Southern California Taxi cab

Of course another way to get around Southern California is by taxi. Taking a taxi in Los Angeles or San Diego can however be very expensive. Los Angeles spans a widely diverse geographic area. The county of Los Angeles alone is 4,081 square miles.

Los Angeles Taxi

Getting a Taxi in Los Angeles Area

There are nine franchise taxi operators in the City of Los Angeles who operate more than 2300 taxis. You should also keep an eye out for illegal taxis or “bandit” taxicabs as they are called. Before boarding any taxi in the city of Los Angeles be sure that you look for the official City of Los Angeles Taxicab Seal on the driver and front passengers outside door. Taxicabs bearing this seal are insured, have trained drivers and areLos Angeles Area Taxi regularly inspected by the City of Los Angeles.

Getting a taxi in Los Angeles can sometimes be a challenge. You won't be able to find cruising taxis on most streets. You might be able to find taxi stands at some major attractions but your best bet is to call 411 directory assistance for a taxi cab company number or ask hotel, restaurant, shopping mall or nightclub staff for assistance in calling a cab before leaving the premises.


All Passengers Ride for Price of One

$2.85 flag drop (first 1/9th mile).
$0.30 for each additional 1/9th mile ($2.70 per mile).
$0.30 for each 37 seconds waiting/delay ($29.19 per hour).
$46.50 flat fare for trips between LAX and downtown.
Area bounded by Alameda St., Santa Monica Fwy., Harbor Fwy., Cesar E. Chavez, Union Station and Chinatown.
$4.00 surcharge for all trips originating at LAX.
$15.00 minimum fare for trips originating at LAX (In addition to the $4.00 surcharge).

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Getting a Taxi in San Diego

Taxicab stands are located at the airport, most hotels, attractions and shopping centers. Your fare will be displayed on the meter and will include a flag drop charge plus a per-mile and/or a per-hour charge.

Approximate Taxi Cab Rates of Fare:
$2.20 first 1/10 mile
$2.30 each additional mile
$19.00 per hour waiting time

Taxi Cab Companies

Yellow Cab of San Diego

(619) 234-6161

Orange Cab

(619) 291-3333

American Cab

(619) 234-1111

San Diego Cab

(619) 226-8294 / 800-368-2947


(619) 231-1144


In San Diego, report bus, trolley and taxi concerns or compliments to MTDB, (619) 231-1466. Please note the vehicle number.

Getting a Taxi in Orange County

Being the home to Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and many other resorts and hotels, Orange County depends heavily on tourism.

The Orange County Taxi Administration Program (OCTAP) is a self-funded program, voluntary association of Orange County Agencies created to coordinate taxicab service.

Orange County Passenger Taxicab Fares:

► $2.95 First 1/4 Mile (flag drop)

► $.65 Cents Each Additional 1/4 Mile

► $30.00 Per Hour Wait Time

► No Extra Charge for Additional Passengers

Note: No other fare structure is authorized for trips originating in Orange County

List of Orange County Taxicab companies.

Download and print the Taxicab Ride information sheet


Always make sure the taxi driver starts the meter, and never pay more than the meter amount. Gratuities are acceptable.



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