REPORT: Taxi fares in Dubai among world’s cheapest
A new pricing index published by Carspring has found that taxi fares in Dubai are, in fact, some of the cheapest in the world.
The index compared the average cost per kilometer, waiting cost per hour, initial flee and fare from the airport in 80 countries across the globe.
Over all, the results found Egypt’s average taxi fare to be the cheapest. Initial fares start at an averae AED1 (US$0.23), the average cost per kilometer is set at AED0.367 (US$0.1) with the average fare from the airport to the city centre being AED15 (US4.20).
Zurich, Switzerland was found to have the world’s most expensive taxi fare rates. Initial hire starts at an average at AED30 (US$8.20), the cost per kilometer is set at an average of AED19 (US$5.19) with the cost from the airport to the city centre costing an average of AED258 (US$70.19).
Dubai ranked 26th on the list with initial fares starting at AED11 (US$2.95), the average price per kilometer being AED2 (US$0.56) with the cost of getting from the airport to city costing an average of AED30.5 (US$8.31) – they must have gone to Mirdiff…
The pricing index also found cab fares in Asia and Africa to be significantly cheaper to those experienced in Europe and North American.
Tokyo, Japan was the only exception to this. According to the index, the average initial taxi fare starts at AED24 (US$6.63) with the average price per kilometer set at AED19 (US$5.19) and the cost of getting from the airport to the city averaging at a whopping AED694 (US$189) – the highest airport to city fare on the list.
While the report did find Dubai to have some of the lowest taxi fares on the list, it can be argued that it is still not cheap enough…
For example, if you live in Dubai Marina and work in Dubai Media City, you’re looking at a distance of roughly 3 km, which would come to a total of AED6 (US$1.5). Add on the initial AED10 (US$3), that’s AED16 (US$4) for a one way trip.
Going back home will cost you an additional AED16 (US$4), which makes your average daily cab fare a total of AED32 (US$9).
Repeat this for five days and that’s AED160 (US$44) a week and, AED640 (US$174) a month…
Luckily, Dubai has many forms of public transport aside from taxis.
There’s the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram and many public buses which can take you almost anywhere in the city. If you’re looking to save a few dirhams it might be wise to look in the aforementioned options. Click here to find out more.