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Airport to city: How much travellers can expect to pay for a taxi

- March 25th, 2014
(Fotolia)

(Fotolia)

Even if you’re visiting a city where your legs or public transit are all you need to get around, that taxi ride from the airport to the hotel is often an inevitable cost to budget for and the first experience many travellers have in their destination. And though some airports are closer to the city centre than others, the price of the final fare on the metre can still be a shocking start to any trip.

It’s always best to know before you go and thanks to a new infographic from the editors at Cheapflights.ca, it’s easy to see what a taxi ride from the airport to the downtown core of major cities may cost you.

Prices per kilometre vary by city (New York isn’t the most expensive in North America! Cabs cost $2/km in New York City compared to $2.60/km in Vancouver and $2.90/km in Cancun) and the cab culture in each city is different as well (did you know it’s best to negotiate a fare with the driver first in Cancun and that it’s cheaper to take a taxi than rent a car in Alaska?)

Click on the image below to see the full chart from Cheapflights.ca, complete with info on taxi rates and helpful tips for taking a cab in North America, Europe, Asia and beyond.

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I also like the handy Canadian-created TaxiMe app for cab fare estimates on the go anywhere in Canada or the U.S.

TaxiMe app. (iTunes)

TaxiMe app. (iTunes)

The app costs 99 cents and is only available for iPhone, but fare calculations can also be made on the TaxiMe website. I’ve embedded their tool below so you can give it a try now!

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