HOW TO: Find and Call a Taxi in Japan
If you have lived in Japan without a car, chances are good you’ve been stuck somewhere before.
Japan has, for the most part, a useful public transportation system. Bullet trains zoom all over the country. Local trains service even more areas, while buses transport people in both cities and the countryside.
And yet, sometimes buses aren’t accessible. Sometimes the train station is too far. And sometimes you need to go somewhere with luggage or a box or just don’t want to brave another downpour.
You can call a friend and ask for a ride, but if your friend is busy, you’ll need an alternative: call a taxi.
Most city train stations, and even some smaller ones, have taxis sitting outside waiting to take passengers wherever they need to go. But if you want one to pick you up at home, or from another location, you’ll need to call for one.
How to Find a Taxi
There are several ways, but here are four:
a) Next time you’re at the train station nearest your home, check for a phone number on the taxis sitting outside of the station. Make a new contact in your cell phone with this number.
b) Search for タクシー (takushii) plus your city name online. The results should show a few places you can call.
c) Search a site such as taxitaxi.jp or taxisite.com. The sites are in Japanese, but fairly easy to use. Click on the prefecture you’re in. On the page that opens, click on the city. Sometimes you may also need to click on a ward. A list of taxi companies will show up—you can try any of these (and put one or more into your cell phone contacts so you have them handy).
d) Alternatively, if you’re at a place of business, you might be able to request someone there to call a taxi for you. Hotels will do this for you (if you’re a guest). Say, «タクシーをよんでください» (takushii o yonde kudasai).
How to Call a Taxi
Once you have the taxi number, dial it and when someone answers, say (in Japanese):
Omukae ni kite moraemasu ka?
Could you come pick me up?
They should say yes and ask for your address, which might sound something like:
Juusho wa doko desu ka?
What is your address or from where do you want to get picked up?
Tell them your address in Japanese (or the address of where you’re at, or a significant place in the area).
In response, they should say something along the lines of OK and then most likely:
Ima kara omukae ni kimasu.
I’m on my way to get you.
They might give you a time estimate as to when they will arrive.
That’s it. The conversation might vary slightly, but you can also say that you don’t understand Japanese or don’t speak it well, or to repeat something if necessary.
How to Get Where You’re Going
Once you’re in the taxi, the driver might ask «どちらへ？» (dochira e?) or «どちらへいきますか?» (dochira e ikimasu ka?)
Tell them (or show them) where you want to go. You can say the name plus «おねがいします» (onegaishimasu).
If you show them an address, you can say «ここへ行ってください» (koko e itte kudasai).
If the place isn’t well-known, they might ask for nearby landmarks or you might need to give some simple directions after they find the neighborhood or general location. Some of the Japanese phrases below might help:
Turn right here, please.
Koko de migi ni magatte kudasai.
Turn left here, please.
Koko de hidari ni magatte kudasai.
Go straight, please.
Massugu itte kudasai.
It’s next to _______.
_______no tonari ni arimasu.
Kouban no tonari ni arimasu.
It’s next to the police station.
It’s across from _______.
_______ no mukai ni arimasu.
It’s near _______.
_______no chikaku ni arimasu.
Here is fine.
Koko de ii desu.
And now, despite the expensive fares, you should be able to get where you’re going or do what you need to do.
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How to get a taxi in Moscow • Moscownightguide
After covering how to get around the city by metro, I will show you how to get a taxi in Moscow. More often than not, taxis are a better option than the metro. And I probably don’t need to tell you that you’ll absolutely need to rely on taxis in Moscow nightlife.
So here’s what you’ll find out:
- What a gypsy cab is and why you should avoid taking them
- Why you should use apps to get a taxi and which ones are the best
- How much does it cost to get a taxi in Moscow
By the end you’ll be all prepared to avoid merciless negotiations with shady Moscow cab drivers!
Since cabs existed before the advent of smartphones and apps, people had to find a way to call one as fast as possible. Russians are, by and large, a very inventive people and this is where gypsy cabs come in.
