Local pros give us the skinny on waving down taxi cabs in these six cities
Taxis can be hailed at city centers and at designated spots near train stations, and anywhere in the suburbs. You’ll know a cab is available when the red light on top is turned on.
During your ride: Be precise with addresses — preferably in Japanese characters — so that the taxis’ in-built navigation system can be properly used. And don’t speak to the driver.
Getting off: There’s no need to give a tip. Simply say “Arigato gozaimasu!”
– Maria Reodica, student
You can get a cab anywhere in the city, but it can be tough on Sundays and holidays, and during wet weather. Look for a cab with a red- or green-lit sign (on the dashboard) that says “For Hire” and hail it.
During your ride: Vietnamese street names need to be pronounced in the correct tones — to save yourself the trouble, have these written down.
Getting off: Always keep small change on hand and alight from the right side of the taxi.
– Nini Beltran, tattoo artist
You’ll find cabs anywhere in the designated taxi areas. A small red-lit sign mounted on the windshield indicates an available cab. Transport apps like Grab are also useful for ordering quick rides.
During your ride: Mind the advisory stickers on the insides of the cab — some warn against bringing durian on board; cheekier ones warn against farting.
Getting off: Be sure to have cash on hand as taxis do not accept credit cards
– Leo Katigbak, businessman
You can get a cab at places around the city that are clear of traffic. A green light indicates an available cab. You can also call +971 4208 0808 or use the RTA Smart Taxi App.
During your ride: Front-seat passengers must always fasten their seat belts; solo women travelers must always board at the rear of the vehicle.
Getting off: Fares for rides to places in the Northern Emirates area carry a DH20 (P270) surcharge.
– Rio Melizza Flores, recruitment officer
Hail taxis anywhere where there’s no double yellow lines. Or walk to the nearest hotel or taxi stand to get a cab. Look for the red round “for hire” sign. There are reliable taxi companies you can call for pickup at a premium.
During your ride: Taxis are not allowed to refuse rides, so once you hail them, the deal is sealed. Have your drop-off address written in Chinese beforehand to make communication with the driver easier.
Getting off: If you crossed a tunnel, expect to pay extra. If you used the trunk and have luggage, there’s also an extra fee for that as well. Give a tip if you’re pleased and get exact change in return. For official purposes, you can ask for a receipt.
– Julie Magno, marketing manager
Cabs can be hailed at designated stands, usually near key buildings and landmark areas. You can also hail a cab from the road with no double-yellow lines. Look for a “taxi” sign lit in green.
During your ride: A lot of drivers here are friendly. Don’t be shy to chat with them.
Getting off: Giving a tip is unnecessary, but letting them keep the change is common practice.
– Cat Cortes, communications manager