TAXIS IN DÜSSELDORF
Taxis in Germany are modern and clean, mostly Mercedes and always a light beige colour. They offer fairly good value for money when compared to several other countries. Most drivers are professional, knowledgeable, polite and friendly. As in other cities, all nationalities are to be found behind the wheel so driving styles vary accordingly. Most are more than likely to enter into conversation, although not so often secure with the English language.
In Düsseldorf there are two major organisations. Taxi Düsseldorf has been operating since 1928 and has some thirteen hundred taxis and numerous taxi stands where drivers tend to wait patiently in line and take their turn. The other, Rhein Taxi is a later addition with less cars under its wing but offering a popular service. It’s normally possible to hail a passing taxi nowadays too. Many individual operators form part of the system. Calling to their central reservations is still popular.
Besides their apps competition is available such as Uber, which has returned to Düsseldorf. Even Sixt has entered the business too.
A first journey from the airport can be a surprise for many foreign passengers when the vehicle speeds over the main dual carriageway access road to the city. Or, at times, sits for lengthy periods in gridlock.
By Vincent Green, Jun 22 2020
Staying in touch and meeting with other international residents in a similar situation can be important. Socialising in Düsseldorf can include relevant events, international clubs, popular spots and expat groups on social media.
We stand in a foreign culture finding ourselves pointing, gesticulating and hoping to be understood. Germans mostly speak at least some English. However, some expats relocating to Düsseldorf may wish to carry a few basic but helpful words with them for use in awkward moments.
Original language movies are popular among expats in Düsseldorf. Films are frequently screened in English at a variety of cinemas in original with subtitles, known as OmU or Original mit Untertitel and without, portrayed as OV or Original Version.