Long beach is considered a very popular places to live as well as being a interesting place to visit in Southern California. Therefore, no wonder the rates of Taxi cabs would be slightly higher. You can of course take a taxi cab if you have enough money in your pockets and you do not want to risk hiring a rental car. However, think before you act on that. Because, taxi cabs will not give you the flexibility of stopping wherever you want simply because the cab driver is in a hurry or you will be charged extra for the waiting time, etc. If you would not like to pay the extra fee or waiting time and let the cab go there is no guarantee that you would get another cab on time and maybe it is too difficult to get a cab in certain areas. But, on the other hand, if you get a rental car you have all the freedom to stop anywhere you like and you can always be assured that you do have a transportation to go around when you want. In addition, you can get a car that is GPS enabled. The majority of the tourist have the opinion that a rental car is more comfortable during a vacation than is a taxi cab. Now, let us check out the prices of both.
Rental cars are available from as low as $14 per day for compact cars, and it will increase incrementally with the type of car you choose. If you are planning for a week's trip (7 days) it might run you around $212 which includes insurance and taxes. Rental car are offered by many leading companies like Advantage, National, Budget, Alamo Car Hire, Dollar, SIXT and Avis Car rentals.
When reviewing taxi cabs, their meter begins with a minimum of $2.85 for a 1/7th mile. Then for the each additional 1/7th mile you will be charged $0.35. And if there is any waiting time or delay in traffic you will be charged $0.35 for every 47.5 seconds. Let's say you would like to travel from Long Beach to Disneyland. The distance is approximately 31.74 Km and the duration would be 33 minutes. The taxi fare would be $2.85 for the first 179 meters, and then $1.68 for every additional kilometer. And that comes to $52.91. Then, let's say you have traffic which backs you up another 15 minutes and that would cost $7.31, then there are airport taxes surcharges, and tip which and the total cost would be approximately $75 bucks.
Oh My! That is a
huge difference between the both. Don't you think so? Therefore renting a car is much better than hiring a taxi in Long beach. You decide what is best.