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Victoria's taxi industry is changing, including changes to taxi fares based on the Essential Services Commission's fare report. From 19 May 2014, taxi fares will increase – lowest fares will be during the day (9am to 5pm) and from 10pm to 4am on Friday and Saturday night you will pay a little more.

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.

An increase to fares means operators will have more capacity to deliver innovative services in an increasingly competitive environment.  Better pay for drivers will also help to attract and retain high quality people to the industry, providing better services for you.

Information on this page

New fares for Metropolitan Melbourne, Frankston, Dandenong and Port Phillip

New taxi fares for Melbourne, Frankston, Dandenong and Port Phillip will come into effect from 19 May 2014; see Taxi zones.  

The following fares are the maximum that can be charged for your journey:

 Fare

Flagfall

Distance

Time
(if 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, excluding peak)

$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

Extras are automatically calculated on the taxi meter, or should be entered on the meter at the start of the trip:

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 all travel from Melbourne airport.

$2.70

High occupancy fee

For taxis carrying 5-11 passengers, or non-wheelchair hiring where the hirer specifically requests a larger than standard taxi regardless of the number of passengers carried.

$14.00

Holiday rate

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

Peak rate to apply

Electronic payments

A 5% fee applies when using credit/debit cards, CabCharge or using a smartphone app.

5% (GST inclusive)

Charges also apply to toll roads.

Current fares for metropolitan and outer suburban areas

The following fares and charges apply to all taxis in the Melbourne Metropolitan and Outer Suburban Taxi Zones until midnight 18 May 2014; see Taxi zones.

Tariff 1 - standard 

Flagfall $3.20 when meter is started
Distance $1.617 per kilometre
Time $0.566 per minute if the speed is below 21 kilometres per hour

Tariff 2 - late night (midnight - 5 am)

Flagfall $3.20 when meter is started
Distance $1.940 per kilometre
Time $0.679 per minute if the speed is below 21 kilometres per hour

Tariff 3 - high occupancy (wheelchair accessible taxis only) 

For taxis carrying 5-11 passengers, or non-wheelchair hiring where the hirer specifically requests a larger than standard taxi regardless of the number of passengers carried: 

Flagfall $3.20 when meter is started
Distance $2.42 per kilometre
Time $0.85 per minute if the speed is below 21 kilometres per hour

Tariff 4 - high occupancy, late night (wheelchair accessible taxis only) 

Flagfall $3.20 when meter is started
Distance $2.90 per kilometre
Time $1.02 per minute if the speed is below 21 kilometres per hour

Extras

Extras are automatically calculated on the taxi meter, or should be entered on the meter at the start of the trip. This fee structure will apply until midnight 18 May 2014.

Booking fee $2.00
Airport rank fee $2.00
Airport pre-booking fee $3.00

Charges also apply to electronic payments and toll roads.

Holiday surcharge

A 20 per cent holiday surcharge applies all day Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day; and from 6pm on New Year's Eve.

This surcharge is automatically calculated and displayed on the taximeter.

The existing late night surcharge that applies every other night (midnight to 5 am) will NOT apply during the holiday surcharge period.

Urban fares

Changes to taxi fares in Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong will come into effect from 19 May 2014. A comparison between the current and new fare structure is provided below.

Standard fare

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

Fare componentNew (from 19 May 2014)Current
Flagfall $3.60$3.20 when meter is started
Distance $1.838 per kilometre$1.634 per kilometre
Time (applies if the speed is below 21km per hour)$0.643 per minute$0.572 per minute

High occupancy fare

The high occupancy fare applies when taxis are carrying 5-11 passengers or non-wheelchair hiring where the hirer specifically requests a larger than standard taxi regardless of the number of passengers carried:

Fare componentNew (from 19 May 2014)Current
Flagfall $3.60$3.20 when meter is started
Distance $2.757 per kilometre$2.451 per kilometre
Time (applies if the speed is below 21km per hour)$0.965 per minute$0.858 per minute

Extras

Extras are automatically calculated on the taxi meter, or should be entered on the meter at the start of the trip. New prices are effective 19 May 2014.

The holiday rate applies all day Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day; and from 6pm on New Year's Eve. The late night fee does apply during the holiday surcharge period.

