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/

 

Flight Tracking Advice

With almost 10,000 flights having been cancelled due to Frankenstorm, passengers check FlightAware for updates.

Here are some additional suggestions quoted from the New York Times International Traveler section (paper format) to help your disrupted travel:

* If your flight is canceled because of the storm, do not go to the airport.

* To avoid getting stranded, check your flight’s status early the day you are flying, and again before you head to the airport.

* If you are already at the airport when your flight is canceled, put your legs and fingers to work. Walk over to customer service. While there, dial the customer service number. Odds are you will get help over the phone before reaching the front of the line.

* You can try asking for assistance via Twitter. Most airlines assign employees to monitor their Twitter feeds.

* Although airlines in the United States have waived change fees – typically $US 150 – for flights delayed or canceled because of the storm, keep in mind that airlines usually waive this fee only once. Be certain you want to change your itinerary before you lock it in. Otherwise, you will be out of $US 150 if you have to make a second change. You might also pay more if there is a difference in the flight’s price.

List of Christmas Markets 2011 in Germany

Most Christmas markets start on the First Advent, 27 November 2011.

The big town markets run for four weeks all the way up to Christmas Eve, whereas the small towns usually have it for a few days only (Thu – Sun) only.  Our local town of Oberursel/Taunus has its market running from 24 – 27 November 2011.

Plan your Christmas market hopping with the help of this excellent website List of German Christmas Markets 2011.

If you are not in Germany, then enjoy this armchair travel to the Frankfurt Christmas market.

Glühwein – Lebkuchen – Schnee – Lichter – Tannenbaum …

Funny Complaints by Holidaymakers

The list of 20 of the most ridiculous complaints made my holidaymakers was compiled by TripAdvisor – Greece forum.

The complaints themselves range from all kinds of nationalities and tourist destinations. Pick your favorite one. Mine was about parents shocked to find fish in the sea, which had startled their poor children (location not mentioned).

Wildlife in Germany

I’d suppose you don’t always have to leave the country to find your warm spot in the sun.

Parking Rates in Frankfurt and Worldwide

Based on our local paper, Blitz Tip, parking rates in Frankfurt (a.k.a. Mainhattan) are equal to those in Manhattan, New York City.

This statement was worth a challenge. Granted, parking in Frankfurt is not so cheap at an average rate of 8 euro a day, or 2,50 euro an hour. But charges in Manhattan had to be higher than in Mainhattan.

I found my answer on Colliers International website in the article Parking Rates Broadly Up – Worldwide.

Its annual survey of parking rates found, with the exception of the United States, that the cost of parking for a day or a month has generally increased over the past 12 months.

On a monthly basis and quoted in US Dollars, London city and London West End occupied the top two positions, followed by Zurich in third place. The top 10 list was completed by Hong Kong, Tokyo, Rome, Perth, Geneva, Sydney, and Oslo.

New York – Midtown ranked 17th, New York – Downtown ranked 18th, and

Frankfurt ranked 43rd in this chart.