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Can I pay a local taxi driver with a credit card or US$$?

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Can I pay a local taxi driver with a credit card or US$$?

We're on a B2B from Southampton and plan to spend the day there but I don't have any pound sterling since I'm there for only a few hours. I will need a taxi from ship to a local tea shop and am curious about paying for fare and English tea. I know UK not on Euro, but will they accept Euro? US Dollars? or Credit Card?

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2. Re: Can I pay a local taxi driver with a credit card or US$$?

"but will they accept Euro?"

No.

"US Dollars?"

No.

"or Credit Card?"

Maybe.

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3. Re: Can I pay a local taxi driver with a credit card or US$$?

"Why would you think that they would accept US dollars"

There's probably lots of places in Long Island that accept Sterling or Canadian Dollars, so understandable really ;)

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5. Re: Can I pay a local taxi driver with a credit card or US$$?

Some taxis accept credit cards, most don't.

I doubt whether anyone in Long Island accepts Jersey pounds or Euros, so why should anyone in Southampton accept foreign currency. Even if they were to the exchange rate would be poor.

Either get some £Sterling before disembarking or go to an ATM.

If you pre book the taxi you can ask about credit card payment.

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6. Re: Can I pay a local taxi driver with a credit card or US$$?

I think uber operate in the area

https://www.uber.com/en-NL/cities/portsmouth/

http://www.southampton-taxis.co.uk take major CC's

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9. Re: Can I pay a local taxi driver with a credit card or US$$?

If the “tea” is more than a cup of liquid and so includes food you should expect to be able to pay by credit/debit card. Many places say use a card above a minimum figure, often c.£5.

Note: there is tea (a drink) , afternoon tea, and high tea (cooked meal eaten around 5pm), I guess you are looking for small sandwiches, cakes and a pot of tea? So that’s “afternoon tea”

(.....i’m British, 60+ and, possibly along with a majority of my fellow country people, have never taken afternoon tea......)

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10. Re: Can I pay a local taxi driver with a credit card or US$$?

The tea shop might not have a PDQ machine, so you won't be able to pay with your credit card. And they certainly wouldn't accept US$'s!

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