"Taxi cowboys" Taxis Tip by janbeeu
Taxis, Athens: 25 reviews and 5 photos
Most of the times you will have an honest driver when you hail a taxi in Athens. However, there are some taxi-cowboys that will take advantage of tourists not knowing their way around. They will overcharge you, take on other passengers while driving you or take you to an hotel they get a commission from. You want to play it safe? Ask a few taxi drivers how much your ride is going to cost first so you will know the normal price, then get a taxi that charges that price. You want to pay for your drive, not buy the car....
According to the Greek Legislation, taxi drivers should provide upon request a receipt for the amount paid for transportation services. The receipt should also indicate the taxi registration number and the driver's name.
Unique Suggestions: If you do get overcharged or other passengers are taken on board, don't start a fight but report the taxi number or the licence plate to the Tourist police or to the Tourist information office. They will deal with the cowboy.
Fun Alternatives: The excellent Athens metro system or one of the many busses will bring you to or very close to almost any interesting place in town and they are much cheaper than a taxi. On arrival at Athens airport, take bus E95 that will take you straight to Syntagma Square for 2,90 Euro. From there you can get the metro or a bus to bring you close to your hotel. Just send me an e-mail if you want a map of Athens or a metro map. I'll be happy to send it to you be e-mail.
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