One of the most common questions our River Cruise Specialists are asked is, “How do I get to the ship?” When your trip starts in a major city such as Amsterdam, Budapest or Basel, figuring this out is easy. However, when your cruise begins at a port such as Vilshofen, a small German town with the closest airport in Linz, Germany 129 kilometres (80 miles) away, how do you get to your ship?
Option 1: Cruise Line Transportation
AmaWaterways, Avalon and Viking offer transportation services from or to the airport for a fee. This varies not only by cruise line, but destination as well. Your River Cruise Specialist will provide the information once you decide on an itinerary.
However, if you purchase your air from AmaWaterways, Avalon or Viking, you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to get to the ship or the airport. It’s included then. Uniworld is the only river cruise line that offers free transportation, regardless of whether air was purchased from Uniworld or elsewhere.
Option 2: Independent Plans
If you’re up for it, public transportation may be a consideration. Remember though, it may not be worth the hassle of lugging your bags around cobblestone streets and trying to navigate in a foreign language. It may not always be available either. You can also take a taxi, but depending where you are, this could be more costly than a private car.
Option 3: Private Car Service
You can work with your River Cruise Specialist in arranging private transportation once you decide on your itinerary. Sometimes, this could be more economical than the river cruise transportation or even a taxi.
Your River Cruise Specialist will help you determine which option is best for you depending on your travel plans. If you have any questions regarding how to get to your ship or hotel on a river cruise vacation, please ask us in the comment section below or contact your River Cruise Specialist at 1-800-565-2784.