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Longest taxi ride ever?
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Third Half
Posted - 20 April 2017 19:22
Better Half just got off the phone to her sister, whose boyfriend is currently working as a taxi driver in a small town in Asturias (north coast of Spain.)

He had a fare yesterday to take a customer from there to Almeria on the south coast. A distance of almost exactly 1,000 kms (over 600 miles). That is probably about as far as it is physically possible to drive in a direct route while still remaining in the country. I understand he drove all last night and is now returning home.

Apparently the passenger was scheduled at short notice to catch a ship from Almeria to Mexico. Don't know why he needs to catch the ship, but apparently his employer was paying. I think the fare was registered under the name of Bourne, J.

Agreed fare was one thousand Euros, which in the circumstances is actually, per km, very cheap.

I asked why the passenger did not fly or catch the train. No direct flights obviously and anyway connecting flights and trains would not get him there in time for embarkation.

I have heard of mythical taxi fares across hundreds of miles and several countries but this is the first time I actually know someone involved.
Twinkle twinkle little wang
Posted - 20 April 2017 19:27
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Cool!

My record is cardiff to clapham (had over celebrated england's victory at the millenium and missed last train). About 120 quid i think.
Asturias es mi patria
Posted - 20 April 2017 20:06
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Once hired a coach to get 12 of us back from a jolly in Barcelona to a channel port at the time of the Icelandic volcano that grounded EVERYTHING

Gijon to the south coast by taxi is mental

Alsa would probably get it done in the same time for a quarter of the cost (max)

Good on them for the fair though

Ask bro in law if the fare came from Lepe?
Asturias es mi patria
Posted - 20 April 2017 20:14
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Like I said good for him but sounds like panic to me

There are better options I did Valencia to Madrid in under 2 hours by train earlier this week (600 km)
Osama
Posted - 20 April 2017 20:20
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He sounds a complete flid
Lib-Dem-Cyp-ree-en
Posted - 20 April 2017 20:34
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I once had one from Paddington to Clapham.
Analyst
Posted - 20 April 2017 20:46
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Done London to Manchester and then straight back again before. Also a couple of fairly epic ones in N Africa.
felix1000
Posted - 20 April 2017 21:13
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Former boss got a black cab from Bloomsbury to cheltenham. Taxi driver did it for £300 quid.
Jon Snow
Posted - 20 April 2017 22:01
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£120 from Cardiff to Clapham sounds very cheap. It costs me that much to get to Heathrow from South London.
🐤🐤🐤 is voting Conservative
Posted - 20 April 2017 22:13
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heh @ Os
Saillaw
Posted - 21 April 2017 08:44
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Jon who are you using as I can recommend my local firm who do Heathrow for about £25 from Balham?

Anyone else think that this fare is clearly drug related? Someone in Spain who needs to get a ship to Mexico in a hurry...
Blue Box
Posted - 21 April 2017 09:13
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Bari to Rome for €500 due to an airport strike.
Jon Snow
Posted - 21 April 2017 10:00
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That's in a black cab when I haven't been organised enough to get a minicab Saill, but good minicab recommendations are welcome as my local firm is sh1t.
Analyst
Posted - 21 April 2017 10:13
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Dulwich Cars if in Sarf East
Saillaw
Posted - 21 April 2017 10:15
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5,000 or 9,000 Cars have always been pretty reliable from Balham. Think it's the same company behind both of them but they've both got offices by the station.
Analyst
Posted - 21 April 2017 10:15
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Saillaw
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Jon who are you using as I can recommend my local firm who do Heathrow for about £25 from Balham?

Anyone else think that this fare is clearly drug related? Someone in Spain who needs to get a ship to Mexico in a hurry...

Lots of specialist engineer/comms types get called to join a ship at short notice to cover a re-task or injury/sickness
Martian Law
Posted - 21 April 2017 10:16
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An Uber from Shoreditch to Clapham is about £120 after midnight on a Saturday
Finger Chrismouse
Posted - 21 April 2017 10:17
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Mercing, Johor. To KLIA. 340km, 90 dollars. I had missed the morning ferry due to beer.
THE INTERNET
Posted - 21 April 2017 10:35
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Back when I was young and cool and shagging a rock star, I got a black taxi to Manchester with him to play a gig

Think it was near £1k
Saillaw
Posted - 21 April 2017 10:37
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True Analyst but I just find the combination of urgency and destination a little suspect.
Mr Nonsekwita
Posted - 21 April 2017 11:56
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I once got one from the office up to Piccadilly when it was raining and I had a heavy bag. About £5.40 it was if I remember right. Never again; I had no money for Greggs the next day.
Osama
Posted - 21 April 2017 12:02
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easiest 1k you ever earned T....
North_Wind
Posted - 21 April 2017 12:32
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I had a mate who went out drinking whilst attending the Tory Party conference in Manchester.

Got an Uber and asked the driver to take him "home" but was so drunk he forgot to specify he meant "i.e. to my hotel in Central Manchester".

Promptly fell asleep in the back.

Woke up next day with a raging hangover in his flat in Clapham. Took him a few minutes to realise all his things were still in a hotel a few hundred miles North.

Uber bill was a few hundred quid.

NW
Brother Mouzone
Posted - 21 April 2017 13:20
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That got in the press, didn't it NW?

Got a paid-for cab back from Cardiff to Hertfordshire once - was recording something on television (!) and finished too late to allow me to get back by train.

In terms of paid for, longest was Flitwick in Bedfordshire to NW London - got pi**ed, assumed Thameslink was running all night. It wasn't. Also had to get one back from Petersfield to Guildford within my first week as a trainee when I drunkenly overslept my stop. But Flitwick-London's got to be further.
Bobbie-Fleckmann
Posted - 21 April 2017 13:35
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I did South Anjuna Beach to Mumbai airport (still called Bombay then) when some utter knob local travel agent took my $17 to confirm my flight and promptly failed to do so
566km, overnight drive