Both taxis and limousines can get you where you need to go and both serve a purpose – but whether you decide to reserve a limo or call a cab will depend on your particular circumstances and what kind of service and benefits you’d like to receive.
For example, if you are out drinking with a few friends and just need a ride home, you likely won’t be too concerned about whether you are riding in a vehicle with leather seats and wifi – you just need safe transportation and a taxi should suffice.
On the other hand, if you are celebrating a special occasion, trying to impress a client or need assurance of reliability and superior service, then it probably makes more sense to reserve a limo.
Differences in service
Professional limousine drivers are not just experts in driving, they are customer service experts. Yes, they will get you to your destination safely and on time, but they have the added goal of making sure that you have a great experience.
Opening and closing vehicle doors, ensuring specific pick up and drop off times, and generally catering to you is all part of the experience you can expect with a limo driver. Little extras such as complimentary newspapers, champagne, bottled water, music selection and so forth are also often included.
Taxi service is much more basic and is typically limited to simply getting you from point A to point B safely.
Differences in equipment
Limos are typically higher quality and more luxurious vehicles than taxis. Lincolns, Rolls Royces, and Cadillacs are common makes among limo companies. Interiors tend to be quite spacious and comfortable and limo companies take great care to ensure every vehicle is kept in pristine condition.
Taxi companies work on a different model. They are more often mid-sized cars and since they may transport dozens of customers every day, the focus on cleanliness is not as stringent as it is with limo companies.
Advantages of hiring a limo
The advantages of hiring a limo are:
- Dedicated service just for you – your driver will be “on call” for as long as you have booked the limo.
- Reliable pick up and drop off times.
- Luxury vehicle that is well maintained and very clean.
- Additional amenities such as champagne, bottled water, snacks, complimentary newspaper, etc.
Advantages of hiring a taxi
The advantages of hiring a taxi are:
- Can call any time or flag down on the street (no need to reserve ahead of time).
- May be costly than limo service (however taxi rates are metered, so longer trips or traffic congestion can make the cost add up).
Which is better?
The answer to this question is that it depends. With a limo you can expect a better vehicle and higher quality of service, however if you only need to go a few blocks, that might not justify the expense. If on the other hand, you feel that you would benefit more from having a private chauffer and the amenities that you can only get with limo service, then simply calling a cab just won’t cut it.