Though they’re a convenient travel option, taxi trips can quickly become expensive for tourists and commuters alike. Fortunately, there are a number of ways for cab riders to cut costs and stay on budget.
1. Compare prices before your trip.
Plan ahead and do some research before you begin your travels. There are a number of apps and online tools that can calculate the cheapest option in your area. You can also contact local cab companies to ask for quotes and compare prices yourself. Even if you wait until you’re at the taxi stand to compare your choices, you can ask each driver for an estimated fare and pick the least expensive ride.
2. Cut your ride short.
Decrease your fare by having your driver drop you off a few blocks away from your destination. Whether you choose to walk or take public transportation for the rest of the way, you’ll be able to save a few bucks by shortening your taxi route.
3. Look for discounts.
Oftentimes, taxi companies will provide discounts for college students, senior citizens, and those who are differently-abled. Do some pre-trip research to determine which companies offer reduced pricing. Some cities even offer discounted taxi coupons for qualifying residents, which can be helpful for those who use cab services for their daily commute.
4. Keep change on hand if paying in cash.
You may end up with a driver who can’t make change for larger bills, forcing you to overpay for your trip. Be sure to carry small bills and coins so you can provide the exact fare.
5. Take your time when paying.
In the rush to exit the vehicle, it can be easy to hand over the wrong amount of cash — and most drivers won’t speak up if you accidentally slip in an extra ten or two. Remember to slow down and count out your bills before giving them to the driver. It may take an extra minute or two, but you’ll save a few dollars in the process.
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