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Latest car and driver costs??

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Latest car and driver costs??

Kiaora

We have just had a boutique hotel in Galle ( where we hope to stay 3 nights at $180 USD per night) quote for car and driver $150 USD per day for an approx. 14 day hire for the two of us following the loop to the south and then up to the hill country and the ancient cities. Travelling later in 2013.

Accommodation for the driver may be on top.

We have the latest 2012 L.P. guide but it really is hard to work out what costs should be now at the start of 2013. We are happy to pay a fair price but feel the quote is on the high side and not certain if tip would be on top.

Any recent info would be much appreciated. Thanks

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1. Re: Latest car and driver costs??

Hi Mary,

If it's only for transport: about 150% too expensive, with 150 km/day (4 hours drive) the cost should be about USD 60.

Base is Rs 45/km with a minimum daily mileage of 100 or 150 km, and indeed assuming free driver's quarter.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Latest car and driver costs??

Thanks very much for your helpful reply. Will get back to the hotel and check all the costs that make up the total but agree it seems to high.

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3. Re: Latest car and driver costs??

Hotels adds rather high commissions to car/driver costs. The more expensive the hotel is the higher commission.

Independent drivers charge approx. USD 60-65 per day, maybe USD 70-75 for a van.

Free driver's quarter and food may depend on whether you book accommodation or let the driver do it.

Hans

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4. Re: Latest car and driver costs??

this is too expensive. my driver who arranged by the travel agent given us a very fair rate and it is similar to what Hans and Erik said above. if you want PM me i can give his contact

Ken

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5. Re: Latest car and driver costs??

We have just received quote for a car and driver which is 450usd for 5 days - 110km. Does this eem like a reasonable price?

Had come across a driver called Mr George last night but can't seem to find his

Jan

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6. Re: Latest car and driver costs??

Jan, this seem to be high. for 5 days, but depends on your itinerary.

Approx 350$ would be reasonable.

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7. Re: Latest car and driver costs??

USD 90/day with only 110 km/day included seems quite expensive.

With that mileage included it should be something like USD 60-65/day.

Hans

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8. Re: Latest car and driver costs??

150$ per day is way too high for driver and is a clear rip off. Usually you don't need to pay for driver's accommodation or food.

The normal going rate is 65-70$ per day for an AC sedan car and if it's a 14 day tour the rate will come down further.

cheers

Tharindu

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9. Re: Latest car and driver costs??

I thought it seemed high but then we sorted out our own accommodation. The plan is pick up from airport, on to Sigiriya for morning climb, back to Pinnewala then on to Kandy for one night, next night in Ella,last night in Embil for Udawalawe in morning then finally drop off at Unawautna.

Jan

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10. Re: Latest car and driver costs??

Your trip is approx. 800 km (including the empty return to the airport). Should be approx. LKR 40,000 (USD 320).

Hans

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