When travelling, especially in different countries, it's important to be respectful of the native culture and customs.The way people live their daily lives can vary with regards to what's considered acceptable public dress, perceptions on tattoos, and of course; the polite way to hail a taxi when you're in need of a taxi service.
Hailing A Taxi In 10 Different Cities Across The World
1. London (UK)
One of the important things to remember when visiting London is that you should not should “Taxi" at a moving black cab,they won't stop for you. Instead, stick out your arm when the taxi you want to hail is approaching you and when it stops, approach the driver (on the right hand side) and explain where you want to go before getting in.
2. Paris (France)
Unlike some countries and cities, hailing a taxi in Paris can be a difficult experience for those unaware of the local culture and customs. For example, you need to go to a pre-designated area and wait in a queue for a taxi. If you are within 50 metres of the taxi rank but not waiting at the rank itself, a taxi won't stop for you, even if you try to hail the taxi.
3. Berlin (Germany)
In Berlin you have two choices, you can go to a taxi rank or taxi-call point and wait for a taxi to take you where you need to go,or you can flag down a free cab. You know if a taxi is free or not by the roof sign. If the sign on the roof is illuminated, this means that the taxi is currently free and accepting fairs.
4. New York (USA)
Hailing a cab is quick and simple in New York, step off the curb and hold out your arm. If the taxi is free, they'll stop for you.Identifying if a cab is on available or not is quick and simple with the cab lights on display. As described by Trip Savvy “When just the centre is lit, highlighting the medallion number, the cab is available. When the medallion number, as well as the side lamps, are lit, the cab is off-duty. When no lights are lit, the cab already has a fare and it is en route to its destination."
5. Los Angeles (USA)
Don't hail a cab in LA; whilst it's no longer illegal taxi companies are fined if drivers pick up customers in a manner that impedes traffic. As such, whilst it's no longer illegal, it's not practical to hail cabs in the street. Instead you should call a taxi company or use an app to arrange a pickup.
6. Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
There are lots of different taxi services available in Rio De Janeiro, such as Radio Taxis; however if you decide to hail a taxi from the street, make sure that you do so with a firm hand signal. A subtle and 'friendlier' wave is less likely to accurately communicate the message.
7. Delhi (India)
Known locally as taxicabs, the city of Delhi is the only city in India in which all the taxicabs run on compressed natural gas.Typically the taxis in Delhi will be black with yellow roofs and to hail them,you simply wait at a taxi stand, or wait on the street to be picked up. Also,it's worth remembering that in Delhi, taxis with air conditioning will cost more than those that do not have air conditioning.
8. Beijing (China)
Whilst in Beijing, there are plenty of taxis and cabs to choose from, however it can be difficult to travel via taxi during busy hours which are typically from 7am to 9am in the morning and 5 pm to 8 pm in the evening. In Beijing you have two choices for where you choose to hail the taxi,you can stand at the roadside or you can stand at a designated taxi stand. Do not hail a taxi at an intersection, ring road, urban expressway, or highway as the driver will not stop.
9. Tokyo (Japan)
In Tokyo, trains and busses stop around midnight,this means that during the night time, taxis are the ideal choice of transportation. Hailing a taxi is quite simple, you can either wait at a taxi stand, or you can flag one down from the side of the road where it is safe to stop.
One thing to remember that when using taxis in Japan is that the doors and the door etiquette are different to many other countries. The vehicle's left rear door is opened and closed by the driver remotely. This means that you are not to open or close this door yourself.
10. Seoul (South Korea)
In previous years, Seoul had dedicated 'Foreigner Only Taxis' that were orange. However, this is no longer the case as a policy was introduced to make all taxis in Seoul orange. [Korea4expats.com]
Taxis can be hailed in a variety of different ways, you can wait at a taxi stand, you can call a taxi company, or you can flag one from the street. In Seoul, the common way of flagging a taxi is to stick out your hand, palm down and move your hand towards yourself. It's also important to note that you should always flag a taxi facing the direction you want to travel in as left turns are often not allowed in Seoul so your journey could take an additional 15-20 minutes if you need to turn.