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Taxis are nice option

Taxi is always a nice option to move around in Islamabad and its sister city Rawalpindi. Minimum fare is around Rs. 20 ( appox 35 cents). One way trip on taxi between twin cities cost around Rs. 150 ( appox $ 2.6).

Taxis are not meter controled and there is no air conditioning. Most of taxis are old model cars in poor condition. The point here is that you always have to bargain before hiring a taxi.

It you are not a Pakistani then these texi drivers would charge you too much. So you better confirm rates from some local person before hiring a taxi.

najamrulz
Dec 04, 2003

Taxis in Islamabad

It's pretty easy getting around Islamabad. You can either take a taxi (small black or yellow cars -Suzuki Mehrans to be exact!) They'll find you if you can't find them, as they're always pulling up next to you on the street if they see you walking! It's totally safe, the drivers are harmless, just trying to make a living. Don't pay more than 50 rps in/around Islamabad...

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Laurina
Apr 24, 2003

Islamabad's Taxis

The taxis in Islambad are pretty easy to spot, they are almost all black suzukis with a yellow painted roof and you'll have no trouble picking one up if you are obviously a foreigner - in fact you will probably spend more time trying to shake-off drivers eager for your business who slow down and drive alongside you as you walk asking if you want their taxi!

The taxis are well loved vehicles usually having the back window decorated with stickers, reflective pieces and all manner of trinkets hanging from the rear-view mirror (the Pakistani equivilent of the Australian 'Fluffy-dice' seems to be CDs which have stuff written on then and then hung from the Rearview.........anyone know if there if significance in this or just a fad?)

The prices were pretty much negotiable with no meters. Most taxi drivers will, when asked how much the fare is respond with "As you please" knowing that what we decide to be a 'fair' price will be a pretty good deal!

We generally paid about Rs50-70 dollars for a North-South trip across Islamabad (about AUD$1-2)

lachydragon
Dec 01, 2002

TAXIS IN ISLAMABAD

You can hire a taxi for getting around islamabad. I hired one,they are very tatty and are not air conditioned at all. It cost me 220 rupees for me and my friend. I think that was a bit to much!! My advice is that you should ask the hotel to hire you a taxi.

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Aug 25, 2005
 
 
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Yellow Cabs

The easiest mode to travel in twin cities is by taxi. One way trip between twin cities cost around Rs. 150 ( USD 2.5 ) appox. These taxis does not use meter and they are non-AC. You should bargain and make a deal before sitting in taxi. If you are a foreginer then you would be charged too much, so ask some one local to help you. Its better to confirm rates with locals and they would help you.

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fashionapple
Mar 22, 2006

Metro CabTaxi Service

I frequently use MetroCab in both Karachi and Islamabad. I asked for a Metrocab on Thursday 16th of April to be sent at 7 to take me from Gulshan-e-Iqbal to Abdullah Shah Qazi's Mazaar. I was told its flat charge of 550 Rupees. Once the taxi arrived, I decided to stop at Gulshan Chowrangi for 5 minutes. The driver told me the package would change from 550 Rupees for 15 Kms to 610 Rupees for 12 kms and additional 25 rupees per km's after that. I agreed. When I was getting off the taxi at Gulshan Chowrangi, there wasnt sufficient parking so I asked the driver to give me his cell number so its easy to trace the cab. He told me it was company policy not to let drivers give out their cell numbers. Keep in mind, when the driver arrives to pick you up, he calls you from his cell to inform you or if he cant find your pick up point. The driver told me he would parked infront of the next building adjacent to the one I was going in. When I came out, he was no where to be seen. So I called 021-35393951, the number that had informed me m taxi had arrived to pick me from Gulshan. This guy had a very rude attitude from the start. He told me I shouldnt have gotten off the taxi and stopped at Gulshan Chowrangi, and that the taxi was waiting in front of a CNG station and I should walk to it. The CNG station was no where in the line of sight. I asked him to tell the driver to come to the spot where he dropped me. He responded with 'Kya museebat hai' and then asked me 'You want him to come the wrong way?' very sarcastically. I told him I wanted him to take a u turn and come back and he wasnt doing me any favours, its a charged service I am paying for. He hung up on and didnt take my call after that. I was left standing in the middle of no where, with no contact with the taxi. This is the brilliant customer service you get from Metro Cab. The person who hung up on me was either Mr. Sheraz or Noman because only these two were on duty. I then called their complaint number and informed Mr. Mansoor of the incident. He said strict action would be taken within 24 hours and I would be informed. Its been 2 days now, nothing. The whole company from top to bottom is being run by imbeciles and it seems its a company policy to not give a damn. I would like to get in touch with the owner and inform him of how things are being run by employees. Plus they barely pick up calls so fat chance you will be able to book a cab.

