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Berlin Taxi

Berlin Taxi General Information and Tips


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Taxis in Berlin

There are over 7,500 taxis in Berlin run by just over 3,000 individual taxi companies, this is more than any other city in Germany. Although this may sound a little complicated, thanks to the implementation of regulated fares, this fierce competition has actually made taxi fares in Berlin quite affordable.

If you’ve only got a short amount of time in this beautiful city, or if you prefer to get from A to B in comfort, taking a Berlin taxi is a great option. You can very easily hail down a cab in the street, call one of the many taxi companies, or simply walk to a rank at one of the main transportation hubs or tourist spots. 


Hand picked & english speaking drivers


Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


Drivers are always on time


24/7 Email & Phone support

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An ivory Berlin taxi parked at the airport.

Berlin taxi prices

Taxi prices in Berlin are kept fairly low thanks to the high competition between taxi companies, however, all taxi fares are still regulated throughout the city. Berlin taxis use a taximeter based on distance to calculate your journey, so the further you travel in the city, the more expensive your ride will be. To give you an idea of prices, a taxi from Berlin Airport to city centre costs around €65.

However, if you’re planning to make a quick, short journey of less than 2 km, you can take a Kurzstrecke. All taxis offer a ‘special rate’ of €6 if you’re travelling anywhere within a 2 km radius of your pickup point, making it extremely easy to rush around the city even on a low budget. 

  • Base Fare – €4.30
  • Rate/km for first 3 km – €2.80
  • Rate/km from 3-7 km – €2.60
  • Rate/km after 7 km – €2.10
  • Waiting charge per hour – €33

*There are also extra charges for having five passengers or more and large pieces of luggage.

For a competitive fixed fare with no hidden fees, you can book an airport taxi in Berlin with Welcome Pickups and unlock trained, English-speaking drivers and 24/7 customer support.

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How to get a taxi in Berlin

Getting a taxi in Berlin couldn’t be easier. Whether you want to call for your Berlin transfer, wave a taxi down in the street or take a stroll to your nearest taxi rank, you’ll soon be on your way to the next exciting location.

You can easily spot taxi ranks by the long line of ivory taxis with the classic yellow ‘TAXI’ sign on top waiting to pick you up. Although you can find taxi ranks all over the city at major transportation hubs, large hotels, and popular tourist attractions, some of the most common are at the Berlin Hauptbahnhof train station, Friedrichstadt-Palast, Deutsches Theater, Reichstag and the DDR Museum.

If grabbing a Berlin taxi from the street is more your speed, then you shouldn’t have to wait very long either. There are thousands of taxis buzzing around Berlin city, all you need to do is look for a taxi with its yellow roof light on and flag it down. If you want to take a Kurzstrecke short trip, you can only do this by waving down a taxi in the street and then letting the driver know before they set the taximeter.

If it’s raining and you don’t want to wait outside for a taxi, or if it’s late at night and you don’t feel safe walking the streets, you can book an airport taxi or call one of the local taxi companies. Although there are many local companies that offer this style of pickup service, the most well-known is Quality Taxi Berlin (+49 30 202 021 220). Alternatively, you can use a Berlin taxi app such as Uber. Just bear in mind that charges fluctuate depending on demand.

Book your Berlin taxi transfer in advance

Knowing that your Berlin taxi will be waiting for you at a set time, in a set location and with a fixed price takes a lot of weight off your shoulders. If you prefer budgeting and planning your trip in advance, then you can book your Berlin transfer with one of the many pre-book taxi companies online.

Bear in mind that many advance booking companies may have high fees, so to avoid steep rates and hidden charges, book your airport taxi with Welcome Pickups.

Tips for your taxi in Berlin

  1. It’s customary to tip your taxi driver in Berlin around 10% of your total fee. If you take a Kurzstrecke Berlin taxi, then adding on a few cents is also appreciated but not obligatory.
  2. Almost all taxis in Berlin accept cards, however, some companies do charge an additional €1.50 for non-cash payments.
  3. Make sure your driver resets their taximeter to the base fare before you begin your journey.
  4. Taxis in Berlin don’t have baby-seats available, but there’s no extra cost to fit your own.
  5. Be sure to ask for your receipt after your journey is complete in case you leave anything in the taxi.
  6. Not all taxi drivers in Berlin speak English, so it’s a good idea to write your address down or have it ready to show on Google Maps.

Wheelchair-accessible taxis in Berlin

Although almost all taxis in Berlin have enough storage space to hold a foldable wheelchair, there aren’t any wheelchair-accessible taxis for electric wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

However, if you wish to book a fully accessible taxi with spacious seating, large walkways and access ramps, you can contact Berlin Transport Service at +30 4920 4316 or email at [email protected].

On the other hand, nearly all buses and metro stations in Berlin are wheelchair accessible, so this may be another great option.

Berlin taxi safety and complaints

Although it’s not common, sometimes your Berlin taxi driver can be rude, try to charge you extra or take you on a long journey to build up the fare.

If this does happen to you, you must keep your receipt, as it contains the taxi company address, the concession number, the fare, the date, the distance travelled and the driver’s signature. You will then need to call the taxi company that your driver works for (this is usually shown on your receipt or the outside of the taxi door) and speak to their complaints department. You can also contact local police.

Frequently asked questions

Are taxis expensive in Berlin?

Taxis in Berlin are actually more affordable than in most big cities in Germany. They use a taximeter based on distance to calculate their fare, with a base rate of €4.30 and a rate/km of €2.80 for the first 7 km, and €2.10 for every kilometre after that. If you choose to take a Kurzstrecke (short journey) Berlin taxi, it will cost you €6 to reach any destination within a 2km radius. For a guaranteed set rate with no hidden costs, we recommend booking an airport taxi with Welcome.

How do you call a taxi in Berlin?

If you’re avoiding walking the streets at night or standing out in the rain for a taxi, then calling one of the many companies in Berlin is a great idea. Make sure you’re ready to leave before calling as most taxis arrive within 5 minutes. The phone operator will likely ask your name, pickup address, and destination, and will then provide you with the estimated arrival time of your taxi and the taxi number. Although there are many different companies, the most well-known, English speaking is Quality Taxi Berlin (+49 30 202 021 220).

Do you tip taxi drivers in Berlin?

Yes, it’s customary to tip your driver in Berlin around 10% of your total fare. If you take a Kurzstrecke taxi, you’re not obligated to tip, however, giving €0.50 extra will always be appreciated.

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