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PostSubject: Taxi Rates   Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:19 pm

The taxi fare to get all the way across the Disney property should seldom exceed $20 plus tip. Most trips on property should be closer to the $10-$15 mark. To get a general idea, you can use the Taxi Fare Estimator offered by Mears Transportation, which the official provider of taxi services on Disney property. Note that not all locations at Walt Disney World and the surrounding area are included in the Taxi Fare Estimator. For instance, Disney's Hollywood Studios isn't listed (use Epcot, which is close). Neither is Downtown Disney (use Disney Institute) or Animal Kingdom (use Blizzard Beach and add a few bucks).

If you choose to use taxis to get around at Walt Disney World, here are some tips to remember:

Unless you are desperate, use only the yellow cabs (sedans and vans) with meters! There are different brand names on the vehicles (Yellow Cab, Checker, City or Safety), but they all are yellow and all operated by Mears Transportation, which has an official relationship with Disney. Ask what the approximate fare will be, BEFORE you get in the cab. If it sounds too high, get a different cab.

All other cabs and vans are "gypsy" (independent) operators operating unmetered vehicles and there have been horror stories about the outrageous fares they've charged. One of my readers was charged $40 for a trip from Downtown Disney to a theme park. If you must use one of these operators, negotiate a flat rate for your trip BEFORE you get in the vehicle.

If possible, have the front desk or valet parking staff at your hotel call Yellow Cab for you. The response will usually be faster than if you call yourself. If you are not staying at a Disney hotel, be sure to specify that you want Yellow Cab, because some non-Disney hotels have arrangements with overpriced "gypsy" cab companies.

You can also call for a cab directly: the number is (407) 699-9999. This number dispatches yellow cabs from all of the companies listed above. If possible, carry a cell phone with you to call for service when away from your hotel.

If you are a group of 5 or more, be sure to request a taxi VAN, which has a capacity of up to 7 people and does not cost more than a regular taxi sedan.

In addition to meter cost of the taxi ride, be sure to budget for a standard tip (approximately 15%) for the driver.

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PostSubject: Re: Taxi Rates   Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:34 am

In order to help future guests, post your experiences with taxi rates to/from CSR to other locations.

In the past, I've paid
$13.25 to the Cont plus tip
$6.50 from YC to CSR plus tip

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PostSubject: Re: Taxi Rates   Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:34 pm

A very useful thread, thanks.

Good to know a 'safe' phone number to keep to hand.


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PostSubject: Re: Taxi Rates   Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:46 pm

We have, in the past, shared the van style cabs. If you are waiting for a cab for a long time, and others are waiting, it doesn't hurt to ask.
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PostSubject: Re: Taxi Rates   Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:34 pm

Anyone hazard a guess as to the cost for a cab from CSR to Universal??
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PostSubject: Re: Taxi Rates   Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:14 pm

About $35.00 according to the taxi fare estimator. I just used Blizzard Beach since its very close to CSR.

Mears Taxi Fare Estimator

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PostSubject: Re: Taxi Rates   Tue Mar 29, 2011 12:38 pm

Docmidnite wrote:
Anyone hazard a guess as to the cost for a cab from CSR to Universal??

You could use Lynx buses. If you get the Lynx bus out of Disney, to Seaworld, get off at Seaworld and cross over the road, get the trolley bus up International drive towards Universal, or use the Lynx bus to Universal. the trolley bus passes were I think $2 per trip per adult and $1 per child. (or $14 per adult for two weeks, free for some children.)

Now back to taxis....
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PostSubject: Re: Taxi Rates   Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:41 am

The only problem is there are connections to be made and still a long walk at the end. if you have little ones, a taxi may be the way to go.

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PostSubject: Re: Taxi Rates   Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:10 am

Buzz2001 wrote:
The only problem is there are connections to be made and still a long walk at the end. if you have little ones, a taxi may be the way to go.

Sorry, too right I overlooked that! Forgot what it was like when my kids needed strollers - an assault course getting on and off buses!
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PostSubject: Re: Taxi Rates   Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:02 pm

Oh, just delete this, I see you already posted the Mears taxi rate calculator.
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PostSubject: Re: Taxi Rates   Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:21 am

Here is some good info on Mears Transportation from Tripadvisor.

Orlando: Bus services from/to Walt Disney World

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