Top Tips to Avoid Taxi Scams While Traveling Internationally

Share Button
taxi scam

While most taxi cab drivers are honest, hard working individuals, there are always a few who may try to pull the wool over their customers eyes. Unfortunately, running into taxi scams while traveling, especially to an unfamiliar place is fairly common. It is important to do you due diligence in researching your expected taxi routes, rules, and fares before traveling so you will be more alert if anything seems fishy. Here are our top tips for avoiding a taxi scam.

1. Research, Research, Research

As we briefly mentioned above, research is your best friend when traveling. When it comes to taking taxis, it helps to know an estimate of how much your taxi should cost as well as any surcharges that you can expect on your trip. You can use TaxiFareFinder to find your fare estimate and then print the page out or save it onto your phone so you can refer to it while traveling. If you act knowledgeable about how much the fare should cost when first entering your taxi, the chances are slim that your driver will still try to scam you.

Some other pieces of information you may want to have on hand are a map with an ideal travel route, expected surcharges, and the starting amount that should be on the meter when you first enter the taxi.

2. Take pictures

Take pictures of your taxi, driver’s name, and taxi license number. With a licensed taxi these should all be found easily on the outside of the taxi or in plain sight from the back seat of the taxi. Hopefully, you will not need this information but if you do have an issue this will make filing your complaint much simpler!

3. Bring small bills!

A common scam by taxi drivers around the world is to claim that they do not have change for you at the end of the ride. Try to avoid overpaying for your fare by carrying lots of ones and fives! If you do not have any small bills, try to find a taxi with a working credit card machine or hop in a convenience store and buy a small item such as a pack of gum in order to get change.

4. Prepare to negotiate

Many taxis around the world use meters, a per mile and per minute fare calculation, but some places still do not use meters. These locations rely on a flat rate payment method in which you will settle on a fare with your driver before you get into your cab. Here is where your pre-trip research will pay off! If you know that the fixed fare from the airport to downtown is $20, you can turn down a driver’s suggestion of a $30 fare with confidence. Do not get into the vehicle until you have agreed on a fare you are comfortable paying. A good place to do some research on local fares is either through the TaxiFareFinder Calculator or by asking some locals on the RideGuru Forum.

Another scam that is similar to above and important to note is the “broken meter” scam in which the driver pretends the meter is broken and tells you what the fare will be. The fare usually turns out to be higher than the metered fare. Do not get into a taxi with a broken meter unless you negotiate the fare ahead of time and believe it to be reasonable!

5. Save your receipt!

Make sure to always get a receipt from your driver that shows the amount you paid. If you need to file a claim you will be asked to provide your receipt.

Hopefully, your next taxi journey will go smoothly without any scam induced headaches but if you ever feel uneasy in a taxi remember you can always get out! There are plenty of taxis to choose from, it is not worth dealing with a poor driver!

When to Walk and When to Call a Taxi or Uber

Share Button
Should I walk or Take a taxi?

Cabs and rideshare services are a great way to get around when you’re traveling, living in a big city, or just need to get somewhere. Walking is also a great and healthy way to get around cities. There are times when walking might even be a better and faster way of getting where you want to go than taking a cab or rideshare service.

Taking a taxi or an Uber a few blocks does not always make sense. If the weather is nice, walking is a better option than riding. A few blocks is a quick walk. Driving might even take longer than walking due to traffic and lights and finding a safe place to stop. Often times, cars have to take longer and more drawn out routes to get places. Foot traffic can take more direct paths and can even take short cuts. Cities are full of one way streets making driving longer and more complicated than being a pedestrian. 

Cab services and rideshares do not like traveling to you. Scheduling a taxi or a rideshare is convenient, but it can cost you money. Depending on how far they have to travel to you, some cabs or rideshares will charge you a higher fee to pick you up. Many services also have minimum fares for trips. For short distances you will still pay a set fee in order to make it worth the trip for the drivers and the company. Before booking your next taxi or rideshare, it’s important to look and see if walking is an option because deciding to walk a few blocks saves you money.

Walking is a great way to interact with the city and the people in it. Using the sidewalks can introduce you to a side of the city you can’t see from a car. There are times when walking is not such a great option, though.

