Around 1 pm, June 26, we hailed a yellow taxi, late model Mercedes C200 CDI, license number TAB 6180. We had just arrived in Piraeus about an hour late due to a delayed ferry. As I hailed the cab, I was holding my small dog in a satchel. My husband was by my side with our other small dog also in a pet carrier. We asked the taxi driver if he could take us to a specific auto dealership in Glyfada with whom we had a noon appointment. At the outset, we showed him the written address and inquired about trip duration and fees. He said it would take about 20-30 minutes and would cost a corresponding amount. We agreed as we were pressed for time to salvage our noon appointment. Once we were in the cab, he said, "You've got dogs! Put them on the floor. I have to charge you 10 euros more. It's against the law to have dogs in taxi." We did, although surprised he didn't mention this pet surcharge when he saw our dogs at the outset. After about 10 minutes of his personal questions as he is weaving his way through traffic jams --- where are you from? Why are you going to a car dealer?, I notice the meter wasn't running. I asked him to turn on the meter. He asks why? I said, that's the only way I will know we are being charged correctly. He said, don't worry about it. I will tell you what it is. I don't want to report this trip because the Greek government is bad and they are the reason my wife lost her job. At the same time, my husband who has been to this car dealership before starts questioning him about his circuitous route. Why aren't you on the main road, Poseidonas Avenue? Why are we on these slow side streets? He says our destination on Vouliagmeni Avenue is further north of Poseidonas Ave. About 20 minutes into the trip, he turns back on the main road and we reach our destination. I said to my husband, when you pay him, I will take a photo of his license plate. As I am snapping a photo, he says, what are you doing? You are not going to cause me problems are you? I have small children. My husband asked, how much? To which he replied, pay what you want. We paid 35 euros. On the return to the port, we rode with another taxi driver. With tip, we paid 20 euros and no "pet laws" were mentioned or broken. I will pursue this further by filing a complaint with the tourist police and I will call again the taxi union.
Unique Suggestions: Clearly we should have demanded he turn on the meter. Clearly, we should have threatened him with reporting him to the authorities. Clearly, we should have had our wits about us, irrespective of how late we were to our appointment. And, we should have "smelled a rat" about the legality of pets in a taxi, because there is no law, albeit it can be the driver's rules. We felt he held us hostage and we behaved as though we were. That's our mistake. Never cower again. By the way, I do speak Greek, as I am a Greek American. Funny, that we were exploited as much as we were!
I took a taxi on May 29 2015 from the airport to the hotel. The fix fair is 35 euro. I prepared a banknote of 20 and tree 5 for the Mercedes taxi driver. I handed him over when we arrived. He switched the 20 with another 5 and showed me that I gave him only 20. I should have called the police but in the confusion he got from me another 15 euros.
Anyway I learned a trick for 15 euros which others can avoid.
To put it bluntly they are ba#%$^%&'s
Rude, over bearing, arrogant, and out to prise every cent out of you they can.
Unique Suggestions: I found it best by far to NOT ask a price or bargin, but just to get in and get the meter going. FAR CHEAPER
I think that it will be unfair to say that all taxi drivers in Athens try to rip every tourist they see but I have to admit that I have heard hundreds of stories from people about it. Always ask for receipt or if you think that the total fare is too high don’t pay him, take his plate number or call the tourist police (num: 171-- 210 6977386)
My name is John and I am professional taxi driver and owner of a taxi in Athens from almost 23 years.My father was the owner of the taxi from 1971 and when he retired I was start to working in his cub.They are not all the taxi drivers as they describe the most of the writers in the tips.We are about 5-6 professional drivers with their own websites and we try to keep our services in a high standards so if the tourists they want something reliable and with a good service,with a luxury Mercedes taxis it is worth to pay 10 Euros extra for a transfer from the Airport to the city of Athens compare to a regular taxi.They are also many other drivers who they working in the roads honest and they try to live their families working at least 12-14 hours a day.Why the writers they would not say about the pick pockets who they are in the metro and in all the other public transportation?Why the writers they would not say how many of the tourists they lost their money and their passports and they have to waiting without to do anything to get a new passports from their embassies? How many of these tourists they have a bad experience to lose everything and also to lose their vacations waiting for a new passport or try to make phone calls to cancel their credit cards.I would like the writers to be more honest and describe the truth about the public transportation in Greece.In Greece they have an expression who says "the fingers of the hand they are not all of them the same"so this expression can make you to think what this meaning.They are a very small number of a taxi drivers who they try to cheat the tourists so try to avoid them or tell them you will call to the Police.It will be better for you to use reliable companies and taxi drivers in Athens for your transportation.Also our Taxi Owners Union(SATA) if you report a driver they will punish him and they can get his taxi licences so he can not work from 1-6 months.
P.S If there are any questions I will be happy to answer them.
My e-mail address is email@example.com
There are a dozens of Taxis waiting to take you into Athens..and all at an unbelievably big cost. If you just walk past them and head off like you intend to walk (which you probably never would do!) at least three of them will come up to you with a much lower fare. All five of us rode into Athens for what was the surcharge per person on other fares!
Unique Suggestions: The alternative is taking the metro. It was great. It is a few blocks from port and the people on the train were delightful. We did not figure out metro until after we got to Athens. You come out of cruise port, take a left on main bridge and follow signs. keep walking it will show up on the right!
Ok...here is the deal, most taxi drivers are honest...Unfortunately a few of them spoil the name of the rest.
So before you take a cab here are a few tips...
1) Taxis from Athens International Airport are expensive because of the fact that airport is about 30 km away from Athens. You should expect to pay between 30 and 50 Euros.
2) Always be aware of the taxi meter. NEVER accept to go anywhere without the taxi meter on.
