'Friendly' Irish taxi drivers are 15th best in world
DUBLIN taxis have been ranked the 15th best in the world in a global taxi survey, because of their drivers’ friendly charm.
The survey, which was carried out in 30 countries around the world, revealed that Dublin taxi drivers are the world’s friendliest according to Irish travellers who still felt that they got the warmest ‘céad mile fáilte’ at home.
Laura Watts from Hotels.com commented: “It is great to see that Dublin taxis are ranking in the top 15 in the world.”
“Getting into a taxi can be one of the first experiences for a tourist coming into the country so it can really leave a lasting impression and set the tone for the whole trip.”
The survey revealed London taxis as the best in the world for the sixth year in a row.
The iconic black cabs secured 22 per cent of the votes, and were also commended for their friendliness.
But Irish taxi drivers, long known for their banter, were voted as the friendliest alongside the London cabs.
New York got second place with 10 per cent, and Tokyo got nine per cent in third place in the survey.
The taxi survey revealed the most obscure objects that travellers have left behind in taxis: a wig and a bird in a cage left behind in a US cab, a prosthetic leg and an ex-boyfriend in Australia, a trombone in Finland, and dentures in Germany.
London topped the list across five of the seven categories, including cleanliness (23%), knowledge of the area (27%) and quality of driving (30%). While London cabs were also voted top for friendliness (23%),
New York and Bangkok taxis came joint first in terms of value for money (20%); interestingly the latter didn’t quite make the overall top five this year. New York's recognisable yellow taxis grabbed the top spot when it came to availability (23%).