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Cost of taxi Vancouver Esther Short Park to PDX

Cost of taxi Vancouver Esther Short Park to PDX

Old Dec 26th, 2017, 06:26 AM
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Cost of taxi Vancouver Esther Short Park to PDX

My SO was staying at the Hilton at Esther Short Park in Vancouver WA and asked hotel staff to arrange a taxi to pick him up this morning at 3:30 a.m. and take him to Portland airport. Taxi driver charged him $47.50 for the ride (after missing the exit). I called the hotel and asked what the normal fee would be and they said they aren't allowed to tell me that but that an Uber would have been about $14. They found info about the taxi, which was RadioCab, and a reference number so I called RadioCab and asked for a supervisor. I was connected to a voicemail and left a message, but am wondering if any Fodorites would happen to know the usual cost of that taxi ride.
Thanks in advance.
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Old Dec 26th, 2017, 02:02 PM
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I checked a couple of Taxi estimators because I was curious to about the differential between an uber xl and a taxi. The taxi estimators I looked at said it would cost somewhere between 41 and $47. So accounting for perhaps an night charge for the evening (3:30 AM) pick up it seems like the taxi charge was right in line with what companies charge. But I think it’s weird the hotel couldn’t give you an average taxi cost.
I know here in San Francisco, the cost for an Uber to the airport from downtown is much cheaper than taxi from downtown so I’m kind of not surprised.
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Old Dec 26th, 2017, 02:08 PM
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The lesson here is to stay at a hotel near the PDX airport that has a shuttle. The Embassy Suites is nice and is within walking distance in the daytime.
Get the Lyft or Uber app and call either when you are ready to go.
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Old Dec 29th, 2017, 10:13 PM
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Last month I took Lyft from area called Battle Ground...near Vancouver..
to PDX ...cost...daytime hours...=$ 29.00 and I gave $5.00 tip.
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Old Jan 1st, 2018, 12:23 PM
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Then it sounds legit for a normal taxi.

What is strange is that the hotel front desk staff immediately mentioned Uber & weirder still they wouldn't tell you the proper taxi fare should have been.

Never heard of that before from a hotel!
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Old Jan 1st, 2018, 12:26 PM
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And yes depending on time of day (Uber fares vary by demand) they can be less than half the cost of regular service taxis. That part is not a surprise.
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Old Jan 1st, 2018, 12:36 PM
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That sounds like a legit taxi price to me- I would have actually expected it to be a bit more due to previous experiences in the area.

I wonder if it’s more that the hotel clerk had no idea how much it would cost and didn’t want to be wrong. I wouldn’t think a lot of people staying there would taxi to the airport. Agree with Tomfuller that a pdx Hotel would have probably been the better choice.
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