Top Tips to Avoid Taxi Scams While Traveling Internationally

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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!

Help Us to Keep Rideshares Transparent!

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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!

Over 300 New Cities & Services Supported by TaxiFareFinder!

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As the world becomes a smaller and smaller place, our team at TaxiFareFinder strives to continually grow our site to include every corner of the world to make traveling as easy as possible for as many people as we can! Last week we added over 300 new locations and services to our site to bring our users the most comprehensive taxi and rideshare fare estimator on the web. Not only did we add new cities around the globe, but we also expanded on our rideshare services, adding more UberXL, Lyft Plus, and Uber Black estimates.

Some of the new cities we added include Troy, MI, Fall River, MA, Hoboken, NJ, Centennial, CO, Bethel Park, PA, Pawtucket, RI, Park City, UT, Concord, NC, Kaneohe, HI, Germantown, TN, Beaverton, OR, Bowling Green, OH, Everett, WA, Lafayette, IN, as well as a slew of cities in California, Florida, and Texas.

Is your city or favorite rideshare service not yet supported by TaxiFareFinder? Let us know in the below comments and we will add it to our site as soon as possible!

Discovery Channel’s Newswatch TV Reviews TaxiFareFinder (Video)

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In case you missed it, Discovery Channel’s news program, Newswatch, aired a special segment on TaxiFareFinder this morning. Andrew Tropeano, host of Newswatch, reviewed TaxiFareFinder and to our delight, gave a glowing review!  During his review, he stated that both TaxiFareFinder and RideGuru are helping users to become more informed as travelers by allowing them to know the fare before they ride in a taxi or rideshare vehicle. If you didn’t get a chance to tune in this morning, check out the segment below and let us know your feedback!

About Newswatch

NewsWatch is a weekly 30-minute consumer oriented television show that airs on the Discovery Channel and ION Network. NewsWatch regularly features top technology products and services, mobile applications for iOS, Android, and Windows devices, unique and beautiful travel destinations around the world, health and medical tips, and entertainment interviews on the show. NewsWatch airs on the Discovery Channel at 7:00 – 7:30 AM ET/PT.

Discovery Channel to Feature TaxiFareFinder!

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Our team here at TaxiFareFinder is excited to announce that TaxiFareFinder will be featured on Discovery Channel! The popular Discovery News Program, Newswatch, is showcasing TaxiFareFinder during their Tech Report segment.

The segment will air on Discovery Channel at 7am ET/PT, 6am CT, and 5am MT on Friday, 12/18/15!

Make sure to tune in and let us know your thoughts on twitter (@TaxiFareFinder)!


 About Newswatch

The series began production in March, 1990 and recently celebrated its 1,000th original episode. During that period, NewsWatch has featured more than 10,000 individual stories on a wide range of subjects including: medical breakthroughs, finance, travel, new product introductions, public policy issues, entertainment, automotives, celebrities, charities, legal issues and numerous other topics.

NewsWatch has also become a favorite destination for many of America’s top entertainers and celebrities, over 650 so far, who have appeared on the program to discuss the latest issues and causes they support. Over the last year, Hollywood stars such as Bradley Cooper, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Vincent Lombardozzi, Will Smith, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Colin Firth are just a few of the national celebrities who have made appearances on NewsWatch. 

NewsWatch airs nationwide in the United States and can be seen in virtually every market throughout the country.  Each edition of NewsWatch reaches more than 96 million households nationwide. Located in the Washington, DC area, the NewsWatch staff offers decades of broadcast experience.  Over 700 million people have viewed the series, making it one of the most successful independently produced news magazines on television.

Taxis vs. Rideshares: An Industry Depicted Through Graphics

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Following and staying updated on the Rideshare/Taxi Industry is exhausting! Every ride-hail company is trying to get their piece of the pie and it is causing a lot of confusion for riders.  Furthermore with the introduction of new ridesharing app-based services every day, finding the best transportation choice has become a lot more complicated than just waving your hand and hailing a cab.

To help make our fans lives a bit easier, we have compiled our most helpful rideshare and taxi infographics in one blog post. Whether you are still learning about Uber and Lyft, are curious which company is cheapest, or are eager to learn which airports your should avoid taking taxis from, there is an easy to view infographic waiting to show you!


