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Published on : Tuesday, November 5, 2013
London taxis have been voted the best taxis in the world for the sixth year in a row, according to the annual global taxi survey from Hotels.com. London secured 22 percent of the votes, a clear winner followed by New York City with 10 percent and Tokyo with 9 percent in second and third place, respectively.
London’s iconic black cabs won nearly a quarter of the vote in the survey*, which also saw Berlin reclaim its position in the top five list, in fourth place with 5 percent and Madrid, Mexico City and Amsterdam tied fifth with 4 percent.
The world’s best taxis:
|Rank||City||% of votes|
Of the 30 countries surveyed, London topped the list across five of the seven categories, including cleanliness (23 percent), knowledge of the area (27 percent) and quality of driving (30 percent). While London cabs were also voted top for friendliness (23 percent) it was this category that was deemed the least important to travelers, meaning London’s friendly cabbies could put off some passengers. Safety proved to be the number one priority for travelers, and London also topped the list for safest drivers with almost a quarter of the votes.
New York City and Bangkok taxis tied in terms of value for money (20 percent); interestingly the latter didn’t quite make the overall top five this year. New York’s recognizable yellow taxis grabbed the top spot when it came to availability (23 percent), and will likely maintain this ranking in the coming years due to the introduction of thousands of new green-colored taxis for more widespread access to New York City’s boroughs.