SuperBreak gets Superfestive in new agent campaign

SuperBreak gets Superfestive in new agent campaign

Thursday, 27 October 2016 11:00

Agents boo...

EVA Air offers autumn savings on its Kangaroo Route

EVA Air offers autumn savings on its Kan…

Thursday, 27 October 2016 08:00

EVA Air is celebrating an increased service on its ‘Kangaroo Route’ by unveiling autumn offerings on flights from Heathrow to Brisbane, Australia with return fares from £642 per person.

Vietnam addition from Thomson and First Choice

Vietnam addition from Thomson and First …

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:00

Thomson and First Choice have announced the introduction of Vietnam to the winter 2017 programme.

Ranch Rider adds authentic Arizona ranch for next year

Ranch Rider adds authentic Arizona ranch…

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 11:00

Keen to expand on its portfolio of authentic US ranches, Ranch Rider will be introducing Arizona’s Hideout Working Ranch in its 2017 brochure, which is situated near Portal near the...

Qatar Airways announces daily Seychelles flights

Qatar Airways announces daily Seychelles…

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 08:00

Qatar Airways will provide UK holidaymakers with greater access to the Seychelles from December 12 when it launches daily flights via Doha.

HF Holidays highlight winter breaks

HF Holidays highlight winter breaks

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 14:00

HF Holidays is promoting a selection of winter getaway including a Christmas Craft Weekend at Dovedale in the Derbyshire Dales, Festive Walking At Dovedale, A Seasonal Stay at Malhamdale in...

Flybe puts more summer 2017 routes on sale

Flybe puts more summer 2017 routes on sa…

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 11:00

Flybe has put more early release routes on sale as part of its preliminary summer 2017 schedule.

YHA submits plans for London’s first ‘Super Hostel’

YHA submits plans for London’s first ‘Su…

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 08:00

A planning application has been submitted by YHA (England and Wales) to open its first Super Hostel in London.

£2.3million immigration hall upgrade plans at Bristol Airport

£2.3million immigration hall upgrade pla…

Monday, 24 October 2016 14:00

Following a major overhaul of the security search area for departing passengers, Bristol Airport has unveiled plans to address congestion in arrivals.

Intrepid targets socially conscious Gen Z with new Geckos age-range

Intrepid targets socially conscious Gen …

Monday, 24 October 2016 11:00

30 year olds will be ‘too old’ for Geckos Adventures next year, as the Intrepid Group has announced that it will cut the age range to meet a growing demand...

New survey reveals just one in 12 Brits manage to wangle an upgrade

New survey reveals just one in 12 Brits …

Monday, 24 October 2016 08:40

New research from has revealed that only 8% of British travellers have actually managed to secure a free upgrade for their holiday, with flight upgrades and hotel room upgrades...

Just You launches travel trade solo experience

Just You launches travel trade solo expe…

Friday, 21 October 2016 14:00

Just You has announced its largest investment to support the travel trade with the launch of 200 joint marketing events to promote solo travel.

Spontaneous people are happier according to Snaptrip survey

Spontaneous people are happier according…

Friday, 21 October 2016 11:00

Spontaneous people are often believed to lead more exciting or glamorous lifestyles and a new study has confirmed that they are happier in all aspects of their lives.

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver tickets for half term

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver …

Friday, 21 October 2016 09:00

Visitors to Brighton this October half term can save up to 20% on its top three paid-for attractions with combination tickets now available for British Airways i360, SEA LIFE Brighton...

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:00

There still’s time for agents to book a Croisieurope river cruise for their customers with a free cabin upgrade on a range of river cruises throughout Europe, when booked with...

Last minute autumn breaks available at Haven

Last minute autumn breaks available at H…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:00

Agents can still give their customers a last minute family break this autumn from £99 when booking a Haven holiday between now and November 5.

With so many different options available for booking a cab in London now, what are the best options and when should you use them?

The answer very much depends on what day it is, where you’re going, what time is it, how quickly you want to get there and how much do you want to spend. Being someone who is constantly travelling around the country, I’ve tried my fair share of services, and as the owner of Taxicode you might think I’d use my own company every time I need a taxi service, but in fact I don’t. It really depends on what I’m doing and where I want to go.

I live in Vauxhall, so it’s fairly hard to hail a black cab on my road - they pass through Vauxhall but not in massive numbers, meaning you often have to wait a while. Instead, when I’m going into the city, I use UberX. It is a cheap option, but the driver often has no clue where they are going - I normally have to assist them and I can expect to get beeped at when we miss our turn and stop in the middle of the road. Uber is convenient, cheap and cash-free, and great for a short to medium distance journeys.

Recently, a customer was charged a £102 fare in London for what should have been a 20-minute, four-mile journey, after the driver ended up driving for 20-miles. Fortunately though for the customer in this instance, Uber does record the routes taken for all journeys, and the customer was able to get his money back. This is a benefit of Uber being so heavily tech-based – they are able to record a large amount of data to provide wide visibility.

When heading home after a night out, I will use a black cab every time. They take no time to hail, and I can just give the driver a rough idea of where I’m going, thanks to ‘The Knowledge’, and save time by using bus lanes. However, their major downfall is that I need to make sure I have cash in case he has the words “CASH ONLY” taped to his window. Black Cabs are much quicker than an Uber though, and really not much more expensive for a short trip - cash difference maybe a few pounds but I get home much quicker and I don’t need to keep an eye on the driver.

If Uber has a surge of 1.6 or more, it's cheaper and faster to get a black cab. As well as this, in heavy traffic your Uber will be stuck, but a black cab can nip down the bus lane - not to be underestimated.

When I want to go a little bit further (five miles or more), or I’m headed to the airport, I use Taxicode. For such a journey the price is cheaper than a black cab or Uber, and the price is fixed. The minicab driver is generally much more experienced given he drives the route three or four times per day. There’s a wider range of payment options than with Uber and black cabs, and all the pickups and drop-offs can be pre-booked.

Would I use Hailo or Gett? No, not really. Not because they are a competitor to Taxicode, because they are not – we operate within a different space – but simply because when hailing a cab there and then it’s much quicker and easier to wave my hand in the air, or to use Uber.

When it comes down to it, it’s a choice between waving your hand in the air at the side of the road, hailing a driver directly using an app, and pre-booking your journey online. Each option has its pros and cons, and it can be up to the individual user to find what works for them, especially taking location into account, but from my experience it makes sense to use a mix of the three options, so you can save time and money wherever and whenever you’re travelling.

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