Taxi Drivers, Prague
Taxis! Unfortunately, there are plenty of dishonest taxi drivers in Prague. The best general advice is to never pick a taxi that stands still in the street somewhere waiting for a customer (if they just sit and wait, they are likely the ones that make up for infrequent customers by ripping off the ones they do get). Instead, always pick one of them that cruises by you in the street with their sign lighted up. Always make sure that the meter is started when you roll away, and check that the price isn't ticking away too rapidly. Depending on the length of your trip, a downtown ride should never cost more than, say, 80-200 Czech crowns, otherwise you are being ripped off.
Taxis.... The taxi drivers can be very aggresive, some of them got gun in their cars and electric chairs at the passangers seat.... if people do not want to pay..
If you have to take a taxi make sure you agree on a price before you start to drive. The taxis should have the takstameter on...
Never take a Taxi.
We negotiated a price to\from the airport and that worked out OK, but beware, another taxi we caught was on the meter and it was like £30 for 5min journey across town. As most people say, avoid taxis if you can!
Be careful when taking TAXI - these guys are really bad and when they see that you're not from Prague, they'll give you higher price!! It'll much more better to ride public transport or your own car. TAXI drivers have sometimes a litlle machine which disconnect taxameter from energy source so it doesn't count kilometers properly and you pay 2 - 4 times more than you had originally pay!! TAXI drivers also sometimes choose longer way so you go 'tour' around Prague and you pay a lot of money.
Do not take a taxi unless you have called ahead by phone, have had a Czech call for you, or are traveling with someone who speaks Czech. The cab drivers will take you for a ride in more ways than one. But the prices they charge locals is much different. Definitely NEVER take a taxi that is waiting in front of a tourist area. They are the WORST.
Taxi drivers will rip you off big-time from the airport. You might not be able to help that on the way into Prague but on the way back to the airport, ask a friendly bar man that speaks Czech to order you a cab.
Try to always fix a price with taxi drivers. Never take a taxi directly from Wenceslas Square. A typical 5 min taxi ride downtown ranges from 150-500Kc depending on you ! Many restaurants and hotels pay commission taxidrivers. Be aware of that and try to find a taxi yourself. Don't forget that the Metro and Tram System in Prague is good and inexpensive.
It said in the rough guide to negotiate taxi fares before starting your journey - believe me this is definately advisable - most of the taxis' are owned by the Russian Mafia (this is also in the rough guide) and they have been known to get quite agressive with tourists. Whilst i was there an american lady was attcaked by a driver because she refused the high fares - this was something that the government were looking into and may well be resolved now - but be warned!!!!
ENGLISH VERSION Avoid TAXIS everywhere in Prague, the price may often be much higher than expected ...
VERSION FRANCAISE Evitez les TAXIS à partout à Prague, vous pourriez souvent payer bien plus que prévu ...
If you need a taxi, either use your hotel's transportation or call for AAA Taxi Company (it's number is 33113311). If, by any chance, you take a taxi from a taxi station, always ask the driver (before getting in) where the place you need to go is; if you know where it is and you need a taxi, always ask how much it will cost - don't be tempted to go by meter (they can drive through a lot of little streets and charge a lot of money from you just to bring you to the other side of the street where you are).
NEVER ever take a taxi from Vaclavske square, Staromestke square (Oldtown square) or the Central train Station. Cabs that are allowed to stand on such places belong to mafia (Russian or Bulgarian) and cabdrives will rip you off badly. When necessary walk couple of hundreds meters in any direction and take taxi from there.
Always book taxis through your hotel or a recognised tourist agency like Cedok. You could just catch the numerous trams.
Always discuss the price with the taxi drivers before going anywhere! A friend of mine had to pay about 900 crowns alone instead of 500 we payed in 4 persons.