How it works:
- Most drivers here are reliable, though there may be some black sheep to watch out for.
- One issue that aggravates this is that due to the short tourist season (June – September), some try to rip tourists off if they get a chance to.
- Note that they usually congregate at the same spots such as airports and transportation hubs).
- Version 1: charging an inflated fare fee instead of using the meter or using a rigged meter.
- Version 2: if using a meter, taking a longer route or a detour to inflate the fare. When questioned, he will say it is due to a road closure or a traffic jam.
- Version 3: telling you that your destination (e.g. hotel) is closed and driving you to another place where he gets a commission.
Places to beware:
- Nessebar: Sunny Beach
- Sofia: Sofia International Airport, Central Train Station
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Sofia: Central Train Station).
- Photo: take a photo of the car plate and driver’s license. The most reliable taxi company here is Ok SuperTrans but you still have to watch out.
- Overcharging: ensure rates are clearly marked on the cab’s windows, 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. TaxiMe, Taxistars, Maxim).
- 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.
- 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.
- Alternative: GetYourGuide (best day tour platform in Europe) has 10+ transport options.