London black cabs are without a doubt one of the most iconic symbols of the city, but few people feel so happy about them when trying to get one after a show or concert and finding there is none available. Pre-booked minicabs are a great alternative that is cost effective, safe and doesn’t involve waiting for half an hour in the rain trying to hail a cab on the street.
They Are Cheaper Than Black Cabs
Black cabs are an expensive form of transport. The moment you get in, the meter starts to run and you can see the pounds accumulating by the second. You may argue that black cabs are expensive because they need to get a license, pay costs, receive training and other things, but it doesn’t change the fact that a simple 10 minutes journey can leave you £10 poorer, not to mention the extras such as luggage or arranging a pickup by phone (that’s £2 extra). On the other hand, mini-cabs are independent contractors and so they can offer much more competitive pricing, and they need to because there are many mini-cab companies in London competing on prices and quality of service. You will find that most mini-cab journeys are easily half the price of the equivalent mini-cab ones.
You Can Book In Advance, For Free
Mini-cabs must be booked by phone, online or using iPhone applications, so this means you can book your trip back home before you leave for the night, and know that at the arranged hour your cab will be waiting for you. Booking in advance is part of the service, and you won’t be asked to pay extra for it, which makes it extremely convenient for long and short journeys. You can just call a mini-cab to get one on demand, too, but you may have to wait a bit on busy times, but you can wait in a warm and cosy place such as your home or the pub, instead of trying to hail a cab outside.
You Know the Cost before You Start Your Journey
With a mini-cab you know the price of your journey beforehand, which means no embarrassing “please wait here while I get my mate to bring me some cash” conversations on your doorstep, or surprise higher costs because the traffic was slow or the cab took a longer route than you expected. You can prearrange the price for journeys to London Airports as well, which makes it perfect for business trips when travelling by train is often much more expensive.