The Herald reports:
A new website allows consumers to predict the cost of a taxi fare, accurate to within about $4.
The site, taxifares.co.nz, estimates the cost of a journey between two points on a map, across a range of taxi companies, in five New Zealand cities – Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
A Herald test found that fare estimates provided by the site were between $3.35 less and $2.81 more than actual fare costs in Hamilton and Auckland.
As wait times can’t be predicted, it’s suggested the website will underestimate fares by $3 to $8.
Auckland traffic was flowing well at the time of the test, with slight congestion on Customs St and Symonds St.
All estimates by the website were between 86c less and $2.81 more than the actual fare cost. In Auckland, 31 companies are ranked from cheapest to most expensive. Uber estimates are not included.
I’ve wanted a site like this for ages. While I mainly use Uber now, it is good to be able to see the price differences by firm.
A taxi from my home to the airport (a 20 minute drive, including five minutes of stopping) would be:
- Kiwi Cabs $34.68
- Green Cabs $34.69
- Wgtn Combined $38.77
- Harbour City $42.06
- Wellington Star $44.86
- Capital Cabs $45.51
I always use Combined, so good to see they are relatively well prices. I wonder what Corporate Cabs would cost?