Your Rideshare App Guide

New to Ridesharing? “Your Rideshare App Guide” is the go to place to learn everything there is to know about the many new rideshare companies that have emerged onto the transportation scene in the last few years.


Uber VS Lyft VS Taxi: A Price Comparison

Trouble navigating the world of rideshares, taxi services, and other transportation options? Using RideGuru, we have broken down the costs of two of the major rideshare services, Lyft and UberX, and traditional taxi services. The costs of these three transportation options are compared in five major cities in the United States. Ride on!


The Ups and Downs of the Medallion

The taxi industry has been going through much turmoil in recent months; from dropping medallion prices to rideshare protests to job losses. Take a look at this TaxiFareFinder infographic that outlines the rise (and recent fall) of medallion prices in New York City. The sharp decrease is thought to be caused by rideshare services, so it will be interesting to see the final outcome for medallions, the taxi industry, and the rideshare industry.


Catch A Ride: Costs From 20 Major Airports to Their Respective City Centers

One of the first impressions of a new city is the taxi ride taken from the airport to the destination, generally to a hotel or event in a city. This initial taxi ride can set the tone for a trip – the ride can be a quick breeze or a long, expensive nightmare. The TaxiFareFinder team has compiled information from taxis around the world to help travelers be prepared with the knowledge of what to expect when traveling to twenty of the largest airports.


How Do You Ride?

Which Rideshare company is your favorite? Do you switch between companies or are you loyal to one? We surveyed over 300 riders on our site to find these answers and highlight some common trends.

How Much Do You Save by Using Uber?

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“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


TaxiFareFinder Releases New Mobile Site (Press Release)

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Our TaxiFareFinder team is excited to announce our newly optimized mobile-friendly website! Designed with our “on the go” fans in mind, the new site is user friendly and easy to navigate from all mobile and tablet devices. The new mobile-friendly site is organized vertically with buttons in the top menu that will bring a user directly to their desired place on the site allowing for quick and easy access to our many features. Also, the TO and FROM location boxes that help a user find an estimated fare are prominently shown to ensure easy access and quick taxi fare results. Try out our new mobile-friendly site today on your mobile or tablet device to see how simple it is to find rates and fares on the go!

To view the Press Release please click here.


To view a Text Only Press Release please see below.


Boston, Massachusetts – November, 2015 – TaxiFareFinder launched a newly optimized mobile-friendly website that offers information and resources to taxi and rideshare travelers. Designed to be user-friendly and easy to navigate, the new site provides users with all the tools they need to quickly find fare estimates on the go.

The innovative new site has a responsive design that works well with mobile and tablet devices. After researching their user base, the TaxiFareFinder team determined that many of their visitors were accessing their site via mobile devices, leading to the creation of a mobile site that allows users to easily access key information with simple one-touch navigation.

TaxiFareFinder’s new mobile site is organized vertically with buttons in the top menu that will bring a user directly to their desired place on the site. Also the TO and FROM location boxes that help a user find an estimated fare are prominently shown to ensure easy access and quick results.

Once a user enters TO and FROM locations, details regarding estimated fare prices are produced in an easy to view graph. A detailed map of the route is also provided for the user’s convenience.

TaxiFareFinder hopes this engaging new platform will greatly benefit their users in quickly finding travel information and estimated fares via their mobile devices.


About the Company was launched in 2007 to help improve the communication between providers of ground transportation and their customers. The calculator tool is based on a proprietary algorithm that takes into account a multitude of considerations. TaxiFareFinder utilizes up-to-date taxi and rideshare rates from over 1000 localities, covering thousands of cities. This information is carefully and constantly monitored for its accuracy by their staff and supporters from an active community. TaxiFareFinder also offers tools, such as an API and WordPress plugin, which enables taxi companies and travel authorities to provide their own fare estimates on their websites or mobile applications. For additional questions or inquiries, please contact the TaxiFareFinder team via

How Do You Ride

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Take a look at our most recent infographic outlining the results of a survey conducted on our website. Do you agree, is this how you ride?

What is Ridesharing? (Video)

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New to rideshares? Not sure what the term “rideshare” entails? That’s ok! Everyday we are asked questions about rideshares, such as Uber and Lyft, from thousands of our fans. To answer some of these questions we created a helpful tutorial on some key facts that you should know about rideshares.

When you are ready to take your first rideshare, check out our comparison calculator, Ride Guru ( to find out which rideshare or taxi company is the best for you!