Yellow cabs in the Big Apple are never scarce. However, when it starts to rain it is practically impossible to find one that is free.
Contrary to popular opinion, taxi cabs in New York are not overly expensive. The average price of a standard journey in Manhattan is about $10. These are the general rates:
- Minimum fare: $2.50.
- Stretch of 320 meters: $0.50 ($1.56 per kilometre).
- For every minute waiting (or when moving at less than 20Km/h): $0.50.
- City taxes: $0.50
- Night supplement (from 8 pm to 6 am): $0.50.
- Peak hour supplement (from 4 pm to 8 pm): $1
Fares to the Airport
Here are some examples to get to the various airports from Manhattan. The prices include supplements, toll fees and tips. Taking a taxi cab to the airport is more expensive than moving around The City in a cab. For example, the peak hour supplement is $4.5.
In short, taxis in New York are more affordable than in other cities like San Francisco or Las Vegas.
Although it is not mandatory, normally you tip the driver between 10% and 15%, or at least round up to the closest dollar.