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1Taxi tariffs for Tasmanian taxi areas

Fares effective 25 February 2021.

Standard taxis and WATs when up to 5 non wheelchair-reliant passengers are travelling

Taxi Area

Hobart Launceston Devonport
Burnie West Tamar Ulverstone

Areas not listed

King Island & Flinders Island





Tariff 1 (per km)




Tariff 2 (per km)




Waiting time(per minute)




WATS when at least one passenger is travelling in a wheelchair

All taxi areas
When five or more passengers are travelling, the high occupancy tariff (Tariff 4) is charged at all times




Tariff 3 (per km)


Tariff 4 (per km)


Waiting time(per minute)


Tariff charges:

Tariff 1:between 6:00am and 8:00pm on weekdays (except public holidays), when there is no passenger in a wheelchair travelling.

Tariff 2: between 8:00pm and 6:00am on weekdays and all day on weekends and public holidays when no passenger in a wheelchair is travelling.

Tariff 3: between 6:00am and 8:00pm on weekdays (except public holidays), when at least one passenger in a wheelchair is travelling and there are less than five passengers.

Tariff 4: between 8:00pm and 6:00am on weekdays and all day on weekends and public holidays to wheelchair accessible taxis when at least one wheelchair passenger is travelling. To all wheelchair accessible taxis (maxi taxis) carrying five or more passengers, whether they are in a wheelchair or not, at any time of the day.

2What other fees and charges apply to taxis?

Other charges may include:

  • A surcharge of $2.60 for trips starting outside Burnie, Devonport, Hobart or Launceston between 12:30 am and 5:00 am.
  • 5% of the metered fare for credit card, EFTPOS or other non-cash methods such as Cabcharge.
  • Exit fees, from the airport.
  • Up to $70.00 if you damage or soil a taxi to reimburse cleaning costs.

Taxi services in Tasmania are not permitted to charge booking fees, 'silver service' surcharges and fees for carrying extra luggage.

If your trip starts at the Hobart or Launceston airports you will pay an airport surcharge.

3What taxi fare concessions are available?

If you are a member of the Government's Taxi Subsidy Program you are eligible for subsidised taxi fares.

4When should the taxi meter be switched on?

The driver is only allowed to switch the meter on when the taxi starts to move.

The driver must switch the meter off as soon as the taxi has stopped at your destination.

5How do I know that the fare is correct?

A taximeter is programmed to calculate the correct fare for the taxi.

All taximeters are tested by an authorised meter adjuster to make sure that they are correct.

6Does the driver have to use the taximeter?

Taxi drivers must always switch the meter on when the taxi is hired.

You can agree on a fare other than the metered fare before the trip starts. However, the driver still has to have the meter running.

If the fare you agreed to with the driver is higher than the fare on the meter at the end of the trip, the driver must charge you the lower fare. You can pay more if you want to, but the driver must not insist you do.

7Can the driver request a deposit?

A taxi driver may ask you for a deposit up to the likely fare for your trip. If you don't pay this, the driver can refuse to take you.