Hailing a Taxi in Washington DCThe best places to find a taxi are along the busier streets, in front of hotels and major attractions, around the perimeter of the National Mall, and outside of Union Station. Hailing a taxi is as simple as stepping off the curb and holding out your arm. You can also call to arrange for one in advance.
Washington DC Taxi Passenger Limits
- A maximum of four passengers can ride in a four passenger taxicab or five passengers in a five passenger taxicab.
- A passenger who is unable to enter or ride in the passenger part of the taxicab is allowed to occupy the front seat alongside the driver.
Key Things to Know About Washington DC Taxis
- No taxicab operator shall refuse to transport an individual based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibility, political affiliation, disability, or source of income, and place of residence or business.
- Always take the receipt from the driver. The taxicab name and number are located on the side of the taxicab vehicle as well as on the Passenger Rights document displayed on the back of the front passenger seat, which also shows the vehicle tag number. The operator’s name, his/her ID card number and vehicle tag number appear on the receipt. If you lose property in a cab or wish to make a complaint or give a compliment, the DC Taxicab Commission can track down the driver/taxicab from this information.
- New regulations will require that by August 31, 2013 DC taxis must accept credit cards and other forms of non-cash payments.
Washington DC Taxi Fares
- Minimum taxi fare is $3.00.
- The mileage charge is $2.16 per mile.
- Each additional passenger, after the first (children under 6 ride free) is $1.00, with a maximum passenger fee of $3.00.
- A luggage charge may be charged of $.50 per item placed in the trunk.
- Surcharge for each trip originating at the Reagan National Airport taxi stand is $2.50.
- Phone dispatch fee is $2.00.
- Dismissal without use (after cab has arrived) is $1.50.
- There is a $15 per hour surcharge for waiting.
- Add 25% during a snow emergency.
- Except for declared snow emergency fares, the regular metered fare not including extra charges and surcharges, can not exceed $19 for any one way trip originating and ending in the District of Columbia.
Washington DC Taxi ComplaintsIf you ever have any problems with a Washington DC Taxi, you may file a complaint in writing to:
DC Taxicab Commission
2041 Martin Luther King Junior Ave. SE, Suite 204, Washington, DC 20020-7024
Phone: (202) 645-6018
Taxi Companies in Washington DCThere are more than 150 taxicab companies registered with the DC Taxicab Commission. These are the largest and most prominent ones.
- Diamond Cab
1100 Q Street NW
- Maine Cab Co of DC
1936 NW 11th St
- MATS Taxi Cab, Car & Sedan Service
- Taxi Transportation Service
3341 NE Benning Rd.
- Washingtonian Cab Co.
2417 NE Evarts St.
- Washington Flyer Taxi
(703) 572-TAXI (8294)
Yellow Cab Company of DC
1636 Bladensburg Road NE