If you’re looking for a ride you stick your hand out, just like you would do to call a regular taxi. Only that in Moscow you’ll pretty soon have a growing number of cars stop by you, eager to give you a lift. Unfortunately these will not be the city’s BMWs and G-Wagens but more the Ladas and Zhigulis with more or less shady looking people at the wheel.
This is the basic procedure of how to get yourself a gypsy cab. These unofficial (and technically illegal) rides used to be all over Moscow 10 years ago or so. With smartphones offering a quick, easy and secure way of calling cabs, these unofficial ones are gradually dying out now. You’ll still get plenty of offers though, if you decide to get one.
However, I would definitely advise against that. If you don’t speak Russian, you are 120% sure to get ripped off. Even if you do speak Russian, it will 99% of the time be more expensive than a legal taxi. Not to mention that you’ll ride in a shitty car with god knows who. I’m not going to go into all the things that have happened and can possibly happen, just stay away and stay safe.
Again, thanks to smartphones I can’t think of a single person these days that still actually calls a company to get a taxi, at least not in Moscow. That might be a different story in a smaller Russian city but definitely not here.
Apps are easy to use, fast, convenient and cheap. You can also get a fancier business or luxury car if you want. Here are the 3 main apps that I use and one for executive rides that I have not tried yet.
Keep in mind that 90% of the time drivers do not speak English. That is fine though since you basically just want to get from A to B. It can be a bit iffy when they pick you up. My advice is to indicate a spot where they will have no problem to see you, so you avoid a useless phone conversation.
[How to]: Call A Cab With Didi Chuxing And Kuaidi Dache
The quick and easy way to use Chinese taxi apps, for rush hour, rainy days, and Uber surge charge storms.
Getting a taxi in Shanghai can be difficult, especially during rush hour or on some secluded street in the middle of the night. You’ve probably used Uber or at least heard of it, but Uber doesn’t serve every area, and often they have surcharges that more than double the rate during peak hours. And it isn’t legally recognized here, or in many countries.
This is where Chinese apps Didi Chuxing (滴滴出行) and Kuadi Dache (快的打车) come in. Recently, the private car service (zhuanche) of these two apps received legal status (licenses) in Shanghai. They each also run a taxi app service that calls a taxi to your location at a moments notice with a click of a few buttons on your phone.
Didi Chuxing and Kuaidi Dache don’t have English app versions just yet (Updated 2017: Now they do!), but the taxi services of their apps are extremely useful and not too difficult to figure out. This guide will walk you through the process of hailing a cab with these two Chinese apps, step by step.
First, a note about payment methods. Both Didi and Kuadi allows you to pay with cash (for taxis) or by paying through your phone by setting up WeChat Wallet or Alipay, which you will need if you use their private car service. Head over to our article on how to use Alipay, if you haven’t set that up yet.
How To Link Your Bank Account To WeChat Wallet
WeChat Wallet is a breeze to set up, especially compared to Alipay (we have a guide for that too). You just need to have a Chinese bank card that’s registered to your phone number. Note: this step is optional, and you can pay in cash if you’re calling a regular cab.
Find «Wallet» in the «Me» tab of WeChat. Then, Click on «Bank Card» and Select «Add a Card». You’ll be prompted to type in your debit card. Hit submit.
The next screen asks for your name, ID type, ID number, and phone number. The name needs to be exactly the same as the one registered to your bank account. It is case sensitive, so if it doesn’t work the first time, try rewriting your name in all capitals. If that still doesn’t work, there’s a good chance your bank entered your name wrong when you first got the account, and you’ll likely have to pay them a visit.
Make sure you select «Passport» in the ID type section if you are a foreigner, and enter your passport number into the «ID No.» field.
Finally, put in the phone number that is registered to your bank account. This number needs to be your current cell phone number because your bank will send you a confirmation code which you will have to enter in the next screen. Once that’s done, you’ll get a final prompt box asking you to select an six-digit pin number for your WeChat Wallet account. For security reasons, they ask that you pick one different from your bank pin. Type that in twice, hit submit, and your account will be linked.
