Warnings and Dangers in Prague: Taxi Drivers
A beautiful large city right in the center of the Czech Republic, Prague is full of culture and history well worthy of a visit from any globetrotting tourist. But travelers to Prague need to be careful and follow important tips to ensure their safety in taxis.
Beware of Taxi Driver Scams from Private Taxi Companies
There are many fair, reputable taxi companies in Prague, but there are also scam taxis that take advantage of tourists. They are particularly prevalent at the airport, train station, and popular tourists spots in the city center. Tactics sketchy drivers use include quoting overly high prices, take long, scenic routes, use faulty meters, and demand higher fares than agreed upon at the end of the ride.
If you get scammed by a fake driver, it’s safest to pay the cost and choose a reputable taxi company for your next ride. Occasionally, scam taxi drivers have been known to assault passengers who won’t pay their prices.
If You Have To Hail a Taxi, Spot Scams by Looking for a Company Logo, and Negotiate an Advance Fare
Before you get into a taxi, make sure the cab has a company logo on it and taxi badge. Some cars will flash a light that says “taxi” with no other information. These taxis are not reputable and will likely scam you.
Know the cost of your ride ahead of time. For example, a ride from the airport to Prague should cost around 650 kc. Rides within the city often cost 300 to 400 kc. Your hotel can help you learn fair prices to your destination. Negotiate a maximum trip price before the ride starts.
When you get into a taxi, talk to the driver and ask for their name and license plate number. Sketchy taxi drivers will refuse to give you their name and information.
Use your smart phone app or a paper map and show the taxi driver the route you want to your destination. Only agree to take a taxi that follows your route and avoids longer drives.
Have an Official Public Service Call You a Taxi
The safest way to take a taxi in Prague is to have a reputable public place call and arrange your taxi with a legitimate company. Your hotel or the restaurant you’re dining at will be able to call you a taxi with a legitmate company. At a public place with many scams, such as the airport or train station, the information booth can call you a taxi.
Only Use Reputable Public Taxi Companies
You can also call and arrange a taxi ride with a reputable company. Users largely found AAA Taxi (+420 222-333-222), and FEBA (+420-724-777-930) to be reputable. You can also install and use the Liftango Taxi App on your smart phone, which only summons drivers from reputable companies.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Taxi Driver warnings and dangers in Prague.