Budapest taxi – travelling in a cab in Budapest

budapest taxi

Allthough travelling around by taxi seems like a very convenient option, both a Hungarian tour guide and a local once recommended me to not take the taxi in Budapest. According to them the drivers can be quite rude and they try to hook you up with a bigger bill then necessary (they don’t switch on the meter or make a detour).

Nevertheless if you do want to take a taxi in Budapest, then on this page you will find all information you need.

Tips for travelling by taxi

Above I warned you for taking a taxi. Budapest is a very safe city, but taxi scams unfortunately happen quite often. If you do want to take a taxi, here a are some tips which are useful when you take one:

  • There is no night tariff in Budapest.
  • Always order a taxi instead of taking one in the street.
  • If you do need to take one from the street make sure it’s official. The onoffical ones look very similar to the official taxis. Make sure your taxi has a logo in the middle of the front door and one over the sign on the top of the car.
  • Don’t ask the driver for recommendations on restaurants and bars. They are likely to take you to a place that pays them a commission.
  • The meter should read 700 (HUF) from the start, except if the driver had to wait for you a while.
  • A transfer from the airport by taxi should cost between 7600 HUF and 9000 HUF.

Cost taxi in Budapest

The rates for the official taxis in Budapest are:

Type of costHUFEuroDollarPound
Standard fee7002.12.41.9
Distance based fare per km3000.910.8
Time based fare750.250.250.2

Tipping & payment

It’s common in Hungary to give a tip to the driver when you are satisfied. On average it’s normal to tip an extra 5 – 10%. You can pay the driver in cash and all taxis accept bankcards.

Ordering a taxi in Budapest

Again, it’s best to order an official taxi on forehand then to get in a cab on the street. If so, make sure you are in an official one (you’ll find a description in the tips above). If you order a cab via phone the waiting time mostly is around 15 minutes.

Über in Budapest

Über, the app with which you can order a taxi via your phone, can’t be used in Budapest. In the beginning you could use Über in the Hungarian Capital, but ‘due to legislative changes’ the company was forced to suspend their service in Hungary. Who knows they may come back but for now you have to use the alternative Taxify.

Taxify

Taxify is recommended by locals over a regular taxi. Like Über it’s an app with which you can order a ride. The basic fee of this taxis is 450 HUF ($1.5 /£1.2 /€1.4). Per kilometer you pay 280 HUF ($1 /£0.75 /€0.9). Since the drivers are getting reviews from their clients they will not be rude like some of the normal taxi drivers. The app is very well monitored so if drivers don’t get good reviews they are not allowed any longer to ride a car via taxify.

Taxify is available for Android and for iOS.

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