On my recent trip to Porto, Blacklane offered me vouchers to try out their professional driver service for my airport transfers.
I booked my rides around five weeks before my trip. You can cancel your Blacklane ride free of charge up to one hour before pick up. The price quoted includes taxes, tolls, fees and a tip.
I went for the cheapest option which was a Business Class where the vehicle would be a BMW 5 or Mercedes E Class equivalent. The price quoted was around 50 Euro.
My Ryanair flight from Edinburgh was due into Porto at 20.20. Blacklane include a one hour wait at the airport in their pricing. I reckoned that although I would only have hand luggage, that I would play it safe by arranging the pick up for 20.10, as it usually takes more than 30 minutes to get off the plane, get through passport control and walk to the airport exit.
As I like to arrive at the airport two hours before my flight departure time, I allowed thirty minutes for the return transfer. The return journey to Porto Airport was slightly cheaper at 47 Euro.
I was glad I had been cautious time-wise for the Blacklane transfer from Porto Airport, as the flight from Edinburgh was delayed by one hour due to the requirement to find a replacement crew member for the plane.
I switched on my mobile phone when I reached Porto Airport’s terminal building. There was a text message and an email informing me that my driver was waiting for me with a name board. I was also told the name of my driver.
It was great to know that I’d be taken straight to my Airbnb apartment, without having to get to grips with the Porto Metro system and then find my way from the Metro station to the apartment.
My driver was very polite and welcoming. The journey from Porto Airport to my apartment only took around 20 minutes.
The return transfer from my apartment to Porto Airport seven days later went just as smoothly. The driver arrived a couple of minutes before the pick up time. It was a hot day, so it was great to be whisked straight to the airport in a air-conditioned car.