Taxis and minicabs
Licensed taxis (black cabs) can be hailed in the street or at designated ranks situated in prominent places, including many mainline rail, Tube and bus stations. They can also be booked by telephone.
All licensed taxis are accessible to people using wheelchairs and most have a variety of other features to make access easier. The fare payable at the end of the journey will be shown on the taxi meter. There is no extra charge for additional passengers or luggage. Up-to-date fares information for licensed taxis can be found here.
Licensed private hire services (including minicabs)
Private hire covers a wide range of services, including minicabs. Unlike licensed taxis, journeys must be booked through a licensed private hire operator and vehicles cannot be hailed or approached on the street. Fares are at the discretion of the operator but most have set fares including a minimum fare per journey. You should ask the operator for a quote or estimate before you start your journey.
All licensed private hire vehicles have the distinctive TfL licence disc in the front and rear windscreen. Licensed private hire vehicles are generally saloon cars and you should check with the licensed operator on whether their vehicles meet your own accessibility requirements.
Private hire vehicles displaying the correct signage can now pick up and drop off passengers on most red routes in London. If you want to be picked up or dropped off on a red route try to let the operator know when you book your vehicle.