I was told not to use a black taxi in Belfast because i would be ripped off. But i took a chance and got in one. I asked the driver why this was ,The driver replied There are black hack drivers who will rip you off and there are other popular cab drivers who will also rip u off.
My advice to you and any one else is, make sure the driver uses his meter and dont accept a quote for your journey, If you feel that you have been ripped off get a receipt from the driver and his cab plate number which is clearly markrd on this cab and report him.
The driver was very concerned for me and very helpfull .I now dont have any concerns about using black cabs as i now no how to use them.
During 'the Troubles' many bus services in North Belfast were stopped. A solution was found to the mess by Black cab owners operating as buses. Many suspect that a good portion of the fares end up in the hands of paramilitary organisations.
Catholic 'shared cabs' leave downtown from the junction of Castle and King streets (the only place you will find signs in Irish downtown). When they fill up with 4-5 people they follow a set route up the Falls road. Same basic price, however far you go.
Protestant 'shared cabs' leave a couple of blocks away at the junction of Peter's hill and Gardiner street. Same system applies.
You can also hail them at any point along their set route.
This is a good way to see some of the murals and neighbourhood first hand, Safely and very cheaply.
There are taxi ranks at City Hall, the Crown Bar, airports and main stations.Drivers at Castle Junction pack London-style hackneys until full for a particular direction. An alternative is to phone a 'radio cab' such as Value Cabs ( tel: 9080 9080) from Grosvenor Road or fonaCAB (028 90 333333) from the Queen's Quarter area.
I was in Belfast last week and decided to take a tour of the city,and found a multi lingual web site and decided to try it as it was the same price as the rest,It was fantastic,I thought after all their trouble some one was searching for change,The driver was of a lost generation a perfect gentleman and with a great since of humor,after my trip i thought this was the least i could do after all the bad news the new approach
Taxis are cheap n plentiful,cheaper than on the mainland,the cost of travelling 3-31/2 miles up to midnite will cost u about £4-4.50,taxis are the most common form of public transport in Belfast and many individuals especially those in more deprived areas heavily rely on them as the only main way of getting around due to the fact that most people cannot afford to run or maintain a car not to mention the cost of insurance in the province! cabbies are friendly n talkative