Taxis in Athens
With over 13,000 taxis in Athens, it’s extremely quick and easy to find one. Although there is a large number of different taxi companies throughout the city, they are all fully regulated and have set pricing. If you’re looking to explore the city in comfort or you don’t have much time to spare, choosing an Athens taxi would be a fantastic option for you. You can easily hail a taxi from the street, call one of the many radio taxi companies, walk to a designated taxi rank, or book a private transfer in advance. that are located throughout the city and at the most popular tourist spots.
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Cost of an Athens taxi
Although there are many different Athens taxi companies, they all work under a regulated pricing system. Except for rides to and from the airport, all taxis in Athens operate using a taximeter that will calculate your fare based on the distance travelled.
It’s worth noting that there are different tariffs for rides during the day (05:00 to 24:00) and at night (24:00 to 05:00), this will always be indicated on the taximeter at the front of the cab.
Base Fare – €1.80
Rate/km daytime (05:00 to 24:00) – €0.90
Rate/km nighttime (24:00 to 05:00)- €1.25
Taxis in Athens also have extra charges for extra luggage, waiting times, travelling during special holidays (€1-€2) and a surcharge for pickups at the train station, bus station or port (€1-€2).
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How to get a taxi in Athens
Athens is a big and busy city, but when you choose an Athens taxi for your transfer, getting from A to B couldn’t be easier. You can choose to simply hail a taxi from the street, walk to the nearest taxi rank, call one of the many local radio companies or use a taxi app.
Taxi ranks can be found near all the major tourist spots throughout the city: Athens railway station, Kifissos bus station and the main squares like Syntagma Square. It’s easy to spot a rank as you will see the yellow cars with the iconic ‘TAXI’ light on top, lining up at the side of the road. All you have to do is walk to the front of the line and enter the first free taxi.
Having said this, hailing an Athens taxi from the street is by the far easiest way to find one. All you have to do is wave your arm when you see an empty yellow taxi approaching you in the street. Once inside, make sure the taximeter is set to the base fare and then tell your driver where you need to go.
During bad weather or late at night, we suggest booking your Athens taxi by calling one of the local radio taxi companies or using one of the taxi apps available in Greece, such as Free Now. This way, you can stay indoors where it’s safe and warm until your driver lets you know they’re outside. Although this is a very convenient option, there will be additional charges for this service.
Benefits of booking an Athens transfer in advance
Knowing that your Athens taxi will be there waiting when you need it is something everyone wants when visiting a new and exciting city. Booking a private Athens taxi transfer in advance not only allows you to plan and budget your trip with ease but it also gives you the peace of mind of a guaranteed fixed fare with no hidden fees.
There’s nothing like having a reliable, English-speaking driver waiting at the airport and access to 24/7 customer support. So book with us and we guarantee you a hassle-free experience in the most iconic city of Athens.
Athens taxi tips
- Not all Athens taxi drivers speak English, so be sure to clearly write down the directions of the place you want to visit in Greek.
- Before beginning your journey, make sure your taxi driver sets the meter to the base fare of €1.80.
- If you are travelling during the day, be sure the taximeter is set to tariff 1.
- It helps to learn the names of the main roads throughout the city so you can know if your driver is going the right way.
- If you feel your driver is taking a long route, you can check the directions on Google Maps.
- Taxis in Athens don’t usually carry change for large notes, so be sure to keep coins and small bills in Euros with you.
- Athens taxis don’t carry baby seats, but you can bring and fit your own.
Wheelchair-accessible taxis in Athens
Athens as a whole is an accessible city. However, the regular taxis you will find driving on the streets don’t have any special ramps or seating for wheelchair users. If you’re comfortable folding up your wheelchair, there’s plenty of space to store it in the regular taxis. Likewise, if you need a fully accessible vehicle, you can contact www.specialtaxi.com.
Safety and complaints for Athens taxis
Some taxi drivers in Athens have been known to try and take more money from their customers by taking longer routes, using tariff 2 during the day or increasing the base fare.
If you believe this has happened to you, write down the taxi number and driver’s unique ID number on display in the vehicle and ask for your receipt. You can then call the company that you travelled with or contact the Athens Tourist Police.