Now you can pay for Didi Chuxing and Kuaidi Dache without ever having to bother with finding change or accidentally dropping your transportation card into the abyss beneath taxi seats. You can do a lot more with WeChat wallet, like pay at convenience stores or transfer money to friends, but that’s all pretty self-explanatory and we won’t get into that here.
How To Call A Taxi With Didi Chuxing
Didi and Kuaidi announced in February that they were merging, but there are still two apps on the market. Didi is the more popular of the two. Their app for Android and iPhone can be downloaded from the Didi Chuxing website.
1. There are several options in the upper navigation bar, but you’ll want to select «出租车» (taxis). The options from right to left are: Ride Sharing, Taxis, Private Cars, Rent A Driver, and a Chinese car ad. We won’t cover the other options in this article, and you probably won’t use them if your Chinese isn’t up to par. To start your ride, you’ll need to click on the orange words on the bottom of the page.
2. Type in your destination address. You can use English here, but you’ll only be able to type one street name. If you are trying to write two streets for a crossroad (which you should always do), you’ll need to use Chinese. But you can probably write one road in English, then when the taxi comes, hand them your destination address if you have it written.
3. Hit the orange button and your taxi will be called. The taxi driver will call you to ask for your location, and you’ll want to tell them the intersection or building name. The taxi will usually arrive with a red light (instead of a green one) on its roof. Pay attention to his license plate number, which will appear on the screen.
4. If this is your first time using Didi, you’ll be prompted to enter and verify your phone number. Select the button in the upper right corner and they will send you a text message with your verification pin. Type that in and hit the start button labeled «开始» (now colored) on the bottom.
[Optional] The Didi app will search for nearby cars; this can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. If it starts to take a long time (more than a minute and a half or so), the app will ask you if you want to tip the driver an extra 10 or 15rmb to incentivize nearby taxis to pick up your request. You can choose not to tip the driver and keep waiting, but during rush hour, this might be the only way if you don’t want to use the zhuanche function.
5. Once a taxi has picked up your request, they will show up on a map view with the driver’s distance and expected arrival time. If you’d like to cancel your ride, click the gray characters «取消行程» on the top right corner. Oddly, Didi doesn’t seem to have an option to select that you have entered the cab after it has arrived. It’s unclear if this is a bug or just how the app works. Nevertheless, you can choose to pay or end the cab ride at any time.
The taxi driver will start the meter as they normally would if they picked you up without the app. When you have arrived at your destination you can select «支付» to pay your taxi electronically, such as using WeChat Wallet, or you can click «完成» to end the ride and pay the taxi with cash or a transportation card (remember to include the tip if you selected it).
6. If you select «支付», you will be asked to manually enter in the fare on the meter and to select the payment method. Hit the orange button to switch to make the payment through WeChat Wallet.
If you use WeChat Wallet, you’ll be brought to a new screen asking you to confirm your payment. Hit the green button and enter in your six-digit WeChat Wallet pin. Once the payment goes through, you’ll receive a confirmation page. The taxi driver will get a phone notification of a successful payment on his side, and he’ll print the trip receipt. Tap «Done» to return to Didi Chuxing and you may choose to give your driver a star rating.
How To Call A Taxi With Kuaidi Dache
Kuaidi Dache is less popular than Didi, but taxi drivers often have both apps, and the user interface is more straightforward and a bit easier to use. You can download their app for Android and iPhone on Kuadi Dache’s website.
1. Kuaidi will show your location and let you choose from three services: Private Car, Taxi, and Rent A Driver. Select the middle option «出租车» for Taxi and hit the green button.
2. Like Didi, first time users will also need to input your phone number. The text on the right just below the phone number input space will turn green once you type in your phone number — tap it and you’ll receive a verification code by text message. Enter that in and hit the confirmation «确定» button on the bottom.
3. Again, same as Didi, a destination address is required before a taxi can be called, and you will have better results if you can type it in Chinese. But for subway stops or big landmarks, you can get away with using English. After selecting the address. Hit the large green button to call a cab. Kuaidi will find a taxi for you promptly. Coordinate your location with the driver over the phone and he or she should arrive shortly.
