How it works:
- Version 1: claiming that there are no buses or no cabs or that there’s a long queue and pressuring you to accept their inflated flat fare.
- Version 2: posing as an official driver or agent and tempt you with low fares. A higher fare is then asked midway or at the end, citing initial misunderstanding.
- Version 3: having someone hidden in the trunk who then goes through your luggage after it is loaded.
- 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:
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, getting fined as it is illegal).
- Photo: if you engage, take a photo of the car plate and the driver’s license.
- Official taxis: yellow Cubataxi, yellow and black Ladas, modern Toyotas, old American cars.
- Alternatives: taxi booking apps (e.g. Taxileader, Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi, Blacklane) or day tour platforms like GetYourGuide (leading globally) with 9 transport options.