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London’s black cabs voted the world’s best taxis

Saturday, 27 August, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

A survey of 5,000 people for Hotels.com has rated London’s iconic taxis as the best in the world. Travellers from 23 countries around the world rated the black cab top for the 4th time running, with 28% of the vote.

Out of the seven categories in the survey London’s cabs came top in five: safety, friendliness, cleanliness, quality of driving and knowledge of the area.

The other top five cities were New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore.

Taxis are often a tourist’s first introduction to a country as they leave the airport and set off to their hotel. 70% of Australian tourists quizzed said they would take a taxi straightaway after arriving in a foreign city; well above the international average of 54%.

Over a third of Australians claimed their pet hates were taxis being too smelly, along with cab drivers being too distracted (27%). Smoking at the wheel is frowned upon across the globe with exactly a third of British tourists and half of the French contingent naming it as a pet hate.

Image via Garreth Wicock, Flickr.

  1. Thursday, 3 April, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Definitely it’s true that black cabs are the best taxis in the world. Cabs are the most suitable mean of transportation in London. The tourists come to London prefer to hire cabs for traveling in London because cabs are the best.

  2. Thursday, 2 June, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    I agree London Black cab is the best in the world .It is comfortable and great experience all the time

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