There are times when walking may not be a great option, and you should call a taxi or rideshare service for a ride. Being intoxicated is a huge reason to call for a ride. It is never a good idea to walk or drive when you are under the influence, so always air on the side of safety and call a cab or rideshare service. Low mobility is another reason to call for a ride. You should never put your own physical health in jeopardy by walking. Some areas of town can be less safe than others. Walking alone at night can be a safety hazard. If you feel like your safety is at risk, it is always best to air on the side of safety and call a cab or rideshare service.

Walking is a great option for getting around, and it saves money. Walking is not always an option, which is why cab and rideshare services were created. When in doubt, riding is a great way to get around.

8 Travel Tips to Plan Ahead of Time

Share Button

travel tips to plan ahead of time

Heading on a trip soon for an early Holiday excursion? Even if you’re not, we wanted to share a list of useful tips to use whenever you are traveling, even just for the weekend! Many people start their adventures without thinking about what to do before they leave to make the most of their time, and we are here to give you some helpful things to do before you hop on the plane.

travel tips to plan ahead of time

  1. Check into your flight ahead of time. Most Airlines will allow you to check into your flight before you get to the Airport, which can help you avoid some of the long lines once you get to the Airport.
    planning ahead for travel
  2. Staying in a hostel or Airbnb? Make sure you purchase travel size commodities ahead of time, and remember that you can bring up to 3 ounces on an airplane, so most travel sizes will fit! This will make it easier so you don’t have to find a convenience store once you get there (it may also be more expensive to purchase if you wait).travel tips
  3. If you’re going to a non-English speaking country, it’s important that you have at least basic knowledge and understanding of the language they speak so you are able to communicate at an elementary level when necessary. Purchasing a language book may also be helpful!planning travel ahead of time
  4. Purchase a nice, durable backpack to carry around with you at all times. This makes it easy to carry snacks, water, and additional clothes you may need while exploring the area you are traveling. With a organized packed backpack hopefully you won’t have to go back to your Airbnb the whole day and can focus on your adventures!
    planning a trip ahead of time
  5. This sounds old school, but printing out a map of the area you are going is always very useful in exploring a new city, especially if you won’t be able to use cell service! Let yourself get lost in exploring for a little while, but let the map guide your way back.
    schedule uber ahead of time
  6. Traveling to a destination without a vehicle? One of the most important things to arrange ahead of time is your transportation arrangements. You can even use our taxi fare calculator that will help you calculate the cost and duration of your taxi ahead of time. And if you’re looking for a comparison of different rideshare companies in the area, try out Ride Guru to relieve the stress that transportation can be.order money ahead of time
  7. Order Currency! Check with your credit card providers first to see if they charge any international fees (most do, usually 3%). If they don’t have a charge, you may not need to order currency ahead of time but it is a must if you will not be able to use your credit card without a fee. Go to your local bank to exchange money at the least expensive rate. Also, always check that you are receiving the correct currency amount based on the current exchange rate (available through Google or sites like x-rates).proactive travel tips
  8. Don’t forget to pack your passport and any other legal travel documents you need! If you’re going on an extended stay, make sure you have some type of insurance as well.

Oh, and one last thing, enjoy your trip! Make the most of your time spent and challenge yourself to adventure in places you never dreamed of exploring.

 

 

Help Us to Keep Rideshares Transparent!

Share Button

With the release of our new site, RideGuru, the TaxiFareFinder/RideGuru team has become passionate about bringing transparency to the ridesharing community. Rideshares, such as Uber and Lyft, have their benefits but they also can be hampered by a lack of transparency.

Take a look at the video below to see how RideGuru is helping to bring insight into the ridesharing industry and let us know your thoughts below!

