Montreal Taxis, Taxi Fares and More

A Guide to Taxis that Service Montreal, From East to West

Montreal taxis and cab companies guide.
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Montreal taxis are generally clean, the drivers courteous and response time is fast, about 10 minutes or less after making a call. More on cab prices and the best taxi services in Montreal just below.

 

Are Montreal Cabs Yellow?

They could be. Or not. In Montreal, no car color code applies as in other cities like in New York where all registered cabs are yellow cars or in Rome where they're uniformly white.

Montreal taxicabs come in all colors. The only exception is Téo Taxi's fleet of electric cars, which share a green-and-white color scheme. More on Téo and other Montreal taxi services just below.

 

Estimate the Cost of the Cab Ride

Before even calling a taxi, figure out how much a Montreal cab ride will cost with either Taxi Fare Finder or TaxiWiz by entering your departure and destination information. I personally find Taxiwiz to be more accurate.

 

Make Sure to Call a Cab That Services Your Departure Location

While most of the taxi companies listed below will only pick up customers in central Montreal neighborhoods such as those listed in section A-11 of this Montreal map, there are a couple of taxi companies that will pick you up in the far East and West of the island of Montreal, just scroll to the end of this document for their contact information.

 

Are Montreal Taxicabs Safe?

After a spate of sexual assault allegations hit the media in 2014, the question began to be begged.

I took a look at the numbers to answer that very question.

 

File a Complaint If You Must

If, after your taxi ride, you were grossly unsatisfied with the service you received, you can (and should) file a complaint with the city of Montreal right here or email the Montreal police at bureaudutaxi@spvm.qc.ca.

 

Top Montreal Taxi Companies

A few of my favorite Montreal taxicab companies are listed just below.

1. Uber Taxi
Uber is not a taxi company per se, but an on-demand taxi dispatching service that uses GPS-based technology. At the time of its Montreal implementation in November 2013, Uber Taxi was available in over 50 cities worldwide. And I loved my experiences with the service. Here's why. One of the reasons involves its mandatory background checks.

It came to light in the fall of 2014, after a series of sexual assault allegations in Montreal cabs were revealed by local media, that two levels of government failed to ensure criminal background checks of the majority of Montreal's fleet of cab drivers, endangering rider safety, most especially the lives of women. To add insult to injury, the response at the time indicated no intention to immediately remedy the situation. Instead, the onus was squarely placed on women to drastically alter and restrict their freedoms and lifestyles to ensure their own safety in a supposedly first world nation rather than address the government's failure to uphold its own law. Note: as a thank you for giving them a chance, UBER gives new users up to $30 in free taxi credits.

 

2. Téo Taxi
Offering itself up as an antidote to Montreal's taxi crisis allegedly set off by the emergence of UberX, the latter service which Téo and various investigative reports claim earns drivers a below minimum wage, ''at Téo, drivers are guaranteed a salary of $15 an hour with regular benefits, including two weeks of vacation. If they want, they can also work overtime for time and a half, in accordance with our labour laws.''

As a writer who's informally interviewed dozens of Montreal non-Uber cab drivers over the course of two years who shared story after story of precarious working conditions, specifically a recurring claim that they were obliged to work 12 to 16 hour days to make ends meet prior to Uber's debut on the Montreal market, Téo may very well change the face of the industry across Montreal, hopefully ensuring drivers are paid fair wages.

Téo's fleet is also composed of electric vehicles, reducing its carbon footprint in a way no other  local competitor can currently lay claim.

 

3. Atlas Taxi
Generally pleasant and friendly drivers work at Atlas and dispatching response is fast, with a cab arriving in usually five to ten minutes if not less, particularly on the west side of Montreal (e.g., Westmount, N.D.G., Snowdon, St. Henri). Call (514) 485-4888.

 

4. Taxi Co-op
I've read very negative reviews of Taxi Co-Op, yet I've had decent experiences myself. They'll even jump start your car if you need it for $20 or help you open your car doors if you locked the keys in for $30 (service parameter and prices subject to change).

They also have special-purpose taxi transportation for customers in wheelchairs. Great coverage across the island of Montreal too, from east to west. Reserve online or call (514) 845-1244 (central Montreal), (514) 352-6000 (East End) or (514) 636-6666 (West Island).

 

5. Unitaxi
Enjoy the luxury of a well-groomed sedan and dressed up driver, without paying more than regular cab fare. The only caveat is the wait time, roughly 20 minutes, which is about double what you'd expect from other cab companies. But if you can bear the wait, want to make an entrance while keepingprices reasonable, and can afford to tip for great service, call Unitaxi at (514) 482-3000.

 

 

Central Montreal Taxi Companies

The following cab companies are authorized to pick up customers in the central Montreal area (section A-11 of this Montreal map).

 

 

Montreal East Taxi Companies
These taxi companies are authorized to pick up customers in the easternmost communities on the island of Montreal (section A-05 of this Montreal map).

 

West Island Taxi Companies
These taxi companies are authorized to pick up customers in the westernmost communities on the island of Montreal (section A-12 of this Montreal map).