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Glasgow Taxi

General Information and Tips for Taxis in Glasgow


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Glasgow taxis

Glasgow is a culture lover or history buff’s dream destination; filled with stunning Victorian and art nouveau architecture and home to some of the most impressive cultural sites, such as the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, National Theatre of Scotland and countless museums. With so much to see and do, the best way to get around is by taking a Glasgow taxi. There are two types of taxis available; black Hackney cabs and private hire vehicles. You can easily find Hackney Glasgow cabs by hailing one in the street or walking to a taxi rank, whilst private hire taxis can be requested on the phone or booked in advance. 


Hand picked & english speaking drivers


Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


Drivers are always on time


24/7 Email & Phone support

How much does a taxi cost?

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00 - 24:00)
Night time
(00:00 - 05:00)
55 €
60 €
20 MIN
7 €
8 €
14 €
15.20 €
10 MIN
A black Hackney Glasgow cab at the front of a taxi rank, with a line of taxis parked behind it and another line to the left.

How much are taxis in Glasgow?

Private Glasgow taxi and transfer services can set their own rates and may even give set-rate prices for journeys within the city ring. On the other hand, black cabs in Glasgow must adhere to fares set by the Licensing Authority in March 2019. Since then, each black Hackney cab must use an officially calibrated taximeter to calculate their journey and stick to a list of fees put in place. There is also a different travel price depending on the time of day:

Day Tariff (06:00 to 23:00)

Base fare: £3.30 (€4)

Price per km: £0.75 (€0.90)

Night Tariff (23:00 to 06:00)

Base fare: £4.40 (€5.30)

Price per km: £0.75 (€0.90)

It’s worth noting that there may be additional fees for things such as keeping your driver waiting for 1 hour, £21.20 (€25), or any toll fees that may be needed. On top of that, whilst it hasn’t been implemented yet, Glasgow taxi rates will change at some point in 2023. The basic charge will be raised from £3.30 (€4) to £4 (€4.52).

To give you an idea of some indicative prices for popular routes, if you’re travelling from Glasgow Airport to the city centre you’ll pay around £45 (€55) and if you plan on heading from Glasgow Airport straight to Edinburgh, it’ll cost approximately £90 (€110).

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How to get a Glasgow taxi

If you’re looking for a taxi in Glasgow, you’ll need to decide between a black Hackney cab or a private hire vehicle. Hackney Glasgow cabs are black with a taxi sign on the roof and black ID plates on the front and the back of the car. Private hire cars are usually saloon cars that have no taxi sign; instead, the company emblem is printed on the side doors and yellow or green ID plates are fixed to the front and back of the car. Black cabs in Glasgow can be hailed down the street or found at one of the many taxi ranks around the city. On the other hand, private Glasgow taxis can only be called and booked in advance; it is illegal for them to pick up passengers in the street or from a taxi rank. 

If you’re out of the city centre or love how convenient a personalised door-to-door service is, you can pre-book your journey with Welcome Pickups, or call one of the private Glasgow cab numbers below:

Hampden Cabs: +44 (141) 429 1122

Raz Private hire: +44 (141) 212 0850

Southside Radio Cars: +44 (141) 883 3333

Glasgow Taxis: +44 (141) 429 7070

Benefits of booking your Glasgow taxi with Welcome

Have you ever found yourself standing in the rain waiting for a taxi but each one that passes you is full? Or, have you tried calling phone taxi companies only to find out that there’s an hour wait time? If you book your Glasgow taxi in advance with Welcome Pickups, you will avoid any wait times and enjoy guaranteed on-time pickups, personalised transfers, 24/7 customer service, and unbeatable prices. Let Welcome take care of all your Glasgow cab needs, so you can get back to enjoying your time in the beautiful city.

Glasgow taxi tips

  1. Hackney Glasgow cabs can fit up to 8 passengers, whereas a standard private hire vehicle can fit up to 4.
  2. If you’re travelling outside the city ring, a black cab in Glasgow may charge you a set-rate fare.
  3. Baby seats are not provided as standard in Glasgow taxis, but you can bring and fit your own for free.
  4. Ensure your driver resets the taximeter to the correct day or night base fare before starting your journey.

Wheelchair accessible Glasgow Taxi Service

Glasgow is very much a wheelchair-friendly city and this is reflected in its public transport. All black cabs in Glasgow are wheelchair accessible and the drivers are all trained in how to aid people with limited mobility. However, if you’d prefer the convenience of a private hire pick-up from your door, you can call Glasgow Taxis at +44 (141) 429 7070. Glasgow Taxis have a fleet of fully wheelchair-accessible taxis that will come to you 24/7. 

Glasgow taxi safety and complaints

Using a Glasgow taxi service is usually extremely safe and convenient. However, if you do experience any issues during your journey, such as having a rude driver, being overcharged or feeling unsafe at any point, you can make a complaint to the Government Licensing Authority by filling out this online form. If you can, try to note down your driver’s ID number, the licence plate number or the vehicle registration number before making your complaint. 

Frequently asked questions

How do you get a taxi in Glasgow?

Getting a taxi in Glasgow is very easy. You can choose to hail one in the street, walk to a taxi rank, request one over the phone or book one in advance. Some popular private hire companies are Raz Private Hire (+44 (141) 212 0850), Southside Radio Cars (+44 (141) 883 3333) and Glasgow Taxis (+44 (141) 429 7070). You can also book your transfers in advance to enjoy the peace of mind of a set-rate fare with Welcome Pickups.

How do taxis in Glasgow calculate their fares?

The Hackney Glasgow taxi cabs calculate your fare using an officially calibrated taximeter. During the day (06:00 to 23:00), there’s a base fare of £3.30 (€4) and a price per km of £0.75 (€0.90). At night (23:00 to 06:00), there’s a slightly higher base fare of £4.40 (€5.30) and a price per km of £0.75 (€0.90).

Is Uber available in Glasgow?

Uber is available in Glasgow, however, their wait times and the cost of their journeys fluctuate constantly throughout the day. If you’d like to book a Glasgow taxi ride with a trusted company that offers guaranteed on-time pickups and prices you can rely on, we suggest booking in advance with Welcome Pickups.

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