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Vancouver Taxi

Vancouver Taxi General Information and Tips


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Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


Drivers are always on time


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Vancouver Cab Services

Vancouver, Canada’s third-largest city boasts friendly locals, a clean downtown area, luscious nature and breathtaking mountains. The popularity of the city of Vancouver amongst travellers, has resulted in a bustling taxi industry, with 26 different taxi companies roaming the streets. Thanks to this, it is very easy to find a taxi, making it the most comfortable and reliable way to travel. Taxis are not only a fast way to travel, but they also provide 24/7 door-to-door services.


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)
24.30 €
24.30 €
20 MIN
41 €
41 €
30 MIN
27 €
27 €
23 MIN
22 €
22 €
20 MIN
yellow taxi cab in Vancouver Canada

Vancouver Taxi Prices

Vancouver taxis are required by law to use a taximeter to calculate their fares, which means no negotiations are possible. Moreover, only one tariff is available as there is no weekend or night fare; however, if you are travelling from the airport, you will be subjected to an airport toll fee of CA$3 (€2), payable by the passenger.

Initial fee: CA$3.35 (€2.30)

Each Additional km: CA$1.93 (€1.33)

Waiting time per hour: CA$34.46 (€23.70)

It is worth knowing that if you are travelling from the airport, Vancouver taxi cabs offer fixed rates to some areas such as downtown.

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Where to get a Taxi in Vancouver

Although many taxi companies operate in and around the city of Vancouver, there is only 1 taxi for every 4000 residents, making hailing a taxi straight from the city streets challenging. Thus, if you can’t find a taxi free to hail, you can head over to popular spots in downtown Vancouver, such as Granville Street, Gastown, Chinatown or at any major hotel with taxi stands; here you will more likely find a free Vancouver cab. However, you can also call ahead and book a taxi through a company’s website, or you can use the “eCab” mobile application.

Nevertheless, if you prefer travelling at a fixed rate fare with a local driver at no extra costs, you can always pre-book your Vancouver airport transfer with Welcome Pickups, and avoid any hidden fees. In this case, your Vancouver transfer driver will be waiting for you at the exact location you indicated during the booking process.

The Benefits of Booking a Vancouver Transfer in Advance

Arriving in a new city and having to find your way around town can be daunting, especially if you are travelling with children. Knowing that your private taxi cab is waiting for you at a set time, in a set location, and at a fixed price, with no hidden fees is a great feeling.

Going further, Vancouver taxis are known to be hard to find as there are only few in town. That is why it is highly recommended to book a Vancouver private transfer in advance. Not only will you be avoiding surcharges, high fees, and long waits, you will have a friendly, local and highly trained driver waiting for you at the location of your choice if you book your Vancouver transfer with Welcome Pickups.

Vancouver Taxi Tips

  1. All taxis in Vancouver have card machines but it is advised to inform your driver that you wish to pay by card before starting your ride.
  2. It is expected to give your cab driver a 10 to 20% tip. However, if the service was below average, you can simply round up the price to the nearest dollar or ask them to keep the change.
  3. There is an airport toll of CA$3 (€2) when leaving Vancouver International Airport, payable by the passenger.
  4. Vancouver taxi fares are metered; it is important that your taxi driver resets their taximeter and that it is turned on before starting your journey.

Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in Vancouver

Unfortunately, regular Vancouver taxis cannot facilitate wheelchairs nor mobile scooters; for that reason, you will need to call a private company in advance and book a specialised vehicle.

Vancouver Taxi Safety and Complaints

Regrettably, if your Vancouver taxi service wasn’t as you expected and your experience was bad, you can ask your driver for a receipt in order to get their taxi number and contact the service provider (cab company).

Alternatively, you can also phone the agency at 1-888-564-9963. Consumer Protection BC will then review the complaint, respond to you, and refer the case to the appropriate body to address it. Or, you can directly email the Passenger Transportation Branch at passengertransportationbr@gov.bc.ca

Frequently asked questions

How much does a taxi cost in Vancouver?

If you are travelling around the city, taxis use a meter rate. However, if you are travelling from Vancouver International Airport, taxi cabs offer established fares to various zones around the city, such as downtown, with a flat rate fare of CA$36 (€24.30).

Please note that all fares are the same; there are no weekend or nighttime prices.

Should I tip my taxi driver in Vancouver?

A 10 to 20% tip is customary for your Vancouver cab driver. However, if the service wasn’t great, you can round up the price to the nearest dollar or ask them to keep the change.

How do I get a cab in Vancouver?

There are many ways to get a Vancouver cab; you can either hail one directly from the streets at busy areas downtown, you can head to a taxi rank around the city (mostly at major hotels, restaurants or shopping areas), you can call a taxi company or you can book a taxi through a taxi company’s mobile application.

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