New York City
Travel Guide

New York City 

Getting Around

By Cab 

All licensed cabs, livery cars, and limousines are authorized to take three passengers in the backseat and one in front for a total of four. Minivans and SUV yellow cabs have larger seating capacities and can carry more than four passengers. Larger vehicles are useful for carrying lots of luggage and can be reserved from several companies listed in the local yellow pages.
Yellow cabs at JFK Airport, New York City

Yellow cabs at JFK Airport by Sergio Calleja

For all cab rides, you must pay the tolls for crossing the bridges, tunnels, and highways. Be careful of being overcharged by drivers for toll crossing! On some bridges and tunnels (e.g. Queens-Midtown Tunnel) the rates are not posted to be easily seen. Thus, the driver may overcharge an unsuspecting passenger $5 for a toll that cost $4. Going outside New York City, meter rates double (other than flat fare destinations and Newark Airport).
Yellow cab in Manhattan, New York City
Yellow cab in Manhattan by Nrbelex

There are also vans known as dollar vans shuttling between destinations in different parts of New York City as a shared taxi service. Dollar vans in the city are privately own, some are licensed and some operate illegally. Passengers can board the vans at designated stops or hail them along the route. Usually, you will see people lining up but ask for the van’s destination and fare (usually between $1.25 and $2.00) before boarding.

Yellow cabs in Times Square, New York City

Yellow cabs in Times Square by Tjeerd Wiersma


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