Fare componentNew (from 19 May 2014)Current
Booking fee $2.10$2.10
Late night fee (midnight to 6am) $3.40 $3.00
Airport booking fee $3.00$3.00
Airport rank fee $2.70$2.00
Holiday fee$4.20$3.70

Charges also apply to electronic payments and toll roads.

Country fares

Changes to taxi fares in regional and country Victoria will come into effect from 19 May 2014. A comparison between the current and new fare structure is provided below.

From 30 June 2014, taxi operators in country and regional areas may choose to set their own fares, but must notify the Taxi Services Commission and passengers. The above fares only apply if they have not done this.

Standard fare

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

Fare componentNew (from 19 May 2014)Current
Flagfall $3.70$3.30 when the meter is started
Distance $1.879 per kilometre$1.67 per kilometre
Time (applies if the speed is below 21km per hour)$0.658 per minute$0.585 per minute

High occupancy fare

The high occupancy fare applies when taxis are carrying 5-11 passengers or non-wheelchair hiring where the hirer specifically requests a larger than standard taxi regardless of the number of passengers carried:

Fare componentNew (from 19 May 2014)Current
Flagfall $3.70 $3.30 when the meter is started
Distance $2.818 per kilometre$2.505 per kilometre
Time (applies if the speed is below 21km per hour)$0.987 per minute$0.8775 per minute 

Extras

Extras are automatically calculated on the taxi meter, or should be entered on the meter at the start of the trip. New prices are effective 19 May 2014.

Regional taxis are allowed to pick up passengers at Melbourne Airport on a pre-booked basis only. The Airport rank fee for regional taxis is to be passed on to the hirer. The driver must not charge the Airport booking fee to any passenger arriving at Melbourne Airport. The holiday rate applies all day Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day; and from 6pm on New Year's Eve. The late night fee does apply during the holiday surcharge period.

Fare componentNew (from 19 May 2014)Current
Booking fee $2.10$2.10
Late night fee (midnight to 6 am)$3.40$3.00
Airport booking fee $3.00$3.00
Airport rank fee $2.70$2.00
Holiday fee$4.20$3.70

Charges also apply to electronic payments and toll roads.

Port Phillip currently has the country fare structure. From 19 May 2014 Port Phillip will have the metropolitan fare structure.

Electronic payments (EFTPOS)

Passengers who pay their fare using credit/debit card, CabCharge or smartphone app will have to pay an additional 5% (GST inclusive) on top of the taxi fare. See Non-cash payments for details.

Toll fees

EastLink and CityLink toll fees are charged on top of your taxi fare. Drivers must give you the choice of whether you want to use CityLink or EastLink en-route to your location.

Toll fees are detailed on a sticker 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 these extra fees will be paid, in addition to the taxi fare. Total tolls collected by the driver must not exceed the toll amount for the trip.

For trips beyond 80 kilometres of the principal post office, the negotiated fare is to be inclusive of any toll incurred.

The following toll fees currently apply.

CityLink

Western Link (Moreland Road - Westgate Freeway) $5.10*
Southern Link (Toorak Road - Sturt Street) $5.10*
One-way trip along both the Western and Southern links $7.30*
Batman Avenue (Flinders Street - Swan Street) No toll
A Taxi Day Pass for a non-metropolitan taxi^ $7.00*

^Applicable only to country taxis operating from within a 80km radius of CityLink toll roads (excluding Westernport, Port Phillip and Sunbury based taxi-cabs) that are not fitted with an e-TAG – these taxis may charge the hirer a cost of the CityLink day pass for a journey on part or all of CityLink.

EastLink

Melba tunnel or Mullum Mullum tunnel $2.61*
Any part of EastLink south of Maroondah Hwy $2.45*
One tunnel plus any part of EastLink south of Maroondah Hwy $5.06*
Ringwood Bypass No toll
EastLink Trip Pass (valid for a single trip on EastLink in one direction only) $5.69*

*All prices are GST inclusive.

Prepaid fares

If you travel between 10pm and 5am you may be asked to pre-pay the estimated fare as a deposit. At the end of your trip, the meter will show the final fare. You will either need to pay the driver more, or will receive change for your trip.

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.

More information

For more information on changes to fares, read the media release or contact us.