There are plenty of cabs in Dublin. I took cabs twice and both times I was fortunate enough to have funny, if a bit cantankerous, cab drivers. The first guy started telling me all about the problems with the EU and how Germany is controlling its policies for its own good!!! Well, I don't know about that, but I did enjoy listening to the guy telling me about how Dublin has changed over the years. He also gave me some good advice about how to save money by staying away from Temple Bar!
Here are some phone numbers for some reputable taxi services:
Access Metro Cabs - 01 6683333
A to B Cabs - 01 6772222
Castle Cabs - 01 8319000
Checkers Cabs - 01 8343434
City Cabs - 01 8731122
Castle Cabs - 01 8319000
Pony Cabs - 01 6612233
Speed Cabs - 01 4750800
Taxis are another option, but they can be hard to come by. There is a limit to the number of taxi licenses that the city can give out and, unfortunately, that limit has not kept pace with the recent economic boom.
Keep an eye out for taxi stands. The lines may look long, but you might not have any other option.
If you don't mind paying a little extra, a taxi will take you anywhere in Dublin. They rely fairly strong on their taxi service because after a night's pubbing or clubbing it's quite often the only means of getting home.
At times (typically 04:00 in the morning when the clubs close) it can be tough finding an available taxi but you should be able to get one if you're prepared to wait just a little bit at one of the taxi ranks. This will also give you the chance to observe drunk people making fools of themselves (if you're not one of them yourself).
Taxis- There was war last year when the government practically doubled the amount of taxi plates in Dublin overnight - taxis went on strike and all sorts of shenanigans broke loose around the streets by way of demonstrations and marches etc. It was badly needed however - the huge increase in popularity of city centre nightspots in recent years exposed the woeful lack of taxi facilities in the capital. Despite what some people have said in VT on their Dublin pages there are a few taxi ranks around town and the queues at these can get really large some nights, though the clever person is one who positions themselves outside a large hotel, especially late at night as the pubs close, and nabs a taxi that's letting some tourists off. Hailing a cab on the street at that hour can also be a good move, a lot of taxi drivers would prefer to pick you up on the spot, rather than run the gauntlet of abuse and hostility they receive from people queued at the rank for ages! All is fair in love and taxi-hailing!
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