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Which city has the world's best taxis?

By CNN Staff
November 6, 2013 -- Updated 0918 GMT (1718 HKT)
Mexico City retired its (in)famous VW Beetle taxis last year, marking the end of a pollution-belting era for the city. Hotels.com voters don't seem to mind. Bugs or no bugs, Mexico City's taxis tied for fifth spot on the website's survey of the "world's best taxis." Mexico City retired its (in)famous VW Beetle taxis last year, marking the end of a pollution-belting era for the city. Hotels.com voters don't seem to mind. Bugs or no bugs, Mexico City's taxis tied for fifth spot on the website's survey of the "world's best taxis."
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5. Mexico City (tie)
5. Madrid (tie)
5. Amsterdam (tie)
4. Berlin
3. Tokyo
2. New York
1. London
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • London taxis voted best in the world in survey by Hotels.com
  • Voters consider safety their top taxi priority, followed by value for money
  • Brits are the most amorous taxi passengers, according to the Hotels.com survey

(CNN) -- When it comes to taxis, London reigns supreme.

For the sixth year in a row, the city's iconic black cabs were voted best in the world in a survey by Hotels.com.

More than 2,500 voters from 30 countries took part in the annual global taxi survey, giving London 22% of the votes -- well ahead of runners up New York City (10%) and Tokyo (9%).

Rounding out the top five, Berlin came in fourth place with 5% of the vote, while Madrid, Mexico City and Amsterdam came in joint fifth with 4%.

"Of the 30 countries surveyed, London topped the list across five of the seven categories, including cleanliness (23%), knowledge of the area (27%) and quality of driving (30%)," said Hotels.com.

Almost a quarter of respondents (23%) voted safety as their number one taxi priority, which London's cabs also ranked highest on.

New York's yellow taxis grabbed the top spot for availability (23%).

New York and Bangkok taxis tied for first in terms of value for money (20%). Despite this recognition, Thailand's capital failed to crack the top five this year.

Survey categories ranked in order of preference by voters: safety (23%); value (20%); knowledge of area (17%); availability (14%); quality of driving (11%); cleanliness (8%); and friendliness (7%.)

If any cabbies are reading, that suggests most travelers would prefer their drivers keep their mouths shut during the ride.

The world's best taxis

1. London (22%)

2. New York (10%)

3. Tokyo (9%)

4. Berlin (5%)

5. Amsterdam (4%)

5. Madrid (4%)

5. Mexico City (4%)

The Hotels.com taxi survey also found that people tend to text or email while in cab (19%), while sleeping was the second most popular activity (15%), followed by eating (10%) and kissing (9%).

When asked which nation was the most amorous in the back of a cab Brits came out on top, with 14% admitting to displaying passionate behavior -- 10% higher than the global average of 4%.

More: 10 greatest taxis of the world

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