Splitting Taxi Cab Fare With Your College Friends: 3 Ways To Make Sure Everyone Pays Their Share

23 December 2015
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Let's face it. Once you get to college, you're going to be spending a lot of time partying and going out with your friends. In fact, statistics show that about 4 out of 5 college students drink alcohol, and a large majority drink when they go out to parties, clubs or restaurants. Making sure that everyone gets home safe and sound should be a top priority, and there is no better way to do it than to call a taxi cab. After a night of drunken fun, making sure everyone pays their share for the taxi cab may be difficult. Here are three solutions that will prevent leaving one person stuck with the fare or not having enough money to pay the cab.

Pay for the Taxi Ahead of Time Via the Website or the App

There are plenty of taxi companies that cater to transporting drunken college students to and from their dormitories or residences to the parties, clubs and restaurants, and back home. These taxi companies are well aware that collecting taxi cab fares from drunken individuals can be difficult. As a result, many of these companies offer incentives for prepaying for a portion or the entirety of the taxi cab fare via a website or an app.

If your group of friends seem to have difficulty pooling together money for taxi cab fare at the end of the night or if one person always ends up being stuck with the fare, looking for companies that offer this service may be a good idea. You'll generally have to give the company a good idea as to where everyone will be picked up and dropped off for them to give you a quote. 

Designate a Person to Keep Everyone's Share and to Pay the Taxi Cab Fare

If you have a friend who is generally the most responsible out of the entire group, designating them to keep everyone's share of the fare may be a good idea. Most taxi companies will give you a good idea as to what the expected ranges of fares may be based on where you are getting picked up and dropped off. The fare charged will also depend on traffic and other extenuating circumstances.

It's generally best to assume you'll be paying the more expensive fares. This way, your party won't end up not having enough money by the end of the night. Don't forget to add in tip for the taxi cab driver.

Pool Money Together in a Jar and Whoever Ends Up Paying Takes the Money

Now, if you can't determine who is most responsible and everyone will end up being dropped off at the same place, it might be a good idea to pool money together ahead of time. This money should be kept in a safe place in the dormitories. Whoever ends up paying the taxi cab fare will be entitled to the money at the end of the night. Once again, you'll want to use the taxi cab services to determine how much the fare may cost and to pool enough money to cover the more expensive estimates with a tip included. This way, it doesn't really matter who pays for the fare, as whoever pays will get their money back almost immediately. 


Don't wait until the end of the night to determine whether you and your friends have enough money for a taxi. There is nothing worse than having to coordinate splitting the fare with a bunch of drunk individuals. You and your friends will have a much better time if you get this out of the way earlier on in the night. This way, no one will have to worry about how they're getting home, and no one will be stuck with paying the fare and having to collect from others in the morning or at a later time. For more information, contact a business such as White Top Cab Company.