How it works:
- Overview: most drivers are fine, but it is also not uncommon for taxi drivers to cheat foreign tourists, so one has to be wary.
- Version 1: not going by the meter and quoting you an inflated fixed fare – this is often the case at airports (e.g. Tivat airport especially) or at tourist attractions (e.g. Budva).
- Version 2: the driver quotes a cheap price first but once you have loaded your luggage into the cab, the driver inflates the price and will not let you unload your luggage. A similar story is to quote something like 16 and then claim it was 60 at the end of the trip.
- Version 3:leaving you at the outskirts of Podgorica instead of bringing you as the taxi cartels in the city prohibit outside taxis from entering. This is not technically a scam if informed beforehand however.
- Version 4: shortchanging you by giving less change back or returning change as Serbian dinar instead of as Euros. Note that 1 Euro is worth ~115 Serbian dinars.
- Version 5: using a rigged meter that jumps too fast or by too much.
Places to beware:
What to do:
- Sourcing: avoid taking taxis from the streets. If possible, call for a taxi instead. Alternatively, you can also pre-arrange a pick-up or take a bus.
- 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.
- 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.