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Harare Taxi

Harare Taxi General Information and Tips


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Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


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Taxis in Harare

Harare is the primary gateway to Zimbabwe with delicious cuisine, a buzzing arts scene, and plenty of fantastic day trip opportunities from Victoria Falls to Hakka Camp Game Park.

Taxis offer a practical and efficient way to get around Harare. Since Harare has minimal public transport, you’ll find are taxis the best way to get around. If you don’t have much time to spare and want to explore the city comfortably, taxis are the perfect option. Many taxis in Harare are silver, and minibus taxis are often white.

Unlike cities where taxi services are heavily regulated, Harare has a known issue with unlicensed taxis, known locally as ‘mushikashika‘. Make sure you distinguish between licensed and unlicensed taxis for a safe and secure journey or book any rides in advance with a reliable provider.


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)
33 €
33 €
45 MIN
196 €
196 €
120 MIN
25 €
25 €
30 MIN
A silver taxi in Harare driving during daytime

Taxi prices in Harare

Taxi fares are usually calculated using a taximeter based on the time and distance travelled, so the further you travel around the city, the more expensive your ride will be. It’s also common to haggle a fare before the start of the journey. Extra charges for things like heavy luggage and travel late at night may be added. Taxi prices in Harare vary significantly, depending on the driver, so it’s best to negotiate and agree on a fare before you start your trip, to avoid overcharges and unpleasant surprises.

Official Harare taxis calculate their fares based on the following rates:

Base fare: €4.60 (ZWD 1,508)
Minimum rate per km: €1.40 (ZWD 490)

If you prefer to budget beforehand or wish to avoid any inconvenience, you can always pre-book a private transfer with Welcome.

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How to get a taxi in Harare

If you choose a Harare taxi for your transfer, there are various ways you can find one. Street hailing is a common practice in Harare. Check the taxi and driver are licensed first by looking for official markings. There are also several taxi ranks near popular tourist attractions and transport hubs, however, taxi ranks can have heavy traffic, and there may be long wait times. 

Calling a taxi is another good option, while you can also book taxis on apps like Vaya Taxi Harare. Two of the most reliable local taxi providers you can phone for a pickup are Fife Avenue Taxis (+0242 473 5947) and Yellow Cab Taxis (+0242 475 8746). In any case, hotels will often be happy to call a taxi on your behalf, especially if a language barrier is involved. 

Benefits of booking a Harare taxi transfer in advance

You can pre-book your personalised Harare taxi to avoid frustration and ensure you get from A to B without wasting precious holiday time. Welcome Pickups offers timely 24/7 pickups and door-to-door transfers, fixed fares and a safe journey without worrying about unlicensed taxi drivers.

All drivers are handpicked Welcome-trained local professionals, who speak fluent English for your peace of mind.

Harare taxi tips

  1. Carry smaller notes to make payments easier.
  2. Make sure you agree on a fare before your journey starts.
  3. Check whether your taxi is licensed. You can do this by checking for official company markings.
  4. Harare is a very congested city, so it might take longer to get from point A to B. Make sure you plan ahead and, when possible, choose to travel during less busy hours.

Wheelchair-accessible taxis in Harare

Unfortunately, Harare does not have any wheelchair-accessible taxis roaming the streets. If you require a specialised vehicle with a ramp or lift, you must pre-book this with a private operator before you arrive in Harare. If you are bringing a foldable wheelchair that can fit in the back and you do not need a ramp, some larger taxis might be able to accommodate this with little to no notice.

Safety and complaints for Harare taxis

For a safe taxi experience in Harare, it’s important to use licensed taxis. You can check this by ensuring the taxi has a marked taxi number (this should always be on display in a standard taxi) and that the driver can show you their ID card. Also, make sure you get a copy of your receipt and be aware of overcharging. It’s best to agree on a set rate before you start your journey and to double-check that the quoted amount is not per person, but rather for the ride.

If you are worried or face any issues, keep a record of the driver’s identification and vehicle number in case you need to make a complaint. You can then reach out directly to the taxi company with your concerns. 

Frequently asked questions

How do I call a taxi in Harare?

There are several ways you can call a taxi in Harare. The simplest way is to request a taxi from your hotel’s reception or phone your chosen taxi company directly. Alternatively, you can pre-book a fixed-rate reliable transfer with Welcome Pickups for a hassle-free experience.

Can I pay by card for my taxi in Harare?

While cash is the most common payment method, checking with your taxi service provider in advance if card payments are accepted is advisable. Only a few operators offer this as an option.

Do I need to tip my Harare taxi driver?

Tipping is not mandatory, but it is appreciated for good service; it is a gesture of thanks for a pleasant journey. Tips are commonly 8% to 20% of the fare.

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