How it works:
- Version 1: not using the meter and quoting an inflated flat fare – generally perpetrated by taxis at Sarajevo Airport.
- Version 2: rigged meter that jumps too much or too fast.
- Version 3: being brought to another hotel where the driver receives a commission instead of the one you wanted to go.
- Version 4: same taxi scam in Montenegro, where drivers return change in Serbian dinar instead of in Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark (BAM). Note that 1 BAM = ~60 Serbian dinar.
Places to beware:
What to do:
- Sourcing: avoid taxis at tourist spots (e.g. airport, main railway station, etc). If possible, call for a taxi instead (Sarajevo Taxi, Crveni Taxi) or use a taxi booking app likeMoj Taxi. Alternatively, you can also pre-arrange a pick-up.
- Photo: take a photo of the car plate 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. A fair price from Sarajevo airport to the city should be around 10 Euros (20km)
- 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.