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Taxis in Hong Kong

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Taxis in Hong Kong

Hello

Can anyone please advise if taxis/cabs in Hong Kong take credit cards or just cash?

Thanks very much.

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1. Re: Taxis in Hong Kong

Most taxis take cash only, with just a handful of exceptions. Don't expect to wait for a taxi that takes cards.

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2. Re: Taxis in Hong Kong

best to bring your cash!

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3. Re: Taxis in Hong Kong

Taxis in HK are plentiful and cheap, but unless you are travelling outside of the area of the MTR it is far better to use the MTR

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4. Re: Taxis in Hong Kong

cash only, meter start at $ 20 Hong Kong dollar, most trip within Hong Kong or Kowloon is about under $100, unless it's peak hour, 7am to 9am or 6pm to 9pm, plentiful around, some area have taxi stand available, you can not wave a taxi down on the street, if there's a double yellow line near the side walk, it's a restricted area and not allow to pick up or discharge, find a side street that only one yellow line, no tipping is needed, it's a common practice in Hong Kong.

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Credit card facility for payment of taxi fares was only introduced in June this year in about 100 taxis and, by the end of this year only about 600 taxis out of a fleet of over 18,000 will have been equipped. Whether the scheme is extended to more taxis depends on whether individual taxi operating companies decide to join the "AutoTAXI" scheme. Cards accepted are Visa credit cards and Visa payWave cards and taxis accepting card payment can be identified by a "white wings" symbol.

Octopus Card payment facility was introduced in about 30 taxis on a six-month trial basis which was considered a success and is being introduced into another 300 taxis before the end of this year. A new iPhone app "TaxiGo" has been launched which uses GPS and enables users to search for the nearest vacant Octopus enabled taxi and call the driver direct for service.

Edited: 01 September 2011, 13:24
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Hi,

Any surcharge for peak hour or on certain timing ?

Many thanks.

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7. Re: Taxis in Hong Kong

The are surcharge for luggage, going through toll tunnels and bridges, check this HK government website for taxi charges details:

td.gov.hk/en/…index.html

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Taxi rate is the same for day and night, if you have to use tunnels or bridges, the toll is charge normally double, there are some taxi stand on big hotels, that show a off duty sign, is a taxi want to return to Kowloon or Hong Kong, then only charge one way toll, it's a common practice here in Hong Kong.

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>> Any surcharge for peak hour or on certain timing ?

Unlike the Mainland cities (e.g. Shanghai has different taxi charges after 11pm).... the taxi rate in Hong Kong is the same at all time... HOWEVER...

If you travel during rush hours (e.g. 4pm to 7pm), especially going through the Cross Harbour Tunnel... you will likely run into traffic. The fare meter ticks HKD $1.50 every minute when sitting in traffic.

Edited: 02 September 2011, 03:00
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10. Re: Taxis in Hong Kong

Bring cash and you will need to have $100 bills or smaller. Taxi drivers often don't have change for $500 and $1,000 notes.