Taxis are easy to spot as they are all painted yellow. They often wait in designated ranks that are clearly signposted. You can also hail a taxi in the street – if the rooftop light is illuminated, it means the taxi is available for hire – and telephone bookings are also available.
Taxi meters are clearly visible, so you can keep check of your fare as you go. Late night taxi trips must be paid for in advance. Between 10pm and 5am in Victoria, the driver will ask you for an up-front deposit, based on a table of point to point estimates.
You can use the fare estimator to work out what your up-front costs are likely to be. Melbourne cabs attract additional charges like a late night surcharge from midnight to 5am, a fee for phone bookings, a fee for using the Citylink freeway and even a fee for taxis waiting at the airport rank.
Melbourne's major taxi companies include: