Tips For Taking a Taxi Cab With Kids
The taxi cab thing…
Yes, we know. You don’t need a rental car and either there isn’t public transit or you can’t deal with public transit with the kids and luggage in tow. You just need to get your family from the airport to your hotel and back again in a safe manner in a destination you don’t know. And you’d like to not have to carry your child’s car seat for two 20-minute taxi cab rides. We’ve been there.
Here’s some advice or finding a ride when you need one.
1. Don’t count on cabs you hail on the street in cities like New York to have car seats; they won’t.
2. Do your best to book a taxi ahead for when you land and request a car seat. It’s a better bet than hailing a local cab outside the airport.
A service called Taxi2Airport can help you find local taxi fares to and from the airport in 130 countries including the U.S.
3. Check out our growing list of Taxi services in the US and abroad.
4. Call the hotel where you’re staying and ask the concierge for a recommendation.
5. Try a taxi app like Lyft, or Curb in NYC. Some drivers carry car seats. And if parents make the request often enough more drivers will start doing so. Just make sure the seat is installed properly and tightly enough; if the drivers don’t have kids they might not know all the tricks.
6. Try an aggregator service like LimoCart with connections to taxi companies in multiple cities.
When they’re good (Hong Kong’s is very good) they can be almost as easy and convenient as a cab— sometimes more so— and much less expensive. Your hotel front desk or its website can tell you how close the public transit will get you.
Plan ahead for this option. Read up on the system before you leave so you have an idea of where to go, if you need local cash, where you can expect to be dropped and so on. And think about how you might pack differently (that is, lighter) if you are using public transit rather than a cab.
9. If taxis are a big part of your life, consider new options for car seats and strollers, like the Doona, which seem almost made for parents who take cabs. Of when kids are big enough, buy a BubbleBum seat-belt positioning booster seat. It fits easily in a suitcase and takes about 30 seconds to inflate. We love ours and have taken it everywhere from California to Senegal.
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