"Taxi tips. High speeds, Taximetro" Guadalajara Transportation Tip by chitowntraveler
Guadalajara Transportation: 18 reviews and 12 photos
GDL, in the vain of Los Angeles, USA, requires the use of street transport mostly, as it's a sprawling city and doesn't have such an excellent subway or metro grid. If you wish to take a cab, do. Unlike el D.F., there aren't a ton of pirate cabs, so feel safe --that is, unless the driver's erractic turns and accelerations are making you cross yourself, kiss your thumb and pray a padre nuestro. In this case, say> "Señor(a), tranquilo. Maneje más despacio, por favor."
However, occasionally, as in any other large city in the world, taxi drivers may attempt to take advantage by charging in excess of what the taximetro reads. The city is broken down into 3 tarifas. 1-within the 4 municipalities (Tlaquepaque, GDL, Tonala, Zapopan) up to 22:00. 2-within the 4 municipalities between 22:00 and dawn. 3-outside the 4-metro zone. It should be of prime importance to ensure that next to the initial charge of 7.70 pesos on the taximetro a number reads 1. If it's between 2200-dawn, of course, it should read 2. Outside the 4-metro zones- 3.
If you'd rather not deal with this, you can -- before entering the taxi -- ask the cabby how much to 'X' place. It's probably in your best interest to buy a street map (don't pay more than 80 pesos for the Guia Roji) and have some idea of the route you think might be good. The driver may suggest another route due to traffic, construction, etc, at which point you'll have to risk heeding the "advice" or not.
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