Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Taxi travel... with your dog (in a carrier)

I have been in a couple of taxis in Cyprus with my dog. When we first arrived in Cyprus, at Larnaca Airport, we were overloaded with suitcases, bags, a heavy, unhappy dog in her carrier case, and we were lucky to find a taxi large enough to fit us all in. We hadn't booked in advance. The taxi driver was very friendly, and helped us lift our 30kg dog, in her cage, into the back of his mini-van taxi. We paid 15 Euros from the airport to our home, which is a little outside the centre of Larnaca. This seems to be the standard fee for that distance, with or without a dog.

This is the link for Larnaca airport with information about taxis:
http://www.hermesairports.com/showpage.php?PageID=198

The phone number of the taxi company at the airport: 00357 24656195

And the list of tariffs: http://www.hermesairports.com/docs/guide%20taxi%20service.pdf

When we tried to book a taxi to take us back to the airport, again with suitcases and a dog in a cage, we used a different company, as we couldn't contact the other. Website:   http://www.larnaca-airport-taxis.com/ 
When we said that we had luggage and a dog, and so needed a big car, they sent a van and charged us 30 Euros for the same journey.

I contacted Taxi Express, the taxi company that has minivans that you share with others for a cheaper journey, but they told me their license does not permit them to carry animals.

The taxi office in the centre of Larnaca told me they always accept animals, but they must be in a cage. This is fine if you are going to or from the airport, but it's not very helpful if you are out and about with your big dog, and don't happen to have the cage with you.

If you are traveling with a medium-large sized dog, it may be easier to rent a car: http://travelcypruswithyourdog.blogspot.gr/2013/07/rent-car-in-cyprus-with-your-dog.html



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