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How to Order a Taxi in German Without Difficulties

After a long flight, you have finally arrived in Germany. Now it would be good to get to your hotel. 

But how? 

The public transportation system can be challenging to understand in a foreign country. The German system is well structured, but it might be hard to understand the announcements on the bus/ train.

In this case, ordering a taxi seems like the fastest and easiest solution, even if it is a little expensive. 

Just make sure you discuss the price before you get in and check the planned route in advance. It is usually very safe, but it is better to know the fastest way, so you don’t get scammed while traveling in German-speaking countries. 

How to Order a Taxi in German– 10 Essential Phrases

  • 🇩🇪 Ich möchte bitte ein Taxi bestellen – 🇺🇸 I would like to order a taxi, please
  • 🇩🇪 Können Sie mich zu dieser Adresse bringen? – 🇺🇸 Can you take me to this address?
  • 🇩🇪 Ich muss zum Bahnhof… – 🇺🇸 I have to go to the station
  • 🇩🇪 Zum Steigenberger Hotel bitte. – 🇺🇸 Drive me to the Steigenberger hotel please
  • 🇩🇪 Wie teuer ist diese Fahrt? – 🇺🇸 How much does this ride cost?
  • 🇩🇪 Kann ich mit Karte/Kreditkarte zahlen? – 🇺🇸 Can I pay  by card/credit card?
  • 🇩🇪 Können Sie mir mit meinem Koffer helfen? – 🇺🇸 Can you help me with my suitcase?
  • 🇩🇪 Sie können mich hier rauslassen  –  🇺🇸 You can drop me off here
  • 🇩🇪 Wie viel bekommen Sie? – 🇺🇸 How much (money) is that?
  • 🇩🇪 Stimmt so. – 🇺🇸 Keep the change

How to Talk with a Taxidriver in German

How to have a successful conversation with a local taxi driver? Let’s take a look at the sample phrases below:

🇩🇪
A: Können Sie mich zu dieser Adresse bringen?
B: Natürlich, steigen Sie ein.
🇺🇸
A: Can you take me to this address, please?
B: Of course, get in.

🇩🇪
A: Ich muss zum Steigenberger Hotel in der Innenstadt. Wie teuer ist diese Fahrt?
B: Es wird ungefähr dreißig Euro kosten.
🇺🇸
A: I have to go to the Steigenberger hotel downtown. How much would that cost?
B: It costs around thirty euros.

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🇩🇪
A: Kann ich in Dollar bezahlen?
B: Nein das geht leider nicht, aber es gibt einen Geldautomaten in der Nähe.
🇺🇸
A: Can I pay in dollars?
B: No, sadly, that is not possible, but there is an ATM nearby.

🇩🇪
A: Kann ich mit der Karte zahlen?
B: Gerne.
🇺🇸
A: Can I pay by card?
B: With pleasure.

🇩🇪
A: Können Sie mich bitte hier an der Ecke rauslassen?
B: An dieser Ecke gibt es ein Halteverbot. Ich werde Sie davor rauslassen.
🇺🇸
A: Can you drop me off here at the corne, pleaser?
B: There is a stopping restriction at this corner. I will drop you off just before it.

🇩🇪
A: Können Sie mir mit meinem Gepäck helfen?
B: Sie haben drei große Koffer?
A: Ja, ich ziehe hier ein.
🇺🇸
A: Can you help me with my suitcases?
B: You have three big suitcases?
A: Yes, I am moving in here.

🇩🇪
A: Wieviel bekommen Sie?
B: Das macht 24,30 Euro.
A: Hier sind 30 Euro. Stimmt so!
B: Vielen Dank, Ihnen noch einen schönen Abend!
🇺🇸
A: How much do I owe you?
B: That will be 24,30 Euro.
A: Here’s 30 Euros. Keep the change!
B: Thank you very much, have a pleasant evening!

Most drivers in Germany won’t allow open drinks in their vehicles, so make sure you have finished your beverages and snacks before you get in.

Ordering a Taxi to Pick You up from your Hotel

Do you have an appointment or a flight to catch at a particular time? Make sure you make a reservation for a taxi beforehand to avoid a stressful situation. Always book in advance, since the streets in Germany are always busy, you don’t want to be late!

Ordering a taxi through your hotel receptionist is safe to ensure that you will get there in time. You might even be able to exchange your currency at the front desk.

🇩🇪
A: Guten Abend, ich möchte für morgen bitte ein Taxi zum Flughafen bestellen.
B: Natürlich, für wie viel Uhr?
A: Um fünf Uhr morgens bitte.
B: Sehr gerne, ich werde ein Taxi für Sie reservieren.


🇺🇸
A: Good evening, I’d like to order a taxi for tomorrow to the airport, please.
B: Of course, for which time?
A: At 5 a.m., please.
B: I’ll be happy to book a taxi for you.

During the Taxi ride – How to Make Special Requests in German

Sometimes you have a special request from the taxi driver. You may be in a rush, or it is hot outside. Even if you’re in a hurry, don’t forget to greet the taxi driver first

Here are a few ways to make special requests when taking a taxi in Germany:

🇩🇪 Ich bin bereits verspätet. Bitte nehmen Sie die schnellste Route.
🇺🇸 I am already late. Please take the fastest route.

🇩🇪 Bitte nehmen Sie nicht die Autobahn. Mir wird schlecht, wenn ich sehe wie schnell die Autos dort fahren.
🇺🇸 Please don’t take the Autobahn. I feel sick when I see how fast the cars drive there.

🇩🇪 Könnten Sie bitte die Klimaanlage anschalten? Es ist so schrecklich warm heute.
🇺🇸 Could you turn on the air conditioning, please? It is terribly hot today.

🇩🇪 Haben Sie einen Kindersitz für unseren Sohn? Er ist erst sieben Jahre alt. 
🇺🇸 Do you have a child car seat for our son? He is only seven years old.

🇩🇪 Die Luft hier hinten ist sehr stickig. Können Sie das Fenster öffnen?
🇺🇸 The air in the back is very stuffy. Could you open the window, please?

As you might have noticed, it is mandatory to use a child car seat for children under twelve. Make sure you ask for a seat beforehand! 

During the drive, it can be interesting to engage in asking simple questions. It is an excellent opportunity to practice  your German, and maybe the taxi driver can recommend you some places worth seeing or a nice local restaurant where they serve delicious food. 

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Weronika Olszewska

Weronika Olszewska

Living and studying in Germany for as long as she can remember. German tutor by day, Italian learner by night. When she's not learning new languages, you can find her enjoying great rock bands on stage.

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