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London the most expensive city in the world for taxis

by LLB Reporter
24th Jun 19 12:05 pm

It’s more expensive to call a taxi in London than it is in any other city in the world, according to new data analysed by price comparison site, finder.com.

Of the 112 cities analysed, the British capital takes home the title of the most expensive taxi ride, costing £3.73 per km. This works out as 2,769% more expensive than the cheapest taxi fare, found to be in Cairo, Egypt where it costs users only 13p per km.

London is followed closely by San Salvador, El Salvador and Zurich, Switzerland where a taxi ride costs £3.06 and £3.01 respectively. After Cairo, the cheapest city is a tie between Bangkok, Thailand and Moscow, Russia at 14p per km.

But while London tops the board internationally, the UK average cost for a taxi actually sits significantly lower at £1.80 per km, with Belfast the cheapest city to hail a ride in at 87p per km.

When it comes to UK Uber fares, a different pattern emerges. Brighton will hit your wallet the most, costing £1.12 per km, compared to just 78p in London. Whereas, the cheapest city to use the transport app is levelled between Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Hull and Newcastle (68p per km).

Looking at the bigger picture, the most expensive city to use an Uber in is Tokyo, Japan which will set you back £2.30 per km. This is in stark contrast to the Uber rates in Cairo, which are set at just 11p per km.

In 91% of the 66 cities analysed, our research found that it is significantly cheaper to ride with Uber than it is with traditional taxi ranks. This was most evident in London, where the biggest difference between the two transport methods came down to £2.95 per km. The second highest difference was in San Salvador, El Salvador (£2.84 per km) and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (£2.12 per km).

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