4. The distance and time until arrival will be displayed in the map above the small taxi icon. The blue box is the driver’s license plate. Once you’ve gotten in the taxi, select the green button «我已上车» to signal that the ride has begun. The screen will transition to a map displaying your destination location.
5. When you arrive at your destination, hit the green button now labeled «支付» to pay for the ride.
6. You will need to manually input the cost of the ride based on the meter in the taxi and select your payment method. You can also select the gray characters»现金支付» in the upper right corner if you wish to pay with cash or a transportation card.
WeChat Wallet’s payment screen will pop up asking you to «Pay Now». Tap that and enter your six-digit WeChat Wallet pin number to complete the transaction. The driver’s Kuadi app will send a notification that payment has been received, and you’ll be able to ask for the receipt. Tap done to return to the Kuadi Dache and rate your driver.
And that’s it. We recommend that you play around with Didi Chuxing and Kuadi Dache, and test it out a bit. The apps are definitely worth learning to use, especially if you often find yourself stranded, standing in the middle of the street, looking into the distance for that small green light.
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How to call a taxi and ask the price — Practical Chinese Chinese Time Courses Chinese Language — Page 1
nǐ yào qù nǎ lǐ ？
Where do you want to go?
wǒ yào qù jī chǎng，yuǎn ma ？
I am going to the airport. Is it far?
bú tài yuǎn 。
Not too far.
qù jī chǎng duō shǎo qián ？
How much is it to get to the airport?
sān shí duō kuài qián 。
It is around 30 yuan.
yào kāi duō jiǔ ？
How long does it take?
dà yuē sān shí fēn zhōng 。
About thirty minutes.
xià chē qǐng gěi wǒ fā piào 。
Please give me a receipt when I get off.
1.乘客(n.) chéng kè passenger
2.司机(n.) sī jī driver
3.机场(n.) jī chǎng airport
4.上车 shàng chē to get on
5.下车 xià chē to get off
6.开(v.) kāi to drive
7.多久 duō jiǔ how long
8.大约(adv.) dà yuē about
9.分钟(n.) fēn zhōng minute
10.发票(n.) fā piào invoice
11.火车站(n.) huǒchēzhàn railway station
12.饭店(n.) fàn diàn hotel/restaurant
13.十(num.) shí ten
[Tips For You When You Call A Taxi In China]
Paying the Fare:
It’s best to keep small bills with you for taxi fares as many drivers won’t have change for the large bills (100rmb) you’ll get out of an ATM. For instance, the base fare in Shanghai is a mere 13rmb and that gets you quite far.
You won’t need to bargain and the driver will use the meter. If the driver doesn’t use the meter, you should insist that he stop (see below for vocabulary) and get another taxi.
Do I Tip the Driver?:
Happily, no! Tipping is generally not something you need to worry about in China. Taxi drivers certainly don’t expect it and wouldn’t know what you were intending. They’d probably get out of the car to hand you back your change.
Get and Keep the Receipt:
After you pay the fare, wait for the receipt to print and take it with you. This has the taxi’s number so if you have any complaints, or happen to forget something in the car, you can call the central number to report it. This can be convenient for forgotten purchases in the trunk.
How to Make a Taxi Dispatcher without a call? — Tipings
In the modern life of the population of major cities have become part of such innovative technologies as the Internet, mobile phones, GPS-navigators.
Progress includes even such simple everyday decisions as taxi in Yekaterinburg, and new technologies allow the car to call taxi companies without the need to call the dispatcher.Because the Internet is the most dynamic area of human activity, taxi services were not such an issue on the sidelines.Therefore, many taxi companies offer potential customers fairly popular service call, the machine online.
