Bangalore Tourist Traps

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    AutoRickshaw- Go by the meter

    by geetamallya Written Feb 2, 2010

    Autorickshaws are supposed to follow the charges as per their meter. So do not go by the price they quote. In most cases for non-residents they quote twice or more the actual rates.

    After 9:30 PM or before 6:00 AM, the autorickshaw charges are 1.5 times the meter charges. This is as per the rule.

    Unique Suggestions: If you are in a situation where you are not getting another auto and he is charging more. Try bargaining.

    Fun Alternatives: Book a city taxi.

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    Transport from Airport

    by abi_maha Written Feb 4, 2009

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    There will be plenty of taxi and auto drivers at the new airport who will try and entice you into taking their service just say no thanks and carry on to the BMTC volvo bus stand- there's one to every corner of the city, board the one that takes you to your destination, the maps are all displayed there for your ready reference

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    Auto drivers asking a rate for the ride

    by abi_maha Written Feb 4, 2009

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    Do not encourage auto drivers to specify a fixedr ate for a ride from anywhere to anywhere! They are supposed to charge as per meter reading only. What shows on the meter is what you give them, no addition, subtraction or multiplication factored in. A minimum of Rs 14 for 2 kms and Rs 7 for every km afterward.

    Unique Suggestions: If not go to prepaid counters i the railway station or at Forum in Koramangala or at MG Road

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    Organise someone to pick you up from the airport!!

    by Doggins Updated Feb 10, 2008

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    The most valuable advice I learned from VT before I went on the trip, is (and especially if you're visiting a foreign country for the first time) you MUST be careful and prepared when you land at Bangalore airport... When you plan your trip make sure you organise with your accomodation an airport transfer so someone meets you at the airport.

    Unique Suggestions: If this isn't possible I believe there is a booking office for prepaid taxis INSIDE the airport, do not walk out of the airport with no transportation organised

    Even if you do have transport organised, dont let anyone take your bags or try to persuade you to go with them...... when you get to the exit be prepared to see a LOT of people holding signs... Hopefully your arranged pickup is there waiting for you :)

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    Dont get into a conversation with hagglers

    by Doggins Written Feb 9, 2008

    If someone comes up to you trying to sell you something, and you're not interested, don't feel like you need to smile and be polite and say "no thanks" or make excuses as to why you're not interested... In other words dont get into any sort of conversation with them at all. Normally I'm the nicest person to everyone, but this just wont work with hagglers.

    Unique Suggestions: You need to be abrupt and say NO, use a bit of body language, and they will leave you alone

    Fun Alternatives: RUN

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    You WILL get ripped off by all auto drivers

    by Doggins Updated Feb 9, 2008

    If you look like a foreigner, you will be over charged for everything. Especially with auto-rickshaws... Try and get them to use the meter, or work out a fare before you get in the auto.

    Some of the time they will try to get you to pay double the meter... If this bothers you simply walk away and find someone else

    Unique Suggestions: Ask a local (eg someone at the reception of your hotel) how much the fare should be to your destination so you have an idea prior to your trip

    Fun Alternatives: Catch the bus (although I would personally recommend paying an inflated price for an auto than traveling on the council buses) but the bus the fare is always fair

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    Taxi scam in the airport

    by markrabinovich Updated Oct 28, 2007

    After leaving arrival hall of the Bangalore airport your will be immediatelly approached by a number of "taxi" fellows (as in many other airports of the world). One of them, more smart then others on a question "how much", answers "usual tarif". If you are as silly as me to believe him he will show you (later on) a very carefully prepared price list with very high tarifs. It cost me Rp 450 to get to a centraly located hotel. To be honest, this is not 10 times higher then usual prices, but less then twice as.

    Fun Alternatives: 1) If you manage to bypass this queue of "taxes" there is an official taxi booth at the very end of the airport court. You will probably find better prices there.

    2) further on you can find 3-weels on the street for less then Rp 50 (see the photo)

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    Taxi's outside the terminal

    by June.b Written Oct 9, 2006

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    Upon getting out of the immigration & customs for baggages at Bangalore airport - in case you don't have anyone picking you up - and you want to get a taxi, go immediately for the queue for the prepaid taxi. It's just right before (on your left) you exit the terminal gate.

    If you miss that or you think that you might get a better deal from the taxis outside the terminal.... forget it. You won't!

    The men waiting outside the terminal asking you if you need taxi are actually and mostly not taxi drivers, instead they will ask you to wait at the parking lot or somewhere near and they will look for a taxi who would agree to their price and pass it on to you.

    Cost will be a lot more than the prepaid taxis. I almost fell into this.