Top 5 Places to Take a Taxi This Fall

Share Button

Summer is over and it’s no longer perfect weather for the beach. Have no fear, there are still so many places to go this fall! No matter what city you live in, there is a place for you to take your taxi. So hop into Fall and enjoy the ride!

apple-picking

  1. Apple Picking: ‘Tis the season of fresh crisp apples! Even if you’re from the city, there is bound to be an apple orchard nearby, and a taxi can always take you there! Enjoy the fruit, and don’t forget to grab a cider donut on your way out!hot-air-balloon
  2. Hot Air Balloon Ride: Although this is not your every-day fall activity, riding in a hot air balloon ride is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will want to try this fall. Make a day out of it and enjoy the beautiful view! tailgate
  3. Your local football game: Even if you’re not a sports fan, make sure to at least stop by your local football game and tailgate, if only for the food. This is a staple event of fall and a can’t-miss experience. potluck
  4. Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner: Come one, come all! A potluck dinner is an awesome event to have in the fall, so talk with your friends and plan a group gathering! And don’t worry about driving through the city with your mashed potatoes — grab a taxi for a no-worry drive!foliage2
  5. Foliage at the park: Last but not least, make sure you take some time to enjoy the changing scenery around you! Fall is everywhere, and it goes by quickly, so make sure you don’t miss it!

Wherever you go this fall, know that TaxiFareFinder is there as a resource.  Find your fare on our website and enjoy!

7 Unusual Taxis You Don’t See Every Day

Share Button
  1. A bike taxi painted and decorated like a piece of artwork!colorful small
  2. A high-speed Mercedes taxi cab with a futuristic look futuristic
  3. Hello Kitty decorated taxi! Whiskers and all! hello kitty
  4. This taxi that operates on land AND water!land and water
  5. A taxi with a sound quality like this one!

speaker6. This can’t be a time traveling taxi.. can it?

time travel

7. This trendy taxi makes me want to take a ride to the mall! trendy

The Best and Worst Cities to Take a Taxi

Share Button

b379e6cc83993ff4b808ca9309b0722d

Attention travelers! We compiled a list of the best and worst cities to take a taxi in based on the reputation of the taxi service. We used factors including the quality of driving, quality of vehicles, cleanliness, safety, friendliness, knowledge, availability, and value.

Do you see your city on the list? Have you taken a cab in one of these cities? Let us know!

Top 14 Places to Hail a Ride to this Valentine’s Day Weekend!

Share Button

 

Need some last minute ideas for a Valentine’s Day Weekend in Boston? Our team has put together a list of the 14 best places to ensure you and your loved one have a fun filled romantic holiday weekend. Whether you plan to participate in just one activity or all 14 make sure to leave the car at home and grab your favorite rideshare or taxi so you can focus on cuddling with your favorite significant other!

 

1. Club Caribe Salsa at the Marriott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feeling a little groovy? Head to Club Caribe Salsa at the Marriott in Cambridge to dance the night away this Valentine’s Day. Lessons run from 8-10 p.m., at 10 p.m. the dance floor opens up to all.

www.salsaboston.com/caribe

 

2. Cruise Around the Harbor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hit the high seas with your love this Valentine’s day! Complete with a gourmet dinner, live music, and spectacular views of the city, the Boston Harbor Odyssey dinner cruise is sure to put you and your loved one in the Valentine’s Day spirit.

http://www.odysseycruises.com/boston/cruises/specialty/valentines-day-cruises

 

3. Glass Blowing and Wine Tasting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for something unique to do this Valentine’s weekend? Why not try a date at the Diablo Glass School! Sip on wine while enjoying a fun and entertaining glass blowing demonstration.

http://www.diabloglassschool.com/

 

4. Heighten your Senses with Dining in the Dark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a one of a kind experience? Look no further than “Dining in the Dark”.  This sensory journey at the Hampshire House provides a full course dinner completely in the dark creating a heightened sense of taste, touch, scent, and sound!

www.hampshirehouse.com

 

5. Calling all the Single Ladies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a fun girl’s night out this Valentine’s Day?  Head on over to Paint Nite where you and your fellow single ladies can enjoy a night of wine tasting, Taza chocolate, and of course painting!

https://www.paintnite.com/events/858927.html#/sthash.X5RZxK9x.dpuf

 

6. Flirt Fest at the Bell in Hand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to spend the night out on the town this weekend? Take a taxi to the Bell in Hand Tavern where you can join in on their “Boston’s Biggest Flirt” contest all while enjoying cocktails and appetizers!

http://www.thebostoncalendar.com/events/flirt-fest

 

7. Couples Yoga at the Brattle House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get your workout in and have fun with your significant other this Valentine’s Day through couples yoga at the Brattle House.

www.ccae.org

 

