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Do taxis take credit cards?

Pay your taxi with plastic in many cities across the country.

Using your credit card to pay for your taxi is convenient and — depending on your card — rewarding. Unfortunately, there could be situations where the cab driver won’t accept your credit card.

Do taxis take credit cards?

This largely depends on local laws and regulations, but many taxi companies in larger cities are required to accept plastic. In most cases, drivers aren’t enthusiastic about it because of the fees they have to pay. Don’t be surprised if the driver claims the payment terminal doesn’t work even if it does work.

Some taxis may only accept certain credit cards like Visa, Mastercard or Discover. Make sure to ask the driver before you get in if they accept cards and if they do, which card networks.

Popular cities where taxi companies take credit cards:

  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Montreal
  • Ottawa
  • Calgary
  • Halifax

Is it safe to use a credit card to pay for a taxi?

Paying your taxi with a credit card is as safe as when paying anywhere else. But just in case, here’s what to keep an eye on:

  • Pay attention to the taxi meter.
    If the rate jumps because you want to pay with a card ask why. Adding a surcharge to credit card payments often goes against the agreement between a taxi company and the credit card company.
  • Look at the POS terminal.
    If it looks suspicious, don’t swipe your card.
  • Write down the taxi number.
    If you feel something’s off regarding your credit card payment, having the driver’s number will make it easier to report it.

Do taxis take credit cards in foreign countries?

It depends on the country and the taxi company. In most countries, taxis don’t take credit cards. In this case, you can either pay with cash or call Uber or Lyft. Before traveling, make sure to research some tips on using your card internationally.

Bottom line

Many taxi companies in large cities are required to accept credit cards as a payment method. In some cases, the driver may be reluctant to accept your card or simply claim the terminal is broken. However, this may be a violation of local law, depending on where you are. It’s a good idea to check if the driver accepts your specific credit card before you start your trip.

To be certain you can pay with a credit card, consider other methods of travel like Uber or Lyft. Some of the best credit cards for ridesharing let you earn accelerated rewards, so consider these options if you often use taxis or rideshares.

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