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That Yellow Taxi Cab

Getting around NYC by taxi or cab as it is referred to is the easiest but not always the fastest way to get from point A to point B. Just stand by the curb with your arm stretched out and an available cab will stop. Prices are based on distance traveled as well as idle time.

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Gypsystravels
May 11, 2016

What a Scam

Took a cap from JFK to Union City. Was a flat fee, with the price of alreade USD 170,-. When we arrived at the location I had to pay USD 223 instead of USD 170. The toll wasn't included the yellow cab driver(cab nr, 787729) suddenly mentioned. That is not a flat fee, when you add things without a prior notification.

philphilphil
Jul 21, 2015

Taxi

Taxis are a very easy way to travel the city, next to the subway. However, they get stuck in traffic as well and aroud 6PM, none can be found.

When the lights on the roof are out, the cab is in use. When the number is lit, the taxi is available. When the taxi is off duty, a special sign is lit as well. May sound stupid, but it took me a few hours on my first day in the city before I understood this.

Hailing a cab is a skill that shows you understand new york :)

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kbl
Dec 22, 2014

Hunt Valley Motor Coach Tours

This was a great way to get to New York. We drove to a secure park and ride and had to be there 6:00 am sharp. We just sat back, relaxed and let them worry about the traffic, toll bridges, and parking. From there, they took us to Broadway in New York City where we were on our own to shop, sight see or whatever we wanted to do. Just had to be back there at 6:00 pm sharp to get back. We even got a movie on the way back. The coach bus was comfortable and clean. Enjoyed the trip a lot. The coach driver was pretty cool too!

P.O. Box 507 Hunt Valley, MD 21030

They offer wheel chair accessible tours and trips. Please Contact them directly at 1-800-888-1228 to make arrangements.

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Yaqui
Sep 14, 2013
 
 
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TAXI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

On our first trip to NYC , when I was just a boy !! we basically took taxi cabs everywhere because I was too scared to walk arund Manhatten! You will never be waiting longer for a cab in New York , they are EVERYWHERE
!! . Most drivers will also give you plenty of info to help you make the most of your holiday

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GrantBoone
Nov 20, 2010

How to Ride New York's Notorious Taxis

A cab’s availability is indicated by the lights on the top of the car. When just the center light showing the medallion number is lit, the cab is empty and available. When no lights are lit, the cab is occupied by passengers. The act of flagging down a cab is called "hailing"; there's not much to it, just stick out your arm and pretend you're the Statue of Libery. Yellow Medallion cabs are the only ones authorized to pick up hails. Avoid "gypsy" cabs at all costs. These are regular cars that will take you from place to place; they usually cost more than cabs and aren't as well regulated (or as safe).

Taxis have meters. The total cost depends on the distance traveled and time spent in the cab. Taxi fares are $2.50 for the first 1/3 mile, then 40¢ each 1/5 of a mile thereafter, and 40¢ per 60 seconds when cab is not moving; a 50¢ night surcharge is in effect between 8pm and 6am; a $1 surcharge is in effect 4-8 pm weekdays (not including holidays). Any bridge or tunnel tolls will be added to the total charge; drivers might ask that you pay the tolls as you go through them. Taxi drivers are usually given a 15% gratuity on top of the final metered fare.

Taxi cabs are required to take you to your destination inside the metropolitan area. Record the ID number from any cabs that you have problems with and report them to the Taxi and Officially, taxicabs can take on only four riders -- 3 in the backseat, 1 in the front seat. Occasionally, the wider cabs will be willing to take 5 people, but they will usually ask the fifth person to duck down below the sight of the authorities.

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machomikemd
Oct 30, 2010

The Ubiquitous NY Yellowcab Taxis!

the Ubiquitous and World Famous Ney York Taxicabs are operated by private companies and licensed by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. "Medallion taxis", the familiar yellow cabs, are the only vehicles in the city permitted to pick up passengers in response to a street hail. A cab’s availability is indicated by the lights on the top of the car. When just the center light showing the medallion number is lit, the cab is empty and available. When no lights are lit, the cab is occupied by passengers.

Taxis have meters. The total cost depends on the distance traveled and time spent in the cab. Taxi fares are $2.50 for the first 1/3 mile, then 40¢ each 1/5 of a mile thereafter, and 40¢ per 60 seconds when cab is not moving; a 50¢ night surcharge is in effect between 8pm and 6am; a $1 surcharge is in effect 4-8 pm weekdays (not including holidays). Any bridge or tunnel tolls will be added to the total charge; drivers might ask that you pay the tolls as you go through them. Taxi drivers are usually given a 15% gratuity on top of the final metered fare.

The act of flagging down a cab is called "hailing"; there's not much to it, just stick out your arm and pretend you're the Statue of Libery. Yellow Medallion cabs are the only ones authorized to pick up hails. Avoid "gypsy" cabs at all costs. These are regular cars that will take you from place to place; they usually cost more than cabs and aren't as well regulated (or as safe).

Taxi cabs are required to take you to your destination inside the metropolitan area. Record the ID number from any cabs that you have problems with and report them to the Taxi and Officially, taxicabs can take on only four riders -- 3 in the backseat, 1 in the front seat. Occasionally, the wider cabs will be willing to take 5 people, but they will usually ask the fifth person to duck down below the sight of the authorities. The famous large "Checker" cabs are pretty much a relic of the past, although you can still see some servicing the town at limousine service rates.

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machomikemd
Oct 30, 2010

Taxis from and to the airport

Taxis are pretty expensive in Canada so we tend to avoid them as much as possible. However, we quickly found out that if you don't feel like hauling your suitcase on-board a packed bus or subway, taxis are the way to go in New York City! Going from La Guardia to our hotel located in Lower Manhattan, there was a $30 flat rate, which means you don't have to worry about the price going up even when you're stuck in traffic. There was no flat rate on the way back, but it only came to $40 for a 30 minute taxi ride, and that included the tip and the little extra we had to pay for the toll bridge (the driver gave us the option between the less crowded toll bridge or the slower free bridge). Our driver was very courteous and it didn't take long for us to realize why there was such an impressive quantity of taxis in NYC - they truly are a convenient way to get around!

New York City taxis are regulated by the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC). If you need taxi, just stand at a busy street corner and flag one down!

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Jefie
Apr 22, 2010

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taxis from the airport

definitely take a cab! dont transfer to LGA. that would take forever.

in nyc we tip cabbies, waiters at service restuarants & other people in service to you. i think 15-20% is expected based on the quality of service and your ability to give.

enjoy NYC!

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nomadNY
Apr 13, 2010

Take a Cab

If you are traveling in a group of more than two people and don't plan on going very far, it may be cheaper and more convenient to take a taxi as opposed to the subway. Subway fare in New York is more than $2 per person per one-way ride, so you'll have to do the math. Taxis in New York are plentiful and easy to hire. Their fares are also pretty reasonable in spite of what many people might think. Taxis in the city are also strictly regulated as far as the fares they are allowed to charge and driver conduct, making them a safe choice.

peach93
Feb 22, 2010

Yellow taxis

A useful fallback when you've had enough of walking. The taxis are ubiquitous, and in fact outnumber other road traffic. The prices are less than in the UK.

You must hail them from the correct side of the road, as they will not do a U turn to pick you up.

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miniman2804
Oct 11, 2009

Train vs. Cab

The only reason I did not opt for the train is because of time. In Sunday afternoon traffic, how long would the cab ride be? If travel time is roughly the same or if a cab just isn't economical, then the train will be fine.

josepht
Oct 20, 2008

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