Taxi travel in Ireland
Nothing beats the ease and comfort of a taxi journey, especially when you’re in a new place and finding your feet. There’s nothing like the excitement of touching down in the airport and hopping in a taxi to your accommodation as you watch the world go by.
It gives you that time to reflect on your travels and even have a friendly chat with your driver who, more often than not, is a fountain of local knowledge, and will know exactly where you need to go to have a memorable time on the island of Ireland.
5 top tips
Planning your journey
With so many ways to travel on public transport, it's important to piece together all your options to make sure you arrive on time – and in the right place!
The National Journey Planner offers information and comparison options for travelling by bus, rail, tram, ferry and taxi – it even includes information on portions of your journey where you may need to walk.
Taxi fair estimators
Republic of Ireland
Particularly in rural areas, you’ll need to pay in cash. This handy fair estimator website will give you an idea of how much your journey will cost via taxi and includes all destinations across the Republic of Ireland.
Visiting Belfast? This fair estimator website will give you an estimated fare for your journey, so you’ll have an idea of how much cash you’ll need to have before you order a taxi.
The FreeNow app can be used in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford to pre-book a taxi up to four days in advance, or to order one in real time. You can pay by cash or card (registered to your account on sign up) and track your driver’s arrival.
In Ireland, Uber can only be offered by registered taxi drivers as private cars are not permitted. Uber is active in most urban areas in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Take a Black Taxi Tour
Belfast Black Taxi Tours are one of the best ways to see Belfast and to learn about the city’s past. The drivers of these taxis are experts on the city and are always full of chat, local titbits and fun facts to bring the tumultuous history of Northern Ireland to life.
Sign up for a tour, and you’ll be guided through the city’s famous murals, resplendent works of art that tell the story of the city. From Titanic Belfast to the more recent artworks that consider the Troubles, you’ll walk away from a Black Taxi Tour having learned more than you ever expected.