Taxi Fare Estimator

Taxi fare estimator


Use the taxi fare estimator tool below to estimate your taxi fare.

  • Tick any extra charges that may apply to your journey - premium rate, extra passengers or booking fee.
  • Use the icons to drag and drop your start and end positions.
  • Alternatively type the address in using the input fields.
  • Press the Get Fare Estimate button to submit your request.
  • For more information on taxi fares and charges, click here.
  • All figures are approximate and depend on traffic congestion.
More information on Taxi Fares and charges

National maximum fare

Public holidays in Ireland each year are as follows:

  1. New Year's Day (1 January)
  2. St. Patrick's Day (17 March)
  3. Easter Monday
  4. First Monday in May, June and August
  5. Last Monday in October
  6. Christmas Day (25 December)
  7. St. Stephen's Day (26 December)

The National Transport Authority has set a National Maximum Taxi Fare that applies to all taxi fares. The fare structure underpinning this consists of:

  1. An initial charge
  2. A charge for further travel based on either distance travelled or the time elapsed and calculated across two graduated tariffs
  3. A premium at certain times and on certain days
  4. Extra charges, where applicable

The taximeter calculates the fare automatically based on both time and distance.

The initial charge: amount which appears on the taximeter at the beginning of the journey. This initial charge includes a distance allowance of 500metres or a time allowance of 85 seconds.

Further Travel: After the allowance for distance or time included in the initial charge has been exceeded, the fare for further travel is calculated at small portions of the journey. At low speeds, or when a taxi is stationary, the fare is calculated on the basis of time. This compensates the driver for the costs of operating in periods of traffic congestion, or for waiting time. Once the taxi exceeds a certain speed, the fare is calculated according to the distance travelled. The speed at which charges switch from being distance-related to being time-related is known as the changeover speed (21km/h).

Premium charge: A premium is charged at certain times to encourage greater supply. These are generally known as unsocial hours rates and apply in particular to taxi operation at night and throughout the day on Sundays and public holidays.

Extras: Includes such things as a booking fee, additional passenger charge and potentially a maximum soiling charge. Road Tolls: Any road toll charges are payable if incurred; they are not automatically included by the taximeter.

Terms & Conditions

The following are the Taxi Fare Estimator’s terms & conditions:

  1. The Fare Estimator provides an indicative fare by multiplying distance, as generated by Google Maps from the points you picked, by the relevant National Maximum Taxi Fare, also taking into account any extras, e.g. additional passenger fees. As the National Maximum Taxi Fare will vary based on factors such as the time of day, it is crucial to the effectiveness of the Estimator that users provide accurate information in respect of each required data field.
  2. The figure provided by the Fare Estimator is intended for illustrative purposes only. The Fare Estimator employs a fixed formula and cannot fully account for variable factors such as exceptionally heavy traffic, road closures, road blockages or difficult weather conditions. Every individual journey will differ depending on the specific circumstances of that journey and both customers and operators should exercise reasonable judgement when determining whether the fare estimated is an adequate and genuine reflection of a particular journey.
  3. SPSV operators are reminded that they owe an obligation under SPSV regulations to issue a printed receipt to a passenger at the completion of a journey and failure to do so may render that driver liable to an on-the-spot penalty of €40.
  4. SPSV customers are reminded that they should always retain their receipt as evidence of any journey taken. In the event that you feel that you have been overcharged, you should report the incident to The National Transport Authority using the online form at www.TransportForIreland.ie. Further information is available from the Authority’s Information Line on 0761 064 000. Please note that all formal complaints must be made in writing.
  5. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this Fare Estimator, the National Transport Authority accepts no responsibility for any inconsistencies or errors.
Premium Rate

A premium to taxi fares is charged at certain times to encourage greater supply. These are generally known as unsocial hours rates and apply in particular to taxi operation at night and throughout the day on Sundays and public holidays. The premium rate applies between the following times:

  • 20.00h to 08.00h weekdays
  • All day Sunday and public holidays

A special premium rate applies during Christmas and New Year as follows:

  • 20.00h on Christmas Eve through to 08.00h on St. Stephen's Day
  • 20.00h on New Year's Eve through to 08.00h on New Year's Day
Extra Passengers

An additional charge of €1.00 may be charged by taxi drivers for each additional passenger. Two children under twelve will be charged as one adult. (If only one additional passenger under twelve is travelling, there is no extra charge.)

Booking Fee

When a taxi is booked by telephone, email, fax, text, (or any method other than by hailing in the street or engaging at a taxi rank or transport terminal), a booking fee may apply. The purpose of this charge is to incentivise drivers to provide such a service, usually through a dispatch operator. The booking of a taxi through a smartphone app may incur the booking fee: check the individual app terms and conditions.

It also compensates and incentivises drivers for travelling the distance necessary to collect the passenger. A booking charge may not be charged when directly engaging a taxi at a taxi rank, including airport or other transport terminal ranks, or if you hail a taxi in the street.

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