TAXI (Rio de Janeiro)
TAXI (Rio de Janeiro) – the yellow and blue Rio de Janeiro taxis are available both day and night in Ipanema and Copacabana districts. The cab drivers cruise the main boulevards, as well as the side streets, and congregate near the better hotels. This is common in all larger Brazil cities.
Rio de Janeiro taxis and drivers are required to be licensed, and their photo identification (ID) documents must be prominently displayed in the car. Taxis are also required to have working meters on the dash. If your cab driver does not have his identification documents posted and/or the meter is not working, do not use that taxi. Robberies and scams by taxi drivers are rare in Rio de Janeiro, but as in every large city, isolated incidents do occur. There are also unlicensed cabs (known locally as “taxi pirate”, so refrain from using those, as well.
The meters are started at about R$5.20, and during the day are set at the #1 position, which charges about R$2.05 per kilometer. In the evenings, holidays, and some other times during the year, the meter is set at the higher #2 position, with a 20% higher rate per kilometer. It’s customary to tip taxi drivers by rounding the fare up to the next R$.
There are a number of taxi companies in Rio de Janeiro that are available via phone:
Central Coop de Rio de Janeiro: +55 21 3878 8880
JB Radio Taxi: +55 21 2178 4000
Lagoa Taxi: +55 21 2291 9734
Radio Taxi Coopertram: +55 21 2209 9292
Rio Barra Taxi: +55 21 3325 5637
Santa Clara Taxi: +55 21 2545 0774
Taxi Farme: +55 21 2247 3525
Transcoopass: +55 21 2209 1565