Save Extra Cash on Your Next Trip with RideGuru

 

Disney TaxiWe love how our fans use TaxiFareFinder to continually find the price of their taxi rides around the globe. We are consistently getting feedback through our support inbox, social media, and comments section about how TaxiFareFinder has helped numerous travelers to better plan their transportation expenses for upcoming trips. It makes us happy to hear that our fare calculator is able to help relieve the burden of budgeting for a trip but we also find that many people, while happy they have found an estimate, are upset with the cost that is being calculated.

Travel is expensive and sometimes travelers just have to take a deep breath and spend the money to get from point A to B…but it is not always the case! Our sister site RideGuru may be able to help you save a few bucks on your travel expenses the next time you are looking to cut down on your trip’s budget. RideGuru not only calculates Taxi fares but it also simultaneously calculates the fares of all rideshare companies in your trip location area(s). When the results appear, you will be able to see multiple fare estimates across multiple ride platforms so you can pick the option that is cheapest for you.

ss3RideGuru also provides the option of ‘filtering results’ so you can narrow down your ride options by the number of passengers traveling, luxury vs economy, etc. Many times when people are traveling in a group setting they take 2 taxis to get around, but RideGuru will show you whether it is more economical to take those 2 taxis or one larger SUV. Many times the SUV rides are cheaper and will save the group money as a whole!

Perhaps the best part of RideGuru, is that once you have found your ride option that best suits your needs, you can hail the car straight from the website…saving you precious sightseeing time!

Happy Traveling!

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Testimonial Friday 7.29

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It’s Friday! Time for another testimonial from a frequent TaxiFareFinder user, Casey!

“I use TaxiFareFinder all the time. I introduced it to all of my friends and they love it too! We’re in college so we’re always trying to save money, so the taxi fare calculator at TaxiFareFinder.com is a great help to know how much our taxi will cost us beforehand!”

Thank you for using TFF, Casey!

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The Best and Worst Cities to Take a Taxi

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Attention travelers! We compiled a list of the best and worst cities to take a taxi in based on the reputation of the taxi service. We used factors including the quality of driving, quality of vehicles, cleanliness, safety, friendliness, knowledge, availability, and value.

Do you see your city on the list? Have you taken a cab in one of these cities? Let us know!

Testimonial Friday 7.8.16

Testimonial-Friday-2Happy #TestimonialFriday! This week hear from Eliza about her experience using our site!

“I’m from North Shore Massachusetts so I visit the city of Boston a lot. TaxiFareFinder is helpful when I know where I need to go, but I don’t know how much a taxi will cost me! I love using the RideGuru calculator that compares the cab fare to the fares of different rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft!”

Thank you for your feedback, Eliza! Did you know we support over 1,000 cities across the world? Check us out when you’re planning your next trip!

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Happy #TestimonialFriday! Hear what one of our fans, Allie, had to say about TaxiFareFinder.com!

“My experience using TaxiFareFinder was awesome. It came in very useful when I was traveling in California, and I found that the taxi rates were very accurate when I used the calculator to get a cab estimate! Now I know to use it whenever I am planning my trips, which will come in useful when I travel in Europe next year. I also love TaxiFareFinder because of the awesome #AnimalTaxiMonday posts– they make me laugh!”

Thanks, Allie!

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How To Calculate Your Taxi Fare

 

Taking a taxi can be confusing especially if you are new to a city. After the relief of hailing a cab correctly and jumping inside many people immediately fear that they are going to be ripped off. Our team at TaxiFareFinder is constantly fielding questions about how much a ride should cost and whether or not a customer paid too much.

While TaxiFareFinder can easily help you find the price of your taxi ride, we thought it would be beneficial to explain exactly how your taxi fare is calculated so you can be better informed as a rider!

 

How is My Taxi Fare Calculated?

Taxi fares can actually be calculated in 3 different ways, by Zones, Flat Rates, or Meters. Make sure to ask your driver which method he or she is using to calculate your fare.

 

The Zone System

The zone system is pretty simple to understand! When a city decides to use zoning to determine taxi prices, they essentially divided the city and surrounding areas into multiples sections. For the sake of this article we will say that our example city, San-Fran Tokyo City, has created 5 zones. Each of these zones will have a set price to one another. For example if you are taking a cab from anywhere in zone 1 to anywhere in zone 2, the price will always be $13, even if you are traveling from the very edge of zone 1 to the very opposite edge of zone 2. Zone 1 to zone 4 might be $25 and so on.

Here is an example of a city broken up into zones.

When you take a taxi that is calculating your fare based on zones, you might also encounter some unexpected fees, such as tolls, extra person fees, or luggage fees. Make sure you are aware of any extra fees before you enter the cab!

 

The Flat Rate System

The flat rate system is perhaps the simplest way to calculate a taxi fare. When using flat rates, a taxi will simply charge you one set price to get between two major locations, such as an airport and the city center. For example, if you are at San Fran Tokyo City Airport and need to get to your hotel in Downtown San Fran Tokyo, and the city uses flat rates, you will pay a one-time fee for your ride. With flat rates you will usually not be charged extra for any extra people, tolls, luggage, etc.

 

The Taxi Meter System

The taxi meter system is the most commonly used system to calculate a taxi fare. When the taxi meter is active, you are being charged on 3 main criteria, an initial fee, a per mile/km fee, and a wait time fee.

  • Initial Fee – A flat fee charged at the beginning of every ride
  • Cost per mile/km – How much you are charged for each mile/km of your journey
  • Cost per minute – How much you are charged for each minute of the ride where the car is moving very slowly or is standing still

Immediately, upon entering a taxi, you will be charged an initial fee. This dollar amount varies but is usually just a few dollars. The initial fee typically does not account for any distance, it is simply the starting amount for every ride.