8. Fenway Park Winter Lights Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit in one of Boston’s most iconic venues? Head over to Fenway park this weekend for a fun lights show and tour!

www.boston.redsox.mlb.com

 

9. Top of the Hub

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel 52 floors above the Back Bay to experience one of Boston’s most renowned restaurants this Valentine’s Day Weekend. Enjoy the impressive views, classic music, and fantastic array of liquors with your date!

http://topofthehub.net/

 

10. Ice Skating at the Boston Harbor Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a romantic activity to fill up your Valentine’s Day! Look no further than Ice Skating at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Enjoy skating hand in hand with your loved one all while listening to classic love songs and taking in the views of the harbor.

http://www.bhh.com/dining#seasonal-entertainment

 

11. Disney on Ice at the Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes it is just nice to be a kid! Bring your date or the whole family to this fun-filled Disney spectacle and sing along to dozens of Disney’s most popular songs.

www.tdgarden.com

 

12. Heartbeat at the MFA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel in your taxi to the MFA this weekend for a fine night of wine and art! The evening is even complimented with live music by a group of New England Conservatory students.

http://www.mfa.org/programs/music/hearbeat-night-music-inspired-mfas-collection

 

13. Champagne Dinner Dance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wine expo is offering a special one night Champagne Dinner Dance on February 13th! Get in the romantic spirit with live music, dancing, and of course a few glasses of Moet & Chandon!

http://patch.com/massachusetts/weymouth/boston-wine-festival-champagne-dinner-dance_6d3c3720

 

14. Wine & Chocolate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What better way to express your love then through chocolate and wine pairings! The Boston Wine School is offering a night of dinner, fancy chocolates, and wine pairings to make your Valentine’s Day weekend truly “delicious”.

http://bostonwineschool.com/events-list/19598245881/

 

 

 

New to Rideshares? Watch these Helpful Tutorials!

Share Button

Did you know that TaxiFareFinder has created multiple videos to help you learn everything you need to know about taxis, rideshares, and fares? If you are new to the rideshare world or are curious how to find an estimated trip fare, take a look at some of these short videos below to learn more!

 

What Is Ridesharing?

 

RideGuru Tutorial – How to Use RideShares

 

What is RideGuru? Learn How to Compare your Rideshare Fares!

How Much Do You Save by Using Uber?

Share Button

“People use Uber because it’s convenient, easy and considered less expensive than traditional taxis. But how much cheaper is UberX — the company’s low-cost option — than a cab in Canadian cities” 

The question, “Which rideshare or taxi company is cheapest?” seems to be popping up a lot lately and with good reason. Consumers feel better about themselves and their purchases only when they believe they have found the best deal on the market. Our RideGuru Fare Comparison Calculator helps many people across the world compare costs of potential taxi and rideshare rides to find the company that provides the best deal. While many users find RideGuru helpful for estimating ride prices, our friends at The 10 and 3 took the data from RideGuru one step further and carefully examined the average Taxi and Uber prices in nine Canadian cities to study each cities overall “uber discount”.

According to their research, “In most Canadian cities with UberX, our study shows that the company charges between 30% and 50% less than what a taxi would charge for the identical route. Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal see the largest gain in picking Uber over a taxi, where customers save 50%, 44% and 41% of what their average taxi fare would be, respectively. On the other end, Quebec City (24%) and Hamilton (29%) see the smallest savings compared to the equivalent cab fare.” In short, the amount you save by using Uber depends a lot on the city you live in or are visiting.

Average UberX Savings in Canada

While Uber might come out ahead in terms of price, The 10 and 3 team want to remind readers that Uber might not always be the best choice over a cab, especially during times of peak surge pricing. According to the study, “each city has a unique point at which Uber fares need to rise before it becomes cheaper to hail a cab – in Toronto and Ottawa, it is roughly when fares are doubled, but in other Canadian cities it can be slightly less. As a rule of thumb, when surge prices pass the 2x mark, begin looking for a cab; unlike Uber, taxi rates remain the same, regardless of how busy they might be.”

The TaxiFareFinder team also wants to remind rideshare users that unlike taxis, rideshare companies are not currently government regulated. Each company has their own rules for hiring drivers, including background checks and vehicle safety requirements! Stay safe and ride happy!

To view the whole study visit The 10 and 3