Taxis in Berlin are cream colored with a “TAXI” roof sign and a taximeter. There are numerous taxi ranks in the city center, but you can also hail a cab on the street.
Taxis in Berlin are quite expensive; but short trips of up to 2km are included in a fixed rate of € 5 (US$ 6). To enjoy this special tariff, you should say to your taxi driver in German: “Kurzstrecke" as soon as you get into the cab.
Keep in mind that this special fare is only available if you hail a cab on the street. If you get one from a taxi rank you will have to pay the normal amount.
If your journey is over 2km long, the price is € 2 (US$ 2.40) per kilometer up to 7km. From 7km onwards, the taxi ride costs 1,50€ per kilometer. One hour waiting time is € 30 (US$ 35.90).
To get an idea, the taxi ride from Schönefeld Airport to central Berlin is between 50 and 60 euros.
Bear in mind that each suitcase will cost you an extra euro.
Taxi contact numbers
If you have an emergency and prefer to call a taxi, these are the contact numbers of the main taxi companies in Berlin:
- Taxi-Ruf Würfelfunk "0800-Cabcall": +49-(0)30 - 21 01 01
- Funk Taxi Berlin +49-(0)30 - 21 02 02
- Quality Taxi: +49-(0)30- 26 30000
- TaxiFunk Berlin GmbH +49-(0)30 - 44 33 22