How it works:
- Version 1: driver turns on night or weekend meters during the day.
- Version 2: driver claims double the amount of what was initially agreed upon halfway or at the end of the trip citing a misunderstand or by adding hidden fees.
- Version 3: driver uses a sleight of hand trick to hide certain bills and claim that you have not paid enough.
- Version 4: taking a detour or longer route to inflate the fare, for instance by purposely misinterpreting the street name (e.g. bringing you to Matoviska instead of Mazowiecha).
Places to beware:
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Warsaw: Old Town; Gdansk: Old Town).
- 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, Neptun, EcoCar, Dajan).
- 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 60+ other transport options.