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By: Kara Franker

How to hail a cab in Miami

If a taxicab is your preferred method of transportation, here are some tips to help you plan your trip.

In general, it’s important to make sure you hire a licensed taxi service. In Miami, unlicensed taxis are illegal. Check for the word “taxi” or “cab” displayed on the vehicle, as well as a prominently advertised telephone number. The taxi’s license number, driver’s license number and the driver’s rate card must also be displayed.

As far as rates go, most taxi drivers run a meter, which displays the fare you are expected to pay. The rate in Miami starts at $2.95 for the first 1/6 mile and $.85 for each additional 1/6 mile until 1 mile then $.40 for each 1/6 mile after that. Waiting time is $.40 per minute (or $24.00 per hour). You’ll also be responsible for any tolls during your trip. Additionally, tipping is optional but customary (and expected for good service which is usually 15 to 20 percent).

Most Miami cabs have a credit card reader, but it’s important to confirm with the driver. If you prefer to pay with plastic, make sure you inquire before you hop in.

Miami Taxi Companies:

Yellow Taxi Miami: (786) 490-7855

Super Yellow Taxi: (305) 888-7777

Miami Taxi Services: (786) 309-8805

Taxis at Miami International Airport

If you decide to take a cab from Miami International Airport, head down to the lower-level curb, outside of the baggage claim area, where uniformed airport employees will help you to a designated taxi stand. Always seek out uniformed airport employees with MIA ID Badges for assistance.

Wheelchair accessible taxicabs are also available. We suggest reserving early as some of the companies have a limited number of wheelchair accessible cabs available.

Taxis from the airport operate on a flat rate. Here is an estimated cost per trip from the airport to the following destinations (rate includes airport origination fee and any applicable highway tolls):

Airport Area Hotels: $13-$17

Coconut Grove: $22

Coral Gables: $17-22

Downtown Miami: $22

Port of Miami: $27

Key Biscayne: $44

South Beach: $35-$40

Bal Harbour: $46

Sunny Isles Beach: $55

Doral: $33

Kendall: $41-44

Homestead: $66-89

Fort Lauderdale Airport: $72

Metered fares from the airport are as follows: $4.50 for the first 1/6 mile (includes the $2.00 airport origination fee) and $.40 each additional 1/6 mile which equals to $6.90 for the first mile and $2.40 for each additional mile. Waiting time is $.40 per minute.

Water Taxi in Miami

Water Taxi Miami is a fun and easy way to get around Miami and see the sights at the same time. It operates on a daily schedule and offers a unique experience at reasonable rates.

See also: How to Use Uber, Lyft and Private Car Services in Miami.

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