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    taxi and shuttle

    Hello! I recently visited Canada and asked for a "shuttle" but the word never seemed to get across. However, when I used "taxi" I was understood immediately. I searched online whether or not Canadians use the word "shuttle" and came across a lot of websites offering shuttle services, so I don't think it is just a regional difference. I thought taxi and shuttle were synonyms. Maybe I am wrong though. Can someone please explain the difference? Thanks in advance!

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    Re: taxi and shuttle

    Shuttle services, train, underground, tram, bus, etc, run from place A to place B and back again. Taxis go wherever the passengers want them to go.

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    Re: taxi and shuttle

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Shuttle services, train, underground, tram, bus, etc, run from place A to place B and back again. Taxis go wherever the passengers want them to go.
    I once came across a web site that claimed that the word "taxi" was the word that was most common in multiple languages.

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    Re: taxi and shuttle

    We do use the term shuttle here, but it's not all that common, so unless you are standing outside the Arrivals hall at the airport, or just outside the front doors of a hotel, people might hesitate; I have noticed that Tagalog speakers stress different syllables that Canadians do, so if you said something like shuTLLE, I am sure no one would be certain you meant a means of transport.

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    Re: taxi and shuttle

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    We do use the term shuttle here, but it's not all that common, so unless you are standing outside the Arrivals hall at the airport, or just outside the front doors of a hotel, people might hesitate;
    I didn't think of that. Canada is far from the only place where taxis run shuttle sevices between airports and town centres/hotels. People wishing to use such services might use the word 'shuttle' rather than 'taxi'. However, it's the service rather than the type of transport that they are thinking of, and they will not necessarily travel in a taxi if they ask for the shuttle; they could travel in a mini-bus or coach.

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