Melbourne’s Newest Rideshare, RideBoom!

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There is yet another new rideshare company on the block trying to take a piece of Uber’s profits. This newest rideshare app, RideBoom, was developed in Melbourne, Australia by a taxi operator who is eager to make RideBoom everything Uber is not.

Like most Rideshare apps, you order your car through the app, watch your driver arrive, and pay via the app at the end of your trip. However, RideBoom does have a few unique features. Our favorite aspect of this app is that you can choose your ride for either immediate pick up or for the future. RideBoom’s future time bookings can be made through the app from 2 hours to 7 days in advance ensuring there is a car for those early morning rides or time-sensitive special celebrations. Also, because RideBoom allows you to pre-book through the app they also offer the option for the driver to arrive with baby/child seats so you do not have to worry about lugging your own car seat around!

Rideboom, unlike UberX, only accepts accredited, commercial hire car / van drivers and luxury taxi drivers. Also all of their drivers and vehicles are required to carry commercial insurance for all rides.

The one downside of Rideboom, is it is currently only available in Melbourne, Australia. However if you are planning a trip to Melbourne anytime soon you can still download the app and book a ride from overseas!

 

About the Author

Lilly is the marketing manager for TaxiFareFinder.com. She has a dream to travel to 100 countries during her lifetime but meanwhile is filling her time by instagramming pictures of her puppy and trying to figure out how to get an acceptance letter to Hogwarts.

Catch a Ride – Cost from Airports to City Centers

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One of the first impressions of a new city is the taxi ride taken from the airport to the destination, generally to a hotel or event in a city. This initial taxi ride can set the tone for a trip – the ride can be a quick breeze or a long, expensive nightmare. The TaxiFareFinder team has compiled information from taxis around the world to help travelers be prepared with the knowledge of what to expect when traveling to twenty of the largest airports. “Catch a Ride” infographic illustrates the distances, in miles, from an airport to the estimated center of the closest major city. The cost of a taxi ride from these two points was calculated and converted into US dollars.

Overall, the findings show the distance and price directly correlating; longer distances have higher taxi ride prices. However, there were a few airports that show surprising data. The distance from the airport to city center in Kuala Lumpur was the longest of the twenty airports, but had one of the lower fares. Conversely, the taxi cost in London was the highest, yet the distance is fairly average. This reinforces different taxi reputations: London is known to be very expensive, while Kuala Lumpur is known to have a surplus of taxis, thus lowering the cost.

Travelers should use this data when planning how to travel to their destination. If the cost is very high to travel directly into the city, an alternative transportation method, such as the train or bus may be the best option. If the distance is very long and the cost is reasonable, paying the price may be worth it as the trip could be very time consuming using other means of public transportation. Wherever you go and however you get there, TaxiFareFinder is here to educate and prepare you. Happy traveling!

Taxi Hall of Fame & Shame

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An experience in a taxi is often one of the first defining moments when you reach a new city, whether for business or fun. This experience can set the tone for the entire trip, leaving the passenger excited to explore or with a sour taste and low expectations of the city.  We decided to dig deeper into the reputations that different cities around the world have for their taxi services. Based on research conducted from various travel websites, traveler forums, and the TaxiFareFinder community, we have compiled a list of the top five cities with the best and worst reputations. This information was collected, organized, and ranked by TaxiFareFinder staff based on the following criteria points:

  • Availability: the amount of taxis on the street, available to pickup passengers
  • Cleanliness: the state of the taxi when a passenger enters; the cleanliness of the seats, windows, handles, etc.
  • Friendliness: the demeanor and attitude of the driver; willingness to chat and answer questions of the passenger
  • Knowledgeable: the ability of the driver to navigate confidently around the city without getting lost
  • Quality of Driving: the ability of the driver to operate the vehicle in a safe and comfortable manner for the passenger
  • Quality of Vehicles: the condition of the automobile serving as the taxi; up-to-date, well-taken care of vehicles
  • Safety: the overall sense of safety for passengers
  • Value: the cost of the taxi ride in relation to time and distance travelled

The Hall of Fame highlights cities with the best reputations around their taxi services, showing the top 2-3 attributes that allow the city a high ranking. The Hall of Shame highlights cities with low reputations, but with attributes shown in red to signify low ranking in these categories.  Do you agree with the TaxiFareFinder Taxi Hall of Fame & Shame?

Which Service is Cheapest?

