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Taxi fares

On Monday 19 May 2014, taxi fares across Victoria increased. In metropolitan Melbourne, you will pay the lowest fares during the day, a little more for overnight and peak fares after 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Fares in urban and country areas have also increased.

Taxi fares vary based on distance, location and time of travel. Additional charges apply if you travel on some public holidays, book in advance, make an electronic payment, use toll roads, or in a vehicle with five or more passengers.

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Information on this page

Metropolitan Melbourne, Frankston, Dandenong, Port Phillip and Western Port fares

The following maximum fares may be charged in Metropolitan Melbourne, Frankston, Dandenong, Port Phillip and Western Port taxis.

 Rate

Flagfall

Distance
(applies when the speed is above 21km per hour)

Time
(applies when the speed is below 21km per hour)

Day Rate (9am – 5pm)

$4.20

$1.622 per kilometre

$0.568 per minute

Overnight Rate (5pm – 9am)

$5.20

$1.804 per kilometre

$0.631 per minute

Peak Rate (10pm – 4am Friday and Saturday)

$6.20

$1.986 per kilometre

$0.695 per minute

Extras

Booking fee

Applies when a taxi is booked in advance.

$2.00

Airport booking fee

Applies when a taxi is booked in advance for travel from Melbourne airport.

$3.00

Airport rank fee

Applies to taxis hired from the Melbourne airport rank.

$2.70

High occupancy fee

For 5-11 passengers (including a person(s) who uses a wheelchair or other mobility aid) or where the hirer specifically requests a larger than standard taxi regardless of the number of passengers (except where the booking is for a person(s) who uses a wheelchair or other mobility aid).

$14.00

Holiday rate

Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, and from 6pm on New Year's Eve.

Peak rate to apply

Electronic payments

A maximum 5% fee applies when using credit/debit cards, and all other non-cash payments.

5% (GST inclusive)

Toll roads

Charges also apply to toll roads.

See toll roads

Urban fares

The following maximum fares may be charged in Urban taxis (Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo).

Standard fare

For taxis carrying up to 4 passengers (standard taxi) or any multiple hiring.

Fare component

 

Flagfall ($ at start of the meter)

$3.60

Distance (applies if the speed is above 21km per hour)

$1.838 per kilometre

Time (applies if the speed is below 21km per hour)

$0.643 per minute

High occupancy fare

For 5-11 passengers (including a person(s) who uses a wheelchair or other mobility aid) or where the hirer specifically requests a larger than standard taxi regardless of the number of passengers (except where the booking is for a person(s) who uses a wheelchair or other mobility aid).

Fare component

 

Flagfall ($ at start of the meter)

$3.60

Distance (applies if the speed is above 21km per hour)

$2.757 per kilometre

Time (applies if the speed is below 21km per hour)

$0.965 per minute

Extras

Booking fee

$2.10

Late night fee (midnight to 6am)

$3.40

Airport booking fee

$3.00

Holiday fee

$4.20

Urban taxis are allowed to pick up passengers at Melbourne Airport on a pre-booked basis only.

The holiday fee applies Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, and from 6pm on New Year's Eve. The last night fee does not apply during the holiday fee period.

Charges may also apply to electronic payments and toll roads.

Country and Regional fares

The following fares may be charged in Victorian country and regional taxis.

Notified fares

Taxi operators in country and regional areas may choose to set their own fares, but must notify the Taxi Services Commission and passengers. If the operator has not set alternative fares, the rates below will continue to apply. To look up fare rates in country or regional taxis, you can search by taxi company or location.

Standard fare

For taxis carrying up to 4 passengers (standard taxi) or any multiple hiring.

Fare component

 

Flagfall ($ at start of the meter)

$3.70

Distance (applies if the speed is above 21km per hour)

$1.879 per kilometre

Time (applies if the speed is below 21km per hour)

$0.658 per minute

High occupancy fare

For 5-11 passengers (including a person(s) who uses a wheelchair or other mobility aid) or where the hirer specifically requests a larger than standard taxi regardless of the number of passengers (except where the booking is for a person(s) who uses a wheelchair or other mobility aid).

Fare component

 

Flagfall ($ at start of the meter)

$3.70

Distance (applies if the speed is above 21km per hour)

$2.818 per kilometre

Time (applies if the speed is below 21km per hour)

$0.987 per minute

Extras

Booking fee

$2.10

Late night fee (midnight to 6am)

$3.40

Airport booking fee

$3.00

Holiday fee

$4.20

Country and regional taxis are allowed to pick up passengers at Melbourne Airport on a pre-booked basis only.

The holiday fee applies Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, and from 6pm on New Year's Eve. The last night fee does not apply during the holiday fee period.

Charges also apply to electronic payments and toll roads.

Electronic payments

A maximum 5% fee applies when using credit/debit cards, and all other non-cash payments. This fee is on top of the taxi fare. See Non-cash payments for details.

Toll roads

Taxi toll fees increased 1 July 2014.

EastLink and CityLink toll fees are charged in addition to the metered fare. Taxi drivers must give you the choice of whether you want to use CityLink or EastLink en-route to your destination.

Toll fees are shown on labels inside the taxi.

When you are sharing a taxi with others, and use CityLink or EastLink, it is up to your group to decide and agree on how toll fees will be paid, in addition to the metered fare. Total tolls collected by the driver must not exceed the toll amount for the trip.

The following toll fees currently apply.

CityLink

Western Link (Moreland Road - Westgate Freeway)

$5.30*

Southern Link (Toorak Road - Sturt Street)

$5.30*

One-way trip along both the Western and Southern links

$7.80*

Batman Avenue (Flinders Street - Swan Street)

No toll

A Taxi Day Pass for a non-metropolitan taxi^

$7.00*

^Applies to non-metropolitan taxis that are not fitted with an e-Tag.

EastLink

Melba tunnel or Mullum Mullum tunnel

$2.68*

Any part of EastLink south of Maroondah Hwy

$2.53*

One tunnel plus any part of EastLink south of Maroondah Hwy

$5.21*

Ringwood Bypass

No toll

EastLink Trip Pass (valid for a single trip on EastLink in one direction only)

$5.84*

*All prices are GST inclusive.

Prepaid fares

See Prepaid taxi fares for more information and tools for estimating fares.

Multiple hirings

Multiple hirings are permitted throughout Victoria with the consent of all passengers. A multiple hiring involves:

  • two or more people who are unacquainted travelling in the taxi from a common starting point
  • the first and subsequent hirers consent to another person also hiring the taxi
  • the hirers' destinations are in the same general direction
  • each hirer paying no more than 75 per cent of the fare showing on the taxi meter at their destination.

Multi Purpose Taxi Program

Subsidised taxi travel is available for eligible taxi users. For more information, see the Travelling with a disability webpage.