Japanese Taxis – Second Most Expensive Globally


Japanese Taxis are an integral part of the local nation’s infrastructure, and as that last train finishes up, they are almost you’re only option home. The cabs of Japan also approach luxury levels with their automatic doors, air-conditioned and immaculately pristine interiors.

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To match that level of comfort Japanese Taxi’s pricing are also high, 2nd most expensive in the world in fact. As part of a research carried out by the taxi2airport.com, Switzerland was the most expensive, and Germany placed third.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Egypt was the cheapest country for taxi services. India is a close second followed by Thailand, Malaysia and Mexico. They used an average 5km ride to determine the actual cost, with each of these countries costing below €2. Comparatively, a 5km trip in Japan would cost just over €15 or over 7 times the price of each of these countries.

Yet even though they are one of the most expensive rides on the planet, Japanese Taxis have a very reputable image. They’re well known for the polite manner, local knowledge and generally accommodating nature. They help tourists with heavy luggage and large families or the elderly with short trips from their home.

Towards the Future of Japanese Taxis

Since tourism has begun booming in Japan, the demand for Taxis has similarly increased. Thus technology and legislation are playing catch-up, especially with the lack or ride-sharing services like Uber.

Apps like Japan Taxi or LINE Taxi are slowly gaining traction (literally) as people become more use to cab hailing services. Payment services are also increasing as the move to a cashless society becomes more commonplace.

The Olympics also present the perfect opportunity for newly introduced ride-sharing services. Through a new App, people will be able to share taxi services headed in similar directions and split the cost. Thus, helping to cut the hefty cost of the second most expensive cab in the world.

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