Free Cab Rides In New York City

Ever wonder how much a 14 hour cab ride in NYC costs? Comedian/New Yorker Mark Malkoff decided to answer that very question by giving out free cab rides to New Yorkers for the entire day. His video adventure premieres today on

Individuals were invited to either Tweet or Facebook Malkoff with their location and desired destination which resulted in hundreds of people reaching out to Malkoff for free rides. New York cab driver, Sean Kean, was recruited by Malkoff for the project and provided the cab.

Some notable statistics from the day include:

  • The final meter which ran the entire time totaled $468.10.
  • Total distance covered was 60.2 miles
  • Free rides occurred for 14 hours from 7:30am until 9:30pm
  • Malkoff gave out free rides in both Manhattan and Brooklyn
  • Nine individuals requested to be picked up at airports.

“With the current state of the economy, I was excited to be able to offer this free gift to my fellow New Yorkers,” said Malkoff. I wish he was doing it when I was in New York. Would have saved me an $80 cab ride from the airport to the hotel!

43 thoughts on “Free Cab Rides In New York City”

  1. No more free rides – come on, America, this recession has to end

  2. dg says:

    $80? Ha ha, you got charged the special tourist rate. Are you sure it was actually a licensed taxi and not a gypsy cab?

    1. John Chow says:

      It was a ride from Newark airport in NJ to downtown Manhattan.

      1. Keith says:

        I owe you one John, you gave me to tickets to this years Affiliate Summit East, so next year, in 2012 assuming the world does not end, the ride is on me. (and no I am not a cabbie)!

  3. I think you enjoy the ride but i believe it was a bad deem John, ha ha.

    1. Party Ideas says:

      Lol nice hooting with John.!

  4. Marketing in the top class, a very good and cheap marketing campaign for only $ 468.10 and he is now in on lots of blogs, in newspapers, in YouTube top, etc. Good job.

    1. Party Ideas says:

      Agreed & marketing is the also process used to determine what products or services may be of interest to customers, and the strategy to use in sales.

  5. Great initiative by Mr. Malkoff. I live in Norway and we could for sure use some free cab rides here. From experience, the prices here for a cab drive is approx. 5 timer higher than in the US.

    1. If i compare with your country, the price for cab ride in our country is almost free.

      1. Erwin Miradi says:

        Whoa.. I’d like to go around your town with the free cab then 😀

  6. abdullah says:

    ya man I want free cab rides in New York city.

  7. abdullah says:

    ya man I want free cab rides in New York city. it is very economically.

  8. Can we join with you John?

    1. Party Ideas says:

      John said welcome to everyone so you can come into this loving community..

  9. Netero says:

    saving that much on cab fares is a lot considering today’s economy. Nice marketing ploy though, $500 capital (and driving) to get that much attention in the blogosphere is still a win-win situation.

  10. Hey John,
    Free is my favorite word in the English language. I think it is a good idea to give something away without expecting anything in return once in a while.

  11. Miguel says:

    Pure example of giving something back to the clients.

  12. fas says:

    Oh man, he is insane. He is the same person who did that limit of an Apple store.

  13. Hi ,
    May be it was a fun day for the New Yorkers

  14. EMT says:

    That is hilarious! What a great idea! I know New Yorkers were happy that day!

  15. SEO for Blog says:

    Totaled $468.10, if you convert this in our currency then it will be “BDT 35107”. If you ride in our country for a day, charge will be just $100 or less..

  16. Total charge $468.10, if you convert this in our currency then it will be “BDT 35107″. If you ride in our country for a day, charge will be just $100 or less….

    1. But wages, food and housing rents are not so high in your country either. So….

  17. fazal mayar says:

    free cab rides look cool, nice stuff john

  18. Unizik says:

    Am supriced. Free ride are not attainable in my area.

  19. Party Ideas says:

    Above mentioned the notable statistics are really great for everyone indeed.

  20. Party Ideas says:

    & i love the New York so of course I would like to free cab rides in New York city.

  21. Party Ideas says:

    Thanks for the also video sharing,it’s a unique piece of interest..

  22. that is one heck of a lot of cash on a taxi

  23. Lalit says:

    People in New York will definietely enjoy the ride.

  24. upon reading the title I say to myself that, is this need to blog, free ride, whatever but still I made a review and I found out that in your place you’ve got an expensive fee for riding compare to my country, thus I think you have your point in making blog out of it.

  25. PPC Ian says:

    Free cab ride sounds good. Cabs can be so expensive. It also seems to differ based on which cab you get, some can be more expensive than others.

    1. Whitney says:

      Yea, which is why I’m glad I don’t live in NYC!!

  26. yeah that is quite a lot for one day. not surprised though.

  27. Whitney says:

    Haha..this is a pretty sweet idea, sounds like a lot of fun!

  28. Party Ideas says:

    Mark is a really funny man & which makes it fun to party…

  29. Party Ideas says:

    & one more thing for Mark you are a outspoken man indeed..

  30. The shortest trip was fantastic. One second cab ride – so funny.

  31. 60 miles in 14 hours… sounds like even cab driver was enjoying the day 🙂

  32. Cheolsu says:

    whoever got a free ride with Malkoff sure would have felt lucky

  33. Lalit says:

    Those who got the free ride might have really enjoyed it.

  34. Amazing publicity stunt for a mediocre comedian at best (I never laughed)… That guy is not funny, but this video was kinda awesome hehehe

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