A new study of taxi fares around the world, conducted by The Taxi Centre, has shed light on the cost of cabs across the UK.
Comparing the average prices of a taxi across the UK for a 5km journey, the research found that Bradford has the lowest price, at £3.75 for a 5km journey, while Ipswich came in second at £4.35. Notably, the rest of the top ten list are all located in the North of England, with each of these places having rates below £5 for a 5km journey.
In comparison, the most expensive rate for a 5km in the UK was in Bedford, at £13.45.
The study also delved into the average starting prices of taxis across the nation, revealing that Huddersfield has the cheapest tariff of £2.00, with Leeds having the second lowest at £2.20. The starting fare of taxis is decided by the local authorities in each area and differs depending on location, time of day, and journey distance.
A Taxi Centre spokesperson said: “Due to the pressures of increased fuel prices, maintenance costs and inflation rates, taxi prices are set to increase to meet this, to lessen the financial burden taxi drivers are facing. Locations up and down the UK have already seen the impact of this - in April 2022 London taxi fares rose for the first time in two years, in reaction to risings costs.
“Regardless of these price changes, we often rely on taxis to get us around from point A to B, whether travelling in our hometown or visiting a new place. We always recommend planning ahead, especially when in a new city, so that you can get an idea of how much your journeys will cost and budget for this. For any longer or more important journeys, such as travelling to a station or hotel, it may be a good idea to research contact numbers and operating hours of local firms or pre-book and pay for your taxi so that you don’t have to worry about finding one, or the expense on the day.
“While it can be tempting to catch whatever cab is available, taking time to compare rates and reviews of taxi providers means you are more likely to find the most affordable and suitable option for you.”