Dublin Taxis

23 Mar

One of the first things I noticed when I came to Dublin back in January were the abundance of taxis. I’ve never lived in a large city before, so I assumed it was fairly normal. Now that I’ve traveled around Europe, this is not the case. The number of taxis in Dublin is astronomical. A quick Google search on the topic brought up an article from 2008 which states that Dublin, at the time, had almost the exact same amount of taxis as New York City, a little over 12,000, “but with only a fraction of the population to support business.”

This abundance of taxis causes trouble for the drivers themselves, though, which I won’t delve into.  The Irish Examiner has multiple articles on this subject if you’re interested [x].  The abundance of taxis, however, is really helpful for those living in Dublin, especially when the weather is less than ideal or if you’re heading home from a pub or club after drinking maybe a bit too much!

The base price of a taxi starts at €4.10 for standard (8am – 8pm) and on Tariff A, runs at €1.03 per km or €0.36 per minute [x]. Each extra passenger also incurs a charge of €1 per passenger. There are currently 110 taxi ranks in service 24 hours a day, and can be found on O’Connell street by Savoy Cinema, Grafton Street Lower, and Foster Place. You can find a full list on the Dublin City website.

There are multiple taxi companies operating in Dublin, including Hailo, 820 Cabs, Global Taxis, National Radio Cabs, and Blue Cabs. There are a number of ways to get a taxi: call, use a mobile app, hail one on the street, or most of these companies allow you to book a taxi online as well!

I’ve never had a bad experience with a taxi here, but there have been a couple horror stories in the news.

Helpful tips:

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Before getting into a taxi, ensure that there is a blue and green taxi sticker on the side of the door, as well as the typical taxi banner across the top of the vehicle. These are required by the state.

Sit in the backseat of the taxi.

When you enter the taxi, make sure that a taxi driver license is displayed prominently on the dashboard.

Record the driver’s name and make a call (real or fake) saying that you’ll be home soon and are in a taxi driven by [the driver’s name].

If you feel unsafe at any time, simply ask for the driver to drop you off where you are, pay your fare, and exit the taxi.

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