HOLIDAY TAXISSo, you managed to get a holiday taxi to your departure airport, the flight left on time, and now you’ve arrived at your holiday destination. But how are you going to get to your hotel, villa, or town centre?
Well, one of the easiest, cheapest and fastest ways to get around when you’re on holiday is to take a taxi, but you may find the process of finding a cab somewhat different to how it is in the UK.
Generally, you will still find public hire cars wherever you go in the world, which are cabs that can be hailed in the street or at a taxi rank, and as long as you’ve got the address of where you’re going written down, you should find the whole experience pretty straightforward.
But to give you a bit of inside knowledge we’ve got some tips and advice for getting a taxi in countries and cities around the world, including Paris, Bangkok and Portugal:
If you want to hail a cab in Paris then you need to find a taxi stand, which are usually located close to intersections, tourist destinations and shopping areas, and look for a cab with its ‘taxi’ sign illuminated – you then just stick your arm out and wave to get the driver’s attention. Once in the cab make sure the driver understands where you want to go. If you don’t speak French, it is best to point to your destination on a map or write the address down for the driver.
In Portugal taxis are plentiful and cheap, and in most towns and cities they are painted green and black, although some cabs are now beige. They have an illuminated taxi sign on the top of the car, and can be hailed in the street or at a taxi rank. In a city they charge a standard meter fare but outside the city's limits they charge per kilometre and are entitled to charge for the return fare. In cities, luggage travelling in the booth adds a surcharge, while there is also a surcharge for travelling between 10pm and 6am. Taxi drivers in Portugal usually expect a tip of around 10% of the total fare.
If you’re planning a trip to Bangkok then make sure you only use taxis with meters, as non-metered taxis will usually end up costing a lot more. You should also be prepared for the prospect that the taxi driver will not understand any English and therefore you should have the name of the place you want to go to written in Thai to show to the driver. The base fare for metered taxis is 35 baht and there is no extra charge for baggage handling and stowage or for extra passengers. Tips are not expected in Bangkok and there are no taxi stands, so you just have to stand on the curb and flag down a passing taxi.
Holidaymakers in Peru should be aware that taxis do not have meters and therefore fares must be agreed before departure. It is safer to book a taxi in advance from a secure service, rather than just picking one up in the street.
Finally, if you’re heading to New York City for your next holiday then you’ll probably ride in one of Manhattan’s famous yellow cabs at some point. Once you arrive at the airport, you will find a taxi rank outside the terminal building where you can get a cab to your hotel. Taxis are one of the best ways to get around the city, and there are plenty to choose from, as around 13,000 yellow taxis operate in Manhattan. Just look for a cab with an illuminated sign, stand on the curb and wave your hand to get the driver’s attention.
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