Money Moral Dilemma: What's the fairest way to split our taxi fare?

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I often share a taxi home with my friend after we've been out. It's normally £13 direct to my house, and £16 to his house - but when we share, it's £18 in total. How should we split it?

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  • elsien
    elsien Posts: 32,250
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    Half each. I'm failing to see an issue here - are you really going to quibble over a couple of quid when you've probably spent far more on your night out?

    Life really is too short for haggling over every penny with a friend.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
  • £9 each unless you never want to see the friend again ..
  • £9 each, but let him sort out the tip when he alights!
  • esuhl
    esuhl Posts: 9,409
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    You should pay (13/(13+16))*£18 = £8.07
    Your friend should pay (16/(13+16))*£18 = £9.93
    There is no requirement to tip the driver.

    If your friend doesn't have exact change and you lend him/her money, you should immediately write to them by "recorded delivery" threatening to sue them unless they repay the money owed within 14 days.

    Orrrrr.... You could hand over a tenner each like normal people.
  • £10 each would leave a small tip.
    £9 each if you don't want to tip.
  • £9 each is over-simple and not fair if the friend always travels further, so do a house swap every week. More practically, and still plenty simple enough (avoiding esuhl's algebra and excess of loose change), maintain the £3 price difference and pay £7.50/£10.50, or £8.50/£11.50 including tip.
  • Let your friend pay an extra £2 and buy them a pint or 2 the next time you see them.
  • £9 each. You're still making a saving of £4 if you travelled alone to get home, so I fail to see where the issue is. ��
  • Don’t be such a skinflint split 50:50:why are would you ask thus
  • Seriously?.....move on.
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