Before hiring a blue badge tourist guide, it is important to establish the level of remuneration – the fee charged – for the service provided.
Fees are a matter of negotiation between the tourist guide and the client, based on the client’s requirements, eg location, duration and language spoken.
As an example, fees for an English speaking Blue Badge Guide in 2016 are likely to start at around £155 per half day and £250 per full day. Driver guides and those with second languages generally charge a higher fee.
Please note these are particularly applicable to London tourist guides. Throughout the country, fees for guiding services will vary from region to region. For example, for an English speaking guide for half-day tour in Northumbria, fees are in the region of £130.
In order for Guides to be able to take a morning and an afternoon engagement on the same day, morning tours are expected to finish by 1300 (timings to and from Central London) and afternoon engagements are not expected, in general, to start before 1400, to allow for adequate transit time for the Guide.
The fees negotiated will vary from client to client and from Guide to Guide. Higher rates may be agreed, for example within the range above, for customised tours, or tours that require a good deal of reconnaissance, for specialist knowledge, or because of a client’s tour operator’s particular requirements.