Useful Taxi Phrases in English

Do you know how to call for a taxi over the phone or ask the hotel staff to organize one for you?

First things first… think about how you will begin your request:

“Good morning”
“Good afternoon”
“Good evening”

Telephoning for a taxi
“May I have a taxi at…?”
“Could you send a taxi to…?”
“I’d like to order a taxi…”
“Could I book a taxi…?”
“I’d like a taxi immediately/as soon as possible please.”

Checking where the taxi is
Your taxi hasn’t turned up on time, so you need to find out why:
“Hello, my name is Mr. Smith. I ordered a taxi for 8p.m. at XYZ Street. It’s 8:15 now. Could you check what has happened please?”
“Can you make sure one arrives as soon as possible?”

In a hotel
You are staying at a hotel and would like to ask a hotel employee to organize a taxi for you. You ask the receptionist:
“Could you organize a taxi for me for this evening please? I need to be picked up at 7p.m to go out for a business dinner.”
“Could you book a taxi to take me to the train station tomorrow morning please? I need to be at the station at 8:30a.m. What time do you think should I leave?”

You ask the doorman/porter
“Excuse me, could you hail a taxi for me please?”
“Excuse me, I need a taxi please.”
“Excuse me, could you get a taxi for me please?”

You would like to know in advance how much the taxi is likely to cost
“How much is the typical taxi fare to the airport/train station/city centre etc?”
In the taxi
You need to tell the driver where you want to go:
“Could you take me to ‘The Irish Pub’ on 123 XYZ Street please?”

You need to tell the driver you are in a hurry:
“I’m really in a hurry, so can you take the quickest route please?”

In the USA, an informal phrase to make the driver hurry/drive quickly:
“Please step on it!”

You are not sure you are at the right address:
“Are you sure this is 123 XYZ Street? I can’t see ‘The Irish Pub’.”

You need to know how much to pay:
“How much is the fare please?”
“How much do I owe you?”

You feel the service was good and you want to give the taxi driver a tip:
“Keep the change.”

Then, if the driver thanks you:
“You’re welcome.”



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