One of the many ways you can move into Berlin is through the use of the city’s vast and comfortable taxi services.
You never run out of taxi in Berlin
Several competing companies compose the Berlin taxi service: the number of taxis of this bustling city is about 7000 units. This means you will almost always have a cab to hail or call any time of the day.
Taking a cab is very easy. You can just hail it from the curb, or call any of the taxi companies listed in the directory, and you’ll be lounging in a comfortable cream-colored car in no time. Berlin’s cabbies are also very polite, although some may not have English knowledge. In this case, you might need to memorize some sentences in German to make sure that you’re giving the right directions. It also helps to write down the destination on a piece of paper.
The standard flag-down fare is 2.50 euros, and then you pay 1.53 euros per kilometer for the first seven kilometers. Then every succeeding kilometer above that is 1.02 euros. There have been reports however of a price increase that makes the basic rate go up to 3 euros. Then the per kilometer rate for the first seven kilometers becomes 1.58 euros, with the additional per kilometer rate becoming 1.20 euros.
Berlin taxi companies and their cabbies opposed to this increase, however, citing concerns to the decrease of passengers. So if you’re lucky, you might not be shouldering a fare increase after all.
Also, there is no extra charge if you call a taxi service.
There is also a special fare called a Kurzstreckentarif (which means “short trip”); however, you can ONLY avail it if you hail the taxi from the street and if you ask the cabbie for it. This special fare also only applies to trips that are 2 kilometers and below. The original rate was 3 euros, but due to the price increase, has jumped to 3.50 euros.
Travel in Comfort
Still, the fare rates aren’t so bad, and you get to ride in comfort and safety with a driver who knows the city well and can get you to your destination faster. Taking a taxi will enable you to travel hassle-free, and you don’t need to be jostling in crowds or asking for directions; in fact, a taxi can get you to where you want to go and you don’t even need to get out of the cab.