How it works:
- Version 1: rigged meters (jump too fast/too much); not using meters and charging an inflated flat fare.
- Version 2: claiming no change; swapping a high value note you give them into a low value note and asking you top up the shortfall.
- Version 3: having a stash of fake 50 liras and using them as change.
- Version 4: claiming that there is a protest/riot and so take a longer route to inflate the fare.
- Version 5: price quote scam.
Places to beware:
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Sultanahmet District, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar).
- Photo: take a photo of the taxi number and driver’s license.
- 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.
- 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. BiTaksi).
- 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 80+ other transport options.