Taxi Fares in NYC

There are more than 10 000 taxi cabs that service NY City. That huge mass of yellow cars generates serious traffic jams and we have to live with it somehow. Yes, it is technically impossible to park a car in downtown of Manhattan during business hours and even you get lucky you have to pay a huge chunk of money for a tiny parking spot. Sometimes, it seems that drivers of yellow cabs create those traffic jams on purpose making competitors life hard in Manhattan.


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Anyway, lets compare taxi fares in NYC. The rates for yellow taxi cabs are shown in the table.

Yellow cabs taxi fares.

Distance km Price * Distance km Price *
3 7.49 $ 13 24.40 $
4 9.19 $ 14 25.89 $
5 10.95 $ 15 27.71 $
6 12.81 $ 16 29.29 $
7 14.31 $ 17 30.99 $
8 15.89 $ 18 32.69 $
9 17.55 $ 19 34.41 $
10 19.25 $ 20 36.11 $
11 20.95 $ 21 37.69 $
12 22.63 $ 22 39.39 $


You should pay only what`s shown on meter plus tips (20% - 25%). Taxi Cabs accept credit/debit cards which makes tipping more accurate. You can decide how much you are going to tip entering an ammount as a percentage. Onscreen buttons give you three different options - 20 percent, 25 percent and 30% percent and that button choices are influencing passenger decision.

Not every rider is so generous and rich. 10 percent of all taxi riders tip as much as 0 percent. Most of them live and work in New York and use taxi services on daily basis. They hate taxi drivers and they do not want any friendly conversation or loud music in a cab. They want just one thing - to get to the point as fast as possible and as safe as possible.

Time of the day is another important thing in how much a cabbie gets. The average day tip is around nineteen percent, but starting from four p.m., it goes up to twenty percent and stays there into the night. The overnight shift it is not the best for a taxi driver when it comes to his tips. Early morning is probably the worst time of the day for tipping. A huge number of riders leave absolutely no tip and the average tip goes down to 18% and lower.

  • 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




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