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NYC Taxi and Limousine commission

Metered Fare Information. Taxi near me.

  • Onscreen rate is ‘Rate Number 01 – Standard NY City Rate.’
  • The initial ride charge is 2 dollars 50 cents.
  • Add 50 cents per 200 yards (320 meters) or 50 cents per one minute in traffic jam or when the taxi is stopped.
  • In moving traffic in downtown Manhattan, the meter clicks every 4 blocks, or 1 block going cross town (West-East).
  • Add 50-cent (MTA State Surcharge) for all taxi rides that end in New York City, Westchester, Suffolk, Nassau, Dutchess, Rockland, Putnam or Orange Counties.
  • Add 30-cent "Improvement Surcharge". 
  • You have to add 50 cent surcharge if you use taxi cab from 8pm to 6am.
  • You have to add $1 surcharge if you use taxi cab from from 4pm to 8pm on weekdays (excluding national holidays)
  • Taxi passengers pay all tunnel and bridge tolls.
  • Your will get a receipt that shows your total fare (including tolls).
  • Taxi driver may decline bills over $20.
  • It is up to you to tip your taxi driver or not.
  • Taxi driver does not charge extra for more passengers or bags.

Toll Information

  • Taxi passenger must pay all bridge and tunnel tolls.
  • Using of E-ZPass by taxi driver.
    • A cab driver willl use an E-ZPass when taking a toll bridge and will add the discounted toll amount to the final bill. 

Credit/Debit Cards

  • Passengers may pay for their taxi ride with debit card, prepaid card, credit card or cash.
  • No extra fees (surcharges) will be added if you paying with your credit/debit/prepaid card.

Airport Taxi Trips

  • To LaGuardia Airport & From LaGuardia Airport:
    • This is a metered fare and it is calculation based on distance.
  • To JFK Airport- From JFK Airpot (any location in Manhattan, NYC)
    • Onscreen rate: Rate Number 2 – JFK Airport
    • This is a flat rate of $52 plus extra for tolls, plus the 50 cent MTA State Surcharge, also there is 30-cent Improvement Surcharge, and dont forget to add $4.50 for rush hour surcharge (4 P.M. to 8 P.M. weekdays, excluding holidays).
  • From JFK Airpot to any New York City destinations:
    • This is a metered fare and it is calculation based on distance.
  • Taxi trips to Newark Airport:
    • Onscreen rate: Rate Number 3 – Newark Airport.’
    • This is a metered fare and it is calculation based on distance.
    • Add $17.50 This is a Newark Surcharge.
    • Add a 30-cent Improvement Surcharge. 

Out of Town Trips

  • Westchester & Nassau Counties:
    • Onscreen rate is ‘Rate Number 01 – Standard NY City Rate.’
    • As soon as you cross City limit to Nassau or Westchester, the on-screen rate message should says Rate Number 4 – Out of City Rate to Westchester or Nassau. Cab Rate Number 4 is two times higher than City Rate Number 1.
    • Add a 30-cent Improvement Surcharge
    •  Add a 50-cent MTA State Surcharge
  • Taxi Trips Outside the City:
    • Onscreen rate is ‘Rate Number 05 – Out of City Negotiated Flat Rate’ which means that you have to discuss the price with driver. This is a flat rate.
    • Add a 50-cent MTA State Surcharge if your trip ends in the following counties: Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange or Suffolk.
    • Add a 30-cent Improvement Surcharge. 

Group Ride Information

  • A group of people up to four passengers can take a taxi ride from a yellow taxi Group Ride Stand and pay a flat taxi rate.
  • Group Ride pickup times are from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. From Monday to Friday (excluding holidays).
  • Drop-offs are restricted to the Group Rides route. Onscreen rate is ‘Rate Number 06 – Group Rate.'

Tips for Drivers
It is up to you to tip your taxi driver or not.

Extra Passengers and Luggage

  • There is no extra charge for more passengers.
  • There is no extra charge for passenger`s luggage


Yellow Cab Taxi Service

Yellow Cabs are avaliable via street hails only. To book a ride with their partner company FHV service "MyCarServiceRide", you should use a reservation form published on their website. It is a good option if you live on time, but if you want a quick ride you probably just hail. Hailing a taxi cab in New York City is not so easy and you may waste a lot of time doing that.

Green Cab Taxi Service

Boro Taxis are painted in apple green and have a credit card reader, a taxi meter, a roof light and equiped with video camera. Taxi fare in a "Boro Taxi" is the same rate as for yellow cab in NYC. All "Boro Taxis" have GPS trackers to make it easier to locate lost property. These vehicles go through TLC inspection for safety and proper taxi equipment twice a year (every year).

Black Cab Taxi Service

Black Cab Taxi Service is very different from Yellow or Green Cabs services. Their rates vary depending on the day of week, time and weather conditions in New York. They are not strictly regulated by authorities as medallioned yellow cabs. To make a taxi reservation you have to call them and they will give you a set of price of how much trip will be. Their taxi rate are signinfically higher than yellow cabs rates. One of their advantages is that they can travel farther outside of New York City, as they can add extra cost to your bill to get back in NY. Black Cab service gives you a flat rate from point to point.

Gett Taxi Service

Website guarantees better fares than Uber and flat rates. You can get a $10 taxi ride below 110th street in New York. The main advantage of this application is that you can choose the same vehicle as you have used before. You can choose from standart vehicle to a black unmarked SUV. Theu promise that you can save lots of money using their taxi service application.


Way2ride application showed up on iTunes store not so long time ago. It was published by Verifone that says it is a "consumer-facing mobile app that makes the taxi experience faster and easier. Being delivered by Verifone initially in the New York City". This NYC taxi application is designed for iPhone and has a good rating among users. One of the good advantages of this system, is that you can pay by your phone for your taxi ride.

New Golden Horse Car Service

It is one of the most professional Chinese taxi service in NYC. This service is cheaper than yellow cab taxi service, and you can save on your ride, but overall rating of this taxi service is not so good. Average waiting time is around 15 minutes, which is 3 times longer than Uber taxi service. The average cost of ride from Fresh Meadows to JFK is around $25.

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