How it works:
- Overview: this is the most common scam that tourists to Serbia will face. Locals are not spared either.
- Version 1: quoting an inflated flat fare instead of using the meter – the one exception is when heading to and from the airport. There have also been cases where they do not honour the price quoted. For instance, you buy a voucher at a taxi desk in the airport for 1,800 dinars. On arrival however, the driver insists on a wildly different figure.
- Version 2: using a rigged meter or setting the more expensive tarif on the meter (i.e. tarif 3). Generally, you should be on tarif 1, which is for morning to 10pm on Monday to Saturday.
- Version 3: watch out for unlicensed taxis.
Places to beware:
- Belgrade: airport, attractions
What to do:
- Sourcing: avoid taxis at tourist spots. If possible, call for a taxi instead or use a taxi booking app like Car:go. At the airport, head to taxi desk and ask for a receipt. Alternatively, you can also pre-arrange a pick-up fromGetYourGuide (best day tour platform in Europe).
- 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.
- Recourse: you can report any incident to city inspection (+381-11/3227-000) or the airport inspection (+381-11/2097-373, [email protected]).