In Amman cab drivers asks you more money than the taximeter shows. They try to not switch it on. If they dont switch it on, point at taximeter.
BTW always get the green labelled cabs. These are the official and secure cabs. (shown by photo)
Unique Suggestions: In Amman 4JD is OK for distances. Do not pay more than 4 JD.
Fun Alternatives: Just give 4 JD and leave the cab. Thats all...
These guys will spot tourists and offer you a low flat fee. I had all my bags with me from abdali bus station.
After we agreed on the price , he travelled for about 2 kilometers then he quadripelled the price. When i refused , he stop the taxi on a busy road and said he can't continue .
We eventually negotiated a lower price but not the initial one)).
I was very angry
Unique Suggestions: You can get out anywhere with your bags , I didn't realise this at the time.
Its a very safe town
Fun Alternatives: Use the yellow taxis with Meters.
Ensure the driver resets it , it should read 0.150 dinar when you get in.
If taking a taxi to the shops, set a price before you leave. Most taxi drivers will wait while you shop. We used the same taxi driver everyday. We organised him to pick us up from the hotel for our daily attractions and take us to the airport. Most will discuss prices with you.
We took two separate taxi rides over a two day period. In both cases, they worked hard to take us for a ride. They are at leasat as creative of LA hustlers or taxi drivers in Rio. There are no meters and they have all the tricks. Where is Rudy Juliani and his quality of life campaign for Amman?
When you attempt to negotiate a fare, their English fails. At the end of the ride they quote a price and then want a tip claiming they have to turn the entire price into their taxi company. Since they do not report in or otherwise keep track of the trip, that is a total ruse. They only take cash, but US currency is OK. The buses take only local currency.
Fun Alternatives: Attempt to get an Arabic speaker to negotiate a taxi fare, but that will be difficult in the hub-bub of the airport.
Okay... you have to always watch out for things such as filling up petrol. Always get out of the car, or at least keep your eye on the petrol pump indicators. Sometimes they aren't started at zero dinars (the currency there). They might start it off at about 2 dinars and you will have to pay the extra money.
Always check the price of everything you buy and then compare it to the bill. You can never be too sure
Not a tourist trap per se, but be aware that there are other alternatives to renting a car from Petra Moon Travel Agency in Amman Jordan. Some cabbies are work for hotels as cabs for hire. It is much less expensive to hire a cab for the day than a "private" car with driver. Ask you hotel to get in touch with their personnel.
Fun Alternatives: see above.
When you take taxi drivers make sure the meter is ON or have fixed price,
I took a taxi at after mid-night and the driver claimed that at night the meters are not used.and the price he asked for was very high.
I told a local about this he said If in any case you feel that the taxi driver is cheating you or giving you hard time just ask for the police and he will be like a pod in your hands...
I did the same in Istanbul they are scared for the police and because they may lose their job..
Unique Suggestions: be assertive,blackmail by police,be confident
The taxi drivr in Jordan always want more and more,the price from the airport to the city centre is 15 Dinar,Taxi drivers may ask 20 to 25.
I will advice to agree on fixed price before gettin in the taxi.
Unique Suggestions: fixed price ask more than one taxi driver ..
Fun Alternatives: fixed price,ask more than one taxi driver..
The worst Travel Company ever. I sent my wife and Daughter and another family friends on one of Titanic trips to Istanbul, where they were promised that there is 1) Hotel shuttle to and from downtown, 2) hotel staff that speak both Arabic and English. 3) a guide that will check on them to ease their trip. Here's what they got 1) their friends room on the 7th floor, while their room on the 16th floor 2) NO one "not one person" in the hotel speaks neither English nor Arabic. 3) there is no shuttle 4) No one explained to them the transportation, such as to buy a Metro ticket for they day, so they ended up paying for transportation through the nose "very expensive taxis" "verus the shuttle they were promised but never got". 5)they were forced to check out the last day at 12 noon, while their flight at 8 PM, where they have to manage for themselves. It is very unfortunate that there is no government office or ministry that can reprimand or punish such unethical Company. As long as Companies such as Titanic can operate freely in Jordan, you can never expect Jordan's Tourism economy to ever see the proper light. AVOID Titanic, and if you choose another Tour Company make sure you get their promises in writing as they are all full of st, and there is no official entity to stop them.
I will take this up with the Ministry of tourism even though I expect their response to be just as negative as Titanic themselves.
Unique Suggestions: If you happen to fall for any of the many traps, make sure to complain to the Ministry of Tourism, in the hope that maybe one of these days they will do their Job, and punish such individuals and or Companies that abuse tourism, and maybe, just maybe tourism in Jordan will see the proper light, and Tourists as well as locals can enjoy site seeing without looking over their shoulder.