Does the thought of hailing a taxi in New York City scare you? I have to admit that I was fairly intimated by the prospect. I am no New Yorker and was afraid I would look like a real tourist with no idea how to catch a New York City cab. But, after spending a week in the Big Apple, we learned it’s no big deal — easy as pie!
Here’s how to hail a taxi in New York City:
- Find a busy street (I know, is there a street in New York that ISN’T busy?) or at least one with plenty of cabs going by.
- Ideally stand on the side of the road where the cabs are going in the direction you want to go. This will save you slightly on the fare if they don’t have to go around the block to get going the right direction.
- Pick a spot where they can pull over to pick you up and make sure you are NOT in a city or tourist bus pick-up zone (you’ll see signs if you are).
- Simply raise your arm as you stand at the curb. A gal at EVEN Hotels Times Square South suggested putting your first two fingers together with arm raised.
- When the cab pulls over, quickly hop in so as not to hold up traffic.
- Tell the driver where you are going; a specific address is most helpful.
- Each cab now has a screen on the back of the front seat that is a little TV with news of the day running. When you reach your destination, it will cue you to pay. Select Debit, Credit or Cash (yes, you CAN pay with a credit card!). If paying with Credit or Debut, run your card through the card reader above it. Pay with Chase Sapphire Preferred and earn double points for travel expenditures!
- Select your tip. It suggests 20%, 25% or 30%. Tell it if you want a receipt or not. And you’re done! So easy!
We used cabs quite a lot to get from place to place to save our poor legs from even more walking. We rarely paid more than $12 for all four of us to get to our destination. That is about the same or slightly less than the cost for all four of us to take the subway and it saved the hassle of buying four Metro tickets, figuring out where the station was and walking from our station to the destination. This is literally door-to-door drop-off. I highly recommend it!
Here is more info on hailing a cab from the New York City tourism bureau. Good luck!
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