Photo tour: Taxis around the world

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Taxis are a simple fact of a traveler’s life, and they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors around the world. Take a look at taxis from around the world with this photo tour.

Whether you love them or hate them, taxis are a simple fact of a traveler’s life. They can offer insights and a new perspective on local culture as you chat up your taxi driver, or they can be an expensive last resort to make it to the airport on time after missing your train. But if you think all taxis are like the yellow cabs you find in places like New York City, think again.

Taxis come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors around the world, from lavish Mercedes Benz taxis in France to rickshaws in China and open-air tuk-tuks in Thailand, as much a novelty for tourists as they are a mode of transportation. In Mexico, you’ll find Volkswagen Beetles are the vehicle of choice for local taxis, while the white doily-decorated Japanese taxis are typically a Toyota or Nissan passenger car. But no matter where you hail a cab, you’ll find a colorful cast of characters ready to get you where you’re going.

Take a look at taxis from around the world with this photo tour.

New York City taxis (Image: prayitno)
New York City taxis (Image: prayitno)
New York City water taxi (Image: prayitno)
New York City water taxi (Image: prayitno)
Taxis in London (Image: Bordas used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Taxis in London (Image: Bordas used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Taxis in France (Image: james.)
Taxis in France (Image: james.)
Two Thai Tuk-Tuks (Image: bfishadow)
Two Thai Tuk-Tuks (Image: bfishadow)
Thai Tuk-Tuk (Image: MonsieurLui used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Thai Tuk-Tuk (Image: MonsieurLui used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Kenyan Tuk-Tuks (Image: Pompeychuck)
Kenyan Tuk-Tuks (Image: Pompeychuck)
Laotian Tuk-Tuk (Image: Rolling Okie)
Laotian Tuk-Tuk (Image: Rolling Okie)
Chinese Rickshaw (Image: d'n'c used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Chinese Rickshaw (Image: d’n’c used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Taxis in Mexico (Image: CarlosVanVegas)
Taxis in Mexico (Image: CarlosVanVegas)
VW Taxi in Mexico (Image: sfllaw used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
VW Taxi in Mexico (Image: sfllaw used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Taxi in Russia (Image: Petr Magera used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Taxi in Russia (Image: Petr Magera used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Taxi in Japan (Image: Pietro Zuco used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Taxi in Japan (Image: Pietro Zuco used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Taxi in India (Image: mckaysavage)
Taxi in India (Image: mckaysavage)
A man sits on a Coco Taxi in Cuba (Image: Adam Jones, Ph.D. - Global Photo Archive used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
A man sits on a Coco Taxi in Cuba (Image: Adam Jones, Ph.D. – Global Photo Archive used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Coco Taxi in Cuba (Image: MattJP)
Coco Taxi in Cuba (Image: MattJP)

(Main image: VSmithUK used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Photo tour: Taxis around the world was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.