The UK has some of the most iconic minicab taxis in the world, especially in London where the black cab is almost on the same level as the famous red bus. Taxis can actually be a great way to get around in the UK if you’re a tourist, no matter what they look like.
Travelling by taxi is pretty straightforward and convenient, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting around the UK using them as your main mode of transport. It does help, however, if you bear in mind some simple tips.
1) Book minicab transfers
Minicabs are hired in advance rather than hailed in the street like a classic city centre taxi. Getting a minicab booked before you travel is a great way to save money, as they charge cheaper rates, plus you have the security of having your trip planned out and it’s one less thing to worry about when travelling. This is especially true for things like airport transfers, especially London airports like Gatwick, Stansted and Luton as they’re all a fair distance from the city itself.
2) Know your route
Most taxi drivers will have great local knowledge, especially in the centre of London. However, it definitely helps if you know where you’re going and how (roughly) to get there. Don’t presume to know better than the driver, but keep an eye out – they might get lost, or try to take you a longer way than you need to go.
3) Try out mobile apps
As an alternative to grabbing a taxi off the street, it might be a good idea to try using a mobile app on your phone to get hold of a ride. Over the past couple of years, Uber has been rolling out across the UK and quickly gaining popularity, although prices are steadily increasing too. It’s certainly worth a try, as it helps you manage your costs with upfront estimates which tend to be accurate.