How it works:
- Version 1: "forgetting" to turn on the meter then charging an inflated fare at the end. A tourist was charged EUR 980 for a trip from Schiphol airport to Amsterdam!
- Version 2: claiming additional surcharges (e.g. EUR 10 at night; fee for luggage).
- Version 3: drivers in Amsterdam are infamous for taking a longer route to inflate the fare.
Places to beware:
- Amsterdam: Centraal Station, Schipol Airport
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Amsterdam: Centraal Station).
- Photo: take a photo of the taxi number and driver’s license (report to taxiklacht.nl).
- Overcharging: ensure meter is turned on or research a fair price to negotiate with – check online fare estimators, your hotel/hostel staff or use taxi booking apps (e.g. UGo, appAcab, Uber, taxi.eu, Staxi).
- 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.
- Alternative: GetYourGuide (best day tour platform in Europe) has 20+ transport options.