Prague Taxi Mafia
Taxi mafia - drivers tend to overprice. Taxis ordered through a dispatcher are cheaper. Taking taxi in the street always ask for a receipt ahead, check if they switch on the taximeter and say some word in Czech. The fare must be marked in the car. Usual prices: 1 km – 25 CZK, from airport to hotel 600 CZK, from hotel to Prague Castle 250-350 CZK.
Mafia Taxi "Official"
taxis line up just outside the arrivals terminal. These late-model Volkswagens marked "Airport" on their roofs are part of a taxicab Mafia that "somehow" won the exclusive right to overcharge incoming travellers. It's a comfortable ride that takes about 20 minutes and costs 700-800 Kc to the city centre.
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.
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.
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