How it works:
- Situation: not all, but drivers in Beirut have a reputation for overcharging tourists.
- Version 1: taxis in Lebanon do not use meters (except for those at the airport), as such, inflated fares can be quoted if you have not done your research.
- Version 2: as for taxis at the Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport, some have reported falling for rigged meters or inflated fares.
Places to beware:
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots. At the airport, you can arrange a private car, book a taxi from companies such as Alfa taxi, Allo taxi, Charlie taxi, High taxi, Lebanon taxi, Queen taxi, Trust taxi or use taxi booking apps (e.g Uber, Allo taxi).
- Photo: take a photo of the car plate and driver’s license.
- Overcharging: research a fair price to negotiate with – check online fare estimators, your hotel/hostel staff or taxi booking apps (e.g. Uber).
- Rigged meter red flags: tampered/missing meter seal, only fare is displayed, driver clicking a hidden switch, driving slowly at a high speed area to prevent meter from jumping wildly.