Taxi Etiquette

For many people, taking a taxi is a rare occasion usually reserved for vacations or trips to the airport.  Since taxi rides are not something that are generally used frequently many people have questions about taxi etiquette.

How do I get a taxi?

Big cities are full of taxis, but after a big event taxi availability may be limited.  An inexperienced taxi rider may be unsure how to be noticed.  Here are some tips:

  • Stick your arm out deliberately, and keep it there.  Don’t just wait for the next taxi you see, but keep your arm extended.  It can also help to separate yourself from large groups when possible.
  • Walk towards traffic.  Also make sure that the cars are headed in the direction you want to eventually go so that your cab ride will be faster and cheaper.
  • If it is after a big event, try finding a side street that is not so full of people.  Taxis often wait there or pass by on their way to major streets. 

If you are taking a taxi from an airport, you do not have to flag a taxi down.  Airports have a taxi station where taxis serve customers on a first come, first serve basis.

How much will a ride cost?

There is always an initial cost for taking the taxi and then an additional fee for each kilometer driven.  Sometimes there are additional fees per person. You can plan ahead for your trip by checking out a website that will estimate the cost of a taxi ride for you.  Most taxis accept credit or debit cards but there is a service fee.  Cash is always an option for payment as well.

What do you do if you forget something in a cab?

Of course it is always a good idea to double check the cushions and floor before you leave.  But another good habit is to ask for a receipt after you pay.  That way you will have the contact information for the taxi cab company and driver and can call if you left any belongings.

Do you tip a taxi driver?

It is considered polite to tip the driver of your taxi.  Of course there is no set amount to tip, but a good rule of thumb is at least 10% of the cost of the ride.

Knowing proper taxi etiquette can help take away some of the stress of using a cab.

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