to all essentials
While there's no shortage of yellow city cabs zipping
in and out of traffic, it's also true that they never seem
to be free when needed. Rush hour and rainy day competition
for cabs gets especially fierce.
To hail a cab, wait on a corner and simply raise your arm.
The maximum amount of passengers allowed in a cab by law is
four, and no taxi is legally allowed to refuse service to
anywhere in the five boroughs. In pratice, drivers may balk
at outer borough destinations and some know New York better
Initial charge: $2.50
Mileage: 40 cents per 1/5 mile
Waiting charge: 40 cents per minute
4pm–8pm Weekday Surcharge: $1
JFK: There is no set fare to JFK from any point in New
York City. The metered rate applies. However, there is a flat
fare from JFK to Manhattan: $45 plus tolls.
LaGuardia: There is no set fare for trips to and from
LaGuardia International Airport. The regular metered rate
Newark: New York City to Newark International Airport
is the regular metered rate, plus a $15 surcharge and all
tolls going to and returning from the airport.
Tipping: As with a restaurant, tipping a taxi
driver 15 percent for service is standard, or 20 percent if
the service is extremely good.
New York Taxi and Limousine Commission
Frequently Asked Questions
Bill of Rights
on New York Taxis