Taxis in New York


The most famous yellow taxi (yellow cab) is without a doubt the most widely used and well-known means of transportation in NY and there are countless circulating on the streets, so you will have no problem getting one whatever the time and whatever the day. Just like in any other city in the world, raising your hand is enough for you to stop. As in Spain, to know if they are free you have to look at whether the light is on, although it is yellow there and not green like here.

All the New York taxis They accept payment by card, something essential today since we do not always have it loose and at any time the need to take one may arise. The flag drop is $ 2.50 and each kilometer traveled usually costs you $ 1.50, although from 16 to 20 hours there is a surcharge of $ 1 per rush hour and from 20h to 6 in the morning the surcharge is $ 0.50. If you are going to pass through a payment or toll tunnel, it is you who must pay the corresponding amount. The taximeter It should always be on and you can never be charged extra for carrying luggage.

Taxi drivers are also usually tipped, from 10 to 15% of the total race, and although it is not mandatory, it is usually done when they have been nice and kind to you. If you are or go with a disabled person and need help, the taxi driver is not obliged to help you and if he does not want to, you should call 311 to request a special taxi.

As a recommendation, even if your English is good, always have the address of where you are going to go written on a piece of paper, since there are taxi drivers of many nationalities and no matter how well you speak, you may find one with whom you cannot understand. so to avoid problems and misunderstandings write it down. Be careful when you arrive at the airport as there are many illegal taxi drivers who will always try to scam you. The price of JFK airport to Manhattan it's $ 45 always.

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