Update of the Budapest Taxi industry on 1. September 2013
Since the first of September 2013 there has been a unified and easier pricing system affecting ALL taxi companies in Budapest. From that day all taxi companies in Budapest have to use the following price structure:
- 450 HUF Base fee
- 280 HUF per km
- 70 HUF per waiting minute (in case you order a taxi)
The prices before 1. of September 2013 where very dependent on the tax company first of all and also if you call a taxi or get it from the street. All these arguments do not influence the price anymore. Furthermore there are no more company discounts (which large companies were granted for using a certain taxi company) nor fixed tariffs such as airport transfer. The state believes that this makes the taxi landscape in Budapest more transparent and fair. I agree with the transparent but the kilometer prices have gone up dramatically. In my case a ride to the airport will be at least double the price than it used to be before.
In addition to the pricing there are some other regulations affecting the companies and taxi drivers in Budapest as well such as that every taxi needs to be equipped with an air condition which has to be used in summer, all taxi drivers need to accept credit cards and on top of that the coloring of all taxis will be unique (yellow, a bit New York style).
These changes actually boil the taxi industry down to the service they offer such as friendliness of the drivers and dispatchers and speed of the taxi arriving to the place you call it. In general this is not bad however it will also most probably kills a few smaller taxi companies in Budapest and divide the market among a few large companies.
An unanswered question still is the famous taxi scam in Budapest – especially at the airport – which is trying to grab uninformed tourists and business travelers to make them pay enormous fees that are not fair. I am sure and would even place a bet that the scam will not disappear.
Below you find the original article including a list of reliable taxi companies in Budapest and a few experiences with taxi services.
Taxis are the best way to get from A to B in Budapest as they are quite cheap and you don’t have to worry which way to go. Nevertheless there are many taxi companies trying to ripp tourists off and make some extra money. phenomenon which I haven’t seen anywhere else is that the taxi is cheaper if you call it by phone than if you catch it on the street or let the hotel call it. Also pay attention on where the taxi driver is going with you as some try to cheat and take longer ways to earn more money but that is usually not the case. Therefore it is useful to always have the number of your favorite taxi company with you just in case you need a taxi. The companies listed below are all reliable and speak English so you can choose which ever sounds best to you.
|City Taxi||+36 1 2111111|
|Radio Taxi||+36 1 3777777|
|Buda Taxi||+36 1 2333333|
|6×6 Taxi||+36 1 2666666|
|Taxi 2000 Budapest||+36 1 2000000|
|Fő Taxi||+36 1 2222222|
|Budapest Taxi||+36 1 4333333|