Taxis, Los Angeles
If you're visiting LA and need cabs for short (or even longer) distances, download the Uber and Lyft apps- the 2013 updates to how you can get a cab. Enter your pickup location, your dropoff and see how long your wait will be for your cab to arrive. Payment is by credit card (via your phone) and the driver calls when he is arriving. I've never had a problem except sometimes a lazy driver might ask you how to get to your destination. In this case, request that they put on the GPS or put on yours.
LA is a tough place when you don't have a car! I recently moved from SF and was in for a surprise regarding public transportation here. I try to live, work and play within a 4 mile radius and I use cabs 3 or 4 times a week. They are rude, late, stinky, expensive, aggressive, unsafe and NEVER around when you need one especially after midnight!! But that is just the way it is.
I recently used this app called SideCar when I couldn’t get a cab to show up. They give you $10 off your first ride when you use the promo code SXFMZ.
I'll upload the info but i suggest renting a car and paying for parking.
If you need the comfort of a taxi cab and are in Los Angeles, don't despair. Find accomodations in downtown, especially by 7th (St) and Fig (Figueroa), a busy, official taxi zone. Throughout the day, there are at least 4-7 taxis lined up and ready to go anywhere in the L.A area.
Because LA is so large and spread out, getting around LA in Taxis is a very expensive proposition. I live about 10 minutes from the airport and it costs me about $25 plus tip to get to and from. For the price of a trip or two, you could rent a car with insurance for an entire day. If you want to upgrade, I highly recommend getting a convertible, it turns a drive into great fun!
I took a taxi in Los Angeles.. i googled tel no for cab companies.. YELLOW CAB'S tel was hard to find..finaly i came across YELLOW CAB Taxi cab came in 10 min after i called. driver was very friendly. .CAB was clean too.... i suggest other tourists to call
YELLOW CAB 213-283-8375
Shopper Shuttle is a new concept transportation service, exclusively for shoppers in Los Angeles. SS has a fleet of luxury-appointed vehicles, affordable rates, and retail-savvy guides (a.k.a., "Shopping Sherpas"), visitors and local Angelenos no longer have to worry about where to go shopping and how to get there (and back).
OK, that's the marketing material on thier website. Basically you can get a ride in a luxury vehicle from your house/hotel to the shopping mall of your choice for as little as $9. Prices start at $9 and don't run much more than that -unless you choose to go to the Camarillo outlet mall. You are guaranteed a ride back, another $9, or however much you are paying, depending on how far you are going.
The Shopping Sherpas are also very shopping savvy and can help you decide where you need to go depending on what you are shopping for. They specialize in the downtown fashion district and know where to find what and for how much. It is a unique and recommended service. The sherpas are so fun and knowledgable!
You might notice that you don't really see many taxis around LA, at least compared to a city like NY. I guess because of the sprawl of the city taxis don't drive around hunting for fairs. If you need a taxi you're gonna have to call. Expect a 20 to 25 minute wait. Here are the numbers of two decent companies.
make sure you know the know the cross roads of where you are and the cross roads of where you're going.
Taxi's are located at the West side of Union Station are where many of the Taxi cabs line up near the grand front entrance.
Union Station is located at 800 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Independent Taxi 1-323-666-0050
United Independent Taxi 1-213-483-7660
Yellow Cab (310 or 213) 808-1000
Or call 1-800-TAXICAB (829-4222)
Why I will NEVER ride in an LA City Cab again! You should beware too! I had business in Los Angeles. I flew into LAX and hopped in a cab like normal. The rate is supposed to be $45 from LAX to downtown but the driver charged me what was on the meter. I added about $10 for a total of $59.00 and charged it on a credit card I never use. I used that card twice in Los Angeles. Once for the cab and once more at the Westin to pay for my lodging. Everything seemed fine until I got my credit card statement this month; that card was used 32 times in Los Angeles to buy gas. Gasoline was purchased nearly everyday all over the area including in Hollywood, Santa Clarita, Studio City, Canyon Country, Santa Monica and Los Angeles . Over $1700 charged on my credit card! I called the cab company with my story and talked with the manager. He said he would talk to the driver. He said, “You can’t prove it was my driver. Here, you are innocent until proven guilty.“ I asked him if he collected the gas receipts from their drivers. He said “no”. He said if the guy was convicted THEN he would fire him. In other words, he is still out there. I reported the identity theft to my local law enforcement. Who knows whether they will follow up with Los Angeles? It is pretty clear to me who took my card. You be the judge. I’ll never ride in a LA CITY CAB again!
Taxis in LA are generally clean, safe, and reliable... a must since there really isn't any other way to get around the city unless you have your own car. Because LA is so big, most of the cab companies do not cover the entire city, so check the company map at the city of LA website below.
We took taxis twice while we were in LA. Both times between Hawthorne and Hermosa Beach where we paid about $15 each way.
Fares are pretty simple: $2.65 for the first 1/7th mile, then $0.35 For each additional 1/7th mile ($2.45 per mile), and $0.35 For each 47.5 seconds waiting time and/or traffic delay ($26.53 per hour). There is also $42.00 Flat fare for trips between LAX and downtown, or a $2.50 surcharge for other destinations from LAX. Fares are posted in the taxis. This site calculates fares for you: http://la.taxiwiz.com/
LA has nine approved and licensed cab companies.
If your hotel at LA is far from the airport area, you might want to reach it by taxi. Consider that there are city ordinances that don't allow taxi drivers to ask you more than 42 dollars from LAX to downtown (check the link below). However if you have some time you might look for a shuttle car immediately outside the airport. They form groups of people willing to go to the same area of the city and ask usually no more than 15-20 dollars.
Taxis What Taxis ..I found it very difficult trying to get a cab here even at the airport they where few and far between well at least at the gate i emerged from..And i got the scenic route with the driver i got ..It took almost an hour to get to our hotel...but on the way back i booked the hotel car ..10 mins to the airport...be careful...
ABC Taxi is a good taxi service to get to the airport. You can look them up in the phone book. I called a few places and was quoted a flat rate of $38 to get to the airport from downtown LA. ABC Taxi had a flat rate of $30 and arrived promptly in a sleek, black Lincoln Continental. The driver was courteous, quiet and efficient, and didn’t pester me with annoying small talk or political views like other drivers sometimes do. I highly recommend them!
Los angeles is a very spread out city. If you want to travel extensively a taxi is going to cost you a fortune. It would be cheaper to rent a car. The bus/metro have pretty good service if you want to get around the actual los angeles city ie. hollywood, downtown LA, etc. In westwood, santa monica, venice, and some parts of the san fernando valley it isn't too bad, but service isn't always provided to all areas you want to go to. Outside of downtown LA and other parts of the LA city Our public transportation system can take longer than actually sitting in traffic. Taxis are pretty expensive and are really not recommended unless you only need it for some thing like getting to and from your hotel to nightspot. But needing to use the taxi more than a couple of times is definitely going to put a whole in your pocket. Renting a car is worth the hassle of driving in traffic mainly because it gives you the flexibility to go where you want to go and is definitely cheaper than a taxi and usually is faster than public transportation. If your staying near downtown LA, santa monica, venice you probably won't have a problem getting around by bus though.
but if you want to venture out of these cities say to anaheim, pasadena, newport beach or other areas in orange county rent a car
Taxis are everywhere and Los Angeles is really spread out! Traffic is trouble when you live here and the freeways are hellish any time of day if you aren't a native.
don't bother renting a car- take a cheap taxi and let someone else stress while you enjoy your vacation!