How it works:
- Version 1: taxis must use meters but some claim it is broken and charge an inflated flat fare.
- Version 2: first offer a cheap flat fare and then demand a higher fare halfway through the journey.
- Version 3: if the meter is used, the driver can choose to take a longer route or detour to inflate the fare.
Places to beware:
- Nairobi: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots.
- Photo: take a photo of the taxi number and driver’s license.
- Overcharging: ensure meter is turned on or research a fair price to negotiate with – check online fare estimators, your hotel/hostel staff or taxi booking apps (e.g. Uber, Taxify, Little Cabs).
- Longhauling: be very clear when communicating your destination. Check your phone’s GPS to see if you are headed in the correct direction, though detours may be taken to avoid jams.
- Alternative: GetYourGuide (leading day tour platform) has 7 transport options.