Whether you’re flagging down a hackney or hopping in the back of a minicab, if you’re lost or without a ride, you can always rely on the humble taxi to get you from A to B.
However, if you take a trip around the world we start to see a bit of a different story, as this infographic from The Taxi Centre shows. Journeying through 15 locations round the globe, the infographic takes a look at the often unusual ways people around the word rely on to get around.
In Havana, the quickest and cheapest way to get around is in a “Cocotaxi” – a moped with a bright yellow coconut shaped shell. If you’re carrying a lot of luggage in Peru, you best hope that your diminutive Cholo-Taxi can carry your weight. And don’t hope on getting anywhere too quickly in Thailand, as while an elephant might look great in your holiday snaps, it’s certainly not the most time effective way to get around.
As well as the vehicles (or animals) used in far flung cities and countries, the infographic also has some useful information on travel expectations. For example, don’t be too worried if your taxi starts to fill with strangers in the Philippines. Here “share taxis” are common, meaning you might have to wait a while before you finally reach your destination. The same goes for Nigeria, where hopping in a cab can mean rubbing shoulders in the back of a cramped pickup truck. Perhaps not the safest way to get around, but surely a great way to meet some new friends.
The perennial question of “to tip or not to tip” is also addressed. Whilst in New York not tipping is viewed practically as a crime, in China paying over the odds is a great way to offend your rickshaw driver. To get fully taxi savvy, take a look at the infographic below.