If it's raining out or you're in a rush, or there are no great public transportation options to where you're going, a taxi can be perfect.
That said, they're not exactly cheap. In fact, Boston apparently has the most expensive taxis in the nation!
Why? Well, it has something to do with their being run on a medallion system.
Each taxi needs to own a medallion issued by the Police Commissioner in order to be licensed to legally pick up passengers. There are a limited number of medallions so when one goes up for sale it sells for a pretty impressive bundle.
That said, many other big cities in the U.S. run on medallion systems as well, so we're not the only ones that are on the expensive side.
In any case, they can still be an extremely convenient way to get around, so here's the info you'll need if you do decide to hail down or call a taxi.
City of Boston TaxisThere are currently seven authorized cab associations in Boston proper.
Here's the contact info for each:
FYI, my husband generally calls Metro Cab. This isn't due to bad experiences with any other companies. More that when we arrived back in Boston, his initial research lead him to Metro and we've never had any problems with them.
And, if you want to get a sense of what your fare will be before you ride, check out this Boston Taxi Fare Finder.
Taxis in Cambridge, Brookline and ElsewhereReality is, you'll see many more taxi cab companies floating around Boston than just those listed above. This is because those are simply the companies licensed by the City of Boston itself.
Because these areas are so close to Boston proper, their taxis can be found virtually anywhere in the Boston area.
Note On Cost: The taxi system from each city or town has its own fee structure. For instance, Brookline taxis are cheaper than Boston cabs for the first few miles, but will eventually catch up and surpass the Boston fares if you're going a long way. Overall, it's probably not enough of a difference to base your decision on, but each city's website has an overview of their fee structure if you're interested in checking them out.
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