We've all been there. Stuck at the airport or the train station late at night or trying to get home from a restaurant or show and not a taxi in sight. Thankfully, there are several ways to locate and call a taxi, depending on your current location. If you have Internet access you can often locate and contact a car service online. If there is no option for an Internet search, other methods are available to solve your dilemma.
Things You'll Need
- Internet access
Visit online nationwide taxi service locator sites like 1800TAXICAB.
Enter your zip code or state and city information in the appropriate fields. Click the "Submit" button and a list of taxi services within a 15 mile radius of your location is provided, along with their contact information. Click on any highlighted link and information about the taxi company and their rates is provided. If there are none available within 15 miles of you, perform your search a second time and expand the "Distance" to 20 miles.
Contact a nationwide taxi service locator like 1-800-TAXI-USA (1-800-829-4872) or 1-800-TAXI-CAB (1-800-829-4222) by telephone.
Provide your current location based on city and state or zip code and the operator should be able to locate a taxi service near you.
Dial 1-800-FREE-411 (1-800-373-3411) from any land-line or cell phone for complimentary nationwide telephone information service.
Listen to a short sponsor message then provide the automated service with the type of listing you seek (business, residential or government), your current location and the information you require. A taxi company number will be provided.
Locate the nearest taxi stand.
Taxi stands are often found near large hotels, busy nightlife areas, rail stations, tourist attractions and transportation hubs. Taxi companies often post signs or telephone numbers for people who need a ride but do not find a taxi waiting at the stand. Call the number and request a pickup.
Ask your doorman or concierge, if you are staying in a hotel or a full service building.
He can call and arrange for a taxi whenever you require.
Locate a ticket or information booth if your current location is an airport, rail station, bus depot or other transportation hub.
The personnel working these outlets have a good knowledge of the area and can assist in your taxi search. They may also have contact information for taxi services which service the location.
Check the local telephone directory.
Telephone directories can still be found in many small business, diners, libraries and public buildings. Look under the word "taxi" and select a listing. Call the phone number and request a pickup.
Tips & Warnings
- Many public libraries, coffee shops, fast food chains and airports provide Wi-Fi Internet access. Use this to locate and request your taxi when out and about.
- If you use a smartphone, there are numerous apps for finding taxis.
- Use only licensed taxi services to ensure that you receive the proper service and rate.
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