Taxi fares and charges
When you catch a taxi you are required to pay the metered fare plus any booking fee, tolls or airport charges, when you arrive at your destination.
You can pay the driver by cash, EFTPOS, Cabcharge or credit card.
Drivers have the option to ask you to pre-pay your taxi fare on the Central Coast and on Friday and Saturday nights at the secure taxi ranks in the Sydney CBD, Kings Cross and Surry Hills. For more information please visit the pre-paid taxi fare page.
Road tolls you are expected to pay
When you travel over the Sydney Harbour Bridge or Sydney Harbour Tunnel a toll is included (in either direction). The charge is determined by the time of day. Visit the Sydney Motorways website for more information about types of tolls.
Maximum fares and charges in NSW vary for travel in city and urban or country areas
City and urban taxi fares
Taxis charge city and urban fares if they are operating in the Sydney metropolitan area, Newcastle and Wollongong regions and the local government areas of Blue Mountains, Gosford, Wyong, Shellharbour, Cams Wharf, Fern Bay, Minmi, Toronto, Williamtown, Medowie, Campvale, Ferodale, Raymond Terrace, Fassifern, Hexham, Maitland, Beresfield, Fullerton Cove, Tomago, Camden, Picton, Thirlmere, Tahmoor and Bargo.
|Night owl surcharge||
This is a fixed surcharge payable in addition to the flag fall for the hiring of a taxi-cab licensed to operate in an Urban Area in respect of a journey commencing between 22:00 on a Friday, Saturday or day before a Public Holiday and 06:00 on the next day.
|Distance rate||$2.19 per kilometre|
|Night distance rate||A surcharge of 20% of the distance rate in respect of a journey commencing between 22:00 and 06:00 daily|
|Waiting time||$56.68 per hour (94.4c per minute) while vehicle speed is less than 26 km/h|
Country taxi fares
All taxis that operate outside or city and urban areas are charge according to the country fare structure.
NOTE: Some towns near the Victorian border are exempt from NSW maximum fares and charges: Moama, Barham, Tocumwal, Mulwala, Barooga and Deniliquin.
|Distance rate||Tariff 1 - $2.26 per kilometre, for the first 12km
Tariff 2 - $3.13 per kilometre, in excess of 12km
Tariff 3 - $2.71 per kilometre, for the first 12km
Tariff 4 - $3.75 per kilometre, in excess of 12km
A surcharge of 20% of the distance rate in respect of a journey commencing between 06:00 and 22:00 on a Sunday or a public holiday.
The Night Distance Rate applies between 10 pm and 6 am daily.
|Waiting time||$57.65 per hour (96c per minute) while vehicle speed is less than 26 km/h|
Fares charged for multiple hiring
If you agree to share a taxi with a stranger, you will each be charged 75% of the maximum fare to your destination. Multiple hiring must be agreed to by the driver and all hirers. The driver cannot tout or solicit for the second fare.
Multiple hiring of a taxi is intended for busy periods, to get more people – who happen to be travelling in the same direction – to their destination.
Multiple hiring occurs when two or more hirers use the same taxi at the same time. A hirer can be one person or a group travelling together. When a group of friends, family or workmates travels together to one destination, it is considered a shared ride.
A couple take a taxi from Sydney Airport to Circular Quay. At the same time a second hirer wants to go to Central Station. They agree to multiple-hire the taxi as they are heading in the same direction. The driver arrives at Central and the meter is $24. The second hirer is charged $18 (75% of $24 is $18). The driver continues on to Circular Quay. The meter is $36. The couple pay $27 (75% of $36 is $27). Multiple hiring means the driver gets paid more for the journey but each hirer pays less, and gets home more quickly.
Fares for maxi-cab
Except in the case of a multiple hiring, up to 150% of the maximum fares and charges (excluding tolls) may be charged if:
- the maxi-cab is pre-booked, regardless of the number of passengers.
- the maxi-cab is hired from a taxi zone or street hail if there are 5 or more passengers. No more than the maximum fares and charges (excluding tolls) may be charged if:
- a maxi-cab is hired from a taxi zone or street hail by up to 4 passengers.
- the maxi-cab is pre-booked for a person using a wheelchair (unless they request a taxi with seating for more than 4 passengers).