How it works:
- Taxi drivers in Austria are usually reliable and will use the meter instead of charging an inflated flat fare.
- Still, there are bad eggs who use a rigged meter or drive a longer route/drive into traffic to inflate the fare.
Places to beware:
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Vienna: Wien Hauptbahnhof).
- Photo: take a photo of the taxi number and driver’s license.
- 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.
- 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 (best day tours platform in Europe) has 30+ transport options.