A reliable, convenient and extremely comfortable way to travel around Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria, Australia, is by Melbourne taxi.
Melbourne taxis are all bright yellow, making them easy to spot. They are available all hours, and if you've lost your Melbourne map, don't worry; most drivers know the major hotels, restaurants and attractions.
To arrange taxi cabs in Melbourne, you can phone one of the many companies to make a booking, or you can wait at a designated taxi rank in the Melbourne CBD and most major shopping centres, hotels, airports and attractions.
Or if you see a taxi, catch the driver's attention by waving your hands. Unless the driver is unavailable, they will usually stop for you. If the sign on the taxi's roof is lit up, it means the taxi is available for hire.
A number of 'taxi totems' are now located around Melbourne city and in some regional areas. These totems are lit up, making it easier for taxi drivers to see you. They also have signs listing your location, phone numbers as well as details of other forms of Melbourne public transport, if you want to ring up and book a taxi.
Fees for a taxi in Melbourne vary. Nights, weekends, public holidays and peak hours are usually a bit more expensive. A small 'flag fall' fee may apply, along with a per-kilometre rate, a CityLink Freeway fee, airport rank fee and perhaps a booking fee. The taxi metre is usually clearly displayed, so you can easily keep an eye on your fare.