Caracas Taxi Service
Caracas is an exciting and diverse city combining a multitude of things to do. You have a great choice of historic places to visit, (Paseo de Los Proceres, Panteon Nacional), stunning landscapes including mountains (El Avila National Park) and jungles at your doorstep and a celebrated food culture from the many ethnicities (indigenous, European, African) that make up the city.
Caracas is a large and busy city and navigating it can be difficult. Its ongoing economic crisis has also led to a city that requires vigilance and caution for visiting travellers. A Caracas taxi is therefore an ideal option to easily navigate the city’s attractions, comfortably and safely. Taxis are numerous but for safety reasons, it is recommended that only licensed taxis or reliable private transfer companies like Welcome Pickups are used by visitors. A licensed taxi cab be recognised by its yellow plates and many will also have the characteristic ‘taxi’ sign on the roof of the vehicle.
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Caracas (CCS) Taxi Prices
In general, Caracas taxis do not have meters, therefore the cost of a transfer should be discussed and negotiated with the driver before entering the cab. Taxis are an affordable transport method but due to Venezuela’s bad economy, it is very common that you will initially be quoted high for your ride; a price that, after negotiating with the driver, will be lowered to a rather low and realistic cost. Of course, this may be avoided by booking your taxi ahead of time if you know when and where you’ll be needing one, with a reliable company like Welcome Pickups that offers fixed-rate fares with no hidden costs and a hassle-free booking experience.
As there is no fixed rate, you can expect the cost of a taxi to be calculated using a taximeter using the following base fare and per km cost price range:
Initial Base Fee: €1.60 to €4.00 (VES 18.80-47.10)
Cost Per km: €1.70 to €2.00 (VES 20-23.55)
Transfers between 18:00 and 6:00, as well as weekend trips, are considered ‘night transfers’ and an extra 20% of the normal cost is added to the total price.
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How to get a taxi in Caracas
Taxis in Caracas are readily available, however in order to try and maintain a safe travel environment, it is recommended that only licensed taxis or private shuttle services are used. Therefore one of the best ways to find a taxi is by contacting your hotel reception and either booking a taxi through them or asking them to recommend a taxi service that they use. If you require a taxi whilst on the street, you can easily hail one down but make sure that it is a licensed taxi. These are recognised from the yellow number plate and ‘taxi’ sign on the top of the vehicle. Some licensed taxis companies that you can use include:
Taxi Tour: +58 (212) 794 1264
Teletaxi: +58 (212) 953 4040
Taxi Explorer UTAC: +58 (212) 575 0053 / +58 (212) 575 1231
Booking your Caracas taxi in advance
It is highly recommended that you book your CCS taxi from Caracas airport in advance. It is a busy airport and the last thing you need after a long flight is to deal with finding a taxi after you arrive. By booking your Caracas airport taxi in advance with a reputable company like Welcome Pickups you will be quoted a fixed rate fare with no hidden costs and a fair cancellation if needed. Due to the number of unofficial taxis in Caracas, it would also be safer if all your taxi or private shuttle needs are arranged in advance, in order to avoid any difficulties or unpleasant experiences.
Caracas taxi tips
- Avoid anyone who approaches you offering a taxi service either at the airport or on the street. Use official licensed taxis only, they can be identified by their yellow number plates and will usually have the characteristic ‘taxi’ sign on the top of the vehicle.
- Always agree to the cost of your transfer with the driver before you get in the taxi. Negotiating the price of your taxi is standard practice in Caracas and is expected by the driver. If you do not come to an agreement regarding the price you are not obliged to take the taxi.
- Ideally, book your taxis in advance either through the hotel you are staying in or with a reputable company like Welcome Pickups. That way, you will avoid the hassle of negotiating the cost with the driver and it is a much safer way to use a taxi.
- Traffic in Caracas can be very heavy, so always add extra time for your transfers, when making arrangements.
Wheelchair accessible taxis in Caracas
Finding a wheelchair-accessible taxi in Caracas will be difficult and not a lot of companies offer this service. The best option is to contact some of the most established taxi companies like Teletaxi: +58 (212) 953 4040 or Taxi Tour: +58 (212) 794 1264 and check their availability and whether or not they can accommodate such a request at the time and date.
Caracas taxi safety and complaints
Caracas can be an intimidating city if you’ve not visited before, therefore visitors should always try to avoid situations that may put them at risk. With regards to taking a taxi, you should only be using licensed and official taxis which are identified by their yellow plates or request a taxi through your hotel who will be working with a legitimate company. In the event that you have a bad taxi experience, contact the taxi company in question directly with all the details of the transfer, including the driver’s name and registration number, to make a formal complaint.