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New types of transportation options seem to be popping up daily, each promising to be the cheapest and best way to get around your city. Rideshare services like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar are now viable, established options in the majority of larger cities in the United States. To help you determine which rideshare service can actually be your cheapest choice, we used RideGuru to calculate the cost of a consistent 4-5 mile ride in ten major US cities. The infographic below shows the service with the lowest price for the specified distance and the top two runner-up companies. Now you can know how your chosen rideshare service compares and ranks from a price perspective.

Variable factors such as surge pricing, inclement weather, and heavy traffic are not taken into consideration in the graph below. For simplicity, traditional taxis were not included in this comparison.

 

How to Use RideShare Apps (Video)

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New to rideshares? Not sure how to sign up and call one? TaxiFareFinder created this helpful video to show you how to download the app, sign up, and start using rideshares like Uber and Lyft. Happy Traveling!

For more information on rideshares, make sure to check out our helpful Rideshare Guides. (http://www.taxifarefinder.com/rideguru)

Ridiculous Taxi Stories

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Whether your cab driver drove through Manhattan like a speed demon or tried to humor you with knock knock jokes, we have all had at least one interesting taxi story for the books. Our team at TaxiFareFinder loves to hear funny, shocking, and just downright outrageous taxi stories! One of our favorite TaxiFareFinder pages is this one here where you can submit your own taxi stories and of course read about other crazy rides. Here are some of our favorites!

 

Cabbies know it best (Submitted by Kate)

Mine isn’t a complaint at all. I was pregnant and in labor. On the way to the hospital the cabbie kept telling me to breathe. He pretty much carried me into the hospital and offered to stay with me. The next day there were a dozen roses sent to my room. I never knew his name-he signed the card “Cabbie and family”

 

Estimated Fare: Turkey Sandwich (Submitted by Ari)

I was a 15 year old science nerd stranded in San Francisco with no street smarts, applying to an accelerated program at Stanford. I was all alone without money and I’d missed my bus to the airport, and was going to miss my flight home. I’d gotten a business card from this Arab cabbie who’d driven me from the airport a couple days before, and when I called him and explained my situation he remembered me, burned rubber out to the university, and blew through several red lights to get me to my plane. Stupid me, I hadn\’t even known to give him a tip the first time he’d driven me, but the second time I didn’t even have enough money for the whole fare. All I could do was offer to give him my lunch which was a turkey sandwich from Safeway, and he accepted. That guy really helped me. I still remember his name, thank you Haji.

 

Yes, you can (Submitted by Ange)

Can I tell a positive story? I took a cab to the commuter rail, and once I got on the train, I realized I had left my BlackBerry in the cab! After calling my phone a couple times, the driver heard it and answered, asking me where he could drop it off. Instead of stealing or ignoring it, he ended up returning it to the dorm for me! I wish I knew who he was and the cab company- a truly awesome cab driver right there.

 

What a coincidence?! (Submitted By: young and dumb)

I went to chicago with some friends for our senior spring break in high school, took the train from St. Louis to ChiTown. When we got there, we caught a cab to take us to our hotel. He took us to the wrong one, which we didn’t realize until we were inside. Came outside to catch another cab got the same driver again…oh to be 17 again.

Our Favorite Taxi Bloggers

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We love to hear the voices, opinions, and stories of the champions of the roads, our taxis drivers who see and hear it all. They have the best stories and years of wisdom from their diverse experiences on the job. Below are a few of our favorite, most recent taxi blogs. They focus on different aspects of the profession as well as industry happenings. Take a read to understand a day in the life of a taxi driver: from the ridiculous to heartwarming to straight up unbelievable.

Cabs Are For Kissing –  Eugene Salomon, a talented writer and New York City cab driver since 1977, recounts his experiences and realizations while driving around the city that never sleeps. His blog is a breath of fresh air complete with run-ins with celebrities like Derek Jeter and Robin Williams to tales of hostile passengers who make the job so difficult. Salomon also authored the book Confessions Of A New York City Taxi Driver, which includes even more stories about the wide array of incredible and unbelievable passengers who flow in and out of his taxi.


Taxi Gourmet – The combination of delicious food and taxis may not be obvious at first, but Taxi Gourmet blogger Layne Mosler creates seamless unity. Mosler is a food enthusiast turned cab driver who travels to cities around the globe, hails a taxi, and asks the driver for a ride to their favorite restaurant. The Taxi Gourmet project has resulted in the discovery of amazing meals and restaurants that may have otherwise been overlooked. Several cities are featured on the blog, including Berlin, New York, Buenos Aires, and Rome, and in between these travels, Mosler has become a yellow cab driver herself. Her blog is certainly convincing of the belief that “no one knows a city better than a cabbie.”


