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Taxi Fares

In 2006, to assist in the development of taxi services nationally, the whole country was designated as a single taximeter area. A National Maximum Taxi Fare was also introduced, to ensure that fares are transparent and predictable, and that customers are not confused.

How taxi fares are calculated

The structure of the national maximum taxi fare is programmed into the taximeter that is installed in all taxis and wheelchair accessible taxis. This calculates the fare based on:

  • When the journey takes place (Standard, Premium or Special Premium rate may apply), and
  • The length of the journey and/or the time taken (Initial Charge always applies, and additional charges based on Tariff A and Tariff B may also apply). The Initial Charge is fixed and covers any distance up to 500 metres or time period up to 85 seconds. After that, the fare is calculated based on the distance travelled or, if the speed drops below 21.2 km/h, the journey time.

The table below summarises the main features of the current national maximum taxi fare.

Applies between 08:00h and 20:00h Monday to Saturday, except public holidays

  • Initial Charge (up to 0.5 km or 85 seconds): €3.60
  • Tariff A (next 14.5 km or 41 minutes): €1.10 per km or €0.39 per minute up to a total €19.60
  • Tariff B (thereafter): €1.45 per km or €0.51 per minute

Applies between 20:00h and 08:00h Monday to Saturday, and all day on Sundays and public holidays

  • Initial Charge (up to 0.5 km or 85 seconds): €4.00
  • Tariff A (next 14.5 km or 41 minutes): €1.40 per km or €0.49 per minute up to total €24.40
  • Tariff B (thereafter): €1.75 per km or €0.62 per minute

Applies between Christmas Eve 20:00h and St Stephen’s Day 08:00h and between New Year’s Eve 20:00h and New Year’s Day 08:00h

  • Initial Charge (up to 0.5 km or 85 seconds): €4.00
  • Tariff  (all distances): €1.75 per km or €0.62 per minute

Extra charges

Apart from the fare calculated on time/distance and rate, the driver can charge extra for the following:

Apart from the fare calculated on time/distance and rate, as outlined above, the driver can choose to charge extra for the following:

  • Booking fee of €2 may be charged for any method of engagement other than engaging at a taxi rank (including at an airport or other transport station or terminal) or hailing in the street. Such circumstances include a booking made by telephone, email, smartphone app, fax, text or letter,or a booking made through a telephone call or a personal visit to a dispatch operator’s office;
  • Extra passengers – taxi drivers may charge a fee €1 for each adult passenger after the first. In relation to additional child passengers, one child under 12 years of age is carried at no extra charge; the fee for two or three children under 12 is €1; for four or five children €2; and for six or seven children €3;
  • Road tolls – may be charged as incurred for toll schemes adopted by a road authority;
  • Soiling – a fee may be charged where a passenger either soils the vehicle or damages it so much that the driver has to take it out of service or has to pay to have it cleaned or repaired. The maximum such fee is €140, but the actual fee charged may be lower – it should reflect the costs reasonably incurred by the operator; and
  • Payment by credit or debit card – a fee may be charged for payment by card. This fee must not exceed the actual cost to the operator of accepting card payments and must not be greater than 5% of the fare calculated in accordance with the national maximum taxi fare. No minimum fare may be set for payment by credit or debit card.

These extra charges are listed on the in-vehicle information card and sticker. They are discretionary – the driver can choose to impose them or not. However, if extra charges are likely to be significant, the driver should make them clear to the customer in advance.

Charges for booking and for extra passengers, where charged, are recorded on the taximeter.

An extra charge must not be imposed for carrying luggage or an assistance dog.

When does a taxi journey start?

If the taxi is engaged by taking a passenger from a taxi rank or in response to being hailed on the street, the hire starts when you agree to take the passenger, and you are entitled to start the meter when you agree to take the passenger – for example, before you help the passenger with luggage.

If the taxi is engaged In response to a pre-booked request, the hire starts when you present yourself to the customer at the agreed time, and you are entitled to start the meter if you are at the agreed place at the agreed time (not earlier). Any delay caused by the passenger at the beginning of the journey is calculated on the meter as a time-based charge. Similarly any delay in the course of the journey – for example, to pick up additional passengers – is also calculated on the meter.