Monday, 23 October 2017
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The cost of taxi travel in 80 cities across the globeThe 2017 Taxi Price Index shows that Zurich, Switzerland has the world’s most expensive taxis, costing over €7 per kilometre. Cairo, Egypt has the world’s most affordable taxis, costing just 9 cents for one kilometre of travel.

Online used car dealership Carspring have produced a study revealing the price of taxi use in 80 cities around the world. With their interests in all things automotive, the online dealer looked to bring transparency to the public regarding taxi costs, particularly for those who may be travelling abroad this summer.
Included in the study are the prices of a 3km inner city taxi ride, a journey between the airport and the city centre, and the cost of one hour’s waiting time. To help those with real nerves about taxis altogether, the study also provides information on which models of car are most popular in each city, and if an alternative such as Uber is available in each location.

“Nothing beats the relief of hopping into a comfortable taxi after a long day of sightseeing in a new city,” says Maximilian Vollenbroich, Co-founder of Carspring. “But in some cities, this simply isn’t affordable, and in other places, tourists are at risk of being overcharged. We hope our research helps travellers prepare for safe, fun, and budget-friendly travel in whatever ride best suits them.”

To find out the cost of the initial hire, the cost per kilometre, the cost per additional kilometre and waiting time prices, data provided by the official website of each city was used, when available, as in some cases city governments regulate these prices. Official airport sites and tourist information web pages provided information on the cost of a journey between the international airport and city centre. To account for the difference in price depending on the time of day, length of trip, number of passengers and the model of car, the average metered price of the different combinations was chosen. Multiple taxi companies per city were contacted regarding the most popular vehicle type amongst drivers.

In order to rank the cities, the price of a standard 3km taxi fare was calculated by taking into account the Initial Hire, the Cost per km and one minute of Waiting time.

Lisbon, Portugal placed in position 29 out of 80 cities (80 being most expensive), with a cost of €5.06 for a 3km ride. Information and a breakdown of the costs for Lisbon can be seen below:
Lisbon, Portugal placed in position 29 out of 80 cities (80 being most expensive)

The five least expensive cities worldwide (based on a 3km/standard fare ride) are as follows:

The five least expensive cities worldwide (based on a 3km/standard fare ride)

The five most expensive cities worldwide for taxis are as follows:

The five most expensive cities worldwide for taxis

Full results for all 80 cities can be found on the results page here:

Further Insights:

• Of the 80 cities included, Uber was available in 65 of them.
• A taxi from Tokyo-Narita International Airport to Tokyo City Centre was the most expensive airport-city ride at €168.67.
• A taxi from Cairo International Airport to the city centre costs just €3.73, the least expensive airport-city ride in the Index.
• Zurich, Switzerland has the highest initial fee of any city worldwide, costing €7.37 just to get into a taxi.
• Tunis, Tunisia has the least expensive initial fee at 17 cents.
• Asking a taxi to wait for one hour in Zurich costs €73.68, the most expensive waiting time cost in the Index.
• In Bangalore, India a taxi will wait for one hour for just 86 cents, the least expensive waiting time cost in the Index.
• Zurich has the highest price per kilometre of travel at €4.61.
• Cairo has the lowest price per kilometre of travel at 9 cents.

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About Carspring: Carspring is an online used car dealership, launched in May 2015, on a mission to make buying a used car simple and stress-free. With Carspring, you log online, find your car and spread the cost with a monthly payment plan. The company then delivers a certified used car directly to your door, wherever you live in the UK. It’s buying used cars, without any bad surprises.



+1 #2 Sue Harris 2017-07-23 21:27
Wanted to go to Belem from cruise port in Lisbon. Taxis immediately outside wanted €25. Walked over the road and the taxi outside Apolonia station charged me €7.80. Use your sense and always ask for a price.
+1 #1 EddyP 2017-07-23 13:00
This is all well and good. My wife and I returned from a trip to the UK, late at night, and too late to continue on our journey until the next morning. We had booked a room in Hotel Raddisson Blu, Lisbon. Took a taxi from the airport to the hotel - a journey that should have cost at absolute most 7 euros. We live here so know what the airport taxis are like. He tried charging 40euros, having turned off the clock before he got out of the taxi. Big argument at taxi rank of hotel and told he was only getting 7 euros. He then appeared with a print-out (wow), showing 6,80 euros. I paid, in 0.20 cent pieces. As he left he called my wife a "filha da puta". We understood of course but left it. We should have called the police but here is a lesson to us all, any problems call the police. Most - not all - taxi drivers at the airport are crooks you just have to be on top of them!