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What you need to know about a taxi in the US

Taxi in the United States seem to be a full-fledged part of the urban landscape - yellow cars fit perfectly into the panorama of New York skyscrapers and city parks, the service seems impeccable and how elegant the heroines of Hollywood films leave the taxi. Just want to try to go.

Well, to make it easier and more convenient, we have compiled a guide about the American taxi services.

Taxi in the USA - photo of a yellow taxi in New York - American Butler

Difference of concepts: how the American taxi works

In the US, taxi and car-service is not the same thing. Let's quickly and simply understand how they differ.

Taxi:

  • yellow or light green (boro-taxi) cars in the case of municipal services, private entrepreneurs (who bought a license to carry their own transport) do not always paint cars into yellow;
  • the cost of the trip is calculated by the meter;
  • pick up passengers only on the streets, at airports, at railway stations, near major bus stops (except for boro-taxi - these run only in residential areas);
  • do not come on call;
  • most of the drivers are migrants; outside the city center they may not speak English very well.

How to use an American taxi in the USA - photo of a cab car in Miami Beach - American Butler

Car services:

  • work on a call through a call or request in the application;
  • can both be engaged in carrying, and provide cars for rent (car sharing);
  • in most regions do not have the right to pick up passengers on the streets;
  • the cost of the trip is most often known in advance;
  • are more likely to return you forgotten things in a taxi (the larger the company, the higher the probability).

If you need to use a taxi not from the center of New York, where there are hundreds of them along the streets, then it is better to use taxi services.

Yellow cab or Uber in the USA - American Butler

Most popular car services

Not all services can be profitable or convenient. We have collected a rating of the five most popular car call services in the United States and describe their strengths and weaknesses.

  1. Uber. The most popular and reliable service in America - supports the function of deferred calling a taxi by a specific time, has a large fleet of cars and affordable prices. Optionally, you can use the function UberPOOL, when you drop passengers to you. This allows you to drive at reduced rates (only $5 for any distance). However, in the morning, in the evening and on holidays, all tariffs can rise sharply due to high demand.
  2. Lyft. Uber direct competitor. The machines of this service are easy to distinguish - plush fluffy pink mustache on the bumper or hood. It works on the same principle, but so far it does not have such a large fleet, so it will not be possible to quickly call a taxi at rush hour. The company constantly holds promotions, passengers are given discounts and bonuses. When you register in the application, the user receives as a gift the first trip for $15.
  3. Via. One of the cheapest around-the-clock carpool services is that the driver collects travel companions and delivers them to different points on the route in one flight. It costs almost half the price of a regular taxi ride, so if you don’t have any prejudices about strangers, this is a very good option.
  4. Gett. Service Gett dislike because of the frequent late drivers and poor geolocation, which is not always possible to track the car. Often there is a driver failure to order. But they have a fixed price for the trip - only $10 for flights no more than half an hour and 4 miles. It is best to call the car in this service in advance when you are not particularly in a hurry.
  5. Arro. Most often, yellow taxi drivers are employed in this company. This is a budget service with a fairly low level of service (no charge for telephone, water and other things), but with favorable prices. These are always fixed rates for travel, depending on areas and duration. If your journey takes less than 15 minutes, then this is ideal.

The most popular car services in the USA - photo plates Uber and Lyft at the American airport - American Butler

Tipping in a taxi

For any trip in a taxi will have to leave a tip to the driver - this is an unspoken rule. In the case of payment by card, they can be removed automatically. There are some rules for calculating tips.

Photo boro-taxi in Brooklyn, New York - the system of American taxi in the US - American ButlerFor short trips, you should round off the amount in favor of the driver or add $ 1-2 on top. If you spent more than 10 minutes in a taxi, you are expected to 10-15% in the tip format.

Separately, “additional services” should be noted: if during a trip a taxi driver “friendly” tells you some useful information (for example, about hotels or where it is best to catch the car next time), then this will also affect the amount. Tea will be expected more - up to 20-25% of the amount of the trip.

Even if such amounts for the carting seem too large to you, you should not forget that the taxi driver is one of the most dangerous professions in America. Their risks are almost 2 times higher than the risks at work of police officers. Small robberies happen regularly and it’s not worth talking about their greed or unnecessarily inflated price tags.

Cut by taxi, own car, bicycle or bus - it does not matter. The main thing is in America. After all, nowhere else do you get such pleasure from roads, trips and interaction with the urban environment.

The company American Butler is ready to provide all necessary assistance - from consultations to the preparation of individual tours with a personal selection of events and entertainment.

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