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Watch out for rip off taxis

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Watch out for rip off taxis

I got a airport taxi . The driver quote 25 Costa Rica dollar to my hotel Residence Inn Escarz.

When I ask for the price in US dollar he stated it would be $40.00 .

I ask the hotel front desk how much it should have been and they stated $25.00 US.

So be sure you know how much the ride is

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1. Re: Watch out for rip off taxis

You should always ask for the "maria" meter to be switched on beside it keeps the driver honest!

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2. Re: Watch out for rip off taxis

Airport taxis are pretty heavily regulated and the driver definitely should have used the meter. Sorry this was your first experience in Costa Rica, inthegarden! It gets better..........

By the way, 25 Costa Rican dollars just doesn't exist. You were definitely scammed! 25 Costa Rican colones would be...... mere cents.

And yes, the correct fare to most places in San Jose is $25 -- $30 at most. Stand your ground and don't pay more than you should!

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25000 costa rica

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4. Re: Watch out for rip off taxis

So confusing! Much numbers........

25,000 colones is about $50

$40 US is about 20,000 colones

$25 is about 12,500 colones.

Still...... sorry you were ripped off. Good warning.

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Yes, good warning.

was he an official orange cab? they are by law supposed to use the meter. So when you climb into the cab, do as sonny says

Point at the metre and say. La maria...

last time i was in CR we took a cab for a short distance from the Coca Cola to the hotel. I did not, although i know better bother to tell him to put on the meter. We got to where we were going which was less than 15 blocks and he asked for 3000 colones. I basically told him no and told him that it was the law to use the meter. he gave me a story that his meter was broken... I climbed out of the cab, made sure he saw me stare at the yellow triangle with his cab number as if i was making a note of it to report him. I handed him 2000 colones, which probably was still more than that specific journey would have cost by the meter. he took it, said nothing and drove off. I know that the difference was only equal to 2 bucks but it was the principal and i guess i wanted him to know that he can't always get away with his behaviour.

Though many of the drivers in San Jose (and anywhere for that matter) are honest, there will always be those few who try to take advantage of tourists etc. Tired from their journeys and eager to get the first cab they see to get to their destination. but as hattie says, stand your ground.

i must say it was nicer in the old days when there was a fixed rate from the airport and he paid before and got a receipt.

Raquel

Edited: 3:39 pm, February 13, 2014
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7. Re: Watch out for rip off taxis

There used to be a booth where you tell them your destination and pay based on that and give the receipt to a driver----- but no more.

Just like any airport all over the world -- you go with the next driver in line.

Actually, as you exit the terminal a nice gentleman will ask you if you need a taxi and if you say "yes" then he will "escort" you to the next waiting taxi.

To the center of Alajuela is 2500-3000 colones.

Edited: 7:07 am, February 14, 2014
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Well, it's not really like 'any airport in the world' as many have systems set up for channelling passengers into authorised taxis (Bangkok springs to mind).

Still a very confusing OP though, no idea what was really 'quoted' and in what currency.

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9. Re: Watch out for rip off taxis

Also, it is clear from your earlier thread that you already knew it would $25?

tripadvisor.co.uk/…55480783

............?

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10. Re: Watch out for rip off taxis

Every international (including the US) airport I have been to has an area where you wait or queue for the "next available taxi." Some of these are official airport taxis..... some not. And there is often a guy there, "directing" the whole operation.