Nick & Dariece, a 30-something adventure-loving, wine-drinking, culture-seeking couple from Canada write a fascinating travel blog called GOATS ON THE ROAD.
Here is an extract from a really useful article they published recently on how not to be ripped off by taxi drivers.
The only advice I can add comes from a trip to Marrakech I made a couple of years ago. My friend and I soon realised that the best way to hire a taxi was to laugh at the first price suggested and sometimes the second, not in a sarcastic way, but as if we were truly enjoying the joke. There were no hurt feelings, no cultural misunderstandings and a reasonable price.
For more in-depth guidance read on…
From New Delhi to Sydney, every city has its fair share of taxi drivers intent on ripping off tourists. That’s not to say that all taxi drivers are bad. In fact, we have met some great taxi drivers during our travels. But we have also had the occasional bad experience that reminds us to stay on our toes, especially in India and Asia.
Here are a few lessons we have learned over the years that help us to avoid being overcharged. Most of these tips apply whether you’re in a cab, tuk tuk, water taxi or even a horse-drawn cart!
1. Know where you’re going
A clueless tourist is easy prey. Before you hail a ride, find out where your destination is located. Take a screenshot of the address (preferably in the local language) and a map with your destination clearly marked.
We highly recommend using an offline GPS app (like MAPS.ME) to pinpoint your destination too. The app will show you the route and distance to your destination. This makes it much easier to set a fair price with the driver. Offline GPS apps also allow you to monitor your journey while you are in the taxi, even if you don’t have any data.
If the taxi driver is taking you on the ‘scenic route’, you will soon know about it.
Read the other points over on GOATS ON THE ROAD. They include:
- Ask a local
- If a taxi has a meter, use it
- Set the price before you get in
- Barter (but don’t be an a**hole)
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
- Don’t be afraid to get out