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. 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
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