5 Tips to Avoid Being Ripped-Off by Prague Taxis10 September, 2009
How to use Prague Taxi without being ripped off?
Prague taxis are infamous for overcharging tourists especially in the touristy areas of Wenceslas Square. After being scammed by a taxi driver in Budapest, I did more research on Prague taxis to avoid being ripped off again. These 5 tips might be useful if you are planning a trip to Prague:
1. Board only AAA Radio Taxis (the yellow one in below picture) or ProfiTaxi (the black one). Most of their drivers speak English and honest. We only took these taxis from these companies during our stay in Prague and the fares are reasonable (ensure that they run on meter). We are also brought to our destinations in the shortest possible way. (I know because I followed their route with a map to ensure we are not ripped off :-))
2. Don’t hail taxis off the streets especially in the touristy areas of Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square. There is the very high risk of an inflated fare. The usual tactic is to quote a ‘maximum’ fare for a given destination, then drive around long enough to ensure that the meter clocks up the quoted maximum. Instead call for a taxi from these companies (you can ask for any cafe/hotel/restaurant to call for you):
- AAA Radio Taxi (Call: 14014; www.aaaradiotaxi.cz)
- ProfiTaxi (Call: 844 700 800; www.profitaxi.cz)
- City Taxi (Call: 257 257 257; www.citytaxi.cz)
3. If you really need to hail a taxi in the touristy areas, look out for this Fair Place Taxi sign. Prague municipal authorities want to guarantee that if you take a taxi on places marked with a sign “FAIR PLACE” and a thumbs-up image you will get a fair price and the journey will be safe.
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4. The official rate for licensed cabs is 40Kc flag fall plus 28 Kc per kilometre and 6 Kc per minute while waiting. If you know the address of your destination and alighting point, check out the approximate cost on the AAA Radio Taxi website. There were claims that some unscrupulous taxi driver manipulated their meter to make it run faster so keep an eye on the meter for any abnormal behavior.
5. Always ask for a receipt before you alight. That way, if you have a nagging doubt that you might have been ripped off, you can complain to the Prague City Council. However, I am not quite sure if that will help you get your fare back, but at least you get rid of one errant driver. Make sure that the receipt contains personal details of the driver. If the driver refuses to give you the receipt, make sure you know the registration number and the number on the door.