The worst thing about this con is how stupid I feel. I've taken taxis in dozens of countries, I know not to to take unregulated cars, I'd read the warnings about Tallinn in particular... and I still got suckered. Badly.
I had arrived in Tallinn off an evening ferry from Helsinki and, tired, made straight for the taxi rank and got in the first available car. The first sign that things weren't what they should have been was that the guy hadn't heard of our hotel and was a little aggressive about it. The second was the terrible driving - speeding, crazy manoeuvring and swerving which was initially amusing and within minutes actually terrifying. I have never really been concerned that I might not be getting out of a car alive before.
Thrilled to get out of the car, being stung for 25 euros was just the final shock. It had cost us to 6 euros to do the journey the other way earlier that day.
I don't think there's anything especially unique about this tip, but it's worth adding another story if it might stop someone else being ripped off. Please, please be alert! This was not just a rip-off, but really quite a scary experience and I'm just glad I wasn't alone because it would then have been downright terrifying.
Taxi company have different fares, be sure to chose TALLINK taxis to get honest prices!
On our first day in Tallinn, we chose the first available taxi outside the hotel, and paid 33€ to go to the office. We asked our colleagues, and they told us we paid 3 times the correct fare!
The suggest to call Tallink taxis, and in fact we paid 10€ for the same distance!
In many countries the taxi mafia is active,
If they see a tourist they see the dollars and try to cheat you.
So don't be naiv, Get a feeling for the right price by asking other people.
Always ask for the price before you get off.
Always look what the driver does if he uses the taxameter.
If you drive by day be sure that he doesn't use the night tarif.
Be careful that the taxameter is not tuned.
Unique Suggestions Get out if you have a bad driver
Fun Alternatives Use the taxi only if it is absolutely necessary.
Use only official taxis
the taxis in tallinn vary greatly in price,they all have the prices for starting and then per km in the windows so have a good look before getting in! If you arrive at the airport then you,re not going to have much choice,usually its Tulika,which is one of the more expensive firms,but if you just want to get to town then buy a bus ticket at the kiosk in the airport ,10eek, i,ve heard of people paying 200eek just to get into town! Reliable cheaper firms like Reval,and Ir are much cheaper plus they dont give you a tour of the city! Avoid dodgy looking old mercedes as these usually have the meter on fast forward!