Gran Canaria's hotels have to be licensed and offer a quality level of service as well as having insurance and complying with fire regulations. The same goes for the boats that take people out to watch dolphins, the companies offering jeep safaris, and even the holiday let apartments. 

However, not everybody in Gran Canaria follows the rules. For example, there is a significant industry running illegal and uninsured transfers between Gran Canaria airport and the island's resorts. These cars, driven by locals and foreign-residents, are just private vehicles and the drivers are unregulated and uninsured. They don't pay tax and there is no way to hold them responsible if something goes wrong. 

 At Gran Canaria Info we believe that all people and all companies offering services to tourists should legal and above board.

So, how do you know that your airport transfer service is legal and registered with the Gran Canaria authorities?

 Using legal Gran Canaria airport transfers

It is quite easy to know if your airport transfer service is operating in a legal way because all registered transfers have the following...

 A blue license plate: Taxis and other public service vehicles in Gran Canaria all have blue plates.

A VTC sticker in the window: This stands for Vehículo de Transporte con Conductor, the official designation for licensed transfer drivers ans chauffeurs.

An SP sticker on the car: This indicates that the car offer a Servicio Publico or public service and is therefore allowed to pick up and transfer members of the public. 

Parked in the transport zone: Official airport transfer vehicles don't park in the public car park of the airport. Instead they have their own parking zone right by the arrivals gates at the airport (next to the taxis and package tour buses). Your transfer driver therefore should not have to pay a parking fee before leaving the aiport. 

How to spot an unlicensed transfer service

Unlicensed drivers get away with offerring their service because they claim that they are just members of the public picking up a friend. They are allowed to stand at arrivals with a sign (just like any member of the public can).

However, they also have to park their car in the public car park and will walk you there with your luggage, stopping to pay the parking fee at the meter. A licensed transfer driver does not need to do this because they have their own parking zone right by arrivals.

Some unlicensed drivers don't even wait at the arrival gate because the official drivers recognise them and get annoyed. Instead they have to stand further away (often by the Spar supermarket or the car rental desks). 

When an unlicensed driver drops you at the airport they will not want to be paid in a public area because this proves that they are charging rather than "transporting a friend" for free. 

An unlicensed car will not have a blue license plate, or a SP or VTC sticker, and will often look like a private car (because it is a private car). 

What's the problem with unlicensed airport transfers?

Some people use unlicensed cars because they are the cheapest option and don't realise that they are unlicensed. 

There are several problems with unlicensed services. The most obvious is that they are uninsured so if something goes wrong or there is an accident, you are not protected. The price that unlicensed drivers offer is only low because they cut corners (hopefully not literally). You have no way of even knowing if your unlicensed driver has a Spanish driving license, insurance and a good driving record. Licensed drivers are vetted regularly and must be fully insured and licensed to work.

Another problem is that unlicensed transfers undermine the legitimate transfer drivers and businesses in Gran Canaria. Local drivers make a living from transfers and offer a legal, regulated service with minimum standards. Every time an unlicensed service undercuts them, it is effectively stealing from local people and the island economy.

We believe that everybody in Gran Canaria deserves better!

Gran Canaria Airport Transfer Services

To find out more about the Gran Canaria airport transfer, see our Gran Canaria airport transfer article which explains the three different models; man/woman from pub with car, online transfer websites, and local transfer services.

Or you can book a legitimate Gran Canaria airport transfer at a great price right here. Our service uses local drivers and supprts the island economy because all the money you spend stays in Gran Canaria.

Alex Says: Using our service also helps the Gran Canaria Info team to keep providing quality local information here and in our Facebook Group

Published in Tip of the day

Gran Canaria Info has teamed up with a quality local transport company to offer you a safe and reliable transfer service from Gran Canaria airport direct to your accommodation.

The service lets you skip the airport taxi queues, save money, and travel direct to your accommodation with no delays or hidden charges. The quality of this service is guaranteed by Gran Canaria Info; the island's top source of quality local information. 

The Gran Canaria Info airport transfer service includes the following...

  • Greeting at the arrival gate by your driver
  • Transfer to your accommodation in a quality, fully insured car by a licensed, multilingual driver
  • Payment on arrival apart from the booking deposit of 20%

 The prices of the Gran Canaria Info airport transfer service for up to 3 people*  in euros are as follows...

  • Airport - Playa del Ingles 40. Return 75
  • Airport - Meloneras / Pasito Blanco 45. Return 85
  • Airport - Puerto Rico 50. Return 90
  • Airport - Mogan 60. Return 100

*Covid rules limit the number of passengers in a standard taxi or private transfer vehicle to three. 

 For larger groups of four to six people, with transport in a Mercedes van, the prices are as follows...

  • Airport - Playa del Ingles 50. Return 100
  • Airport - Meloneras / Pasito Blanco 55. Return 100
  • Airport - Puerto Rico 60. Return 110
  • Airport - Mogan 70. Return 120

For even larger groups (more than 6 persons), please send us a message, or contact our booking team via this WhatsApp form. Thank you!

To book a Gran Canaria airport transfer just fill in this form, leave a small deposit and you will receive a confirmation form right away. Our transfer service will then be in touch to arrange the details of where you will be met, etc. Any questions or problems, just let us know and well sort them out right away. 

 

Published in Excursions

Join the Gran Canaria Info newsletter list

endanlfifrdeisitnoplptruessv

 

 

Follow us on Facebook

Tip of the day

  • Tip Of The Day: Avoid Bank Card Charges By Paying In Euros
    Tip Of The Day: Avoid Bank Card Charges By Paying In Euros

    Save money and avoid rip-off bank charges while in Gran Canaria by paying in euros when using your credit or debit card.

    Many bars and restaurants in Gran Canaria, and in almost all European holiday destinations, give you the option of paying in euros or in your home currency. Opting for your own currency, while it may seem like the safer option, can add as much as 5% to the bill as it triggers dynamic currency conversion. 

    DCC basically means that the exchange rate is calculated at point of sale rather than by your bank. It allows you to see the total cost of the transaction in your own currency but adds up to 5% to the total because it uses a terrible exchange rate. 

    Since the extra money is shared between your bank and the merchant, some places will automatically bill you in your own currency and hope you don't notice. You have the legal right to refuse and void the transaction should this happen. 

    ATMs too

    The same applies when taking money out of ATM machines in Gran Canaria (and anywhere in Europe); Always choose the local currency option to avoid losing money to poor exchange rates.

    If you opt for the local currency option, using bank ATMs is often the cheapest and safest way of getting euros in Gran Canaria. It's far safer than having a big pile of euros hidden in your room or tucked into your shorts.

    More details in this Daily Telegraph article.

Latest articles

Who's Online

We have 3268 guests and no members online

Login / Register

Take this website to the max, login or create an account now! By clicking on any Social Media platform logo, you can login with just one click.