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Taxicab Fares

District of Columbia taxi rates effective January 2018


  • First 1/8 mile: $3.50 (includes Passenger Surcharge of $0.25)
  • Each additional mile: $2.16
  • Wait Rate: $25.00 per hour
    • Wait time begins five (5) minutes after time of arrival at dispatch location.
    • No wait time charged for premature response to a dispatch.
    • Wait time charged while taxicab is stopped or slowed to less than ten (10) miles per hour for longer than sixty (60) seconds.
    • Wait time charged for delays or stopovers at the direction of the passenger. 
  • Shared Ride Rate: $1.20 per mile (see AI 2018-05)

Hourly Contract Rate:

  • $35.00 for the first one (1) hour or fraction thereof.
  • $8.75 for each additional fifteen (15) minutes or fraction thereof.


  • Telephone Dispatch, two dollars                                          $2.00
  • Additional passenger, one dollar                                          $1.00
    (regardless of the number of additional passengers)
  • Declared Snow Emergency Fee, fifteen dollars                   $15.00
  • Group or Shared Riding: as each passenger arrives at his or her destination fare due shall be paid by passenger(s) leaving the cab.
  • Airport Surcharge or toll paid: if any, amount charged shall be the same amount that was paid.
  • Delivery Service (messenger service and parcel pick-up and delivery): same rate as single passenger unless vehicle hired by the hour

Fare Estimator:

Go to Digital Dispatch Services and download any app providing digital dispatch service for a District taxicab to get an estimate for the cost of your ride. Enter your pick up and destination location to see the amount the ride is estimated to cost.