How it works:
- Version 1: taxis at the Ben Gurion Airport have certain flat fares to charge depending on where you are going. However, there have been cases of inflated fares that are 10x more!
- Version 2: taxis are legally required to use a meter, but some choose to charge inflated flat fares instead.
- Version 3: some take a longer route to inflate the meter fare.
- Version 4: claiming no change or shortchanging you.
- Version 5: offering to bring you around but end up bringing you to shops where he gets a cut.
Places to beware:
- Tel Aviv
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Jerusalem: Mount of Olives).
- Photo: take a photo of the taxi number and driver’s license.
- Airport: check with the official dispatcher what is the correct fare. Alternatives: train or shuttle (avoid Flo Shuttle) to Tel Aviv/Haifa and transferring to a metered cab.
- 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. Gett).
- 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 8 transport options.