Whether you're headed to the pediatrician, the airport, or just visiting New York City, it can be hard to find a taxi or car service that offers car seats. In fact, it's probably one of the most frequent questions that tourists and locals alike email in to ask us about.
If you have a car seat of your own, taxi drivers are required to let you install it; I've had anxious drivers balk, but I've always made them wait. But maybe you don't feel like lugging your seat to and from JFK or up and down the pediatrician's steps. Solution? Call a car service with car seats!
We've rounded up some of our staff favorites for service in all five boroughs. Just remember to specifically request an infant or a toddler seat.
Arecibo Car Service
This is the go-to car service for Brooklyn families, although it offers pickups throughout Manhattan, too. Arecibo picks up your brood with pre-installed car seats fit for infants, toddlers, and big kids who still need boosters. There is a $5 surcharge per seat and reservations are best made a day in advance to ensure seats are available, especially if you require multiple seats.
Eastern Car Service
Eastern offers infant, toddler, and booster seats for children from 20 to 80 pounds. It can accommodate multiple car seats on a single trip. Car seats come with a $5 surcharge per seat.
Empire Limousine allows parents to book online and request rear-facing infant seats, forward-facing toddler seats, and high-back and backless booster seats to accommodate riders of all ages. If you're unsure what seat your child requires, mention your child's height and weight at booking and Empire will install the appropriate seat. When booking online, include your car-seat needs in the comments section. Each seat requires a $20 surcharge in addition to your fare.
Jupiter Car Service
Jupiter Car Service caters to all members of the family, offering infant, toddler, and booster seats as add-ons to every booking. A $5 surcharge is added to your fare.
Kid Car New York
Given the name, it's no surprise this car service is the most kid-friendly of them all. Kid Car was designed with family travel in mind, and drivers arrive at your address with up to four car seats expertly installed. Kid Car accommodates newborns and toddlers with convertible car seats and also offers booster seats for bigger kids. All this kid-friendly service comes at a cost, however. While Kid Car charges a reasonable $10 per child seat installed, its minimum fare is $25 for a sedan; minivans start at $35 and SUVs begin at $50. If you need a car regularly, however, Kid Car does offer the convenience of booking a preferred driver and also offers a Kid Car Pool service that allows you to split the cost of, say, school pickups, with other families. Kid Car only takes reservations via its app, downloadable for Apple and Android devices.
Based in Park Slope, Brooklyn, it's no surprise this car service ranks among the most recommended for family friendliness. Legends outfits its cars, which can be booked citywide, with rear-facing infant seats, forward-facing toddler seats, and booster seats. A $10 surcharge per seat applies; reservations can be made online, via phone, or the Legends app, available on iOS and Android devices.
This well-known, ultra-popular ride-share service with the easy-to-use app offers forward-facing car seats upon request. To book a car seat, open the Uber app, select the UberX option at the bottom of the screen and select car seat. Car seats accommodate children at least 1 year old who are between 22 pounds and 48 pounds and 31 and 52 inches. A $10 surcharge is added, but if you're new to the service use code CARSEATNYC10 to have the fee waived on your first ride.
A previous version of this post was published in December 2010 but it has since been updated.
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