"Taxi is not a taxi" Taxis Tip by proberts9999

Taxis, Hong Kong: 7 reviews and 1 photos

When arriving at HK airport, a guy came up and said he'd take us to the taxis. When he grabbed a cart for our luggage and started pushing it, I figured he was a fixer (note: HK does not have taxi fixers like some other countries). We followed him and the taxi signs, but then he took a turn and went out toward the private car pick-up. There were a couple of vehicles with 'taxi' logos on the doors, so I didn't think anything of it. He loaded our stuff into a "taxi", wouldn't take a tip, and off we went. We were told a taxi from the airport to TST would be about HK$350. When we pulled up at the hotel, the driver asked for HK$1280.

Unique Suggestions: We said we wouldn't pay $1280 because we were told a taxi was $350. He said that was for a taxi, not a private car. He called the "fixer" and after arguing paid HK$980 (since we wanted our luggage back).

Fun Alternatives: If you're on this site, then you already know what the real taxis look like in HK. The HK International Airport site also has maps and photos of the cab stands.

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  • Written Nov 26, 2007
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