Beware of the Crook Taxi (Cab) Drivers in Istanbul

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Beware of the Crook Taxi (Cab) Drivers in Istanbul Reviews

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Better Safe Than Sorry Nov 25, 2012
I'm not saying that all the taxi drivers are scammer but if you're not with a local, some of them could try to scam you.

When you arrive the designated place, do give attention the money you pay, because a crook taxi driver may claim that you've given him less money than you've should. If you're not sure how much money you've just handed to the driver you might end up paying extra just because driver claimed so.

Also better to check taxi fares before hiring a taxi. Because some of the taxi drivers could extend the travel duration by choosing illogically long travel routes.

As a result, be sure to check exactly how much money you hand over and check the fares before you hop in.
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IlknurI says:
Do not use taxis in Istanbul. The only reliable taxi companies I know of are Airport Taxi at Ataturk Airport, SultanAhmem Tourism taxi that operates in Sultanahmet; and SAW taxi at Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Even these companies though, have some bad and not honest taxi drivers.

Always ask your hotel for airport pick ups and drop offs. It may be slightly more expensive, than a honest taxi driver, but at least the private pick up or shuttle drivers drive safe. I myself do not use taxis in Istanbul. People here drive like mad.

Lastly, there is a report taxi system. If you still get scammed, make sure to take the taxis number, the receptionists can report them and it works. You will not get your money back, but the taxi driver will get investigated and perhaps his license to operate as a taxi driver - taken.
Posted on: May 14, 2015
LaMasHermosa says:
I found it helpful to ask the locals about how much it should cost before hiring the taxi. Then I always ask before getting in how much they charge. During peak time they will charge more, knowing they have other people waiting to take a taxi. They're surely ready to rip off a tourist. Good luck.
Posted on: Nov 10, 2013
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