Transport for London
Only licensed taxis (black cabs) can pick up passengers on the street. Any minicab driver who picks up customers without a booking is acting illegally. This includes minicabs lined up outside pubs and clubs.
Download our free Cabwise app to book your nearest minicab or taxi (black cab) in three easy steps. Search 'Cabwise' in your app store.
Find out more about downloading our taxi and minicab apps.
Taxis (black cabs) have a light on the front displaying the word 'TAXI'.
Taxi fares are displayed on the taxi meter and paid at the end of the journey. Taxi sharing schemes also help passengers going to the same place.
After a night out it's tempting to jump in the first 'minicab'
you see, but without a booking there’s no record of your journey or driver,
and you could be putting yourself in danger. Follow these steps for the
safest way to get a minicab.
You can also use our Cabwise service below to get phone numbers for licensed minicab and private hire operators
Find licensed minicab offices and other private hire operators in your area
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Staying out late? Use our Night bus maps to plan a safe route home
Early riser or night owl? Don't get stranded - check the first and last Tube times.
Tell us where you want to go and let us help you plan your journey
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