How it works:
- Overcharging: drivers in Prague are notorious for overcharging (up to 5x the fair price). A ride to and from the airport is a favourite route.
- Rigged meter: meters jumps too fast or too much.
- Longhauling: taking the longer route or driving into congested traffic to inflate the fare.
- Wrong place: the driver intentionally confuses your intended destination and takes you somewhere else. They then drive to the correct address and charge you for the entire trip.
Places to beware:
- Prague: tourist attractions, hotels, airports, transportation hubs)
What to do:
- Avoid taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Praha hlavni nadrazi train station). Use reputable taxis from AAA Radiotaxi, ProfiTaxi or City Taxi (257 257 257).
- Photo: take a photo of the taxi number 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 (e.g. Uber, Liftago).
- 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.
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