Taxis in Adelaide
South Australia’s capital city Adelaide, situated along the St. Vincent Gulf, is known for its lively festival scene, good food and fine wine. You can find sandy beaches just a short drive from the city centre, or you can take a day to head inland to one of the many wineries that are scattered throughout the countryside.
If you want to get somewhere in or around Adelaide quickly and comfortably, you can easily catch a lift from one of the main accredited Adelaide taxi companies that have hundreds of cabs servicing the city centre as well as the suburban region. To take a taxi service in Adelaide, you can call ahead, pre-book your ride online, hail a taxi from the street, or find one at the designated taxi ranks. Rates for taxis in Adelaide may vary, with the price depending on the distance to your destination, as well as the time of day you are travelling and the number of people in your group. Alternatively, you can pre-book a ride with one of Welcome’s professional local drivers for a competitive flat rate and no hidden fees.
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Cost of an Adelaide Taxi
Generally, taxi fares in Adelaide are determined by a flagfall rate (base fare), combined with the rate per kilometre and any surcharges that may apply. For example, there is a €1.90 (3 AUD) levy for rides to or from the airport. Prices are also determined by the size of your group and the time of travel. If you pre-book online or by phone, you can negotiate a flat rate depending on your destination.
Weekdays 6:00 to 19:00 (up to 4 travellers):
Base Fare: €2.34 (3.70 AUD)
Price per Km: €1.18 (1.87 AUD)
Nights and Weekends (up to 4 travellers):
Base Fare: €3.10 (4.90 AUD)
Price per Km: €1.37 (2.16 AUD)
Weekdays 6:00 to 19:00 (more than 5 travellers):
Base Fare: €2.97 (4.70 AUD)
Price per Km: €1.53 (2.42 AUD)
Nights and Weekends (more than 5 travellers):
Base Fare: €4.05 (6.40 AUD)
Price per Km: €1.78 (2.81 AUD)
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Where to get a Taxi in Adelaide
The centre of Adelaide is easily walkable, taking just around 30 minutes to go from one end to the other, but if you are looking for ease and speed, or travelling outside the centre, you may want to consider taking a taxi to your destination.
To catch an Adelaide cab, you can either pre-book your ride by calling your chosen company or try using their website or smartphone app. Moreover, you can hail a taxi from the street, or you can head to a taxi rank. Several taxi ranks can be found in the Adelaide city centre, including one on King William Street and one between Grenfell Street and North Terrace. If you prefer planning in advance or you are travelling from and to the suburbs, it may be easier to pre-book your ride. This way, you won’t have to worry about finding an Adelaide taxi to flag down, whilst depending on your destination, you may be able to request a flat rate. The main three Adelaide taxi companies are:
Independent Taxis: 13 2211
Suburban Taxis: 13 1008
Yellow Cabs (also called 13cabs): 13 2227
Welcome Pickups‘ transfer service is also a great alternative to a regular taxi, offering guaranteed on-time pickups, personalised rides, and set fares at competitive rates.
Benefits of Booking an Adelaide Transfer with Welcome
Scheduling your Adelaide transfer ahead of time can give you some peace of mind in knowing that your ride will arrive when you need it, and you will know how much it will cost. It will be one less thing to worry about so that you may better enjoy your stay in Adelaide and make the most out of your time. If you book your ride in advance, you won’t have to worry about getting lost looking for a taxi rank or waiting around for an empty taxi to hail – especially in unfavourable weather conditions. If you are considering pre-booking your Adelaide private transfer, we suggest choosing Welcome as we guarantee personalised door-to-door services, competitive flat rates with no hidden fees and professional, knowledgeable drivers.
Adelaide Taxi Tips
- There are three main Adelaide taxi companies: Independent Taxis, Suburban Taxis, and Yellow Cabs. Before you book a ride, you can check their websites for more information on what each of them offers.
- Pre-book your ride, or agree on a set fare with the driver before starting your journey to avoid unpleasant surprises!
- You can pay your fare with a credit or debit card, but there is usually a surcharge to do so.
- Oftentimes an additional booking fee applies for bookings with one of Adelaide’s regular taxi companies.
- Although tips aren't expected in Adelaide, they're highly appreciated.
- ‘Access Taxis’ is the main company that offers wheelchair and scooter accessible vehicles.
Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in Adelaide
There are over a hundred accessible Adelaide taxis that can accommodate mobility aids such as wheelchairs and scooters, offered by Access Taxis – a Suburban Taxis contracted service provider. They offer vehicles with hydraulic lifts and trained drivers for safe and secure transportation. They are available 24/7 and can be booked by phone or online. For more information and to make a booking, you can check out the Access Taxis website.
Safety and Complaints for Adelaide Taxis
If you have had an unpleasant experience with an Adelaide taxi driver, i.e. experienced a no-show or significant delay, or felt unsafe, you can get in touch with the city’s official customer feedback line on 1300 311 108.
If you decide to do so, we suggest that you include the taxi company’s name, the driver’s registration number or cab’s number plate, the location of your pickup and destination, as well as the date and the approximate time that the issue occurred.