U.S. Airport Taxi Rides Cost Far More Than Fares

March 30, 2016

Taxi costs from the 30 busiest U.S. airports to downtowns are 26% higher than base fares, according to new Blacklane research. Extras in New York/New Jersey, Las Vegas, Boston, Washington and Detroit push prices up at least 35%. The charges include tips, airport pickup fees, rush hour surcharges, and toll roads.

“Local regulations make it next to impossible to know how much taxis will cost. Travelers and corporate travel managers cannot budget for the full prices in advance,” said Jens Wohltorf, CEO and co-founder of Blacklane. “Price certainty reduces the stress of travel. That’s why we have shown all-inclusive fares since day one.”

Taxi rides from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Manhattan add more than 50% to the base fare. While fares range from $50 to $70, extras cost over $30. These include a $5 surcharge during peak hours, a $5.50 surcharge to use a credit card, a $12.50 bridge or tunnel toll, and tip.

Blacklane guarantees fixed and all-inclusive rates when travelers book their rides across 250 cities and 500 airports. All drivers and vehicles are commercially licensed and insured. Airport pickups include one hour of free wait time. Pickup times automatically adjust when flight arrival times change.

Travelers book rides an hour to months in advance in premium business-, first- and economy-class vehicles. Passengers receive their drivers’ contact information over text and email an hour before pick-up.

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