The meter is required to be engaged or "hired" when a taxicab is occupied by anyone in addition to the driver
Standard City Rate (Rate Code 1)
$2.50 upon entry
$0.40 for each additional unit
The unit fare is:
- one-fifth of a mile, when the taxicab is traveling at 6 miles an hour or more; or
- 60 seconds when not in motion or traveling at less than 12 miles per hour.
- The taximeter shall combine fractional measures of distance and time in accruing a unit of fare. Any combination of distance or time shall be computed by the taximeter in accordance with the National Bureau of Standards.
- The fare shall include pre-assessment of the unit currently being accrued; the amount due may therefore include a full unit charge for a final, fractional unit.
- Night surcharge of $.50 after 8:00 PM & before 6:00 AM
- Peak hour Weekday Surcharge of $1.00 Monday - Friday after 4:00 PM & before 8:00 PM
- New York State Tax Surcharge of $.50 per ride.
Flat Fare from John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport:
For trips between (to and from) Manhattan and JFK International Airport, the flat fare is $45.00 plus any tolls using Rate Code 2 on the meter. A NY State Tax Surcharge of $.50 will be added to each trip.
If passengers request multiple stops, the flat rate of $45.00 will be collected at the first stop in either Manhattan or JFK International Airport, and the meter will be activated at Rate Code 1 (standard city rate) for the remainder of the trip. The metered fare should be collected at the last stop, from the last passenger.
All trips between JFK International Airport and New York City destinations other than Manhattan will use that standard metered rate.
Sample Fares from JFK International Airport to destinations other than Manhattan
(These are estimated fares. Actual fares vary depending on traffic, weather and other unforeseen conditions. Tolls are in addition to metered fares and are not shown.)
Between Terminals ............... $4 - $12
To the Bronx
Co-op City ......................... $39 - $44
The Hub (149th & 3rd) ..........$38 - $42
Riverdale .............................$48 - $53
Downtown ...........................$33 - $38
Coney Island .......................$35 - $38
Shea Stadium ........................$22 - $25
Main Street (Kew Gardens).......$20 - $24
To Staten Island
New Dorp Lane .................... $52 - $55
Victory Boulevard .................$51 - $55
To LaGuardia Airport .......................$24 - $28
To Newark Airport ...........................$69 - $75 + $15 surcharge
On all trips within New York City, any bridge and tunnel tolls to the destination shall be paid by the passenger, who shall be informed before the start of the trip.
On all trips within New York City, return tolls shall not be charged except for trips over the Cross Bay Veterans, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial, and Verrazano Narrows Bridges.
On trips beyond New York City, all necessary tolls to and from the destination shall be paid by the passenger.
Trips Beyond the City
For a trip beyond the limits of New York City, except Westchester or Nassau Counties, or Newark Airport, the fare shall be a flat rate (a flat rate is a definite amount fixed between the driver and the passenger at the start of the trip). This flat rate shall be negotiated prior to the trip and entered into the meter via the technology enhancements or TPEP system (when available) using Rate Code 5.
For a trip to the Westchester or Nassau County the fare shall be:
the amount shown on the taximeter which is calculated at the standard city rate within New York City and at twice the metered rate for the portion of the trip in Westchester or Nassau County. and all necessary tolls to and from the destination shall be paid by the passenger.
If the taxicab is equipped with the T-PEP system, the metered fare is calculated automatically by switching to Rate Code 4 when crossing outside the city limits.
For a trip to Newark Airport the fare is:
the amount shown on the taximeter using Rate Code 3 which includes a surcharge of $15.00; and all necessary tolls to and from the destination shall be paid by the passenger.
Any continuous trip where the point of origin and the destination are both within the limits of the City of New York shall not be considered a trip beyond the City limits, even though the shortest and most direct route requires traveling outside such limits but within contiguous counties. For such a trip the meter must be kept in the recording position throughout.
Group ride fare from York Avenue -
Notwithstanding the rate of fare set forth in Metered Rate of Fare , the fare for trips made pursuant to a group riding plan from York Avenue shall be as follows for each passenger:
To the Financial District - $6.00 per passenger (In addition, there may be such fee for dispatch services)
Persons with Disabilities
A recently-passed rule now requires that drivers not engage the taximeter until a disabled passenger has been settled in, and the ride is about to commence. Drivers are required to assist disabled passengers.
There shall be no charge for luggage or belongings transported in the interior of the taxicab, or for use of the taxicab's trunk.