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The Most Common Way Taxi Cabs are Used

Watch any romantic comedy, especially those set in big cities, and you’ll notice that one of the most common methods of transportation is the taxi. However, just how common are taxis in the average day-to-day itinerary of your average person? You’d be surprised at just how often taxis are used and what they are used for.

Catching a Cab to the Airport

Without a doubt, the most common use of a taxi is when heading to, or departing from, an airport. Generally, there are large fees involved when leaving your vehicle in an airport parking garage, not to mention that airport parking garages may not be the safest place to leave your car. With a taxi, you can leave your car home and save time by not having to deal with airport traffic, locating a parking space and then walking a considerable distance to get to the airport. Just have the taxi pull up right to the entryway of the airport and you’ll save at least 30 minutes. If a taxi is your choice of transport to the airport ensure you get a taxi firm who specialises in airport transfers, one local firm A Taxis Airport taxis in Bristol will take your flight number and be able to get there to pick you up whilst monitoring flight times to ensure if there are any delays you still have your taxi when you arrive back from your holiday.

Korea Orange Taxi

Going Into Labor? A Cab Can Help

You’ll also frequently find taxis used by pregnant women who are close to labor, especially in large cities where it’s common for people to rely more on public transportation. When a woman has gone into labor, the last thing you want to do is wait around for a bus or try to find room in a crowded subway. With a taxi cab, you’ll get picked up at your house and taken directly to the front doors of the hospital where you can safely deliver your baby.

Get Home Safely After a Party

In nearly every part of the world, drinking and driving is a serious crime. For this reason, one of the most popular uses of a taxi is when leaving a party. If you’ve even had a tiny bit of alcohol, play it safe and call a taxi.

Cabs and Business Go Hand in Hand

When travelling on business, many businessmen and women find themselves opting for a taxi over a rental car. Usually long-time residents of the city they drive in, taxi drivers know the best, and quickest, routes to get you to your destination. Business deals can be made or broken based on punctuality, so opting for a taxi can help ensure you get to a meeting with time to spare.

Late Night Travels

Finally, the most common usage of a taxi is anytime you need to be somewhere late at night, such as a night club. With most public transportation stopping before midnight, a taxi cab is your only way to get to any destination at four in the morning.

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Public Transport in London

What makes a city “Alpha++?” For GaWC, the influential think tank out of Loughborough University in the East Midlands of England that cobbles together the annual global city hierarchy, the data that determines whether a city is Gamma (ex. Rotterdam), Beta (ex. Auckland) or Alpha (ex. Mumbai) is all about the global economic system. How a city relates to and impacts it, in other words. For Alpha + capitals like Paris, Singapore and Tokyo, the answer is a big, fat, equivocal “quite a lot.” For the likes of Basel, Haifa and Minsk, however, the answer is patently “not so much.”

And then you have the ultra-exclusive Alpha ++ club. As in plus, plus. Think of the category as a members-only black card for world capitals that make the global economic system stand up and take notice.

This most restrictive of clubs has only ever had two members: New York and London. No need to pile on superlatives to explain why, presumably. But what gets lost in all the hubbub over the Big Apple’s and the Big Smoke’s financial bona fides is that without relative logistical competence, that Alpha ++ designation gets a downgrade – and fast.

One needs to get around efficiently in a city like London, in other words, because time, after all, is money. And for the flagship capital of the United Kingdom, a vast transport network is very much intertwined with the city’s economic fortunes (hence all the incessant gripes over London Heathrow’s lapses).

Happily, London is a metropolis that rewards first-time and frequent visitors with myriad ways to get from point A to point B. Here’s a big picture look at it all:

Airports

Heathrow – for better or worse – looms large over all other hubs in metro London. The international airport is the terminal of record for most passengers in the United Kingdom, let alone London, and serves over 70 million people per annum. Only one or two airports in the world top it on that score.

London Heathrow Airport

Gatwick Airport is one of the busiest airports in Europe, mostly on the strength of low-cost carriers to the continent and the Caribbean. The hub serves over 34 million passengers a year.

Stansted and Luton airports serve as hubs for multiple low-cost airlines like Ryanair and easyJet, while the Docklands/Canary Wharf adjacent City Airport provides convenient business travel access to boutique hotels in London.

London Subway

Underground

The London Tube, the world’s first underground railway, celebrates 150 years of service in 2013. Every bit of the underground system is iconic, from Paddington to Harry Beck’s now-ubiquitous stations map. Other than your own two feet, this is how to navigate the city. And with 11 lines and 270 stations, visitors can cover a lot of ground.

London Public Buses

Buses

The traditional Routemaster buses, alas, are for the most part no more but London’s buses make over 5 million trips every weekday. Commuters and tourists are spoilt for choice, with 700 different routes to choose from. Procure yourself an Oyster card and you can hop on and off at your leisure.

Taxis

London taxi chauffeurs are rightly regarded as the best in the world (in one memorable U.S. news magazine television sequence, they made counterparts in Manhattan look absolutely foolish). Black cabs (not always black) are duly iconic but minicabs do the job in a pinch as well.

Bicycles

On the heels of a successful cycle hire scheme in Montreal, London got Barclays Cycle Hire (or ‘Boris Bikes’, after populist mayor Boris Johnson) in 2010. The network has a prolific 570 stations and hit a record 47,105 rides on one busy Summer Olympic Games day in 2012.

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How to Choose an Airport Taxi Transport Service Provider

When you are visiting a city for the first time it is advisable to hire a taxi from the airport to your destination, other than being convenient it is also the best thing to do,  to avoid being scammed or charged with more money than the usual rate, this is what my husband learned from travelling to different destinations.

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That’s right the idea of getting  a good rate from local taxi outside the airport is not good idea after all, they are the one who ask higher rates, plus there is a chance too that they don’t know the exact location of a hotel/hostel that you are booked at, so the time you can relax inside the taxi after the tiring flight is impossible when you are worried where would be the driver will take you.

With this, we booked airport taxi pick-up in advance it is usually offered to the hotel you are booked at.  So when you are traveling in a city for the first time asked the hotel if they offer airport pick-up and drop off. If they don’t you can ask for referral or searched for good reviews online about trusted airport taxi service provider.

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