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Cabs in India

Cabs, which are also known as taxis in India are common modes of local transport, especially in the metro cities. These taxis mostly come with a driver and are available in AC as well as non-AC variants. Depending upon the location these can be either hailed on road or taxi stands like in the case of Mumbai and Kolkata, or have to be booked in advance, in case of other cities. The taxis that can be hailed on road are generally ambassador and Premiere Padmini. Of recent there has been a shift in the demand of taxis with Tata Indica, Indigo, Maruti Omni and Mahindra Logan being used mostly as pre paid taxis. Local taxis generally don’t have air conditioner and generally run on meters. If the meter is not working properly then you need to decide the fare beforehand by bargaining with the driver.

Types of Taxis

In India, there are plenty of options as far as taxis are concerned. When planning to hail or hire a cab, make sure you understand the types of taxis available in India and choose accordingly.

  • Taxi Cabs – These taxis can be hailed on the road or from the nearby taxi stands and run on meter. These types of taxis are available only in Mumbai and Kolkata. Most of these taxis have yellow and black livery in Mumbai, which the taxis in Kolkata only have yellow livery.
  • Shared Taxis – In places where taxis are expensive or do not ply on the fee regulated by the government body, shared taxis are very common. These taxis provide point to point services for passengers who are travelling in the same direction, especially during the peak hours. The rate of these taxis are fixed and are popular for being a cheaper, faster and lack of waiting time. These taxis are commonly used in Mumbai.
  • Radio Taxis – These are international standard vehicles. Categorizing them as highly professional these cabs are available 24*7 and run on meter. Costs are calculated on km basis from the pick point till the drop point. Some of the facilities provided by these cares include air conditioning, GPRS navigation system and two way communication systems.
  • Airport Taxis – Available outside the airport of the respective cities, these taxis provide drop and pick from and for the airport from the other parts of the city.
  • Local Sightseeing Taxis – These taxis are available on call and can be used for travelling within the city. They have flat charges of Rs 450 for 4 hour or 40 km and Rs 850 for 8 hours or 80 km. However, price may vary in different cities. They are best for local sightseeing. Pre paid taxi booths are also available in many points in the cities like railway station, airports, bus stand etc. across the country from where you can hire a [re paid taxi.
  • Out Station Cabs – These taxi ply on intercity routes and have to be pre booked. Their rate depends upon the vehicle hired, but they charge for a minimum of 250 km for a day along with various charges like drivers allowance and toll. These vehicles are used for inter city or state travel. Please go through our Out Station Cabs Guide for more information.


Major Taxi Service Providers

Almost all the Indian cities whether big or small have numerous taxi service providers. Mentioned here are some of the major players in this segment.


Clear Car Rental: One of the largest cab networks in India, they provide services in over 250 cities. These are one of the largest fleet suppliers and known for their reliability and punctuality.

Meru Cabs: Among the largest chain of taxi service providers, they are the first ones in the country to provide ‘Radio Cabs’. They are available in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai.