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Manchester Taxis

Manchester Taxi General Information and Tips


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Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


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Manchester Taxi Service

Manchester is a vibrant city located in the north of England. Known for its exciting music scene, fascinating museums, melting-pot of cuisines and fabulous shopping, there’s so much to do. That’s why you need a quick, comfortable and reliable way to get around the city or to and from the airport; a Manchester taxi or private car. Manchester taxis are available 24/7 and can be called on the phone, hailed in the street, picked up at a taxi rank or booked in advance. 


Hand picked & english speaking drivers


Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


Drivers are always on time


24/7 Email & Phone support

How much does a taxi cost?

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00 - 24:00)
Night time
(00:00 - 05:00)
12 €
15 €
19 €
23.50 €
17 MIN

Manchester taxi prices

Taxis in Manchester are actually more affordable than most major cities in Great Britain. The tariffs of the official Manchester Hackney Cabs (black taxis) were set in 2018 by the Manchester City Council and must be adhered to at all times by using an official taximeter. The prices given by private taxi companies must also be approved by the City Council before being offered to the public. All Manchester taxi drivers must clearly display the official tariff ordinance card in their cars.

Day prices (6:00 to 22:00):

Base fare – £2.30 (€2.70)

Price per km – £1.22 (€1.50)

Night prices (22:00 to 6:00):

Base fare – £2.80 (€3.30)

Price per km – £1.62 (€2)

It’s important to note that there will be extra charges added to your fare for things such as keeping your driver waiting for an hour (£18.60 (€22) during the day and £24.00 (€28) at night), airport surcharges (drop-off £1.80 (€2.20) and pick-up £1.60 (€2)), and travelling on Christmas or New Years (Night-time tariff plus 50%).

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How to get a taxi in Manchester

There are thousands of taxis operating throughout Manchester that can be easily booked or hailed. There are two main types of taxis in Manchester, the Hackney black cabs or private hire taxis. The iconic black cabs with glowing yellow ‘TAXI’ signs on up are the only taxis you can hail in the street, they are also the only taxis allowed to use the official taxi ranks throughout the city. The official Manchester taxi ranks can be found at all major points in Manchester, including the main shopping areas, outside the Arndale Centre, Piccadilly Gardens, Piccadilly train station, Spinningfields, the Northern Quarter, on Deansgate and outside the Science and Industry Museum.

If you’re looking to book your taxi in advance or would prefer to call for a taxi, you can use one of the private taxi firms by calling one of the following numbers. However, it’s worth noting there may be an additional fee added for this service. 

Mantax: +44 161 230 3333

Manchester Cars: +44 161 228 3355

Street Cars Manchester: +44 161 228 7878

Taxi Butler: +44 161 228 7878

All-United Cars: +44 161 850 0500

Pre-book your Manchester taxi service

When arriving at an exciting new city like Manchester, the last thing you want to worry about is transportation, especially when it’s raining or late at night. That’s why we recommend booking your Manchester airport transfer service in advance with Welcome Pickups. We offer guaranteed on-time pickups, unbeatable prices and 24/7 customer support. Eliminate the need for waiting for a black cab to pass or for your phone taxi to be dispatched by booking your Manchester taxi with Welcome. 

Manchester taxi tips

  1. Ensure your driver resets the taximeter to the base fare before you begin your journey.
  2. Most Manchester taxi drivers accept credit and debit card payments.
  3. There’s no additional fee added if you wish to pay by card.
  4. Many private taxi companies offer a 10% student discount if you provide a valid NUS card.
  5. Manchester taxis don’t come with a baby seat as standard but you can bring and fit your own for free.

Wheelchair accessible taxis in Manchester

All black Manchester taxi cabs are wheelchair accessible and can carry up to 5 passengers. If you’ve booked with or are calling a private taxi company, most of them also have wheelchair accessible vehicles, complete with a ramp or lift. Just ensure you specify your need for an accessible cab during your booking. 

Manchester taxi safety and complaints

Taking a taxi in Manchester is extremely safe and very well monitored as most Hackney black cabs are fitted with some form of CCTV. However, if you do find that you had a rude driver, were overcharged or that you felt unsafe in any way during your journey, you can make an official complaint to the Manchester City Council by filling out this online form. Make sure you have noted down the details of your journey, your driver’s name, the Manchester taxi number and any official ID number before completing the form.

Frequently asked questions

How do you call a taxi in Manchester?

The only Manchester taxi you can hail in the street is one of the official Hackney black cabs. However, you can easily hire a taxi by calling a Manchester taxi number quickly and easily. Some of the most trusted Manchester taxi services are Manchester Cars +44 161 228 3355, Street Cars Manchester +44 161 228 7878 and All-United Cars +44 161 850 0500. If you’d like to book your taxi in advance, we suggest choosing a trusted and world-renowned company such as Welcome Pickups to avoid long wait times.

Do taxis in Manchester take card?

Most taxis in Manchester accept all forms of major credit and debit cards. According to the Manchester City Council’s regulations, taxi drivers aren’t allowed to add on any extra fee for the use of card payments. If you wish to pay by card, ask your driver before getting in the taxi to ensure they have a card reader or make this known when calling to book your Manchester taxi.

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