This service is so simple that virtually anyone can place the machine directly via the Internet.You just need to visit the site and call taxi service cars, filling out a form.The data onto the remote controller automatically receives and fellow taxi company will ring the client to update relevant information, and report the time for the machine.Call a taxi online — it is a modern, convenient and simple, and the problem is solved as soon as possible.Such
services are used by 80% of European citizens and taxi companies in the case of an order via the Internet provide passengers with good discounts.
in a European country for a taxi online to install a simple program on a cellphone.Many taxi companies use advanced innovative software, while their customers are sent an application from a mobile device, without trying to call the dispatcher.This program is very easy to use, allows you to book a car without any problems and very fast, fully preserving all the information about the order.These innovations greatly accelerate the arrival of the car, especially if the trip is planned «in the now.»
In addition, the program will remind passengers about the imminent arrival of the ordered machines, serving as a personal secretary, responsible for all travel.An interesting program «client-taxi» to communicate with the server taxi company, so transfer order controller is instant.Passenger can only fill out a short form on the phone, quickly send an application and wait for him to call back the dispatcher taxi, tell the exact cost of the planned trip and the time for cars.
Nowadays taxi becomes a necessity, since this service allows you to optimally manage their time.Therefore, taxi companies take delivery of passengers from the airports and train stations, helping them to quickly reach anywhere.Reputable taxi companies that have their own taxis, cars equipped with all the innovative modules of satellite navigation, so drivers can see in which areas of a traffic jam.This allows you to avoid downtime on the road and not to waste time because of numerous jams.
should contact the taxi company, to recruit drivers with many years of driving.At the time of ordering it is recommended to clarify whether the undeveloped car security system and the climate control unit, because of these factors depends on the quality of passenger transportation.Not all highways are of good asphalt and a peak due to high traffic jams may occur.Therefore, the voucher for the trip to the station or to the airport taxi service with a dispatcher to contact in advance to avoid problems and get to your destination on time.
How to use taxi apps in China?
How frustrating it is to see a free taxi passing by when you are need to ride to go back to your home after a long day at work or after a nice evening in a remote hutong, even more when you need to meet a customer in its office, isn’t it? … even more when they stop next to you to offer a ride to the person standing next to you, holding proudly his smart phone, so the driver can recognize which ride he accepted!
The 2 main taxi apps in China are Kuaidi Dache and Didi Dache. The market is totally dominated as they hold for more than 95% of the taxi apps market in China. According to Reuters, Kuaidi Dache and Didi Dache would merge to create one of world largest’s taxi app. Further news will be announced after 2015 Chinese New Year holiday. They may keep two brands operating independently.
The next player is Baidu, who has partnership with Uber, as announced last December 2014. The taxi app is integrated into Baidu maps, which makes it quite convenient for use by Expats (especially those who can’t read Chinese characters).
How to use Didi Dache (嘀嘀打车)?
- Apps: iOS, Android
- Cities covered: 300 cities in China
- 100 000 000 users
- 900 000 taxi drivers
- 12 000 000 rides / day
- Step 1: download the app (Beijing Xiaoju Technology Co.,Ltd) and launch it. Accept that the app locates your phone at any time.
- Step 2: the app will open a map with your location and all taxis around. You can’t use it yet, as you need to create your account: click on the people icon at the top left part of the screen. A new page appears. You can two fields. In the top one, enter your mobile phone number, then click on the orange button located at the right side of the field. You will receive a text message with 4 digits code: enter this code in the field right below and finally press the button “开始” at the bottom. Your account is now activated.
- Step 3: Confirm your location. First you need to make sure your location is accurate. Your location is indicated by a blue circle on the map and the address is written in the rectangle above the blue circle (我在… I am ….).If you press on the rectangle, it will bring you to a new page with possible addresses around your location to allow you to correct your location. If you don’t read Chinese, you can at least check the accuracy of the street number!
- Step 4: Call a taxi. You need to say where you need to go using the speaker button (speaker icon at the bottom of the screen), you will then have to confirm your message before sending it to the taxi drivers around you. If you don’t speak Chinese but you know the address in Chinese you can also enter the address: press on the rectangle, this will take you to a new page where your can select your recent locations or enter manually a new address, then validate. You can also book a taxi for later (button at the right bottom). At this step, you can decide if you want to give a tip (¥ field) to the driver (not mandatory).
