Avoiding The Big City Taxi Cab Blues

Most of us have heard all of the horror stories about utilizing the taxi cab services in most major cities around the world. The question is how to avoid what should be called "The Big City Taxicab Blues".

First of all when you travel to a new place that you may know very little about you are at a great disadvantage. Unlike being in your smaller home town where you may know your way around using every "short cut" that will save time, money and gas. In a city the size of Los Angeles this kind of information is at a premium and may not be known by the various taxi service providers that you may depend upon. On the other hand the unscrupulous taxi service provider will take advantage of the fact that you are a "newbie" or "stranger in town" and may be very susceptible to being taken advantage of because of your like of accurate information. So you may find yourself caught some where between the one that truly does not know the best direct money saving routes around town and the one that knows but will not use what is known on your behalf.

The Los Angeles Area

1 world way Los Angeles -

World Way W, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA

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Universal Studios -

Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, San Fernando Valley, CA 90068, USA

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120 North Main Street los angels,ca -

120 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

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8300 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood Ca -

8300 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA

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Burbank Airport Burbank CA -

Bob Hope Airport (BUR), 2627 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505-1062, USA

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John Wayne Airport Santa Ana,CA -

John Wayne Airport (SNA), 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707, USA

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What Is The Question and Answer

If you want to take a taxi and not get taken by a taxi the question becomes how to resolve the problem before it becomes a problem? The answer is very simple "Be In The Know Before You Go ".Since all of the taxi rates in the Los Angeles area are regulated by the various city and or county governmental agencies in each jurisdiction such as Santa Monica,Beverly Hills,Orange County, Los Angeles etc; the only way to really save money on any legal taxi service is by using the best direct routing that avoids that infamous Los Angeles freeway traffic. Since most taxi rates in the Los Angeles area are based on a mileage and/or a traffic delay rate,the shorter the route and time of travel the lower the taxi cab fare will be.The one exception to this is when and where a flat rate is enforced on some trips to and/or from LAX. For more information on flat rates to the Los Angeles Airport (LAX) visit the TAXI IN LA.

What You Should Know

Most people that use the Los Angeles taxi cab services believe that the freeway routes will save the most time and money. This is not always the case.For example the trip from the Los Angeles International Airport(LAX) to Universal Studios via the freeway route can cost as much as $80.00. This estimate does not include the new $4.00 LAX airport charge that is soon to go into effect or a tip for the taxi service provider .On the other hand using the direct routes that can be found when you visit Taxi Cab Information Los Angeles that estimated fare is reduced to $55.00 not including the new LAX airport charge of $4.00 or a tip for the taxi service provider. When you know what every good taxi service provider should know the problems will be eliminated.You should communicate with the taxi service provider.Ask question about the rates that are charged,then politely request that the most direct route that you would like to travel is taken.. You have the option to give the directions or route that you would like to use as long as you are willing to pay that cost. Get a basic understanding and estimate of all of the taxi fare charges that you will have to pay before you go. It is important that you understand that it is the way or route you take that will save you money.

GPS And Other Apps

GPS or other driving apparatus are great instruments for those that want to use the longer out of the way routing.However in most cases these instruments are not required therefore most drivers do not have them. And in the other case a really good driver will beat the bricks off of most driving apps and or a GPS system. These good drivers are hard to find but they are out there. These guys love it when these routes are used because of the algorithms that these systems use. They are usually longer out of the way freeway routes or real crowded major streets which will increase the cab fare.


In conclusion you should gather all of the accurate information that you can find before you engage the services of any of the taxi cab companies in Los Angeles. There are a number of these informational services available to you on the internet. All of L.A's taxi cab services will offer price quotes without routing information when you call them on the phone. Some of the other taxi informational internet services offer a taxi service directory with out routing and pricing information.The place to find direct routes with maps,up to date rates,estimated fares and a Taxi service directory all in one place is Taxi Cab Info.

You should compare all of these sources of information to be sure of the quality and cost of the taxi services that you receive before you take the cab.

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