Tips about taxis in Athens

Many taxis drivers are nice and honest, however there are some who try to abuse the tourists, therefore, read the following guidelines:

1) When flagging a taxi in the street, always go with the price written on the taxi meter and never make up a price in advance. If you try to make up the price, they will see you as a foreigner and overcharge you. (Exception is to and from the airport, which has a flat fee)

2) The taxi meter has a place indicating the tariff: 1 or 2. This should be tariff 1 during the day and tariff 2 after midnight up to 5:00 in the morning. Tariff 2 is more expensive. Make sure the tariff is 1 during the day in order not to be overcharged.

3) Additional charges may apply if you have lots of luggage or you are travelling to ports. There is also an extra charge if you have ordered a cab through the phone or you have an appointment at a specific date/hour.

4) It is a good idea to have an approximate idea of how long and how much the ride should be to your destination. Ask a local if you can.

5) In case you feel you are being overcharged, insist on getting a receipt and taking down the plate number of the taxi. You can also appeal to the tourist police by calling 171. In most cases, the taxi driver will back off.

6) In most places it is easy to just flag a taxi off the side of the road, but it helps to know in which direction you are heading, because taxi drivers are reluctant to make u-turns. There are also several taxi waiting stations in Syntagma Square, Monastiraki Square, Omonia Square. You can also order a taxi by phone by calling 18300 or another number (see list) http://www.athenstaxi.info/athens-radio-taxi.html : be prepared to give your location. Remember there is an extra charge if you order the taxi.

7) Beware of the following taxi scam: When you pay with a 50 euros bill, the driver quickly exchanges it for a 10 euros bill and shows the latter to you, making you think you got mixed up, and getting you to pay extra.

8) If you want to have a totally hassle-free taxi experience, just call in advance Zak Sousis, who is a member of the community, speaks English and he will get you wherever you wish in the city and beyond. Contact him: (30) 693 727 4548 or zakori@otenet.gr