Catching a cab overseas can stress out even most savviest traveller so we decided to compile the ultimate guide to travelling by taxi around the world. Check it out below.
Cabbing in East Asia
East Asia is really the place to keep alert and savvy when it comes to catching a taxi. In most countries it’s still the cheapest form of travel but it can really throw in some curveballs for the inexperienced traveller.
If travelling from airport to hotel, book in the terminal as almost all airports have an area set aside for taxi services, and then pre-agree on the amount it will be. But always do your research first. For example, a taxi from Bangkok airport into the city should only cost 400 baht but visitors are often stung with double or more of that if they aren’t in the know.
If travelling around a city, then book through your hotel and also ensure you know the fee before getting in. This will ensure your driver doesn’t decide to take the scenic route in a city you don’t know and charge you double.
Cabbing in the Americas
Now we arrive in America, where hailing a yellow taxis has featured in so many movies we’ve lost count. And while you can whistle to hail your cab, just like in the films, you’re probably going to have more luck just sticking out your thumb. In most major cities, it’s a first-come, first-served set-up.
Things to keep in mind. Yellow Taxis do not offer a flat rate at any time except for the journey to and from certain airports. It’s all run by metre and there is no additional costs so if your driver starts talking about extras then call him out on it. You are expected to tip though and 10 percent is what you should be aiming for.
When it comes to Mexico, then taxi travel is pretty inexpensive. But it’s best to avoid hailing one off the street, and grab one at a taxi stand instead. Once inside, pay attention to where the driver is going and make sure there’s a metre. Oh, and always carry cash.
Cabbing in Europe
Public transport is exceptional in most major cities throughout Europe so catching a taxi is often seen as slightly luxurious and also pretty pricey. Do your research before you head to your destination and it’s likely you’ll pay a smidgen of the price for an underground ticket as you would for one single journey in a cab.
For example, in London, a black cab across the city could cost you around $100 or so due to the never-ending congestion. But hop on the tube and you’ll be at your destination faster than you can say ‘Paddington Station’. But if you do really want to get in a cab, then Europe is really the place to download the Uber app.
Cabbing in the Middle East & Africa
In Marrakech, it’s all about hailing in the street as if you book through your hotel you’ll find the cost increases. In Cape Town, it’s all about Uber these days, which is seen as the safest and cheapest option available.
And with the heat of the UAE, air-conditioned taxi travel is the norm. Here you’ll find metered cabs throughout major cities, with a mandatory $3 flat fee — and ladies-only cabs are also available.