Edinburgh Taxis information

You can get around easily in Edinburgh by taxi, and there are plenty available around the city at all times of day.

Black cabs in Edinburgh

You will find that all of them must all operate using the same tariffs, which you will see clearly shown inside the taxi.

Most taxis are black in colours, generally known as ‘black cabs’, similar to those found in London and other cities around the UK.

You can usually fit five passengers in these taxis, as well as the driver, as the vehicles have a rear cabin, separated by a bulkhead, with additional rear-facing folding seats.

They are also ideal for transporting large items of luggage because of this. You will also find slightly larger taxis, resembling minivans, which are capable of carrying seven passengers.

You can pay by cash or card, but cash is recommended as there is a 5% surcharge for card payments.

Black cab

Taxi to the airport

You can travel from Edinburgh city centre to the airport by taxi in around 30 minutes, and it costs £20 each way, but some companies will offer a discount for a return trip.

For alternative methods of transportation, please see Getting to Edinburgh Airport.


Tariff 1 (Monday to Friday, 6 am to 6 pm):

Minimum fare: £2.60

Every 184m travelled until 1988m: £0.25

Every 213m travelled beyond 1988m: £0.25

Tariff 2 (any other time):

Minimum fare: £3.60

Every 184m travelled until 1988m: £0.25

Every 213m travelled beyond 1988m: £0.25

*There are other tariffs only applicable during Christmas (24-27th December) and Hogmanay (31st December-2nd January), which are higher than at any other time of year.

Additional charges

Per person for more than 2 passengers: £0.20

Pre-booking: £0.80

Booking cancellation: £2.20

Airport pick-up: £2.80

Card payment surcharge: 5% of fare

parada de taxis en Edimburgo

Taxi Companies in Edimburgo

There are many taxi companies available in Edinburgh, and most of them have options to pre-book by phone, online, or using an app.

Taxi companies

Central Taxis

0131 229 2468

City Cabs

0131 228 1211

Capital Cabs

0131 777 7777

Find many more curiosities and anecdotes about Edinburgh in our tours around the city.