Anyone who has organised a trip for 9 people might have had a shock when they saw the price that they were quoted for airport transfers. It can often be hundreds more expensive than it would have been for 8 passengers. Why is this?
The reason is due to vehicle licencing requirements. Minibuses that seat up to 9 people INCLUDING the driver, that is to say, minibuses with up to 8 passenger seats, are classed in exactly the same way as a car. There is no additional driving licence required, no tachograph required, no restrictions on drivers hours, and no additional costs on the motorway. This means that most companies favour minibuses with up to 8 passenger seats.
In order to operate minibuses with more than 8 passenger seats, or larger coaches, then companies must employ drivers who have passed a further driving test giving them D1 entitlement (in the EU). The driver must then record all of the hours he has driven on an instrument called a tachograph, and must abide by drivers hours regulations. These regulations limit the number of hours that drivers can work and drive during a day, week or fortnight.
Bigger vehicles are also much more expensive than 9 seater minibuses – not only to buy, but also to run, as they use more fuel and cost more to maintain as they must be taken to specialist workshops.
So to answer the original question, transfers for 9 people are expensive because with most companies your group will need 2 vehicles. If you want a better price, you will have to find a company that operates larger vehicles. On FindTransfers.com, we have companies who specialise in all sizes of groups, so let us do the hard work for you. Fill in our simple enquiry form and get quotes from several airport transfer companies.