Is a taxi in a major city in Canada (Ottawa, Vancouver, and such) likely to accept United States dollars (USD) in cash as payment?

  • Probably, at a crap exchange rate such as par, but I suggest using a credit card. Or ask the cabbie to take you to an ATM and wait. It's not legal tender and they are not a bank or currency exchange. Commented May 10, 2016 at 23:04
  • Use an Uber instead.
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 8:06

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In Vancouver: yes. However, currently this is a very bad deal because the cabbie will offer a 1:1 exchange rate so you are paying 20% more. Source: personal experience.

  • Well that solves the issue of a tip as well. ;-) Commented May 10, 2016 at 21:33
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    Note: Vancouver is a border city while Ottawa is not. This answer might or might be applicable in Ottawa. I do not know.
    – user4188
    Commented May 10, 2016 at 22:07

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