Taxis in Tokyo

Taxis in Tokyo

Taxis in Tokyo are comfortable and taxi drivers don't try to overcharge, but this means of transport has two drawbacks, it's expensive and it can be difficult to communicate with the driver.

Taxis all have the logo of their company on the roof of the vehicle, and several illuminated signs - red (unoccupied), yellow (occupied) and green (night tariff).

Tariffs

Although at certain times of the day, or for short journeys, they might be a good option, Japanese taxis are among the most expensive in the world.

Each company decides its own prices, but in the end, they tend to be quite similar. The normal prices are: 

  • First two kilometres: 710 yen
  • Each additional 288 metres: 90 yen
  • 105 seconds waiting: 90 yen

A normal journey in the centre of Tokyo will cost between €7 and €15.

When the night tariff is in effect, these prices go up by 20%.

Don't Forget Your Map

The best way to take a taxi and avoid going round in circles trying to communicate with the taxi driver, you should always have a map to hand. Indicating the destination on the map or having it written in Japanese means you'll avoid possible problems with the language.

A good piece of advice is to take a card from your hotel, in case you need to get back by taxi.

Fun Fact

If you want to take a taxi in Tokyo, don't try to open the door. Taxi drivers open the rear doors automatically!