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San Diego Taxis

San Diego Taxi General Information and Tips


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Taxis in San Diego

With over 35 million visitors a year, San Diego is one of the top ten visitor and meeting destinations in the U.S. With a growing sector focused on arts and culture, great food and some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, San Diego is undoubtedly a great holiday destination for family, friends or couples alike. And there is no better way to explore the beautiful city than by taking a taxi; so book a San Diego taxi and start preparing for your sunny holiday now.


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)
21.20 €
21.20 €
15 MIN
21.80 €
21.80 €
15 MIN
12.20 €
12.20 €
10 MIN
38.60 €
38.60 €
20 MIN
53.10 €
53.10 €
25 MIN

Cost of a San Diego Taxi

Taxis in San Diego calculate their faires using a taximeter, based on the time and distance travelled. It is good to know that there are no separate fares for day, night or weekend fares. Moreover, it is customary to tip your taxi driver, 15% to 20% tip of the end fare.

Although many San Diego taxi companies exist, all have to abide by the rates set by the government of California presented below:

Base Fee: $2.80 (€2.50)

Cost Per Km: $1.88 (€1.65)

Waiting Time Per Hour: $24 (€21.15)

Standard San Diego taxis carry four passengers, including children. Thus, if you are travelling in a larger group, it is recommended to pre-book your private transfer.

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How to get a San Diego Taxi

Many taxicab companies operate in San Diego, and they are very easy to find; at San Diego International Airport,  you can just follow the signs leading to the Transportation Plazas, or in the city, you can simply head to popular sights, where you will find official taxi stands, hail a taxi straight from the streets, request a cab from a taxi app, send an SMS to 777222, or call one of the many taxicab companies:

Yellow Radio Service: (+1) 619-444.-444

Yellow Cab San Diego: (+1) 619-858-760

American Radio Service: (+1) 619-234-1111

Orange Radio Service: (+1) 619-223-5555

San Diego Dispatch: (+1) 619-226-8294

USA Radio Dispatch: (+1) 619-231-1144

Benefits of Booking a Private Transfer With Welcome

Time optimisation whilst visiting a city is the best way to make the most out of your holiday. The best way to do that is by pre-booking a private transfer with Welcome Pickups. Welcome ensures on-time pickups, whenever and wherever you decide. Furthermore, Welcome offers personalised transfers, stellar 24/7 customer service, and local friendly drivers.

So, avoid surcharges and long waits in the San Diego heat, and book your San Diego transfer now with Welcome Pickups.

San Diego Taxi Tips

  1. Make sure your taxicab driver resets their taximeter before beginning your trip.
  2. It is customary to tip your San Diego taxi driver. Most travellers leave a 15% to 20% tip.
  3. There are no price differences for day, night or weekend taxi rides in San Diego.
  4. All taxi drivers should accept credit card payments; however, if it is always recommended to ask your San Diego cab driver beforehand.
  5. You can always ask your driver for an approximate price to your destination before starting your trip. Main taxi stands should give you an approximate price for popular destinations.

Taxi Safety and Complaints in San Diego

Most taxi drivers in San Diego are reliable, friendly and safe. However, if you underwent a bad experience, you can contact MTS (Metropolitan Transit System) and file a complaint to the “Taxicab Administration Office”, either through their website or by calling:
(+1) 921-131-029 or (+1) 619-595-3086 (Office hours: Monday-Friday from 08:00 to 17:00).

Alternatively, you can directly report your San Diego cab driver to the company you travelled with.

In both cases, you need to keep your driver’s licence number, number plate and the date and time you travelled on.

San Diego Wheelchair Accessible Taxis and Transfers

Unfortunately, standard San Diego taxis services are not able to accommodate wheelchairs, for that reason, you will need to contact a private cab company. Many companies offer wheelchair accessible vehicles, such as:

Curbside Handi-Transport: (+1) 858-217-6294

San Diego Mobility Vans: (+1) 619-807-1050

Golden Health Transportation: (+1) 858-521-8885

All Points Assisted Transportation: (+1) 619-244-9929

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi in San Diego?

Taxis calculate their fares using a taximeter, based on the time and distance travelled; the initial fee is $2.80 (€2.50), the cost per km is $1.88 (€1.65) and the waiting time per hour costs $24 (€21.15). It is good to know that there are no time differences between day, night or weekend fares.

Nevertheless, if you wish to travel at a fixed rate with no hidden fees, it is recommended to pre-book a private shuttle.

How do you book a cab in San Diego?

There are many San Diego cab companies around the city; you can hail a taxi from the street, go to one of the official taxi ranks around the city, call one of the companies, or book via their website or mobile App.

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