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Offline biglil

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When and who to book with
« on: June 06, 2015, 06:59:49 PM »
Hi again,it's been a long time since I 1st posted but have been an avid daily reader on the forum. It's our 1st time in Arillas and will be staying at the Matharaki in August. We do not have any tranfers  but would like some suggestions about how far in advance we should book a taxi and who should we go with. I have read about corfu taxis and theos. Do we have to pay online or do you pay on arrival? Any help/suggestions would be very much appreciated.



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Re: When and who to book with
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2015, 07:22:00 PM »
Hi

Last Year we arranged a ta I to pick us up at the airport through Theo - cost was 60 Euros and we paid the driver on arrival at the Mathraki. On leaving we asked Nikos to call us a taxi - same price but a very nice limo and paid the driver at the airport
This Year we have booked through San Stefano's travel once again for the same price.
From what I have read on the forum 60 euro sseems to be the going rate - We booked a couple of weeks ago for 3rd July - You could always see if anyone wants to share depending on how many are in your party?
Hope this helps
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Re: When and who to book with
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2015, 11:41:51 PM »
Hi lil
When in August. We are at the mathraki 21 August. Just wonder why you have no transfer?  The coach journey can take between 1-2 hours depending which way they go but lovely scenery. It was part of our package

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Re: When and who to book with
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2015, 12:39:36 AM »
I guess you have booked direct and then your flights. We always do.  If so, rely on your accommodation to help with the transfer.  I am sure Akis and family at Mathraki will sort things out with a local provider for you. Contact details on here, but in case you can't find them I have:

Mathraki studios. Contact Manager. Akis Kasimis. Address. Arillas Corfu. Telephone. +302663051603. Mobile. +306932658911. Fax. +302663052153. E- mail. booking@mathrakistudios.net

At worst you can jump in a taxi at the airport, but this will cost more.

There are many options - you may find that Anna (studios) and her family can help - they are recently offering cheaper transfers on specific dates/times on the forum and Facebook. If in doubt, keep posting until you are sorted.

Jen and I now always stay at Bardis Sun Studios, and the family organise it all for us, at the bet price possible.

Phil
 




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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2015, 01:48:05 AM »

Phil,  all 16 rooms at the Mathraki can only be booked through Thomsons now. It's been like this for a few years and as far as am aware it still is for 2015.
 
We have already booked for next year through Thomsons so I don't think there has been any change.
You can opt out of transfers with Thomsons though on their booking form.

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Re: When and who to book with
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2015, 01:30:29 PM »
Shuttle bus transfer, beware if you are tempted to book an independent resort transfer we did this last year, to be fair Bobby (Bardis Sun studios) did warn us that it may be a mistake but we went ahead regardless and booked a return shuttle. We were told that it would be a mini bus type vehicle (wrong) with approximately a transfer time of 1 hour (wrong), to be honest we have paid a lot more for a tour around Corfu and we did see places that a bus would not normally go to, and I don't think we have been on a bus that traveled as far in reverse (not being able to turn in the narrow lanes) as this bus did. we arrived on a late flight from the UK about 10.15 pm however following our world tour (that's what it felt like) we arrived in Arillas at about 1.45 am then were told because of the length of the bus it would not be able to cross the dry stream without bottoming out and were asked would we mind walking the rest of the way (that reminds me must get some new wheels for our cases), The driver was very good and very chatty (felt like I new him like a brother by the end of the trip) we waved goodbye after as we left the bus and he reversed again back towards the Mariner restaurant to turn and leave for home. Not so much a bus transfer but an adventure, never mind we did have a laugh about it as we drank a cool Mythos on our balcony kindly left in our fridge by Bobby.
We looked forward to our return tour so much we got a taxi back to the airport, Kindly arranged by the Bardis Sun Studios. We have gone back to our normal routine this year and booked a hire car again, my wife likes to share the driving, (back seat driver!!!! she keeps me right all the time) . 13th June cant wait!!!!!!!

Offline biglil

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« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2015, 01:39:30 PM »
We booked the holiday through Tesco travel(no longer) but the operator is Thomsons. Last year we went to San Stephanos and had to wait on the coach for an hour before setting off as we had to wait for other flights to come in to fill the coach. We didn't want that to happen this year and this company gave as the option of not having transfers or paying an extra 60 ?( I believe) We thought it would be worth paying a little bit more to start the holiday earlier. We chose not to go for transfers and as time is approaching I'd thought Id ask for your help

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Re: When and who to book with
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2015, 03:47:04 PM »
Sorry I forgot to say thanks for your responses. Much appreciated.

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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2015, 05:00:20 PM »
The quickest time we have done the transfer to the Mathraki with Thomsons was just under an hour. This was with one stop for San George at the mini bus pick up point. Two couples got off and we were in Arillas within ten minutes. It was late at night though.

But, the longest was an occasion going back  to the airport....we picked up all over Corfu, took us well over two and a half hours but then we didn't have to hang about the airport, we were taken to the front of the queue.

 Swings and roundabouts I know but think I preferred  the seat on the coach to no seats at the airport.

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Re: When and who to book with
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2015, 08:14:53 PM »
Val n Bill are quite right, it is swings and roundabouts!
Our first visit to Arillas took about 2 hours and 15 minutes on the Thomson transfer coach! However the second time it only took less than 1 and a half hours. That said, on both occasions the journey was calm and relaxing and the scenery was breathtaking! We also enjoyed seeing all the traditional Greek villages on the way.
The drivers were also brilliant and drove with care and consideration and despite what some people say about Greek drivers, we felt completely safe throughout the whole journey.
For me it's part of our holiday!

Suzy X

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Re: When and who to book with
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2015, 08:30:36 PM »
If its part of your  package then I would take the free transfer and have 100 extra Euros spending money.

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Re: When and who to book with
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2015, 08:59:21 PM »
We hired a car for 48.53 for the week and arranged private insurance to cover any potential excess charge (about 16 if I remember but you can get it cheaper).
Worked well for us with just about an hour to Arillas. Added benefit of being able to get around as well so no excursion costs. The biggest benefit was getting back to the airport at the end of the week before the coaches turned up - so no queue!

This was our first time in Corfu and we used directions from the airport to Arillas via a link posted on this site somewhere. We also used sat-nav on my smart phone during the week (having downloaded maps before we left home). Not perfect but it would be difficult without it (considering Corfu roads)
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« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2015, 10:18:26 PM »
I use Dimitris at Corfu Holiday Taxis for transfers - this year he's charging 55 each way and I book about 12+ weeks ahead.. Always reliable, and nice clean cars - and often have water in the car for us too.   email is info @ corfuholidaytaxi .com  (remove the spaces!)



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Re: When and who to book with
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2015, 10:54:13 PM »
biglil when in august are you there?

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Re: When and who to book with
« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2015, 11:38:10 PM »
Have used both a transfer coach and private taxi transfer. Far preferred the taxi - quick, comfortable and straight to the door. Lets you start your holiday as quickly as possible. We are also travelling with our young daughter and she does not have the patience for the coach. Mathraki is an excellent place to stay - have a great time x