Transportation in Budapest
Budapest taxis have yellow number plates and a taxi sign in yellow. (Any vehicle without these features is operating illegally.) The total charge that has to be paid by the passenger is made up of three separate parts: the basic charge wich is irrespective of how far the journey is (maximum HUF 300 during the day, maximum HUF 420 at night), a per kilometre charge which depends on how many kilometres are covered during the journey (maximum HUF 240 per kilometre during the day, maximum HUF 336 at night), and the waiting charge. The larger taxi companies work with rate far lower than the maximum charges listed above. It is well worth noting down their telephone numbers, and then calling them because a taxi ordered by phone is cheaper than one called on the street.
Taxi 2000: 200-0000
Tele 5: 355-5555
6x6 taxi: 266-6666
All cars must have a taximeter installed, and these also print out a receipt. Taxi drivers are required to give an invoice on request.
Tipping: in general 10 % of the fare is acceptable, but this naturally depends on how satisfied the passenger is with the service.
Source: Budapesti Turisztikai Kht, Budapest Guide, 2003