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In your experience, which city’s taxi drivers are among the best and the worst in the world?

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Best: traditional London cabbies. They know where to go.

Worst: it's a wide open field.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Best: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Worst: Beijing, China.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Best,London cabbies.

Worst, Mogadishu.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Best: Japan

Worst: NYC

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

London. If its a real Hackney Carriage.

Worst....take your pick.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Best? London black cabs, but there aren't enough. So my votes would go to Tokyo or maybe Hamburg. The worst is a tough one, but since the only time a taxi driver set me up for a robbery was in Jakarta, I'll vote Jakarta.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Best: Riyadh

Worst: Tie, Chicago and NYC

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Best London cabbies

Worst Cairo and Alexandria Cabs

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Best: London and Japan (excluding Tokyo - which is a honorable mention).

Worst: In descending order: Hong Kong (almost killed me), Taiwan (almost killed me), Singapore (put me in hospital for 2 days), Seoul (scared me), New York, Seattle, SFO, LA, Chicago, Miami, Sydney, then every other city I've ever been to.

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Elvis....

Best: Belfast, Northern Ireland.

I'm guessing things have changed since my last visit 35 years ago. Then taxis would not cross certain streets or go to certain areas.

Best ..London

Worst... Tehran (dangerous driving), Bangkok (dishonest), India (dangerous and dishonest), Japan pre car navigation times. Clueless on how to get to destination.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Tokyo's are pretty good.

Worst was probably in China if I tried to tell the driver my destination in Chinese. My pronunciation was obviously terrible. No problem at all if I had the destination written in Chinese.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

As mentioned, London the best.

Worst - San Antonio and Shanghai.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

London Black taxi drivers are the best. They have to do the Knowledge, learn and retain streets and routes in London, before they can get their Hackney Carriage licence.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Depends on what the words best and worst mean to you. During the bubble years in Japan, I couldn't get a taxi to stop for me. The taxi drivers in Peru were pretty bad, they sped all over the place and drove dangerously, but at least they stopped to pick me up.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Best: Japan by far. The drivers must go through months of training to learn the roads before they are even allowed to drive. The cars are clean, and they open and close the door for you! Japan wins by far.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Manila Airport taxi drivers are the best and most honest people in the planet...

Ha! Just kidding. Bunch of scammers is what they are. That said, They get the they get worst I've seen title.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Good. London black taxis. Japan generally. Korea generally

Bad. New York. Chinese big cities.

singapore ok except cab drivers often refuse to take you if it doesn't suit them.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

The hacks in London are a bit of a fancy experience and the drivers are lovely if a bit aloof. On the opposite end of the spectrum, NYC cabs are an...experience. I kinda enjoyed it though - the drivers can be entertainingly mouthy and often try to drive through the gridlock like it personally offended them, their mother, and their dog.

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The best is the London black cabs. They train for more than five years and must pass an exam. You can go to sleep knowing the driver won't take you a long way around.

Not so in Paris and Rome. Never fall asleep in those cabs. The fare will double.

New York taxis are probably the most entertaining.

Japanese taxis you need to know where you are going.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Best: San Antonio.

Worst: London. Just a weird BO problem with all 3 I used. Is there no deoderant in the city?

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

Tokyo is best but the prices are high.

London is actually a bad place because the taxi drivers don't stop for all passengers and will charge a lot of money.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

London taxis are required to stop if their hire light is on.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

London taxis are required to stop if their hire light is on.

Wow!

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

bob

London Hackney cabs operate with very strict rules and every complaint is investigated. Two verified complaints and their license is suspended. They try to avoid complaints.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

bob

London Hackney cabs operate with very strict rules and every complaint is investigated. Two verified complaints and their license is suspended. They try to avoid complaints.

Zichi - thats amazing! Tell me more about the in and outs of London cabs!

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

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