Initial Enquiry: $25
This is a non-refundable fee for the process of confirming availability of a driver. The one exception is this: If we are unable to find any suitable and available driver to fulfill your request (living up to our very strict standards) and this is not a rush job, we will refund this initial fee. Please note: This fee includes only two scenarios. Should your plans or request change more than once, a new enquiry form, and accompanying fee, will be required. This fee is charged when you click a "Find my Driver" button on our website or below, and fill out the form that you will be directed to. The payment is required in order to successfully submit the form.
Because our drivers are very much in demand and busy, we do not want to contact them needlessly. We ask that you submit our initial enquiry form when you are sure that you will be needing a driver and sure of your itinerary. If you are still in the planning stages and not quite sure yet, it may be better to contact us to ask any questions that you may have in order to help make your decisions easier. We are happy to help!
TravelDrivers Service Charge: 20% (Non-Refundable)
We charge 20% of the per-day cost charged by your driver, payable prior to final confirmation of the booking. Driver costs vary depending on the city or area and country. In Bali, for example, all drivers cost $55 per day, whereas drivers in Mexico are twice that and it then doubles again in Morocco. Drivers also charge different prices within the same territory.* Availability is the deciding factor. Clients who book well in advance have the best choice of drivers and prices.
You, our current and potential Clients, are paying us to find the best, safest, most interesting, most knowledgeable, most experienced, most attentive, most conscientious, most caring, most trustworthy, most honest, most everything-you-could-ask-for driver-guides so that you can rest assured, knowing that you’ll be driven by a special and amazing person when you choose one of ours (as opposed to trying to find one yourself and taking a chance - knowing that a sub-par driver can ruin your entire vacation investment!). Having an exceptional driver-guide makes every trip So Much Better, and we know you will feel that this is money well-spent, as all our clients do. When the booking is confirmed, we have done our work for you to the best of our ability. This fee is non-refundable.
Each TravelDriver charges a certain price per 8-hour day, with some exceptions.* Clients will pay their TravelDriver directly, at the end of each day, in cash (unless other arrangements have been made and approved by all parties including TravelDrivers.com). Some driver-guides require an advanced deposit. When this is the case, you will be informed in the planning stages -- before the booking is confirmed. All charges specified on this page are in addition to the costs charged by the TravelDrivers themselves. These costs will be increased if the type of travel involves longer days and/or moving from region to region, in road trip fashion. For more on this, please see “Overnight and Other Additional Charges” below.
*Bali is an exception. All TravelDrivers in Bali charge the same price for an extended day (8-10 hours) - $55. In most other territories, each driver charges different prices.
Also, prices vary depending on the distance to be traveled in a day. Spending an 8-hour day in the city will often cost less than it would to travel a longer distance during that same amount of time. Again, here, Bali is an exception. The Indonesian Island is so small that, other than an overnight situation, pricing stays the same despite the distance. We need as many details from you, our clients, up front, please, in order to determine correct pricing. We do not want any surprises on either side of the equation.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
Overnight and Other Additional Charges (TBD):
Besides the daily “Driver Costs”, there will be additional costs, to be determined, for overnight trips. Any itinerary requiring more than 8 -10 hours (depending on the territory and driver) will require an overnight stay.
Overnight charges include:
Payment for the driver’s accommodation.
Payment for the driver’s dinner.
Charges additional for gas/petrol required for longer trips (depending on the distance traveled).
Your driver will specify the amount of these extra charges once your specific request has been made.
We leave it to our drivers’ discretion to charge what is reasonable and customary within their particular market, though pricing differences are also affected by skills such as languages spoken, experience with special needs clients, years of experience and demand for their personal services (vs. those of others). In Bali only, these additional fees are the same with all of our 16 drivers there: $20 extra per night.
Wherever you are going, if you reserve a driver for eight days, for example, we will need to know your itinerary, and we will be asking you for details. If you do not specify that you have “road trip” plans, i.e., the intention to move from one area to another rather than staying in the same city or region, or you decide last-minute to do so, these additional costs will be added by the driver and should be expected. You will also be billed the additional 20% of those costs as an additional fee to us, TravelDrivers. You will not have the opportunity, at that late date, to question these charges. It is, therefore, your responsibility to please enquire about them beforehand, when you can decide whether or not they feel comfortable to you. There will be no refunds of TravelDrivers Fees if the costs quoted are not to your liking should you make these decisions on-site. And you run the risk of finding that your driver isn't available and you'll need to find another. For all these very good reasons, we request that you please try to make plans for the framework of your trip -- the days with the driver and which areas you wish to be in with him/her and when -- in advance rather than last-minute. Please include that information at the time of the Initial enquiry (which is a form that is filled out when you click any "find a driver" button. Links are on our home page and also below in the "Price Codes" section). What you do within that framework -- while in each place -- is for you to decide whenever you'd like. You are still free to choose how you use your time with your TravelDriver when staying local, but longer trips require planning, preparation, and additional investment and therefore they must be booked in advance.
One thing we can promise, however, is that all of our drivers will be quoting you very reasonable prices for these additional costs. TravelDrivers stay in special low-cost accommodations, and do not require high-priced meals, but petrol/gas costs are based on actual market prices and mileage.
Bali Driver Costs:
All our TravelDrivers in Bali charge $55 or 800,000 rupiah per 8-10 hour day. This is the time limit. Longer trips will require overnight stays and fees which include the cost of the driver’s dinner and accommodation, plus additional gas/petrol costs – all amounting to an additional $20 per night.
