Traveling by taxi

Published on 2011-05-26 20:16:00

Tips to stay safe and avoid getting ripped off when traveling by taxi

When possible, reserving a taxi in advance via telephone is always a good idea. However, you can also flag one down on the street, which, let’s be honest - is probably what you’re going to do after long night out on the town. Either way, the following suggestions will ensure that you have a pleasant ride with the taxista.

First of all, make sure that you have change before getting into the cab. Taxistas are known to get upset when you attempt to pay for your trip with a $100 peso note, and in some cases, have been known to switch your bill with a fradulent one and say that yours is no good. In other words, he just made out like a bandit and you are out $100 pesos. If you get stuck without change, always ask before getting in, por las dudas.

If opting to take a taxi street side, try to identify one that is associated with a reputable company, such as La Plata, Cititaxi, etc. These are most easily identified by signs on the roof advertising the company, but be careful. Many taxistas have realized that these carteleras attract clients and have purchased ones that say “Radio Taxi”. These are most likely NOT associated with a specific company. To be safe, check the side of the vehicle for the company name when it gets closer. This is for your own safety and especially important when traveling alone at night, particularly for las chicas!

When you open the door, make sure that the driver has his license hung over the back of the seat. If you don’t see anything, close the door and wait for the next one to pass by.

Finally, if at all possible, avoid giving the taxista only an address. If you can, provide nearby intersections or landmarks. Why? This will show the taxista that, even though you are a foreigner, you are familiar with the location and most likely already know how to get there. As a result, he will be less likely to take a detour along the way, costing you time and money.

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