    Unique Suggestions: So particularly for first-timers in Bangalore... take the prepaid taxis, they're reasonably priced, safe and fast.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Road Trip
    • Backpacking

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    Beware of custom

    by lmlaw75 Written Oct 8, 2006

    I've taken laptops which one for work, another one for personal. Custom official claimed that we are only allowed to take one laptop (even it is so called IT city in India) and they want to tax me for USD300 for my 3 year-old laptop!

    The official took me to a room and ask me how much I can pay!!

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    Garuda Mall

    by cochinjew Written Oct 5, 2006

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    On the day of my departure, I was taken to this new MALL in the heart of Bangalore. Boy was I nauseated. The pretense, the announcers with their fake american (call centre accents or call girl accents as I would name them ), shops with improrted goods at exorbitant prices, all in all, mimicry beyond nausea.

    Unique Suggestions: Like all the great travel writers had written, this is yet another manifestation of what Indians think of Western way of living: along with McDonalds, KFC.
    No wonder 30 year old IT people are dying of heart attacks!

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    Auto Rikshaw Drivers

    by cochinjew Written Oct 5, 2006

    The rudest autorikshaw drivers or taxi drivers in the world are in INDIA. In fact, one of the questions asked in the quality of life survery: how often do you have bad experiences with AR or Taxi drivers. it was incredible to see that the answer was close to 30 per cent, regardless of the city: mumbai or delhi or calcutta or madras or bangalore. In fact the only bad experience i had on this 4 day stay in Bangalore was dealing with AR driver and the drunk Taxi driver on the night of my departure.
    They are rude ( some are very sweet as well, but the percentage holds, one in three are nice, one in three are extremely rude, the other is indifferent) to the point of being objectionable and disgusting

    Unique Suggestions: Dont go to India!
    if you are in india already, just pray to their Million Gods that one of them will protect you from these louts.
    Like the louts who sell drugs in front of roman catholic cathedrals in mexico and cross themselves facing the church whenever they do a drug deal, these scum of the earth also profess to be good Hindu and many of them have pictures of their deities or garlands hanging from their taxis and auto rikshaws

    Fun Alternatives: Try Burma.
    Regardless of the nausea the name Singapore evokes in me, I must say whenever i am in India I fondly think of the efficient taxi services of Singapore!

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    Autorickshaws a.k.a The Rippers

    by bharattraveller Written Aug 7, 2006

    Do take care than whenever you board one of these 3 wheelers, make sure they turn their meter on in front of your eyes.

    If they resist, do not hesitate to catch another one.. there are tons available.

    Fun Alternatives: Alternative would be a Taxi On Call. Remember that they are atleast 1.5 times the autorickshaw charge. There's always the City Bus but is uncomfortable for a descent ride. Do try the Local VOLVO services.

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    Auto Fares- Not ALL Autos

    by lavnya Written Feb 4, 2006

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    Autos can be a pain at times. I repeat, not ALL Autos are a pain.
    Many tend to ask you for higher fares than the meter reading.
    Do not encourage this unless you do not have an option.

    But some Auto guys are really helpful and very hones. So cross your fingers!!

    Unique Suggestions: Do not encourage paying extra unless you do not have an option.

    Fun Alternatives: City-Taxis

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Business Travel
    • Budget Travel

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    Cheap deals...

    by ChuckG Updated Dec 2, 2005

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    If someone very "generous" offer you to go on a shopping spree for good deals, make sure you know the price at home before...you might get bad surprises...not everything is cheap.

    Unique Suggestions: GO with a local who you can trust, he/she will make sure the prices are decent

    Fun Alternatives: Avoid the big stores, try Commercial Road or the little markets on the outskirt. Also, try to leave the baseball cap, the shorts and the big camera at the hotel...act as IF you have been in Bangalore for 30 months...that will help...

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Business Travel

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    Beware of the Taxi drivers

    by cochinjew Written Feb 25, 2005

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    It is better to get a pre paid taxi as you exit from the customs section of the dilapidated terminal in Bangalore. If you think you can save money by organizing your own transport you would soon find yourself swindled by experts who say that they have air condiioned cars with meters on it and you only pay for the meter.. you and your luggage are half way out of the terminal when you realize that this is not a taxi, there is no air conditioning and there is no meter and he produces a chart which shows exorbitant prices to your destination. you are tired and you let go.

    Unique Suggestions: Get a pre paid taxi. you pay for it before you leave the customs section. you fear and no worries and you get to your destination in comfort. Not only foreigners are subejcted to this scam, i saw indians also falling for it, more so because they think they can manage better.. but they are also cheated..

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