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Stockholm taxis fall in global rankings: survey

The Local · 4 Aug 2010, 13:43

Published: 04 Aug 2010 13:43 GMT+02:00

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Travel website Hotels.com conducts an annual survey of tourist attitudes to taxis and invites respondents to assess performance in various categories, including friendliness, cost, driving expertise and local knowledge.

This year's survey involved people living in 15 countries and a full 16 percent plumped for London cabbies as the best of the bunch, with New York and Tokyo coming in second and third respectively.

Stockholm, which claimed 6th place last year, fell to mid-table in 2010 coming in 23rd place. The sample is randomly selected and so the reason could simply be that a higher proportion simply had not visited the city.

"Respondents are asked for the best and the worst in a range of categories, so they presumably vote for the cities which they have visited," said a Hotels.com spokesperson to The Local on Wednesday.

Stockholm drivers can gain some solace from this year's survey however as the city's taxis came in top in the "safe driving" category.

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London's black cabs scored top rankings in all other categories although they were also considered to be the most expensive.

Rome had the distinction of coming in last of the 53 cities in 15 countries featured with regards to driving expertise, while Paris and New York taxi-drivers were considered to be the least friendly.

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15:38 August 4, 2010 by estlandsgatan
They shouldn't even be as high as 23rd place. Taxi Stockholm, 020, Taxi Kurir and a few others are professional, but the rest are rip-off artists and it's hard to tell them apart. Plus, the big 3 companies I just mentioned work together to help keep the shitty system as it is so they can maintain their monopoly over the best taxi stand spots around the city. For the full scoop, read this: http://www.thelocal.se/16868/20090112/
05:01 August 5, 2010 by Frank Lee
Why are Swedes obsessed with these stupid rankings? This one was conducted in a manner that does not even attempt to be scientific.
12:48 August 5, 2010 by the fonz
I agree with estlandsgatan - I will only use the top 3 companies.

The others are simply legalised daylight robbery. I make sure all my visitors know the score as it leaves a very bad taste in the mouths of visitors to Sweden if they are ripped-off by a taxi driver.

Tourism isn't one of our main industries here and if visitors are legally ripped-off you can be sure they'll tell a few people when they get home - which may put a few more off coming here.
22:12 August 5, 2010 by Renfeh Hguh
Stockholm's taxis are great, when you are local and know to avoid all but a few companies. I feel sorry for the unwary tourists.
09:34 August 6, 2010 by dobermann
If some smartass taxi drive would try to charge me more that he actually should, in the end of the trip I would say: I am not going to pay.

Same situation is in almost every country and if you are foreign tourist, then you are in high risk to be scammed .
19:52 August 6, 2010 by old git
Bravo Dobermann - but if you are a first time visitor and have no idea what you should pay....?
00:13 August 7, 2010 by Alannah
Think the taxis are even worse in denmark & norway. Much worse!
16:53 August 7, 2010 by IWP
Jesus frigging christ........Who actually gives a toss!?
16:26 August 11, 2010 by concha de tu puta madre
Paris taxi drivers are the worse. They only take you if you are going in the same direction they are heading. And they smell foul as well. Taxi drivers in Sweden are the best..
14:51 November 4, 2010 by swedenfan
I created www.stockholmtaxi.tel where I listed all the good taxi companies for those who are not locals (and even for me, so I dont have to remember the phone numbers.)

If you surf to it from your cellphone you will be able to click any of the phone numbers to book a taxi.
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