How it works:
- Version 1: there are drivers who use an app as a meter which has been set to overcharge you. Note that taxis are metered in Tashkent and some may claim that the meter is spoilt or refuse to turn it on so as to charge you an inflated fixed fare.
- Version 2: generally, you would have to negotiate a fare. A fair price should be around 1,000 soum for 1km. From the Tashkent International airport to the city center, you can expect to pay 20,000 soum (~3 USD) per taxi. From Samarkand Railway Station to the city center, you can expect to pay 15,000 soum. Frrom Bukhara Railway Station to the old city center, it is about 20,000 soum. From Khiva train station to the old city center, it is about 10,000 soum. Do not be surprised when drivers first quote you as they will likely quote 2-3x the fair price.
Places to beware:
What to do:
- Sourcing: avoid taxis at tourist spots. If possible, call for a taxi instead, pre-arrange transport or use a taxi booking app like Yandex.
- 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.