Once the taxi starts moving, the meter will start adding up how many miles/kms you have traveled and will charge you the set price for each mile. Typically, you will be charged every part of a mile, such as every 1/10th of a mile to make your fare as accurate as possible.

If the taxi slows down (typically below 10mph) or is stuck still in traffic, the meter will switch over and will start charging you be the minute instead of by mile/km. This ensures that the cab driver is still getting paid for his/her time while sitting at red lights or in traffic.

To sum up how meters work, we have put together the following formula to help you better understand:

Base Fare + (Cost per mile * ride distance) + (Cost per minute * time in taxi while taxi is standing still or traveling very slowly) = Your Fare

Keep in mind that while taking a metered taxi, you will still be expected to pay for any tolls. You might also encounter some surcharges such as additional passenger’s fees, luggage fees, or booking fees.

Lastly, we want to remind you to always remember to tip your driver! Generally tips range from 10-20% of the total fare.

Now that you understand all the factors that go into calculating your taxi fare, make your life simpler and try TaxiFareFinder’s Calculators!

Happy Travels!

Discovery Channel’s Newswatch TV Reviews TaxiFareFinder (Video)

In case you missed it, Discovery Channel’s news program, Newswatch, aired a special segment on TaxiFareFinder this morning. Andrew Tropeano, host of Newswatch, reviewed TaxiFareFinder and to our delight, gave a glowing review!  During his review, he stated that both TaxiFareFinder and RideGuru are helping users to become more informed as travelers by allowing them to know the fare before they ride in a taxi or rideshare vehicle. If you didn’t get a chance to tune in this morning, check out the segment below and let us know your feedback!

About Newswatch

NewsWatch is a weekly 30-minute consumer oriented television show that airs on the Discovery Channel and ION Network. NewsWatch regularly features top technology products and services, mobile applications for iOS, Android, and Windows devices, unique and beautiful travel destinations around the world, health and medical tips, and entertainment interviews on the show. NewsWatch airs on the Discovery Channel at 7:00 – 7:30 AM ET/PT.

10 “Rules” for Hailing a Taxi!

1. Make it clear you’re looking for a ride, and not just saying hi! 

 

2. Have a clear final destination in mind, drivers don’t want you to “wing it”

 

3. Make sure it’s actually a taxi, and not just a random yellow vehicle! 

 

4. Be aggressive to make sure the taxi driver can see you!

 

5. Check to see if your whole squad will fit in the car or else you’ll be separated!

 

6.  Don’t bring any smelly food in your cab or else your driver might try to steal it! 

 

7.  Hail the taxi yourself, and leave your kitten at home! 

 

8. Make sure the license plate meets your standards!

 

9. Check the trunk of the taxi for miscellaneous body parts! 

10. And most importantly, don’t forget your wallet! 

 

Felicia is an intern at Unleashed, LLC. She is from upstate NY, and is currently pursuing a Marketing degree at Bentley University. One day she hopes to travel the world and visit every continent. 

 

Why Are Taxis Yellow?

Everyone knows how to detect a bright yellow cab driving through the city streets, but something that many people do not know is why these taxi cabs are yellow. Have no fear, we are here to share the answer with you!

The first taxis ever made in the year 1907 were actually not yellow– they were painted red and green! That all changed in 1917 when John Hertz, founder of Hertz Rent-a-Car system, came into the picture. Hertz had the idea of hiring the University of Chicago to conduct a scientific study to determine which color “stands out” to the human eye from a distance, and yellow was the winner! There emerged the first ever yellow taxi, and the idea appears to have stuck from then on!

Now the law says that all medallion cabs must be yellow, and any other vehicles for hire can be any color besides yellow.

In some cities, like London for example, cabs have always been historically black, and that has not changed since the 17th century when they used a horse and carriage. The iconic history of these cabs makes them stand out without having to be bright yellow!

So now the next time you see a taxi, you will know where its color came from!

Felicia is an intern at Unleashed, LLC. She is from upstate NY, and is currently pursuing a Marketing degree at Bentley University. One day she hopes to travel the world and visit every continent. 

 

TaxiFareFinder’s Most Commonly Requested Estimates

It is fairly common knowledge that there are some days of the year where taxi rides are requested more often than others. For example on New Years Eve, taxi dispatchers and drivers are armed and ready for an onslaw of phone calls and requests from party goers. However, did you know that TaxiFareFinder also keeps track of the most commonly requested routes?

With our TaxiFareFinder calculators supporting more than 2,000 cities worldwide we thought it would be fun to look at which taxi routes from around the world are requested most often by our loyal fans. It turns out the most popular requested ride across the globe is from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Central Paris. Our fans most love visiting the city of love and romance! Coming in second is JFK airport to Manhattan (NYC), we were actually a bit surprised that a NYC route didn’t manage to come in first as NYC is known for its abundant taxi use. However, if you look at the picture below depicting the top 5 requested routes, you will see that NYC manages to snag spots 2, 3, 4, and 5! Also if you visit the complete list of the top 30 most commonly requested rides on our TFF you will also notice that NYC routes show up 14 out of the 30 times, quite impressive! Maybe this list will help taxi drivers learn where the hot spots are for picking up customers.

Tell us your thoughts on this list. Are there any routes that you are surprised to see a majority of people searching for or are you surprised by the cities that made it? For a full list of the top 30 most commonly requested estimates on TaxiFareFinder.com please visit //www.taxifarefinder.com/popular.php