Charlottetown PEI Taxis and taxicab information, listings and links
Charlottetown has about 120 taxis, operated by five different companies. This is a high ratio of taxis to population, about 2.8 taxis/1000 population. Comparable figures in other Canadian cities, where public transportation exists, are lower, though here there is a lack of alternative transportation for the 40% of city residents who do not drive. Taxi fares in Charlottetown are comparable with those in other cities, perhaps as a result a desire to minimize need for alternatives.
When you call for a cab, the dispatchers will want to know where you are going - though they will usually not take your name, so be ready to meet the cab upon arrival. You may have to wait 15-20 minutes for a cab to arrive,especially if you are leaving from UPEI.
Most Charlottetown cabs have no meters. Instead, all of the city's taxi companies have a standard fare structure - as of January 2001, this was roughly as follows:
- Within the downtown area - $3.75 + $1 per additional passenger;
- UPEI to downtown - $4.75 + $1 per additional passenger;
- Airport to downtown - $10 for single passenger/ multiple passengers - $8 first passenger + $4 for each additional passenger.
Oh, yes, and if your driver was courteous and helpful, it is the custom to tip him (or her)! Tips on tipping.
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