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New York City Taxi Cab

New York City Taxi

New York City is famous for its yellow (medallion) taxicabs. A widely recognized icon of the city, hailing one is how many people prefer to travel when they're in hurry or are splitting the fare with a few friends.

Licensed by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, the New York yellow cabs, are the only vehicles in the city permitted to pick up passengers in response to a street hail. Medallion taxis can be flag down anywhere in the city. Available cabs will have an illuminated white light on the roof to identify them.

All cabs accept cash, and many now accept credit cards. Check with the driver before you get in.

In some parts of Manhattan, hailing a cab is not recommended for visitors during the day when gridlock makes even walking faster.

There is no extra charge for additional passengers or luggage. Always ask for your receipt and although not required, it is customary to tip the driver if you receive a good service.

New York Taxi Fare Information

New York Metered Rate of Fare
Initial charge: $2.50 upon entry
Mileage: 40¢ per 1/5 mile (for each additional unit)
Waiting charge: 40¢ per 60 seconds of waiting time
50¢ night surcharge after 8:00PM and prior to 6:00AM
$1.00 Peak Hour Surcharge in effect 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday
The unit of fare is:
One-fifth of a mile, when the taxicab is traveling at 6 miles per hour or more; or 120 seconds (at a rate of twenty cents per minute), when the taxicab is not in motion or is traveling at less than 6 miles per hour.

Night surcharge of 50¢ after 8:00 PM & before 6:00 AM
Peak hour Weekday Surcharge of $1.00 Monday - Friday after 4:00 PM & before 8:00 PM
New York State Tax Surcharge of 50¢ per ride.

Note: Different variables such as heavy traffic and tolls should be taken into account in gauging the final cost of your trip.

Tipping is customary for good service. Tipping 15 percent is standard, or 20 percent if the service is extremely good.

For more information on travelling in New York City by taxicab or for-hire vehicle, call the Taxi and Limousine Commission at 212-NYC-TAXI, or visit

New York City Taxi FAQ's

What is a medallion and why is it important to get the receipt after the trip?
New York Taxi A medallion is a number, which is located on the side of the taxicab as well as on the partition in the taxicab and on the receipt. It is a 4 letter / number unique to that taxicab. It is comprised of one number, followed by one letter, followed by two more numbers.

If you were to forget your luggage or lose property in a cab or wish to make a complaint or give a compliment, the TLC can track down the driver / taxicab from the medallion number. Without this information or the name of the driver and the license number, it is almost impossible to track down the taxicab without the driver first contacting the TLC or the passenger. Always take your receipt when exiting the taxicab!

What is the maximum amount of passengers a New York taxicab cab can carry?
The maximum amount of passengers allowed in a yellow taxicab by law is four (4) in a four (4) passenger taxicab or five (5) passengers in a five (5) passenger taxicab, except that an additional passenger must be accepted if such passenger is under the age of seven (7) and is held on the lap of an adult passenger seated in the rear.

What are the rules regarding child safety seats and seatbelts in New York taxicabs?
Drivers of yellow medallion taxicabs and for-hire vehicles and their passengers, are exempt from laws regarding car seats and seatbelts. Keep in mind, the TLC encourages everyone in the vehicle to buckle their seatbelts while riding in a cab. There are no Taxi and Limousine Commission rules regarding this, as it is a State exemption. Passengers with children are encouraged to bring their own car seats, which the drivers must allow passengers to install.
*NOTE - Children under the age of seven are permitted to sit on an adult's lap.

Where can I find a list of licensed New York taxi cabs?
For a list of TLC Licensed For-Hire services, please click on Find-a-Ride. This list is sorted by Borough and by Zip Code for your convenience.

Are New York taxis wheelchair accessible?
While some medallion taxicabs are wheelchair accessible, it's adviseable to pre-arrange an accessible taxi through the city's comprehensive network of for-hire (livery) vehicles, which must provide accessible service on request.

All medallion taxicab drivers are required to assist persons with disabilities, and are trained to do so.

They must not engage the meter until a disabled passenger is settled in the vehicle, and their wheelchair or other mobility aid secure in the vehicle.

Accessible vehicles must be made available at the same cost as the service provided to non-disabled passengers.

One popular service, Symphony Transportation (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-253-1443)

What are the fares concerning trips to and from Newark, JFK, and LaGuardia International airports?

JFK International Airport
There is no set fare to JFK from any point in New York City. The metered rate applies. However, there is a flat fare of $45 plus tolls from JFK to Manhattan.

Newark International Airport
Trips from New York City to Newark International Airport is the regular metered rate, plus a $15 surcharge and all tolls going to and returning from the airport.

LaGuardia International Airport
There is no set fare for trips to and from LaGuardia International Airport. The regular metered rate applies.

1) On all trips within New York City, any bridge and tunnel tolls to the destination shall be paid by the passenger, who shall be informed before the start of the trip.

2) On all trips within New York City, return tolls shall not be charged except for trips over the Cross Bay Veterans, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial, and Verrazano Narrows Bridges.

3) On trips beyond New York City, all necessary tolls to and from the destination shall be paid by the passenger.

There shall be no charge for luggage or belongings transported in the interior of the taxicab, or for use of the taxicab's trunk.

New York Taxi Passenger Bill of Rights

As a taxi rider in New York City, you have the right to:
A driver who has and uses E-ZPass at all toll crossings that accept it, and who charges passengers the discounted E-Z Pass rate;
Pay for your ride with credit/debit card;
Go to any destination in NYC, Westchester, Nassau, or Newark Airport;
Direct the route taken: The most direct route or one of your choice;
A safe and courteous driver who obeys all traffic laws;
A knowledgeable driver who speaks English and knows City geography;
Air conditioning or heat on request;
A noise free trip: no horn honking or radio;
Clean air. smoke and scent free air;
Working seatbelts for all passengers;
A clean taxicab: interior, exterior and partition;
Be accompanied by a service animal;
A driver who does not use a cell phone while driving (hand-held or hands free);
Decline to tip for poor service.

Greater New York Taxi Commissions
Newark Taxi Commission (973) 733-8912
Elizabeth Taxi Commission (908) 820-4000, Ext. 4178

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