Information about taxis services in New York City - Cost & transfer rates


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New York Taxis - Yellow cabs

Yellow taxis cabs are a part of New York City - Their distinctive yellow paint has made them New York icons. Here are the answers to common questions about taxis service, rules and cost of transportation.

There are more than 13,000 Yellow cabs taxis in operation in New York City. Taxicabs are operated by private companies and licensed by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, which is the right contact to file a complain or report a lost property - To do so please call the TLC at the following number: (212) 692-8294 or refer to their website > New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission

Don't forget to ask for your receipt (The only way to identify clearly your driver in case of lost property)

Airport transfer - Book your shuttle in advance

Don't battle for a cab at the airport ... Book in advance and ease your connection between your NYC airport and your hotel.

Cost of taxis in New York City : Manhattan & airports

Except for a few airports transfers the fares are metered, which means that they vary depending on the point of departure and exact destination. The highway tolls are not included and should be added roundtrip. Pay what's on the meter, plus a 15-20 percent gratuity. Today taxis are cash only but the TLC's Medallion Taxicab Technology Enhancements Program will be installing credit/debit card machines in all taxicabs by the end of 2007. - Start of 2008.

Normal meter fares

Meter start fare : $2.50
Each 1/5 mile (4 blocks) : $0.40
Each 1 minute idle : $0.40
Peak surcharge : $1.00 (4pm - 8pm Mon-Fri)
Night surcharge : $0.50 (8pm - 6am)
Tolls : To be added - Roundtrip
Additional riders : Free (Max 4)

Airport transfer fares

Of course cost vary from an airport to another and flat rates apply in certain case.

> Newark airport taxis
> Kennedy airport taxis
> LaGuardia airport taxis


Airport ground transportation services : Taxicabs - Shuttle - Coach

We have listed the ground transportation services to or from Kennedy, Newark, LaGuardia - These companies provide dependable share-ride or private transfers to Manhattan & other locations > NYC airport transportation

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New York taxis - Reservation & cost of transfer

Good to about taxis in New York City. A cabís 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. This website is meant to help you in planning your trip to New York City.As a taxi rider, you have the right to: Direct the destination and route used; Travel to any destination in the five boroughs of the City of New York; A courteous, English-speaking driver who knows the streets in Manhattan and the way to major destinations in other boroughs; A driver who knows and obeys all traffic laws; Air-conditioning on demand; A radio-free (silent) trip; Smoke and incense-free air; A clean passenger seat area; A clean trunk; A driver who uses the horn only when necessary to warn of danger; and refuse to tip, if the above are not complied with.