Sussex Estates and Facilities

Taxis

Taxis are available 24 hours a day. There are many taxi ranks in Brighton & Hove.

Two types of licensed taxis operate in Brighton & Hove:

  • Hackney Carriage taxis are white and aqua. These can be found at a taxi rank, hailed from the street or booked.
  • Private hire vehicles, including app-based operators, can only be booked and should not stop if you try and hail them.​

All Brighton & Hove private hire and Hackney Carriage drivers in the city operate under the same licences and the same guidelines, whichever company they drive for. Likewise, all drivers undergo the same background checks.

Taxi fares

Brighton & Hove City Council sets the fares for taxis; private hire cars usually charge the same rate. A fare card giving details of the charges should be displayed inside each vehicle and a taximeter automatically calculates the fare.

The minimum taxi fare set by the council is £2.80 and it rises in 20p increments according to how far you travel. As a guide to what your journey may cost, the first mile will be £4.60 and each subsequent mile will be £2.20. Vehicles carrying five to eight passengers are able to charge a higher fare approximately to 1.5 times the normal fare. There are additional charges at night, on Sundays, on public holidays and bank holidays, at Christmas and new year, for extra passengers above four, and for telephone pre-bookings.

All the details are on the fare card in the vehicle. The last fare increase was in March 2015. Download a copy of the most recent fare card Fare card March 2015 (PDF 73KB)

Fare Deals for taxis to and from Brighton 

Local firm Streamline Taxis offer set-price 'Fare Deals' to University of Sussex visitors, students and staff for certain set journeys in the local area.

You can book a Streamline taxi online, via their app or by calling 01273 202020.

Taxi services for disabled people

Many taxis are wheelchair accessible and can be booked through local taxi companies.

Brighton & Hove City Council has a Hackney Carriage Accessibility Policy (PDF 123KB).