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Orlando Taxis Guide
When visiting Orlando you need to know which Orlando taxis you can
trust. Read on to find out:-
use a taxi in Orlando?
Which taxi companies to use?
much does a taxi cost?
can I avoid getting ripped off?
You'll find answers to all these questions as well as useful tips on
save money on your Orlando vacation.
Why Use a Taxi in Orlando?
Save money on
. Many Orlando hotels and theme parks charge
for parking. Did you know that all the Orlando theme parks charge
around $14 to park per visit? Many Orlando hotels will charge you a
daily rate to park your car (usually $8-15) and if you use valet
parking, staff will
expect a tip too!
when visiting Disney World theme parks.
If you are
staying on Disney property, you can use the free
transportation to the Disney theme parks and downtown Disney. These are
usually free shuttle buses and sometimes monorail and water taxis.
vacation time is precious. Which is why at busy times you and your
family could be left waiting for the free Disney transportation
services. It is not uncommon at peak times to be waiting
while 2 or 3 Disney buses pass by full to the rafters!
cars are expensive. If you plan on
visiting the main theme parks (like Disney World, Universal Studios and
SeaWorld) there are many hotels that provide free shuttles to these and
many other Orlando attractions.
You can use a taxi to and from Orlando
Airport and then use free shuttles to get to the different theme parks.
You will save money on car rental, accident insurance and all those
added extras that car rental companies like to charge.
If you are looking for a cheap Orlando hotel that provides shuttle
services, please see our Cheap
Orlando hotels guide
Which Orlando Taxi
Companies to use?
There are a multitude of different taxi companies in Orlando. By far
largest taxi company in the city is Mears
. Mears has 58%
of the Orlando taxi market! Their taxis and vans can be seen
in a few different guises: Mears Transportation,
Yellow Cabs, Checker, City Cabs and Safety Cabs.
Mears Transportation is Disney World's preferred taxi company.
It's a good idea to ask your hotel for their
recommendations when ordering a taxi. Here are some Orlando taxi firms
we recommend. All
these Orlando taxis operate from Orlando International Airport.
- includes a fare finder service for Orlando.
Tel: 407-299-1434 or 1-888-468-6939
Ace Metro/Luxury Cab
Ace Metro Cab website
Town & Country
Town & Country
Diamond Cab Company
Tel: (407) 523-3333
Diamond Cab Co. Website
It is advisable to NEVER hail a taxi off the street. There are many
horror stories of people who have done this and have been ripped off.
How Much do Orlando
Orlando taxi fares can be researched ahead of time. You can
use a free service such as Taxi
, where you can choose a
'to' and 'from' destination which can be a point of interest or an
address. Taxi Fare Finder
Mears Transportation also has its own fare finder Mears Fare Finder
The Orlando International Airport lists approximate fares from the
airport to major Orlando area destinations, click here to see the
latest Fares from Orlando
Tipping - don't forget that in Orlando (and elsewhere in the US) it is
customary to tip your taxi driver. The suggested amount is normally
15-20% of the fare. Use your own judgement here. If for example your
driver helped you with 10 large suitcases and bags, then perhaps offer
a better tip than a driver who left you to do all the lifting and
How Do I Avoid Getting
Orlando is a major tourist hub - like any other major destination,
there are scams and rip-offs to avoid. Fortunately for you, many of the
major scams have already been widely reported and they are well-known
Tip #1 - Use reputable taxi companies
- NEVER hail a cab off the street. Always call or have your hotel
call ahead to arrange for a cab to collect you.
Tip #2 - Plan ahead and know your route
- you may be visiting from out of town or even out of country and
not have the slightest clue about the city layout. But it does pay to
ahead and familiarise yourself with Orlando's main areas and points of
interest. We have a page about all the different Orlando neighbourhoods
with Google maps to help you, please see our Map
page. Unscrupulous taxi drivers may take you the
long way around and charge you much more than the fare is worth.
Tip #3 - Always use a taxi service with a meter. Taxis without meters
are widely reported to be rip-offs. This is because you are at the
mercy of the driver who may decide to inflate the fare upon your
Tip #4 - When calling for a taxi ask what the fare should be. Then when
the driver arrives confirm the fare before getting in. Check with the
company if the fare includes all tolls. If you feel you are being
ripped off, tell the driver you will report him and the company to the
Attorney General's Office and/or the Better Business Bureau.
you feel uneasy, do not get in, there are many other taxis around.
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