Where are the World’s Weirdest Taxis?
Cities around the world have some weird taxi services.
Two-seater pedal-powered Kawaii Taxis in Tokyo.
Jeepney ex-army vehicles in Manila.
Amphibious Safer Taxis in St. Petersburg.
Horse-drawn Flaker Carriages in Vienna.
Who Drives the World’s Weirdest Taxis?
Recently, we looked at the super-fast hypercars that do service as daily taxis. However, in some
parts of the globe, travellers aren’t interested in getting from A to B as quickly as possible. For them,
it’s all about the method, not the motion. This has given rise to some weird forms of taxi transport.
Here are just a few of them.
Kawaii Taxis. Tokyo, Japan.
In Japanese, ‘Kawaii’ means cute and that seems like a good description for these pedal-powered
taxis. Located in the city’s geeky, gizmo hub of Akihabara, these minimal machines are no use for a
stag night or hen party, but great for a date. They only have seats for two.
The Jeepney. Manila, Philippines.
In the wake of World War Two, enterprising Filipinos converted abandoned US Army Willys Jeeps
into colorful taxis, often lengthening the body and adding up to a dozen seats. Usually painted with
religious motifs, Jeepney’s are a common sight on the city’s streets. Part bus, part taxi, Jeepney
drivers stop wherever the riders are. When the seats are all taken, it’s fine to ride on the roof.
Safer Taxi. St. Petersburg, Russia.
It’s called a Safer Taxi, but you wonder about that description. St. Petersburg is a city of canals fed
from the Neva River and taxi owners make good use them. Ex-Army amphibious vehicles are in
service as commuter alternatives. They are painted red to distinguish them from military convoys,
but these taxis have still retained their machine guns and battlefield armour.
Flaker Carriages. Vienna, Austria.
Many cities have tourist carriage rides, but in Vienna, horse-drawn ‘Flaker Carriages’ serve as regular
taxis. In operation since 1500, this must be the world’s oldest taxi service and the vehicles are always
fully booked. If you ever use one, tip the driver with cash and the horses with carrots.