Prague Taxis - There are two kinds of Taxies
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague Taxis - There are two kinds of Taxies Reviews
Prague Taxis - There are two kinds of Taxies Jun 21, 2008
As always in all countries you will find two kind of taxis; the ones that cheat you and ones that don’t. In Prague it is very easy to find the ones that cheat you, they might even find you! Of all the countries I have been driven taxis I guess this is the place where I have seen most dishonest ones, and that means a lot, well maybe! There were also the time in Greece.
In Prague airport they have a good service, which is simular to the one I have praised in Budapest. You give your destination in a booth and they give you a price and a ticket which you hand to the driver. This is working perfectly.
If you take a taxi through the hotels it is usually also alright, since they usually use a company all the time. The troubles usually start when you pick them from the streets, and especially at night! I have had trips where they ask more than 3 times the same price going back to the hotel than coming from the same place.
A good advice is to ask the price before you enter and be ready to leave. This can be hard when you have been waiting a long time in the rain but at least you are deciding yourself if you want t be cheated or not.
Here are some tips that might save you nightmares and a few hundred Czech crowns:
Don't get into a taxi that is parked in front of the train station or at a tourist site. These are waiting for unsuspecting tourists and are known to charge rates several times higher than they should be.
If you need to catch a taxi on the street, make sure it is a real, registered taxi. The yellow roof lamp must be permanently installed and must say TAXI in black letters on both sides. The company name, license number and rates should be printed on both front doors.
Try to find out beforehand how much your ride should cost. If you're stopping a taxi on the street, you can ask the driver before getting in and even pay in advance if the amount sounds reasonable. If you're ordering a taxi by phone (always a good idea), you can get a price estimate from the dispatcher.
Once in the car, make sure that the rate on the taximeter corresponds to the price list posted in the car. If it doesn't, bring it to the driver's attention or have him stop the car and get off. • You have the right to request a printed receipt from the driver. If he refuses to give it to you, you can refuse to pay the taxi fare.
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