Italian in Italy

Taxi Service

Italians generally use taxicabs to go to and from airports and train stations. Otherwise, cabs are predominantly used by tourists. Fares are metered, and prices do not vary between companies. Sometimes there is a charge for luggage, and rates increase after dark. To take a cab, one must normally go to a taxi stand near the train station or in the center of the city; however, one can at least try to hail an empty taxi on the street (be sure there is a meter in any vehicle entered). One can also call for a cab by telephone. The dispatcher will respond that a cab is on its way and give the caller the cab's number (printed on the door). It is always appropriate to give the driver a small tip.