Where Are the Best Cabs in the World?

Posted on 15. Sep, 2010 by in Europe Travel, Travel Tips

So, where are the best cabs in the world? According to a recent press release from www.hotels.com, the best cabs in the world are in London! First of all because most of them are very friendly, and most importantly because they know where they are going and drive safely. I guess these three factors overcome the extravagant fares, voted by 21% of travellers as the most expensive. The famous black cabs have been crowned best for two years in a row now.

London's famous black cab - by Patrick Mayon

This is great news for the London drivers, because in order to become one, they have to complete an extensive course that lasts around three years (nothing to do with the taxi drivers here in Montreal, mostly consisted of otherwise unemployed newcomers that have yet to learn how to drive properly). Plus, London drivers have to get their criminal and medical records checked  before their get their licence. All in all, it’s a great reward for their hard work!

The other best cabs in the world are in New York, Berlin, Madrid and Copenhagen.

Unsurprisingly though, Paris and Rome drivers were voted worst, namely because of their respective rudeness and their overall lack of driving courtesy (or skills). Other topics included cleanliness, availability, quality of driving and safety.

The frugal traveller in me was surprised by the fact that 69% of respondents booked a cab to get from the airport to their hotel. And I thought I was spilling on train tickets. More details here.

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What about you? Have you experienced one of these so-called best cabs in the world? Have you had any particularly good/bad experiences with a cab? Do you often use them abroad?

I remember taking a cab in Edinburgh and as the driver started talking with another driver, I completely lost track of their conversation - I didn’t get a single word. At that point I wasn’t even sure it was English anymore. Gotta love that Scottish accent…

And I also remember hoping on a cab in London and seeing the ‘Red lights indicates doors are secured’ sign on the doors and finally getting where that Arctic Monkeys song was about.

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4 Responses to “Where Are the Best Cabs in the World?”

  1. Steve

    17. Sep, 2010

    For some reason, seeing London taxis at number one doesn’t suprise me. I’ve heard good things about them and they just seem like they would be close to the top. Seeing New York up there is kind of surprise.

    Normally I try to stay away from cabs if I can since I am also a frugal traveler, but that becomes almost impossible when I’m in a time crunch. One example of that was when I was in Nicaragua and I had to take a taxi from the border to the city I wanted to go. There was no other form of transport at the time and I was in a rush so I had to take it. Luckily the dollar goes pretty far there so it wasn’t too expensive.

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    • Marie

      17. Sep, 2010

      Thanks Steve for your comment.

      The only reason I see NYC cabs up there is because of the low fares (they seem low to me anyway). And maybe the touch-screens in the back.

      There are indeed certain situations where a cab is a necessity. Like you mentioned, when in a hurry sometimes the cab is the only option. Or when I left London last year with my two giant suitcases, I didn’t want to ride the tube again with the line changes and everything. I just took an airport cab from door to door, and it was perfect (although I cried all the way to the airport haha).

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