How it works:
- Situation: taxi drivers here are honest and trustworthy. However, there are still some rogue ones:
- Version 1: choosing not to use the meter so an inflated flat fare can be charged.
- Version 2: taking a longer route to jack up the fare.
- Version 3: near bus stops, they may also tell you that there is no more bus for the day and to take their taxi.
Places to beware:
- Taipei: tourist attractions, hotels, airports, transportation hubs
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Taipei: Jiufen).
- 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. FindTaxi, Uber).
- 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.
- Alternatively, Klook (best day tour platform in Asia) has 80+ other transport options.