Taxi: Phone Numbers, Fares, Rules

Taxi: Phone Numbers, Fares, Rules

Information on taxi numbers, fares and passenger rights in Berlin.

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Around 8000 taxis are on the road in Berlin. A taxi can be ordered by phone call, app, at taxi stands, or simply by hailing one on the street. Within the city area, price fixing is forbidden - the ride is paid via taximeter.

Phone Numbers of the Largest Taxi Companies

+49 (0)30 44 33 22 Taxi Funk Berlin
+49 (0)30 26 10 26 Funk Taxi Berlin
+49 (0)30 26 30 00 Quality Taxi
+49 (0)30 21 01 01 Würfelfunk
+49 (0)30 21 02 02 City Funk
+49 (0)30 210 10 20 EcoTaxi

Taxi Fares & Surcharges

Berlin has compulsory fixed price rates for all taxis which apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Within the city area, passengers must pay the fare indicated by the taximeter. Individual price agreements with the driver are only permitted for journeys beyond city limits.

Regular Rate

Initial charge: € 3.90
Charge per kilometre: € 2.00
Charge per kilometre from the seventh kilometre: € 1.50
Waiting period: € 30 Euros per hour (also applies for traffic-related waiting periods)

Short Distance Rate

The short distance rate only applies if the taxi is hailed on the street. In this case, a ride up to 2 kilometres costs € 5. The short distance rate does not apply for taxis ordered by phone, app, or taxis at the taxi stand.

Taxi Fares to BER Airport

From the Western city center (Kurfürstendamm/Zoologischer Garten station): about € 53 Euros
From the Eastern city center (Alexanderplatz): about € 49 Euros

Surcharges

Group surcharge: € 5.00 per person for groups of five or more people in a large-capacity taxi
Luggage surchare: € 1.00 per piece of bulky luggage
Payment surcharge: € 1.50 for payments made via the voucher or invoice system of the radio centers
The total sum of surcharges may not exceed € 7.00.

Paying the Taxi Driver

Passengers can pay taxi fares either in cash or by debit and credit card. Please note that taxi drivers are not obligated to accept all types of cards, so it's best to carry some cash. When making a cashless payment, passengers may be asked to provide some form of identification.

Tipping in Berlin Taxis

Tipping your taxi driver is not a necessity in Berlin, but locals usually round up the fare to the nearest Euro if the ride was pleasant. If your driver provided extraordinary service, such as help with bulky luggage or great music or conversation, tipping a Euro or two is a nice gesture.

Taxi Passenger Rights

Route

Unless it was agreed to take a different route, the taxi driver is obligated to take the shortest and therefore cheapest route to the desired destinated.

Choice of Taxi

Passengers are free to choose any taxi at a taxi stand. However, it is customary to select the first taxi in line since the driver has waited the longest.

Choice of Seating

Passengers are free to choose between the front passenger's seat or the bench seat in the rear.

Smoking

Smoking is forbidden in taxis for both drivers and passengers.

Obligation to Carry

Taxi drivers are obligated to carry their passenger to any desired location as long as it is within the city limits. This includes BER Airport Berlin Brandenburg.

Receipt

Passengers are entitled to a receipt for their journey, which can be useful for tax purposes or in case of lost property or fare discrepancies.

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| Last edited: 21. July 2022

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