We had the worst experience with a taxi driver in Leidseplein who took us on a scenic route for a trip that should have been 4 EURO max. When we asked where his meter was, he refused to keep it visable. Then when we asked him to stop because he was taking us in circles, he refused to stop until taking us FURTHER away. Then, when he did stop, we refused to pay him and he got out of his cab ready to start a fight. This kind of behaviour should be punished because had we not paid, this would be one of the stories of "taxi bashings" that you would see in the news the next day.
TAXI PLATE: TF-JD-06 Dark Blue Mercedes E class
Taxis are normally not hailed in the Netherlands, but taken from a taxi rank, of which there are many (there is an environmental advantage to this: taxis aren't constantly driving round looking for custom). Taxis are good quality but relatively expensive; around €1.50 per km regardless of day or time. You don't need to tip more than rounding up: they are already expensive enough.
You're not supposed to hail a taxi in the street - though occasionally one may stop - as there are ranks dotted around the city. The best places to find taxis are outside Centraal Station, the bus station at the junction of Kinkerstraat and Marnixstraat, Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. You can't book cabs in advance, but if you call Amsterdam's 24-hour central taxi control on 6777777, a taxi will arrive almost immediately (though be prepared to wait if it is raining on a Friday or Saturday evening as the line is often busy, but there's a telephone queueing system).
Wheelchairs will only fit in taxis if folded. If you're in a wheelchair, phone the car transport service for wheelchair users on +31 (0)20 6333943 (generally open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday). You'll need to book your journey one or two days in advance.
We had a great service using Ambassador Taxi Services from Amsterdam. We were picked up at Schiphol Airport and taken to our hotel -The Sofitel Grand Hotel- in Amsterdam. Great and helpful driver and a very nice car. Also used them to drive us to a few business meetings in The Hague and Rotterdam the other day. When we had some time to kill before flying home the driver took us on a tour through Amsterdam and surroundings. That was a very nice way to get to know the city. I fully recommend this service to all who plan a visit to Holland.
In addition to all the trams, they also have bike taxis. I mostly walked
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