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Read on for advice about taking a taxi in Fukuoka. Get information about fares, how to order a taxi and how much a taxi in Fukuoka will cost. Download a fare finding app. Find out about taking a taxi tour and how much you should tip your driver. See if Uber is available in Fukuoka.
The good things about taking taxis in Japan:
- Taxi drivers are very unlikely to try to rip you off (unlike many other Asian countries)
- They are usually nicely dressed with a uniform and smart white gloves
- The taxis are clean
- They are reliable
- They use meters
- You can usually find them waiting outside train stations
The bad things about taking taxis in Japan:
- They are expensive
- Most taxi drivers don’t speak English
- It’s difficult to find a taxi at busy periods
- Taxi drivers often get lost
- They may not want to stop for foreigners
Why do taxi drivers often get lost?
Because Japan has a weird system of house numbering. For example #1 may be far from #2 or #3. Often houses or buildings in a street will be numbered based on the order they were built instead of numerical order. This means your driver may need to drive around and around to find the correct place. Hint: if you know the telephone number of the hotel or restaurant you are going to the driver can probably put it into his SatNav. This should help him find the address more easily.
How much is a taxi in Fukuoka?
Probably like your country you will pay a fixed fare at the start of your journey and then additional fees:
¥600 for the first kilometer
Then additional fare depending on distance travelled:
¥250 for each additional kilometer
This means for a Fukuoka taxi you will pay:
¥1000 for 3KM
¥1500 for 5KM
¥3000 for 10KM
¥6000 for 20KM
¥8000 for 30KM
The cost for a taxi from Fukuoka Airport to Hakata Station is ¥1500.
Above costs are all approximate.
These fares are for standard 4-person taxis. Note that they don’t have huge space for luggage. Four people with luggage may need two taxis. Larger ‘jumbo’ taxis are sometimes available for higher cost.
The fare will increase for waiting time or driving slowly in a traffic jam. You’ll pay additional fees for things like ordering in advance or late-night hours. Toll fees will be added to your bill but you probably won’t encounter tolls in trips around the city center.
You can use this taxi fare calculator to get an estimate of the taxi cost around Fukuoka.
Can I haggle the price?
No (this isn’t Bali).
How to get a taxi in Japan?
You can flag taxis down in Japan. Look out for a red light on top. This means the taxi is ‘available’ whereas green light means ‘unavailable’ (intuitively this seems the wrong way round, I know). If you prefer you can queue at a taxi rank instead of waiting for one to randomly pass by. If you want to take a taxi from your hotel you can ask the hotel staff to order one for you (better do this in advance). Be aware that because of the strict no-drink-and-drive laws here taxis can be hard to find at boozy times like Friday and Saturday nights.
How to get a taxi from Fukuoka Airport?
Taxis wait outside the international terminal at Fukuoka Airport. You can see them as you exit the arrival hall. Usually there are enough taxis but at busy periods you may need to wait. It’s better you show the taxi driver the name of your hotel written in Japanese. You can get this information from your hotel website or Google Maps. From Fukuoka Airport to Hakata or Tenjin the taxi fare is ¥1,500 ~ ¥2,000.
Are there any taxi apps covering Fukuoka?
Can I take a taxi tour?
Yes you can but don’t expect the driver to speak English. The clue is in the name. The driver is a driver not a guide. For a 4-hour tour expect to pay around ¥50,000. The price depends on distance but it usually comes to about ¥10,000 per hour. This is for standard taxi with capacity for 4 passengers and space for some luggage (but not a lot). For larger vehicles the price is more expensive.
We often arrange taxi tours for our clients. We also arrange transport from A to B with a sightseeing tour en-route.
How much does it cost to rent a minibus?
Really expensive. For a small bus you can expect to pay around ¥150,000 per day. That’s just the fee for bus, driver and gasoline. You usually need to pay parking fees and toll road fees as additional cost. You also can’t expect the driver to speak English or act as a guide. This is why most of our clients (60%) use rental car self-drive for their Kyushu trip. The remaining 40% use trains and bus. We only use bus for large groups.
Do taxis in Japan take credit cards?
These days most taxis (but not all) take payment by credit card. If you don’t have any cash check your credit card is accepted before starting the trip. Also check if you only have a ¥10,000 note to pay with. Why is it taxi drivers worldwide never seem to have enough change?
Should I tip my taxi driver?
Whether you pay by cash or by card there is no need to tip. You can leave some small change if you pay by cash but it’s not expected. The driver already earned his/her money with the hefty fare.
Anything else I should know?
The left-side back door opens and closes automatically. Don’t do what most foreigners do and try and yank it open or closed.
Can I get Uber in Fukuoka?
You can’t get Uber in Fukuoka. You can get Uber in Tokyo and some other Japanese cities but not in Fukuoka. That may (or may not) change soon. Watch this space. You can check which cities currently have Uber in Japan here.
Can I get Grab in Fukuoka?
Grab is similar to Uber. It’s available in many countries in Asia but not in Japan. Anyway Grab recently bought Uber (South East Asia) so probably both won’t continue to operate. The price will probably increase too, right? Watch this space.
We hope you found this information about taking a taxi in Fukuoka useful. If you have any extra tips, information or advice about Fukuoka taxis share it in the comments section below. If we got anything wrong let us know.