Super Cabby – London cab drivers are known for their extensive knowledge of the city and ability to wow passengers with historical facts and figures. Super Cabby of London lives up to this expectation, mixing personal experiences with classic the London hack experience.  This blog even includes a podcast section, where individuals from the taxi, rideshare, or other related industries are interviewed and able to provide additional insight.


Taxi Tales– Taxi Tales, described as the tales of the life and times of a Northern U.K. taxi driver, includes a mixture of amusing and witty narratives of one driver while on the job. Bob Mullen chronicles his cabbie experiences and opinions, where he says “advice is given free with the cab ride whether you want it or not.” Readers are able to feel as though they are in the taxi, experiencing each ride through stories and pictures.


Real Seattle Taxi – Written by a thoughtful and opinionated cabbie in Seattle Washington, Real Seattle Taxi displays the thoughts of one driver on topics including the taxi industry, generous passengers and events in his home city.  This well-written blog provides not only insight into the life of a taxi driver, but a peek into the workings and struggles of the taxi industry.


London Cabbie – All In A Days Work is written by a seasoned London hack with over twenty-five years of experience.  This blog provides a very personal narrative of the life of a cab driver; his stories recounting the daily struggles, worries, and experiences make the reader feel as though they are having a conversation with an old friend.




Cab Chronicles – Charlottesville Taxi Blog, previously Cab Chronicles, is another refreshing blog with day-to-day stories and musings from one cab driver. After just a few posts, the reader is able to feel connected with the driver, sharing the emotions he experiences with each passenger and ride.

Top TFF Pinterest Pictures

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TaxiFareFinder has been collecting stunning photos of taxis, drivers, and the places they take people around the world for quite some time. This collection of images can be found on our Pinterest account with links to all of the original photos. Check out a few of our favorite photos below and start following us on Pinterest for more!

Did You Know…New York City Taxi Edition

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New York City is known for it’s iconic yellow cabs that dominate the city streets and every scenic view. Yellow taxis have become synonymous with the city and even define the nonstop hustle and bustle of the big apple. We’ve compiled notable facts, figures, and historical tidbits to celebrate the taxi-driven culture of New York City.

There are over 13,437 medallions, the right to run a yellow taxi, in New York City.

There are over 50,000 taxi drivers in New York City.

A typical driver shift is 9.5 hours.

The average number of rides per shift is 30.

The average number of miles driven in a shift is 180.

The average fare is about $6.

The average trip distance is 2.6 miles.

About 99% of all trips are less than 12 miles.

About 20% of all trips are less than 1 mile.

There are over 485,000 taxi trips made per day.

There are over 175 million taxi trips per year.

A typical taxi travels 70,000 miles per year.

Over 600,000 people ride in taxis everyday.

Over 236 million people ride in taxis every year.

The average age of a taxi vehicle is 3.3 years.

Average daily taxi usage is highest in the spring months.

Average daily taxi usage is lowest during the summer months.

Friday December 11, 2009 is the day with the most taxicabs trips between 2008 and 2013.

Taxi usage always dips significantly on major holidays.

About 90% of taxi pickups in New York City occur in Manhattan.

The average tip given to a taxi driver is 18%.

About 1% of taxi drivers in New York City are female.

Each yellow taxi goes through a rigorous inspection process 3 times per year.

Cabs have 18 different sensors, these are all reviewed during the inspection process.

Medallions can be as expensive as $1,200,000.

Over 2/3 of taxi passengers are 35 or under in age.

A cab gets its name from its predecessor, the horse-driven carriage called the cabriolet.

In 1967 all medallion taxicabs in New York City were painted yellow by order of the city.

In 1925 the first woman became a taxi driver in New York City.

There is presently a $200 penalty for taxicab drivers found using their cell phones while operating their vehicles.

TaxiFareFinder used the following resources to compile these taxicab facts and figures:

2014 Taxicab Fact Book & PBS Taxi Facts & Figures

Around the World in 15 Taxis

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Whether you’re halfway around the world or in your home country, getting a taxi seems like a pretty simple affair. Just walk to a rank, call up a reliable company, hail one on the street, or order a taxi and prepay through an app.

However, according to this infographic and article from The Taxi Centre, things are a little different elsewhere. Depending on where you are in the world, your simple taxi trip home could include a boat trip, short jaunt on a seaplane, or even a ride on an elephant.

To find out more info on taxi prices, etiquette, and tipping expectations, view the infographic below.