Melbourne Taxis afford a comfortable means of travel for people who do not want to take buses or travel in trains.
The taxi service in Melbourne offers a fast and easy, though a little expensive, means of transport to the public.
The majority of taxis in Melbourne are yellow in colour and sport a large light on the top. Taxis are available in select ranks at central locations like major hotels in the CBD or busy spots such as Flinders Street Station with clear signposts. The taxis are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most taxis in Melbourne are licensed to carry about 4-5 people, though there are also large taxis that can carry up to 10-12 people.
Melbourne Taxi Service covers the Melbourne Taxi Zone, which is bounded by Werribee, Sydenham, Mernda, Hurstbridge, Seville, Emerald, Rowville and Carrum. The outer southeastern suburbs, including Dandenong, Berwick, Cranbourne and Frankston lie in the Outer Suburban
Melbourne Taxis can be hailed on the street. Drivers wear uniforms, and display identity cards. If the rooftop light is on, it indicates that the taxi can be hired. They can also be booked by telephone.
Melbourne Taxi Service provides taxis at quite a reasonable cost. These can be paid either by cash, credit cards or EFTPOS. Normally, taxi meters are clearly visible so that one can keep a check of the fare.
Melbourne taxis also draw extra charges like a late night surcharge from midnight to 5 am, charge for phone bookings, payment for using the Citylink freeway and even a fee for taxis waiting at the airport rank. Extra costs also apply if the taxi passes any tollbooth.
Silver top Taxis offer a premium service to the corporate traveller. The company has a fleet of almost 200 silver service Fairlanes and Statesmens.
Maxi Taxi Melbourne offer travellers extra room for luggage and can take between 1-11 passengers. “On Time” transfers to the airport are a speciality.