How it works:
- Version 1: not using the meter and charging you an inflated flat fare.
- Version 2: claiming a road is closed and taking a long route/detour to inflate the fare.
- Version 3: claiming that the bus is full or not operating today, or that the hotel/restaurant is not good or closed and bring you somewhere else.
- Version 4: you pass him a CUP note, he drops it and via switch sleight of hand, swaps it to a CUC note (difference between CUP and CUC) and asks you to top up the difference.
Places to beware:
- Please refer to the location tags above
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Havana: Old Havana, Fabrica de Arte Cubano, El Malecon) and be wary of Coco taxis (infamous for ripping passengers off).
- 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. Sube).
- 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 (leading day tour platform) has 9 transport options.