport Carry-on Baggage Restrictions and Now you Need to Buy a Plastic Bag

Last week, we traveled from Frankfurt via Paris via Birmingham to Nottingham. This took 11 hours. We could have made it to China within the same time.

We all know the guidelines for carry-on restrictions, such as the limit of 4 liquid or gel-like items in your toiletry/medical bag. Unfortunately, my personal care items exceeded that; I had overlooked the tooth paste.

In the past, if that were the case, passengers were usually handed a one-quart, zip-top plastic bag and we stuffed our more than four items in it for a closer inspection at the security check point.

Not anymore. On 29 April 2014, my son and I checked into two different lines at the security checkpoint. He went through quickly, whereas I had to have my toiletry bag checked, was informed of one too many gel-like items. New: instead of being given a bag, I was told to pack up again and buy a bag. As simple as that. “Where can I buy a bag?”, “Over there.” came the very enthusiastic answer. I don’t blame them either. Security screeners, working in a very noisy and strenuous environment and dealing with nervous and/or tired passengers, only make € 6,85 an hour at the Frankfurt Airport. That is before taxes. Some of them are married with children.

After I repacked, gathered my belongings, and put on my boots again, I went to look for this over there machine. By then, I had to rely on this very useful female trait of asking someone for help. I was taken to  the machine. It is the size of a cigarette machine and facing the wrong way. Wrong  in the sense that out-coming passengers can’t see it.

After a very short period of relief,  I noticed I didn’t have the right change. The machine takes only 50cent and 1euro coins. Of course, I had everything else in my purse, but not the required change.

Back to the friendly staff, who helps direct passengers. One of them was able to make change for my two euro coin, so I could buy this darn safetybag packet.

carry-on zip-top plastic bag at Frankfurt Airport

carry-on zip-top plastic bags for sale at Frankfurt Airport

For the readers who wonder why I kept it in carry-on. I was booked on a flight without check-in baggage.

My son was starting to get a bit worried, because I was gone for at least an extra 20 minutes. And he did not know I had to go off to buy this plastic bag. Well, I guess the airport is either trying to cash in on this gold mine OR reduce our carbon footprint by making passengers more mindful.

I will definitely remember this next time. Both bags from the little yellow packet are in my toiletry bag now.

Fact: Always keep a plastic bag (16.2 cm X 24.2 cm or 6.38″ X 9.53″) with you. Running off to make this purchase and separating from your clueless fellow travelers does not improve your travel mood at 6:30am. “Mama, wo warst du denn die ganze Zeit…?”