In Moscow, authorized taxi = reputable company. There are many licensed taxi companies but not all of them are good.
If you have a smartphone, you should download the following apps: Yandex Taxi, GetTaxi, and Uber. The rates vary.
However, if you need something for regular rides (i.e. to/from the office, to/from school) multiple times a week, it is cheaper and more reliable to use a car service. Here is a great one that my friends use, with all English-speaking drivers and operators. They accept requests by email. CarServiceMoscow@gmail.com .
Gone are the days of picking up the phone and calling a cab, although you can also do that. Most of the companies’ operators and drivers don’t speak English, and I have had bad experiences with all of them.
Originally published on June 23rd, 2014