Rockstar Games has finally introduced what was expected to be added in GTA Online when it was first released, Taxi missions. Taxi missions are a classic side hustle found in every GTA game to date. They provide a way to pass the time and earn monetary rewards.
With the release of GTA 5, Taxi missions were present in Story Mode but not in GTA Online. Thankfully, after over a decade since its release, we now have Taxi missions added as an odd job in GTA Online. Players can now pick up passengers and drop them to their destinations for rewards and extra achievements.
To start Taxi missions, players must go to Downtown Cab Co. and start the activity, or own a Taxi Cab and start directly from the taxi itself. Players can drive passengers to specific locations for cash.
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You can purchase a Taxi Cab from Warstock Cache & Carry for $650,000 or $487,500 trade price. The trade price is unlocked after completing 10 fares in a row during Taxi missions.
Players can also purchase a custom Taxi that is fully customizable and tunable once they've reached Sponsorship Tier 25 in the Arena Wars. The custom Taxi is much more reliable as players can tune it to get better protection and speed for faster rides.
There is no end to the Taxi work, and the overall fare keeps increasing. Much like the classic Taxi missions found in the previous game, you must reach a certain milestone before you can stop the Taxi mission. Players can stop after completing 1, 5, 50, or 100 fares.
So how well do these Taxi missions pay? Each customer you pick up pays a fixed fare price with a variable tip. The variable tip can either increase or decrease depending on how well you drive. The more erratic the driving, the less the tip. The better you drive, the better the tip.
You should avoid driving recklessly as your taxi cannot be repaired at LS customs during missions. You have no time limits to worry about, so take your time when giving the customers a ride. Avoid hitting other cars, and get to the destination as fast as possible. You lose your variable tip gradually, as you take more time to reach the destination.
The base fixed fare will increase with every successful customer drop. However, the variable tip bonus price will cap out after delivering your 10th customer in a row. The tips increase by $100 after every customer, and caps after the tenth customer, as mentioned before. You can earn around $15k once the fare hits the cap.
Completing the Taxi missions several times also unlocks unique liveries for specific vehicle types. You can unlock the following liveries:
- Downtown Cab Co. Livery for Broadway muscle car: Complete 50 Taxi fares.
- Downtown Cab Co. Livery for Willard Eudora muscle car: Perform 10 Stunt Jumps.
If you do not see the vehicles in your game, they will be added in the coming weeks as part of the LS Drug Wars update continuation.
You do not have to complete the 50 fares in a row, and can take breaks in the middle. You can also perform the stunt jumps multiple times at the same spot - to complete the challenge, you don't have to look for different stunt jump spots. While these two vehicles give off the classic Taxi aesthetics, we cannot use these two vehicles for Taxi missions, unfortunately.
The best way to complete the stunt jump challenge is to go to the bridge next to Maze Bank. There is an easy stunt jump that you can repeat over and over until you've completed 10 jumps.
In addition to the new Taxi work, players on the PS5 and the Xbox Series X|S can fast travel to specific locations by calling a cab. Players can do that by going to their phone contacts list and calling the Downtown Cab Co.
You can go to a fixed point of interest and have the option to either sit through the ride or pay $1,000 to skip the ride to reach your destination instantly. GTA+ members can skip the trip free of cost. Note that if you set a custom marker or choose a store, a hideout or a business, the Trip Skip feature does not work on them.
When players use the Trip Skip feature, there's a 48-minute cooldown per skip. However, it is only 5 minutes for the GTA+ members, allowing them to use this feature more frequently.
The ten POIs the players can fast travel to (among other locations such as Ammu-nation, Tattoo Parlors, Clothing Stores, etc.) are as follows:
- Los Santos International Airport.
- Del Perro Beach.
- Galileo Observatory.
- Legion Square.
- Tongva Hills.
- Sandy Shores.
- Paleto Bay.