EhsaanullahZ
Apr 18, 2015

Taxi is suitable for getting AROUND

Local bus service within the city is not well organized. Small Vans, Hiace & Suzuki's run around the city, but their route nos. are not properly printed on the face.

Therefore for tourists & new comers it is advisable to hire a taxi for journeys within the city or to Rawalpindi. There are plenty of Yellow cab taxi's available on the roads.

Due to inflation fares changes frequently. You may bargain. Minimum fare these days is Rs. 100/-

Radio Cabs are also available from-to Airport.

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Bokhari76
Mar 02, 2012

METRO CAB SERVICE & OTHER RENT-A-CAR PROVIDERS

Although Yellow Cab Taxi service in Islamabad is working good. But they are not air conditioned vehicles & drivers are independent. There is no centralized agency of Yellow Cabs.

Visitors, wanting luxurious pick & drop are advised to use METRO CAB air conditioned Taxi/Cab services for moving from Air Port to Hotel or from Hotel to any specific location.

At Islamabad/Rawalpindi Airport you can find various booths of these Taxi Service providers.

Minimum Fare is Rs. 320/- for 12 Kilometers then Rs. 20/ for every additional km.
You may hire for for 7 hours or 100 kms @ Rs. 2000/-

1. METRO RADIO CAB:

Concourse Hall, Islamabad Airport
24 hours call center No. (+92-21) 111-222-787, +92-51-5872236, 2272484
Website: http://www.metrocab.com.pk/Contacts.aspx

2. Islamabad Radio Cab

Chak Shahzad, Park road, Islamabad
Phone Number: +92-51-111-007-111

Contacts of Some RENT-A-CAR providers are as under:

Avis Rent-a-Car
10 Waljis Building. Khayaban-e-Suharwardy. Islamabad
Phone Number: +92-51-2270751

Hertz
#11, Street 65, F8/3, Islamabad
Phone Number: +92-51-2856803

Raza Khan Tours
6-B, 3rd Floor, Albaber Centre, F-8, Islamabad
Phone Number: +92-51-2854865, 2504631

Euro Rent a Car
15 & 16, Muhammadi Plaza, Jinnah Avenue, Blue Area, Islamabad
Phone Number: +92-51-111-773-773

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Mar 02, 2012

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Taxi from Islamabad airport

Bonjour from Chitral,

Metro cab, Yellow cab have their counters at Islamabad airport, you could take a taxi from there to Daewoo bus terminal on G.T road, Rawalpindi.

It's absolutely safe, some 25 to 30 minutes drive from the airport to terminal.

400 to 600 Pkrs, the price for the taxi.

Ciao,

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Aug 11, 2012

Probably best taxi in Islamabad

Shortly after my arrival to Islamabad, I took a random taxi outside my hotel the next morning. The driver was really friendly and eager to give the best service. I felt more like a guest than just a taxi client! He drove me then around and showed me the most interesting places the city. I later used the same cab company and the same driver for almost all of my consecutive trips. The driver always showed up some 5 minutes before and the car was always very clean. Should I ever visit Islamabad again, I will definitely use Islamabad Taxi again!

Sandra.H
May 15, 2016

Yellow Cabs

Traveling by Yellow cabs is the easiest way to explore twin cities of Islamabad. Tourists are suggested to bargain and decide the fare before start of journey.

najamrulz
Sep 12, 2004

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