All hail the London taxi!
All hail the London taxi!
London's iconic black cabs remain the best in the world while Auckland misses out on top ten
Auckland, 24 August 2011:
London taxis have
been voted the best in the world for the fourth year
running, while Auckland taxis failed to rank among the
world's best, according to the annual taxi report compiled
London's black cabs won nearly a third (28%) of the vote in a survey which asked almost 5,000* travellers from 23 countries around the world for their views on various aspects of travelling by taxi. London was placed first in five out of the seven categories including safety, friendliness, cleanliness, quality of driving and knowledge of the area.
Despite also being named the most expensive (with 20% of the vote), London's taxis beat off competition from New York (favourite amongst 9% of travellers) and Hong Kong and Tokyo (equal third with 7% of the vote). Singapore completed the global top five receiving 6% of the vote, displacing the German city of Berlin and capital of Thailand, Bangkok from last year's top five.
The world's best taxis:
Katherine Birch, Head of Marketing, Hotels.com Australia and New Zealand, says: "Taxi drivers are often the first people a traveller will meet on entering a country and their experience can set the tone of their holiday. After four years at number one, London taxi drivers are clearly leading the way, providing travellers with a reliable and safe experience."
Other findings include: From the airport The research found that taxis are still by far the most popular method of travel from airport to hotel, 54% of travellers choose a taxi over getting the train (16%), boarding a bus (16%) or walking (2%).
Lost & found Travellers around the globe reported a number of interesting items they've lost in taxis around the world. One Korean traveller reported losing a dried cuttle fish, a Norwegian unfortunately lost his/her wedding ring and an Italian even reported losing her bra! With Brits reported losing a number of items ranging from a hamster to a flute.
Tips Argentinians are the worst tippers, 34% confessing to never tipping their taxi drivers. Hong Kong residents are the most generous, with almost half (48%) choosing to tip 20% of the fare or more. Brits were most likely to round up to the next round number (33%) or tip 10% (50%).
Safety All 23 countries put safety as the most important thing when taking a taxi ride, apart from Italians who deemed 'cleanliness' numero uno, ahead of safety that came in second place!
Pet hates Chinese pet hates include smelly drivers with 55% of the vote, while smoking at the wheel is frowned upon across the globe with 33% of Brits and 52% of the French naming it as a pet hate.
Cut the chat Koreans are the least appreciative of the famous London cabbie, with 37% admit to hating 'chatty drivers.' Germany also weren't keen on making small talk, with 30% labelling chatty drivers as one of their biggest dislikes!