3) Somewhere at the taxi meter there should be an indication say: Tariff. This should be 1 during the day and 2 after midnight up to 5 in the morning. Double tariff means more money. You may also pay double tariff when you are travelling outside Athens boundaries even during the day.
4) Additional charges may apply if you have lots of luggages or you are travelling to ports or if you have called a cab at the phone or you have an appointment at a specific date/hour.
Bear in mind that taxis in Athens and in Greece in general are cheaper than to most western european countries. so if NEVER pay hundreds of euros unless you are travelling a few hundred kilometres away by taxi!!!
Unique Suggestions: It would be good to ask a local how much you are expected to pay to go from one place to another.
Fun Alternatives: There are plenty of other choices. You may use the metro that it is cheap or buses. I believe that metro is the best alternative from Athens airport to the center of Athens to the port of Piraeus as it is much cheaper.
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CASE 1. YOU ARE FROM GREECE. Try not to look like tourist. The taxi drivers can smell it. If you hear the question 'Do you want to go from this way or from that way ?'. They just try to find out if you are out of city. One good answer is this 'The faster one'. (It doesn't work all times but....). An offensive way is to talk to him about an event which happened in Athens one or two days before. Try to make him beleive you live there. (Not so easy)........................................................................... .............. CASE 2. YOU ARE FROM OTHER COUNTRY. Suppose you caught it from the airport. Don't even try CASE 1. It doesn't matter if you try to be friendly or not. If he is a 'bad' one, the taxi counter will be already wrong. There are only a few cases that you have to pay more than 30-50 Euros. DON'T even think to pay more than 100. Call police.......................................................................... .......... ....................... BOTH OF THE CASES. Try to study on an Athens map, before you go there, and try to remember a few avenue's names. NEVER hold a paper with an address on it and just give it to the taxi driver. This address could be just next to the corner, but you may have a 'tour' around Athens!!!
Not all taxi drivers are ruthless and dishonest, but unfortunately there are those that smear the names of the rest of them. I had this unfortunate incident using a taxi from Pireous to my hotel after arriving by ferry from Rhodos. Most beautiful taxi driver and pleasant to talk to , but my oh my overcharged me deluxe.
Taxi drivers in Athens are basically hustlers. They will try to
rush you into the vehicle then make small talk so you think
they are being nice, then rip you off when you arrive. My
best advice is to ALWAYS agree on a price BEFORE you get
into the car!!! Even if there is a sign posted (as there is in
Pireaus) with prices...they will try to tell you any excuse to
add more...traffic, etc. If they try to argue with you, stand
firm on the agreed price. If they persist, get out a piece of
paper and write down their cab # and license plate # then
threaten to call the authorities. He will then jump into his
car and drive away! ps--they don't do this to other Greeks.
Fun Alternatives: The new metro is awesome. The bus system is very good. If you absolutely
have to take a cab, agree on the price first! If going to Pireaus from the
airport do not pay more than 30 Euros. By European standards Greek
Taxis are still cheap, but be careful!
My party of 8 and myself arrived in Syntagma Square late at night but before midnight, and despite knowing the city centre pretty well got ripped off in the following way. We needed 2 taxis and the fare quoted seemed reasonable as we didn't know the location of our hotel. It seemed to take us ages and we felt we had travelled miles!!!l We paid the fare despite the 2 taxis charging us different prices. The next day I realised where we actually were. We had travelled from Syntagma to our hotel a distance of about 2kilometres. The previous night it took us at least 30 minutes of driving to get to the same place. Be warned and do your research. I thought I had Paul B
Its is very important to know the approximate Taxi fare before taking a taxi. Some of the Taxi meters are rigger and will show you a fare thrice the normal fare. I have this strange situation where I paid 12 Euros on the way to a restaurant and on the way bay the meter showed 29 Euros.
I Argued with the taxi driver who did not relent, then I paid him the fare and began to note his Taxi number & licence, that when he realized he will be in trouble so he just returned the extra fare and vanished quickly.
Unique Suggestions: Know the Map route and Approx fare so that you don't get ripped off.
Fun Alternatives: Use the Metro as far as possible, its a safe and cheap alternative.
I learned the hard way on this. But if you are coming in from a fery into Pireaus, do not pay more that 10 euro for a trip to Athens. I ended up paying 30 and my Hotel told be I got ripped. There are plenty of taxis waiting, so dont take one until they tell you they will do it for 10 euros.
Fun Alternatives: Take the Metro. We got in at 2am, and the Metro closes at 1am. So we had to take a taxi. The metro will cost you about 1.60 euros and is about a 15 minute ride. Do this also for the airport.
Look, while there's almost no way of avoiding this, it's good to know. If you are a tourist, taxi drivers will almost always do the famous thing of taking "the long way" to any destination.
Unique Suggestions: A good thing to do, is ask a Greek person if you konw one how much it should generally be to get somewhere. And then the second you sit in the cab, just say "we will not pay you more than 5 euros to go here" or something. He might just ask you to get out of the cab, but it might work.
Fun Alternatives: Take the bus and metro as much as possible, it's a fixed priced, maybe not as quick but at least you know you're not being ripped off.
unless you like long rides dont worry bout this trap...
taxi drivers try to squeeze every penny out of you.... they like to drive around in circles and give their customers tours around athens.
Unique Suggestions: if you have to get a taxi make sure you know exactly where you're going, theres alot of us that would like to help you so just ask around... we may even suggest you another alternative instead of a taxi if its possible!
Fun Alternatives: if you're in syndagma and say you want to go to the beach there are at least 5 to 8 buses that do so!
the tram starts from syndagma and ends in glyfada... its 45mins but its not a bad ride, its new and comfy!
theres the metro line thats connected with the train and the tram, buses with unlimited routes.