Which city has the world's best taxis?

Story highlights

  • London taxis voted best in the world in survey by Hotels.com
  • Voters consider safety their top taxi priority, followed by value for money
  • Brits are the most amorous taxi passengers, according to the Hotels.com survey

When it comes to taxis, London reigns supreme.

For the sixth year in a row, the city's iconic black cabs were voted best in the world in a survey by Hotels.com.

More than 2,500 voters from 30 countries took part in the annual global taxi survey, giving London 22% of the votes -- well ahead of runners up New York City (10%) and Tokyo (9%).

Rounding out the top five, Berlin came in fourth place with 5% of the vote, while Madrid, Mexico City and Amsterdam came in joint fifth with 4%.

"Of the 30 countries surveyed, London topped the list across five of the seven categories, including cleanliness (23%), knowledge of the area (27%) and quality of driving (30%)," said Hotels.com.

Almost a quarter of respondents (23%) voted safety as their number one taxi priority, which London's cabs also ranked highest on.

New York's yellow taxis grabbed the top spot for availability (23%).

    New York and Bangkok taxis tied for first in terms of value for money (20%). Despite this recognition, Thailand's capital failed to crack the top five this year.

    Survey categories ranked in order of preference by voters: safety (23%); value (20%); knowledge of area (17%); availability (14%); quality of driving (11%); cleanliness (8%); and friendliness (7%.)

    If any cabbies are reading, that suggests most travelers would prefer their drivers keep their mouths shut during the ride.

    The world's best taxis

    1. London (22%)

    2. New York (10%)

    3. Tokyo(9%)

    4. Berlin(5%)

    5. Amsterdam (4%)

    5. Madrid (4%)

    5. Mexico City (4%)

    The Hotels.com taxi survey also found that people tend to text or email while in cab (19%), while sleeping was the second most popular activity (15%), followed by eating (10%) and kissing (9%).

    When asked which nation was the most amorous in the back of a cab Brits came out on top, with 14% admitting to displaying passionate behavior -- 10% higher than the global average of 4%.

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