Getting a taxi in India is not a big deal, but taking a taxi abroad can be a huge headache especially when you are foreign to the country and have no idea how the system works. That is why it is important to learn how to take a taxi abroad.
A complete NO!
Avoid taking taxis upon arrival at the airport as the taxi drivers may charge you 10-20X of the actual fare. Instead, ask your friend/relative (in case you’re in the city you’re traveling to) to book one for you when you land. You might as well know something about how to survive in a new city.
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Look for a reputable taxi service provider
Do your homework well and always look out for reputable taxi services so that you don’t run into trouble unnecessarily and unhindered. A reliable taxi service provider is a must, especially if the city is a complete stranger to you.
If you are visiting a place for the first time and have not done your homework on how the transportation system works in that country, it is advisable to consult the hotel staff, especially the concierge to arrange a taxi for you.
Fix and sit down
Freeze the fare before you get in the taxi because you never know when your taxi driver will change his mind and ask for an unreasonable amount and you will have no room for negotiation.
It is important that you learn or are familiar with phrases that you can tell the driver to avoid confusion, first as a destination and second as a taxi ride. This is one of the most helpful tips for how to take a taxi abroad.
Follow your route
It’s always good to use GPS on your smartphone and track the route your driver takes so you’re less likely to find yourself in a crisis situation. Don’t forget to read some useful tips on how to travel alone.
Don’t be too kind
Always have a chat with the driver so he doesn’t know that you know very little about the city and have no chance of harming you in any other way. But at the same time, don’t reveal too many details because it could work against you.
When you take a taxi make sure the meter is reset otherwise it will turn out to be a huge rip off for you. Keep an eye on the meter and see if it’s going too fast. We’re sure you definitely wouldn’t want to burn a hole in your pocket for quite a short distance.
Say yes to change
Most taxi drivers claim to have no change when you reach your drop off point. As a result, you end up paying more than the fixed rate. Always take the change or the exact amount with you to avoid such a situation. Because this is an everyday story of a taxi driver.
These were some of the useful tips for how to take a taxi abroad. Let us know if they solve your goal when you next take a taxi. Have fun traveling! 🙂