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Quite sadly

corrupt taxi drivers in Prague are one of the biggest problems commonly encountered by all visitors to Prague.

Tourist spots

Don't even think about getting into a taxi that is parked in front of the train station or at a tourist spots. They are waiting for unsuspecting tourists and are known to charge rates several times higher.

Locals

We hate them as much as you do! Czechs hate taxi drivers as much as they despise the police.

Another tip

If you feel that taxi driver will rip you off purposely make a show of writing down taxi registration no. for example to your mobile - you’re a lot less likely to be ripped off.

Call taxi

Be smart and order a taxi by phone from one of these reliable and courteous taxi companies.

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50 Euro for 2km

When I arrived and I couldn't find my hotel, I was charged 50 euros for 2km. It is wise to agree a fee beforehand and if you have no specific place in mind i.e. you ask for a hotel/nightclub, you may easily find yourself on the other side of Prague looking at a large fare, so plan where you want to go in advance. Of course there are still all the old tricks, like going round the houses and fixing the meter, you will just have to put up with that!

There has been many reports that when passengers has been arguing about price some taxi drivers use inappropriate aggressive behaviour. Agree on price before you get in to taxi.

Taxi regulations

There seem to be more stories of fraud, extortion and violent attacks committed by Prague's taxi drivers than in any other city in the world.

Reasons for this were that there were too many licenses issued and no regulation of their activities. However the final straw appears to have broken the camel's back. One passenger objected to being charger 8,000 CZK (250 USD) for a ride of about 3 kilometres and the City Hall had to step in with a solution. The deregulation of rates from October 15, 1996 had been cancelled and instead the strict guidelines were introduced. Unfortunately it didn't help much.

We having reports from many tourists that Prague Taxi drivers are happy when they can accept foreign currency. Not because they need it but it is a chance for them to rip you off. So be aware and keep in mind that 1 Pound is not same like 1 CZK .. It seems that many taxi drivers there don't want to know exchange rates.