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Public Transport Tips: Cheap Flights, Yes. Cheap Taxis, Not So Much

June 25, 2009 | Posted in: Tips and Tricks,Travel Safety,Travel Tips

You arrive at JFK – or some other major airport hub – and when you emerge from the airport, you’re met by a fast-talking fellow who steers you to his cab or van or car, all the while telling you he’ll get you into the city for cheap.

You are being hustled.

This happened to some French tourists this week – who got their money’s worth in excitement – when police began chasing the driver of their illegal taxi van which raced along city streets for several miles before crashing. Fortunately there were only a couple of minor injuries, and the tourists were remarkably cheerful the next day, telling reporters that New York is “the greatest city in the world” (sounds like they’re Letterman fans).

Some tips:

  • Avoid “gypsy cabs” and other non-licensed vehicles: the legitimate cabs are all lined up at the curb. If your cabbie claims to be licensed, and it’s a hike to his vehicle, he isn’t. By the way, these taxis can cost just as much as the legit ones.
  • Check out the transportation choices before you arrive: JFK, for example, offers many alternatives to taxis including trains and a bus system that takes you directly to Grand Central for $27 roundtrip.
  • Consider a private car service: it need not be a limo – and it can cost just a few bucks more than a taxi fare

One Response to “Public Transport Tips: Cheap Flights, Yes. Cheap Taxis, Not So Much”

  1. Aphorism153 says:

    The train from each terminal connects with the express A subway and both cost $7 total one-way. Brooklyn in 15 minutes and Manhattan in 45.

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