From the airport
Taxis are the second most popular mode of transportation, behind the bus, when traveling from the airport or station to a hotel.
Research found that more U.S. travelers (46 percent) use a taxi while on a domestic vacation. When Americans travel abroad only 34 percent of travelers hire a taxi.
Safety is the biggest concern for travelers followed in order of importance by value for money, knowledge of area, quality of driving, availability, cleanliness and friendliness. Survey participants didn’t overwhelmingly rank a U.S. city as having the safest taxis.
Most Americans tip their taxi drivers. Of those who do tip, 37 percent tip a tenth of the fare, 17 percent tip a fifth of the fare and six percent of travelers never tip their driver.
An overwhelming 45 percent of travelers are peeved when a driver smokes while driving, while travelers ranked drivers that were too distracted or too smelly as highly annoying.
The majority of travelers (55 percent) would share a taxi (and the cost) with a stranger, while 45 percent would rather ride alone.
Top Five Tips on hailing a cab from hotels.com travelers:
“Have your hotel doorman flag down a taxi for you. I have found that they will not flag a non-authorized taxi. Know how to get to your destination and be prepared to take action if they are not taking you directly there.”
“In most cities it is illegal to deny a person a ride. Don’t ask if they will take you someplace. Get in the cab, sit down and tell them your destination. Also write down their license number and cab number just in case you need to file a complaint.”
“Ask for an estimated fare first.”
“If you are in a foreign country learn how to say ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘receipt’ in their language.”
“Find out the rules of the country, not all (taxis) require tips, some you have to barter with.”
* 4,821 respondents across 23 countries; SINGAPORE, UK, BRAZIL, ARGENTINA, JAPAN, SWEDEN, GERMANY, AUSTRALIA SWITZERLAND IRELAND INDIA SPAIN, CHINA, FRANCE, ITALY, DENMARK, NORWAY, THE NETHERLANDS, HONG KONG, KOREA, MEXICO FINLAND, USA from approximately July 31 – August 20, 2011.