Rush Fee: $50-$100
Our drivers are so good that they are in demand and very busy. It can take time to reach them and for them to have the time to reply. The job of a driver-guide is very involved. They work long days that continue long after they leave you, when they are washing the cars, filling the tank, replenishing the supplies such as water, and on and on. They work HARD! Because what we are doing takes time, we ask that you submit your Initial Enquiry at least 2 weeks before you leave your country of residence (once YOU leave, it’s also difficult to reach YOU!). This timing is based on the time zone of the destination, as there is often almost a half or full day's difference. Should your initial enquiry date allow us less time than 2 weeks, rush fees will be included in the final costs. If you allow us more than one week, that fee will be $50. If you only allow us one week, that fee will be $75. If you allow us less than one week, that fee will be $100. We REQUIRE a minimum of 48 hours prior to your departure from your home to work on a booking. We may make exceptions to this rule, depending on the situation, so please contact us to check with us first. However, we will not work on bookings allowing less than 48 hours before pick-up time. Additionally, in these Rushed cases, as we have stated above, Initial Enquiry fees are non-refundable, whether or not we succeed in finding an available driver, as we will need to work very hard to try to make this happen, and we will need at least a little compensation for all that work. However, the Rush Fees will only be charged if we succeed and you book. Thank you for your understanding -- we appreciate it!
Cancellation Fee: $50
Any cancellations within a week or less of the booked starting date will incur a $50 cancellation fee. Should this cancellation be due to an unavoidable circumstance, we ask that you contact us at email@example.com to inform us of the situation as soon as possible. Proof may be required. In the event you have paid an advanced deposit towards your time with a TravelDriver, you will have been informed of that separate cancellation policy at the time of the booking. Should any refund be due to you, we will do our best to facilitate that process. TravelDrivers 20% service charges are not refundable under any circumstances.
Tipping: YES, please!
We believe in tipping to show appreciation for a job well-done, and we encourage it. These drivers work extremely hard. Long before you are awake, they are up, washing the car, filling the tank, buying water and preparing in general for the day with their clients, usually after working long hours the day before - often returning long after dark. Some of them do not own their own cars, so the majority of money goes to their bosses (though we only work with kind agents who treat their drivers properly), or they have to pay to rent a car. A tip can mean so much to them.
The amount of tip is, of course, up to you (as is the decision of whether or not to tip). Anything is appreciated. 10% is thoughtful, 20% is very kind and above that is extremely generous. Our TravelDrivers do not ever expect a tip, but they will be thrilled and very grateful to receive one. Thank you.
A Note From TravelDrivers
Please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding these fees and costs.
We are a young company attempting to fill an important niche. What we are doing takes time and effort and patience and dedication. It has the potential to change the experience of traveling globally in a huge, positive way. It also has the capacity to change the world by opening travel up to everyone, including those for whom it had previously seemed impossible due to physical and/or emotional barriers. We are passionately committed to seeing these results through to fruition, but we need our clients’ understanding, appreciation and support to make that happen.
We thank you very much for your kind attention and cooperation and wish you continued Safe and Happy Travels!
To better help you to determine approximate per-day net costs for the country you are interested in, please see the icon with these category code numbers next to the country listed on our Countries page. The code indicates the range and variation in the prices charged by different drivers in that country. You may specify, in your initial enquiry, that you prefer the lower priced driver in that country, for example, but it’s possible that the difference is by region. In the South of France, for example, it can be less expensive per day than it is in Paris. It may, however, depend on the driver as well. We will provide this information more specifically once your initial enquiry is submitted as our list of vetted, curated drivers is always growing and changing.
*Net price per 8-hour day
Eventually, we will have separate pages for each driver in each territory, so pricing will be more clear at that time. Until then, we appreciate your patience and understanding, and encourage you to be as specific as you’d like on the initial enquiry form. We have two forms - here are the links: Find a Driver in Bali and Find a Driver Elsewhere.
In order to submit the initial enquiry form, you will have to include a payment of $25, the “Initial Enquiry” fee. If you feel you need more specific information prior to that, regarding the number of drivers we currently have in your destination, their individual prices per day, or anything else you do not see spelled out on our website, please contact us with these questions before filling out an official enquiry. We would be happy to provide as much information as we can without contacting the drivers. However, in order for us to contact our TravelDrivers on your behalf for availability enquiries, we do require that the form be filled out and the initial $25 fee be submitted.
The code is based on net prices, in $USD, charged by the drivers in that particular region for an 8-hour day (or 8-10 hours in Bali). For example, France has a cost range of $500 to $1000 -- a code of . Per-day prices always include: gas/petrol, and bottled water in the car and usually also include parking fees and road tolls.
Scenario 1: Bali - Low Price Range
Bali for 5 days with a TravelDriver, with two overnight stays (booked 2 weeks or more in advance):
Total cost for a TravelDriver: $408
$ 25 Initial Enquiry fee
$275 Driver costs paid directly ($55 per day)
$ 40 Overnight charges ($20 per day)
$ 68 TravelDrivers service fee (20%)
Scenario 2: Portugal - Mid Price Range
3 Days in Portugal with a TravelDriver (booked less than 2 weeks in advance):
Total cost for a TravelDriver: $2,006
$ 25 Initial Enquiry fee
$1200 Driver Costs paid directly ($400 per day)
$ 405 Overnight charges ($135 per day)
$ 326 TravelDrivers Service Fee (20%)
$ 50 Rush fee
Scenario 3: France - High Price Range
1 day in France with a TravelDriver (booked 2 weeks or more in advance):
Total Cost for a TravelDriver: $1,225
$ 25 Initial Enquiry fee
$1000 Driver Costs paid directly ($1000 per day)
$ 200 TravelDrivers Service Fee (20%)