Getting a taxi in Dublin was pretty easy, but I hear it's pretty hard around closing time. I took a cab from Hueston station to O'Connell Str. and my cab driver did whatever he had to in order to get me to my hotel. His name is Seamus and he WILL break every traffic law if he has too. The ride was about 7 Euro with tip. There are numerous taxi stands all over Dublin, and most restaurants and hotels will call you a taxi.
We were glad to jump into a taxi after we arrived in Dublin in a shower of freezing rain. The driver was friendly, helpful and chatty and had a gorgeous Dubliner accent. It really cheered up two cold and weary travellers. He just talked on and on about this and that, and had an opinion about everything ( as taxi driver's do all over the world!) from the rise in house prices to the amount of luggage US visitors bring with them!
In Dublin Central taxis can be found at the main taxi ranks on O'Connell Street, Dame Street and St Stephen's Green.
Our cabbie worked for Trinity Taxi's, we paid 20Euros from the airport to our hotel on Grand Canal Street.
I took two taxis in Dublin (and another two in Derry). While expensive, I consider the taxi industry to be one of Ireland's national treasures. Each taxi driver that I had was extremely friendly, knowledgeable of the area, and helpful to me as a tourist. Even though tipping is not as common a practice in Ireland as in the States, I tipped my taxi drivers well. In my opinion, they certainly deserved it for providing such helpful and entertaining service!
Taxis in Dublin are quite strict about only taking a maximum of four people.
However, it is increasingly the case that newer taxis go for the 'minibus' type that hold up 10 people. They don't charge any more than traditional taxis.
If you are travelling in a slightly larger group, then it can work out economically.
If travelling late at night - then it is as well to book ahead as they get snapped up fast.
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
If you are leaving at night, you might not want to wander around to the next aircoach stop to get to the airport (we at least did not want to), then you can also take a taxi. We paid Eur 25,00 from our hotel, and as the hotel is in the southern part of Dublin and the airport north of Dublin, we thought this was quite okay.
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 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.
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!
Not so good a lot of the time.
There are now over 10000 taxis in Dublin. That's up from 2700 a few years ago. However there are still insufficient taxis at many times for a western European capital of it's size.
Don't be misled by the number on the sign. They are numbered on anational basis
Ok so you can usually gat a taxi during the day, but it's still difficult at rush hour and after 11.30 pm.
The roof sign is meant to be on when the taxi is for hire and off when not for hire. You can't see whether it's on or off during the daytime and after dark it's useless because whether it's on or off it doesn't appear to assist one in hailing a taxi. I'm inclined to think that the taxi drivers are not familiar with the guidelines or perhaps just choose to ignore them.
The monologue from the driver appears to be compulsory.
Dublin taxis are expensive.
Just a warning about the taxis in Dublin - although for the most part we were treated to fair fares in the city, one young gent took us on a zigzag tour of Dublin from our hotel to our destination. Then he said he couldn't accept credit cards and waited until I walked to grab cash from an ATM which of course racked up more money on the meter.
So do a bit of questioning before you get in to ensure the best prices. Even having our hotel call a taxi for us didn't ensure fair treatment.
Photo: April 2010
if you are travelling to dublin city from the airport it can work out as cheap to get a taxi if there are two or three people travelling instead of getting the bus, plus the taxi brings you and your luggage right to your door, taxi rank located outside arrivals door,dont worry if there's a que it moves pretty quickly.
airport to o connel st,(city center) 20 euro (approx)
airport to south city center 25euro (approx
airport to busaras 19euro (approx)
Taxis in Dublin are not cheap. Every passenger is supposed to get a receipt, by law, from the driver. Hardly any ever give one unless you ask or insist. Make sure its not a handwritten one - it should be printed out with the details like his taxi number clearly visable. If you feel you have been overcharged or left your camera, wallet, bag, etc. behind you, then they will be able to check which car and driver was involved and maybe get them back to you!!
We were trying to hail a taxi on the street one morning without success. Finally a taxi driver made some gestures to us that we interpreted as meaning "go around the corner". Sure enough, when we turned the corner the words "taxi stand" were painted on the street. We had no trouble getting a taxi once we were in the right place!