London Taxi Information
All the information you need on London taxis, including the differences between black cabs and minicabs.
What is a London Taxi?
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There are two types of taxi in London, but only one that is officially called a ‘taxi’. Technically, a London taxi is a black cab. You can get an estimated quote for a black cab journey here. However, most people around the world, the rest of Britain and indeed London itself call a taxi any kind of car with a driver who takes you where you want to go for a fare. This includes meter taxis like London black cabs and fixed fare, private hire cabs. These are known as minicabs. They’re a bit cheaper and you can get a quote here.
What are the main differences between London taxis and minicabs?
|London Taxi||London Minicab|
|Known As||Taxi, black cab, cab||Taxi, cab, minicab|
|Official Name||Hackney Carriage||Private Hire Vehicle|
|Pricing Method||Meter||Fixed Fare|
|Booking Method||Hail in Street||Book in Advance, ubiCabs apps or website|
|Navigation Method||The Knowledge||Sat Nav|
|Payment Method||Usually cash, some take cards.||Usually cash, or card with apps|
|Availability in Central London||High||High|
|Availability in Outer London||Low||High|
|Car Types||Traditional black cabs, few larger vans||Saloons, estates, people carriers/minivans, luxury cars|
|Pricing||Usually more expensive||Usually cheaper|
|Get a Quote||Here||Here|