Taxis in Amsterdam

by Tanja
Taxis in Amsterdam

Taking a taxi in Amsterdam is expensive and it’s polluting. Around the city there are special taxi stands where you can take a taxi. From the Amsterdam Airport there are long lines if you want to take a taxi to Amsterdam. It’s best to order a taxi online, take the train or the bus.

10 Questions about taxis in Amsterdam

1. Are taxis expensive in Amsterdam?

Yes, taxis are very expensive in Amsterdam. Taxis in Amsterdam set their own prices, but the government sets out a maximum fare price for taxis in the Netherlands. All taxis in Amsterdam are obliged to have a taxi meter and to turn in on. You pay the price that’s on the taximeter.


2. How much is a taxi in Amsterdam?

The price of a 4-person taxi in Amsterdam is composed of three parts. For an official TCA Taxi the price of a taxi in Amsterdam is composed of three parts:

  • The start price is € 2,95. This is the amount you pay just to get into the taxi and to drive the first 2 kilometers.
  • The price per kilometer is max. € 2,17 after the first 2. 
  • The price per minute: max € 0,36.
    You can calculate the total price on the website of TCA.

Examples Prices Taxi in Amsterdam:

  • Hugo de Grootplein to Rembrandt Museum(5 km, 15 minutes): € 18,-
  • Dam Square to Europaboulevard (RAI), (8 km, 22 minutes): € 28,-
  • Dam Square to Zaanse Schans (26 km, 30 minutes): € 50,-
  • Dam Square to city centre of Haarlem (25 km, 45 minutes): € 60,-

2. Are taxis in Amsterdam any good?

A taxi in Amsterdam with skylight.

No, Amsterdam taxis are among the worst of Europe. In a German research comparing the quality of taxi service in 22 European cities, Amsterdam came out number 19. Researchers asked test persons to take taxis and to judge the chauffeur, the taxi, the route, and the price.

According to the test people, in Amsterdam, taxis drove through red lights, made unnecessary detours, messed with the bill or just refused to take the passenger onboard entirely.

Many tourists report that a taxi in Amsterdam refuses to take them because the distance is too short.

4. How can I get a taxi in Amsterdam?

Most people call a taxi service company to order a taxi in Amsterdam. Taxi Centrale Amsterdam (TCA) is the biggest taxi company in Amsterdam. The telephone number to call a taxi in Amsterdam via TCA is 0031 20 777 7777 or call Taxi Electric for an environment-friendly cab in Amsterdam: 0031 88 1004444.

Getting a taxi in the street

You can get a taxi in Amsterdam by hailing a car in the street. Legal taxis have blue number plates, a drivers’ pass on the dashboard and price list visible inside and outside. Taxis in Amsterdam don’t have a special color. Only taxis that have a skylight on the roof of the car with word TAXI, are allowed to pick up customers in the street or at a taxi stand.

Be aware that taxis in Amsterdam cannot just stop anywhere. For instance, they cannot stop at a bus- or tram stop.

Taxi Stand in Amsterdam

It’s better to go to the nearest ‘taxi stand’ (In Dutch: taxistandplaats). There are 50 stands in Amsterdam so there should be one nearby. You can recognize them by the blue sign that says: P-taxi.

5. How much is a taxi from the airport to Amsterdam?

Taxi from airport Schiphol
Taking a taxi at the Amsterdam airport: follow the signs.

A taxi from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Central Station costs between € 45 and € 60.

Be careful! Many people get scammed at the Amsterdam airport when a taxi driver offers a cab inside the building. These drivers don’t have a license for the airport. The prices of those illegal taxis can be extremely high.

To take a legal taxi at the airport, follow the yellow signs outside to the official taxi stand.

To avoid problems, it is best to order a taxi online before get on your flight. For example Airport Taxi Deluxe picks you up from the airport Schiphol with a sign with your name on it. They escort you to your taxi and store the luggage in the back of the car.

READ MORE: How to get from Amsterdam airport to Amsterdam.

6. Is Uber available in Amsterdam?

Yes, Uber exists in Amsterdam. Uber taxis are cheaper, but they can only be ordered by the Uber telephone app.

7. How many people go in a cab in Amsterdam?

Most Amsterdam taxis don’t carry more than 4 people per taxi. Most taxi services from the airport don’t allow more than 3 people. Only minivan taxis in Amsterdam allow 5 people or more.

8. Are there electric taxis in Amsterdam?

Yes, there are electric taxis in Amsterdam. Driving a car is the most air polluting act the average citizen commits. In Amsterdam, taking a cab, is even worse. To be exact, taking a Amsterdam taxi is 35 times more polluting than driving a regular car.

To change this, Taxi Electric started with a green taxi service in Amsterdam. These taxis are electric and so have no directly polluting emissions. Order a green taxi online on www.taxi-e.nl or call +31 88 – 1004444.

9. Are there bike taxis in Amsterdam?

Yes, in the city of bikes, there are bike taxis. Bike taxis in Amsterdam are used only by tourists. Locals have their own bike in Amsterdam. Bike taxis are not allowed in the Amsterdam Red Light District. All bike taxis need a licence to cycle around passengers.

A bike taxi tour in Amsterdam costs between € 10 and €45. Hail a taxi bike in Amsterdam in the street, or order a bike taxi online here or here.

10. Can I get a ‘Black’ taxi in Amsterdam?

So-called black taxis or ‘snorders’ are illegal taxis. Especially in the Amsterdam South East area (Amsterdam Zuidoost or ‘Bijlmer‘) there are hundreds of these black taxis. They are difficult to fight since customers are happy with them because they don’t charge as much as legal taxis.

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2 comments

Simon November 8, 2016 - 09:02

Who regulates the taxis in Amsterdam, makes all the rules? Which official do you complain to if a taxi gives a bad service?

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Sally April 2, 2018 - 08:34

You can complain on this website: http://www.taxiklacht.nl. I do order my bussines trips always on http://www.amsterdamts.com. Always nice drivers and good prices comparing with other company’s.

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