How it works:
- Situation: some may be fine and are even cheaper, but you have to accept the risks (overcharging, no insurance coverage, beaten down car, potentially being robbed). These usually pose as official taxis and solicit customers at the airport or at transportation hubs.
- Version 1: showing inflated rates (e.g. 50 euro/km – inflated by 10x) on the cab’s back seat window. Although this is a rip off, it is legal as it is clearly displayed before you board it.
- Version 2: using fake stickers, logos and phone numbers on the cab that resemble reputable companies such as Ok SuperTrans.
Places to beware:
What to do:
- Photo: if you engage, take a photo of the car plate and the driver’s license.
- Official taxis: official taxis are painted yellow, has clearly marked fares, a registered car company car number and a working meter. Reputable taxi companies include Ok SuperTrans, Eko Taxi, Viailet Taxi and Perfect Taxi for instance.
- Airport: ignore touts and head to the official counter.
- Alternatives: taxi booking apps (e.g. TaxiMe, Taxistars, Maxim, Yellow Taxi) or day tour platforms like GetYourGuide (best in Europe) with 10+ transport options.