By: International Studies Abroad
Posted on: Spain, Transportation
In Madrid, taxi drivers are known to overcharge foreigners, sometimes charging up to 3 or 4 times the amount that they should. Be on alert! Make sure the car displays the name of the company and that the car has an official meter.
Many people use their personal automobiles, and may even have a meter, but these 'independent' drivers are not the safest way to travel. Before you get into the car, you should tell the driver where you want to go to make sure they know how to get there. It is common to agree on a rate, but most will charge by the meter. If you find a taxi driver that you like from a reputable company, ask for his card. The next time you need a taxi, call ahead and request the same driver.
It may be more expensive than you think to travel by taxi on a daily basis. Most foreign countries have excellent public transportation. If traveling by day and you're not in a hurry, it is definitely worth it to walk or take the bus.
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