How do taximeters count the tariffs

Everyday question: What do you actually have to pay for a taxi?

The taxi is a comfortable alternative for occasional trips, for example after a party or for the way to the train station with heavy luggage. But what is the fare actually made up of and where are expensive surcharges lurking?

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In Germany, taxis must be equipped with a visible and illuminated fare display, a so-called taximeter.

The fare can be read here, which is usually made up of a basic fee and a kilometer price. However, there may be additional costs.

If the driver switches on the device, the basic fee is displayed first. Surcharges can be added before the start of the tour, for example for telephone orders, night trips or luggage.

On the way, the kilometer charge is added through automatic determination of the distance traveled, so the fare is constantly updated. At traffic lights or in a traffic jam, the device switches from route to time accounting.

Which regional taxi tariffs should you pay attention to?

In Germany, inner-city passengers have to pay the price according to the taximeter. However, the conditions vary from city to city. In Hamburg, for example, the basic fee is 3.20 euros.

In addition, there is an average kilometer price of 2.35 euros for the 1st to 4th kilometers and 2.10 euros for the 5th to 9th kilometers. From the tenth kilometer, the price is 1.45 euros. From 60 seconds of downtime, a waiting fee of 10 cents per 12 seconds is charged - for example in traffic jams.

In Berlin, the basic price of 3.90 euros is higher than in Hamburg, but the first seven kilometers only cost 2.20 euros, then 1.50 euros per kilometer. Individual price agreements are only allowed for trips to the surrounding area, here the driver and guest can negotiate the conditions in advance.

How expensive are additional surcharges when driving a taxi?

In some places, different conditions apply at night than during the day. According to the taxi calculator, the basic fee in Dortmund is 4 euros during the day Monday to Saturday, at night from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and on Sundays and public holidays at 4.50 euros.

In Freiburg, passengers even have to shell out 5 euros instead of 4 euros at night. The kilometers driven are also more expensive in some cities at a late hour.

There are also price differences in the surcharges. In Hamburg, a large taxi costs 6 euros, in Berlin 5 euros. Bulky pieces of luggage cost 1 euro extra in Berlin and 0.70 euro per unit in Munich.

Dog and cat can cost extra

If a dog or cat is in the cage, up to 1 euro is often added. Cashless payments can also increase the bill, in Berlin, for example, 1.50 euros are due.

If the taxi is ordered by phone, travel costs can be charged. There are also waiting costs at the desired pick-up location. In Trier the driver waits 15 minutes for the guest free of charge, in Nuremberg only four minutes are free, then the time price of 0.40 euros per minute or part thereof applies.

So the taximeter can already have a lot on the clock by the time the guest gets on.

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