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6 Iconic Taxis Around The World

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Even though ride-hailing apps now dominate the world, we still believe that there’s a place for some of the world’s traditional taxis. This is because they give their cities and countries unique and often iconic atmospheres which can be great for tourism. 

In today’s article, we mention 6 of the most iconic taxis from around the world.

1. YELLOW CABS OF NEW YORK CITY

Mention the name “New York City”, and one of the first things that'll probably pop into your mind is a yellow cab. You can thank Hollywood for that. 

The well-known yellow cabs of the Big Apple give the city an iconic image which almost every person around the world is familiar with. 

Arguably the most familiar model of these yellow cabs is the Ford Crown Victoria. These were very popular in the 90s. 

2. BLACK CABS OF LONDON

If someone says “London”, you’ll likely think of several things immediately. Grey skies, lots of rain, Big Ben, the Queen, and of course those classic black taxis with their bubble-shaped roofs. 

Also known as Hackney carriages or Hackney cabs, these iconic taxis represent an important part of London’s unique image.   

3. TUK TUKS OF BANGKOK

You might mistake this type of taxi for an interesting lawnmower design. But it is anything but that! These nifty three-wheeled vehicles can easily dart through traffic around the bustling city of Bangkok because of their small size. And in a city as busy as Bangbok, this ability is highly valued. 

The name “tuk tuk” is given to these vehicles by the Thai because of the sound they make when they drive. 

While tuk-tuk taxis are not as popular as they used to be with the Bangkok locals, they are still an iconic experience for tourists who visit the city. 

4. MINIBUSES OF SOUTH AFRICA

Travel to any South African city and you’ll more than likely hear someone call out, “Town! Town! Town!” These are minibus-taxi operators who call out from their vehicle windows to attract the attention of potential customers. 

This phrase is so iconic that tourists who visit the nation become aware of it almost immediately without the need for anyone to tell them about it. 

The minibuses themselves are also an iconic part of South Africa’s traditional taxi industry. The models which dominate the roads are the Toyota Siyaya as well as the Toyota Sesfikile which have beautiful artwork of the South African flag printed onto their sides

5. SPEEDBOATS OF VENICE

Venice is a floating city. So it doesn’t make sense to have many land-based taxis. Instead, the best way to get around this magical city is by water. And that means water taxis!

Venice is full of iconic wooden speedboats which navigate the canals of Venice. You can even take these taxis directly to and from the city’s Marco Polo Airport. 

6. COLOR-CODED TAXIS OF HONG KONG

Travel to Hong Kong and you’ll soon become very familiar with the famous multi-colored taxis of the region. 

These taxis come in the colors of red, blue, and green. But these colors are not just for show. They actually represent the various areas of Hong Kong in which these taxis operate. 

Pretty much the only car model of these taxis is the Toyota Comfort. And this means that the model itself is just as iconic to Hong Kong’s taxi industry as the colors themselves. 

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While traditional taxis can be great tourist attractions, nothing quite beats the combination of practicality, convenience, affordability and overall freedom which inDriver gives to its users. 

So if inDriver is available in your area, download the app today and give it a try! 

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