Taking a taxi in Amsterdam is expensive and it’s polluting. Take the tram, get on the bike, walk. In Amsterdam, everything is near, so taking a taxi is really not a good idea. From the Amsterdam Airport, taking a taxi is a real nightmare. Here are 10 things & tips you need to know before taking a taxi in Amsterdam.
1. Amsterdam taxis are the worst of Europe
In a German research comparing the quality of taxi service in 22 European cities, Amsterdam came out number 19. So Amsterdam taxis are pretty much the worst of Europe. Researchers asked a test person to take taxis and to judge the chauffeur, the taxi, the route and the price. According to the test people, in Amsterdam, taxis drove through red lights, made unnecessary detours, messed with the bill or just refused to take the passenger on board entirely.
(This is not uncommon. Because the distances are so short in Amsterdam, taxis are only interested in taking you if you want to travel a long way. Short distances don’t make much money so they will refuse to take you).
2. Amsterdam taxis are the most expensive of Europe
Are taxis expensive in Amsterdam? Yes. Taxi drivers can set their own price list, but the government sets out a maximum fare price. All taxis in Amsterdam are obliged to have a taxi meter and to turn in on. You pay the price that’s on the taximeter.
How much is a taxi in Amsterdam?
The price of a 4-person taxi in Amsterdam is composed of three parts:
– The start price = the amount you pay just to get into the taxi and to drive the first 2 kilometres. Max € 2,83.
– The price per kilometer: max. € 2,08- The price per minute: max € 0,34
Taxis carry a list of their tariffs per km, per start price and per minute (new system) on the car window. So a taxi ride in Amsterdam to a destination which is not in walking distance will cost € 20.
For example: from Amsterdam Central Station to the Anne Frank House is € 7,86. But the taxi driver will probably not take you because he will earn not enough money. From Central Station to WTC Station South is €17-€22.
You agree to the fixed prices before the car starts driving. If you don’t agree with the fixed price, you always have the choice of paying the tariff of the taxi meter. Even if you have agreed on the fixed price, the taximeter should always be running. If you arrive at your destination and the price on the meter is lower than the agreed fixed price, you pay the price on the meter. If the meter price is higher, you pay the agreed price.
3. Taking a taxi from Amsterdam Airport
How much is a taxi from the Amsterdam Airport to Central Station?
A taxi from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Central Station is between €45 and €55. Taking a taxi from the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to your hotel or accomodation in Amsterdam is a real hassle. Already inside the airpot the taxi driver are hunting you. Most are illegal taxi driver who will super overcharge you. If you manage to bypass these ‘black taxi drivers’, you will have to stand in a line outside and still bargain of the price.
Order your taxi from Amsterdam Airport online for only €35
Taking a taxi from the Amsterdam Airport can be a real hassle and chances are you have to pay a lot more than necessary. Booking a taxi in advance will solve all your problems. A good option is to reserve a taxi with the Amsterdam Taxi Deluxe Service. You will have to make a reservation for the day you arrive at the airport. After booking a taxi for Amsterdam Airport to your hotel or accommodation you will get a voucher.
- No money needed. You pay with the voucher.
- No chances of being ripped off.
- No being hassled by the many ‘unofficial’ taxi drivers (see point 7. ‘black’ taxi drivers) trying to get you in their taxi
- No having to stand in line for the ‘official’ taxi
- Fixed price
- CHEAP!!! only €35 (normal price is up to €55)
4. An Amsterdam taxi never carries more than 4 people
Only minivan taxis in Amsterdam allow 5 people or more.
5. An Amsterdam taxi is 35 times more polluting than a normal car.
Driving a car is the most air polluting act the average citizen commits. In Amsterdam, taking a cab, is even worse. To be exact, taking a Amsterdam taxi is 35 times more polluting than driving a regular car.
Amsterdam Green Taxi service
To change this, in 2011, Taxi-E started with a green taxi service. These taxis are electric and so have no directly polluting emissions. Order a green taxi online on www.taxi-e.nl or call 088 – 1004444. They also have Wifi and a tablet-pc in the car. The driver is an official employee of the company, so they are more likely to take you to your destination via the shortest route available.
6. Taxis in Amsterdam are driven by independent chauffeurs
Amsterdam taxis are either independent or work with a taxi service company to get customers. The cars are of different brands and colours, so they are not recognizable in the street. Politics is talking about a more monotonous system like elsewhere in the world where taxis are of the same colour.
7. In Amsterdam, you can hail a cab in the street, go to a ‘taxi stand’, call, or order a taxi online
Wondering how to get a taxi in Amsterdam? Though it’s possible to ‘hail a cab’ in the street in Amsterdam, most customers call to a taxi service company to order a taxi. Taxi Centrale Amsterdam (TCA) is the biggest taxi company in Amsterdam. They organise customers for the taxi drivers.
Phone number taxi service Amsterdam
The telephone number to call a taxi in Amsterdam via TCA is 020 777 7777 (7 x7).
Hailing a cab in Amsterdam
When hailing a taxi in the street, be aware taxis in Amsterdam cannot just halt anywhere. For instance they cannot stop at a bus- or tram stop. It’s better to go to the nearest ‘taxi stand’ (In Dutch: taxistandplaats). There are 50 stands in Amsterdam so there should be one nearby. You can recognize them by the blue sign that says: P-taxi.
8. The Amsterdam taxi war
TCA had a monopoly in Amsterdam, until a new taxi law entered in 1998. This law stated that everybody could start a taxi or a taxi company.
The result of this liberalization was strange to say the least: there were many more taxis in Amsterdam, prices rose sharply and less people took taxis. At weekends, at night, long lines formed at taxi stands. The atmosphere turned grim. Customers were intimidated in taking the first taxi in the line, taxi drivers, many of the ‘new, unattached drivers’ turned violent. In July 2009, a customer was beaten to death by a taxi driver because of a row at the taxi stand at Leidseplein.
The former monopoly of TCA taxi drivers were furious as well, because they had paid up to 100.000 to get a taxi license and now new taxi drivers could start their business without investing much.
New competitor Taxidirect and old timer TCA started what is know as the Amsterdam taxi war. TCA drivers beat up Taxidirect drives, cars were set on fire and customers threatened. Demonstrations ended in riots. Eventually the situation was settled and the board of director of TCA left the stage.
9. ‘Black-market’ taxis
So called black taxis or ‘snorders’ are illegal taxis. Especially in the Amsterdam South East area (Amsterdam Zuidoost or ‘Bijlmer‘) there are hundreds of these black taxis. They are difficult to fight, since customers are happy with them because hey don’t charge as much as legal taxis.
An official, legal taxi has a light blue license plate.
10. Getting a taxi is easy, except on holidays
Getting a cab is not difficult. Only during holidays, weekends and especially New Years Eve, getting a taxi is very, very difficult. Be sure to reserve a taxi in advance.