Taxi Cabs, Boston
When taking a taxi in and around Boston, MA be sure to know that although the cabs are set up for you to swipe your credit or debit card right from your seat, the drivers will ALWAYS tell you how cash is "better" because they are charged extra when you pay with a credit or debit card. Don't fall for this. I did until locals told me it was a ploy for the drivers to get cash. When the driver says anything about "cash is better" just smile and tell them you don't carry cash and only have a card. They may frown or even mumble, but you can approve your fare, add whatever tip you'd like and then swipe your card. You do have to ask the driver for a receipt, so be sure to ask or you won't get one! Taxi cabs I've been in around Boston have been very clean and most drivers are dressed neatly and are very polite and helpful. They just believe "cash is better".
Taxi in Boston are expensive but sometimes worth it when you are on a time crunch, as the subways (T) are cheap but very slow in Boston. If you are on a Green Line, this is even more so.
You can estimate Boston taxi fare at a site called, TaxiFareFinder.com. I have been using it around town for a while, and it seems to be dead on. I strongly recommend it.
Around Boston you will find may taxi's. We parked our car at an inexpensive parking garage (more on that later) and taxi'd our way around town.
The taxis are pretty inexpensive and fast and easy to get around town, especially if you are getting ready to go out for dinner or a night out on the town.
A girl can only walk so much, especially if she is walking around the city in "4 inch heels" (wink)...
The taxi's in Boston are almost everywhere. They tend to start at around $1.75 starting and then increase every 1/8 of a mile. You should always check the rate before you get in and make sure the cab and driver looks reputable. The prices tend to change for each cab but the price listed above is an average. Keep in mind that most of Boston are one way streets so that it helps to be on the right side of the street for the direction you are going if you know it. Also traffic tends to get busy toward the end of the day, especially at night and on the weekends. So clearly you may be in traffic for awhile. Clubs get out at around 2 AM so finding a taxi is always hard around that time on the weekends.
Get a Cab!! Yes, you can hail cabs in Boston. It isn't done as often as it is in London or New York City, but people do it.
If you are at a location such as a hotel or restaurant, it is better to have the concierge call a cab for you, or look up taxis or cabs in the yellow pages and call one for yourself. The Yellow Cab company is reliable and good.
They are expensive though.
Once way to get around Boston is taking a cab. They are expensive by yourself, but if splitting one with 4-5, it's not too bad. Just try to remember how far out of the city are you. We were downtown trying to get to Brookline and nobody would take us, becuase it was a fairly long trip back to downtown.