Taking a Taxi in Prague

Getting around Prague by public transportation is easy and convenient and you may never need to use a taxi. Taking a taxi is a good idea when you are traveling with a lot of luggage, it is freezing cold, you need to get to a distant part of Prague, or you need to travel at night when the subway isn't running and the trams and buses run less frequently.

Prague Taxi Stand
Unfortunately for Prague, its taxi drivers have become a scar on its reputation for overcharging and dishonesty. Based on a July 2012 undercover test, only one out of five Prague taxi drivers took the correct route from point A to point B, charged the correct amount, and printed a receipt. These were all taxis taken on the street, not booked over the phone. There are fortunately a number of reputable Prague taxi companies that you can rely on for good service and fair rates.

Here are some tips that might save you headaches and a few hundred crowns:

• Don't get into a taxi that is parked in front of the train station or at a tourist  site. These are often waiting for unsuspecting tourists and are known to charge rates several times higher.

• If you need to catch a taxi on the street, make sure it is a real, registered taxi. The yellow roof lamp must be permanently installed and must say TAXI in black letters on both sides. The driver's name, license number and rates should be printed on both front doors.

Prague Taxis• Try to find out beforehand how much your ride should cost. If you're stopping a taxi on the street, you can ask the driver before getting in and even pay in advance if the amount sounds reasonable. If you're ordering a taxi by phone, which is always a good idea, you can get a price estimate or even the exact fare from the dispatcher.

• Once in the car, make sure that the rate on the taximeter corresponds to the price list posted in the car. If it doesn't, bring it to the driver's attention or have him stop the car, so you can get off.

• The driver should offer a printed receipt. If he doesn't, you have the right to request one or refuse to pay the fare.

• Be smart and order a taxi by phone from one of these reliable and courteous taxi companies:

--AAA Radiotaxi - tel. 14 0 14 or 222 333 222, www.aaa-taxi.cz
- City Taxi - tel. 257 257 257, www.citytaxi.cz
Profi Taxi - tel. 14 0 15, www.profitaxi.cz
- Halotaxi - tel. 2 4411 4411, www.halotaxi.cz
- Sedop - tel. 777 666 333, www.sedop.cz

AAA Radiotaxi