The country with the cheapest taxi fare is Egypt – at just €0.84, or roughly Rs 66, for a 5km rise — followed closely by India (€1.29, or around Rs 102), Thailand (€1.41, or Rs 111) and Indonesia (€1.68, or Rs 132), according to a new study.
The study by taxi2airport.com
is aimed at helping travellers who are totally dependent on public transport when they are abroad and prefer taxis to commute.
The base fee for taxi fare in Egypt is as low as 0.24 euro. In Malaysia, you can grab a 5km cab ride for under €2, or around Rs 160, according to the study.
Rounding off the top 10 cheapest countries for taxi fares is Turkey (€2.24), followed by China (€2.41), South America’s Argentina (€2.44) and Vietnam – a cost of just €2.47, for a 5km taxi fare.
At the other end of the spectrum, taxi fares for a 5km journey are far more expensive in European countries, such as Sweden (€9.91) and France (€10) — around Rs 800.
While in Britain, you can expect to pay €10.08 for the privilege of a 3-mile ride! In fact, the base fee for taxi fare in Britain is €2.96 – one of the highest fees recorded.
On the other side of the world, New Zealand is next with a fare that is marginally higher than that in Britain, at €10.53. Followed swiftly by more European counties like Austria (€11.60), Belgium (€12.90), the Netherlands (€13.40) and Germany (€13.80.)
However, the two most expensive countries to take a taxi are Japan – at a cost of €15.64, or Rs 1,180, for just 5km – and Switzerland – at €22.68, or Rs 1,800.
For its study, Taxi2Airport analysed data collated by Taxi-Calculator.com. The average taxi fare presented is relative to a 5km (3.1 miles) journey. Taxi2Airport chose to focus on 5km because, faced with a journey of this length, hailing a cab is often a necessity – especially if you have luggage or kids to hand.
Taxi2aiport.com says if you’re taking public transport around a city in a developing country such as India, it can be a frenetic experience. If possible, find out in advance what the fare should be – by asking a local – and have the exact money ready to pay the fare, it advises.
In developed countries with good public transport networks (such as Holland), it pays to do a bit of research in advance on how to buy tickets. For example, if you buy from a ticket machine in advance it’s cheaper than buying the ticket on the service, or at a booking desk. Understanding the cities where you must buy the ticket in advance saves embarrassment too.
In some locations, it’s cheaper to buy public transport tickets in batches of 10 or 20, so check this possibility if you’re in a city for a few days and planning to take lots of public transport trips while you’re there.
First Published: IST