Cheapest places to get a taxi

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When you book a cruise holiday you know exactly how you are getting from home to your destination of choice, but what about when you’re actually there? Whether it’s a tram or bicycle in Amsterdam, a tuk-tuk in South East Asia or the metro in New York, you need to find a way to get around.

If you are on a European cruise aboard a Cruise & Maritime vessel you might be best jumping on the bus or even lacing up your shoes and walking. As soon as you disembark the ship you’re going to want to explore and soak up as much of your destination as possible. But while a taxi might well be the quickest way to get from A-B in some cities, it can also be the most expensive.

Carspring has released its 2017 Taxi Price Index revealing the cheapest and most expensive places to get a taxi around the world. The Index includes the cost of hailing a taxi, cost per kilometre and the waiting time cost.

The figures revealed that Cairo in Egypt was the cheapest place to get a taxi, with the cost of a 3 kilometre fare costing just £0.42. In all, the usual initial cost was £0.17, cost per km was £0.08 and waiting cost per hour worked out at £0.86.

Elsewhere, Mumbai in India came in as the second cheapest place to get a taxi with a fee of £1.06 for 3 kilometres, followed by Bucharest at £1.12, Jakarta with £1.12 and Mexico City on £1.16 to make up the top five.

On the other end of the spectrum came Zurich. The beautiful city in Switzerland was the most expensive place to get a taxi with an eye-watering cost of £19.18 for a 3 kilometre fare. Zurich actually came out as the most expensive across most of the barometers, with the waiting cost per hour coming at a staggering £63.00. 

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Europe featured prominently in the most expensive taxi journeys, with another Swiss city in Geneva coming second to Zurich at a cost of £13.31 for 3 kilometres. This was followed by the only non-European country in the 20 priciest cities - Tokyo - where it would cost you £12.12, then Copenhagen with £12.12 and £10.46 in Helsinki. 

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