- Step 5: Your message will be sent to all taxi drivers around you. Within 1 minute your ride should be taken in charge and a field will appear with the driver’s name and car plate number, as well as an icon with an integrated link to call the driver. The driver may call you to double check on your exact location. If your ride is not taken after a while, you may increase the tip…
- Step 6: Double check if the plate number matches with the message you received on your phone and take the taxi. You can pay using the App but most of people pay in cash. Do not forget to add the tip, if you promised any!
- Step 7: This step is optional. You can give a rate for the service of the taxi driver, just touch the stars to colour them: if you have fully satisfied, make sure the stars are fully coloured!
How to use Kuaidi Dache (快的打车)?
- Apps: iOS, Android
- Cities covered: Shanghai, Hangzhou
- 300 000 users
- 30 000 taxi drivers
- 20 000 rides / day
- Step 1: Launch the Kuaidi Dache app on your smart phone, your position will be automatically loaded. You can also type in your location into the “your current location” (您的位置) field at the bottom of the screen. The app will indicate the location of all the taxis within 2 km around you.
- Step 2: Tap the 继续 button located at the bottom right to continue to the next step. The first field contains your departure location, you need to type in your destination address in the field right below. Once filled, select “book immediately” (现在用车) / right button or “book taxi in advance” (预约用车) / left button. The next steps for both choices are quite similar, and we will only give the steps for immediate booking. Confirm your choice by tapping the green button “Hail A Taxi” (开始打车) at the bottom. Your ride information will be shared to all taxi drivers’ using Kuaidi Dache around you.
- Step 3: Within 1 minute (usually), you will have a taxi accepting the ride. The taxi driver may call your mobile to double check your location. If you want to share additional information, you can leave a voice message using the button with a speaker icon (按住说话) at the bottom of the screen.
- Step 4: Upon arrival to your destination, you can rate the driver’s service and pay for the ride using your Alipay account appearing in the orange box. The driver will see the payment information on his Kuaidi Dache account. Alipay is offering a RMB13 rebate for each taxi ride you pay through its payment interface: as a result, if your ride is less than RMB13, you will get a “free ride”.
How to call a taxi using Baidu Maps taxi booking integrated application?
- Apps: iOS, Android
- Cities covered: All
- < 5% of taxi apps users
- Number of taxi drivers: unknown
- Number of rides / day: unknown
- Step 1: Launch Baidu maps. If not yet done, create your account by entering your phone number and security code. Check if your location is accurate. If not, move the cursor.
- Step 2: To enter your final destination, it works like the GPS function. You have 2 ways:
- Enter your location by writing the address in the field at the top of the screen. You can also paste an address you received in Chinese characters.
- Select your destination by pointing it out on the map.
- Baidu maps will ask you to confirm your accurate destination (if many options you will see bullets with numbers on your screen). Select your choice.
- Step 3: Call a taxi or a private car. Baidu Maps offers these 2 options and it will expand with the recent partnership with UBER. You can either call a ride with a regular taxi or a private car. With the private car, it will be slightly more expensive. Click on the car icon and select the orange field if you would like to call a regular taxi or the blue field if you want to call a private car.
- Step 4: The app will contact all cars around you for 180 seconds. A driver should pick up your request: you will receive a text message confirming the plate number of the car (full number for taxi, hidden number for private car) and the mobile phone number of the driver.
- Step 5: the driver may call you to confirm your exact location.
- Get the ride, pay the fee at the end of the ride, like usual. You may receive a text message at the end of the ride to score the quality of the service.
- When ridding a private car, the driver will notify the end of the ride on his phone. Both of you will receive a text message to confirm the amount to pay.
I am living in China since 2009 and in Beijing since 2011. I am sharing my experiences for other expatriates to make their stay in Beijing more enjoyable. As I am writing this blog for SCOUT Real Estate agency, I am also computing updates about the Real Estate market in Beijing, not only on residential properties, but as well on commercial locals and offices. Hope you enjoy your reading!