How it works:
- Opening: someone comes up to you and offers to help you with directions claiming that the place is not safe. Eventually, you will be directed to an unlicensed taxi driver.
- Set-up: some are fine but generally, you can expect to be overcharged. This can be in the form of an inflated flat fare, or simply be driven to a wrong destination and then to the correct destination and be made to pay an inflated fare.
- Bucharest: airport, main transportation hubs (e.g. Gara de Nord)
What to do:
- 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).
- Photo: if you engage, take a photo of the car plate and the driver’s license.
- Official taxis: take one from the reliable taxi companies (e.g. Mondial, Cobalcescu, Speed). The company name and fares will be displayed on the door of the taxi. Look out also for a taxi sign, a working meter as well as the driver’s license.