From Zurich to Tokyo: These are the world's most expensive cities for taxis

Rebecca Smith
The capital's cabs aren't the priciest on the list
The capital's cabs aren't the priciest on the list (Source: Getty)

The price of taxis around the world has been revealed, ranking the most expensive cities to the least.

Online used car dealership Carspring has produced a study assessing the cost of cabs in 80 of the world's most popular cities, compiling prices of a 3km inner-city taxi ride, a journey between the airport and the city centre, cost per kilometre, and the cost of an hour's waiting time.

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London did feature as one of the most expensive cities on the list. But, it wasn't the priciest, or even the second highest. In fact, Zurich, Geneva and Tokyo all trumped the capital on the costliest city list.

The 10 most expensive cities for cab fares (for a 3km fare)
1. Zurich - £19.18
2. Geneva - £13.31
3. Tokyo - £12.12
4. Copenhagen - £10.46
5. Helsinki - £9.73
6. London - £9.38
7. Antwerp - £8.83
8. Munich - £8.61
9. Hamburg - £8.57
10. Stuttgart - £8.55

As for the cheapest, Cairo, Mumbai, and Jakarta in Indonesia, all made the cut.

The 10 cheapest cities for cab fares (for a 3km fare)
1. Cairo - £0.42
2. Mumbai - £1.06
3. Jakarta - £1.12
4. Bucharest - £1.12
5. Mexico City - £1.16
6. Tunis - £1.23
7. Bangkok - £1.25
8. Kuala Lumpur - £1.44
9. Sofia - £1.47
10. Hanoi - £1.59

The full list with a comprehensive breakdown of the figures is available here.

The study also lists the models of car that are most popular in each city in an effort to make it easier to spot unlicensed drivers, and note if alternatives like Uber are available.

“Nothing beats the relief of hopping into a comfortable taxi after a long day of sightseeing in a new city,” says Maximilian Vollenbroich, co-founder of Carspring. “But in some cities, this simply isn’t affordable, and in other places, tourists are at risk of being overcharged. We hope our research helps travellers prepare for safe, fun, and budget-friendly travel in whatever ride best suits them.”

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