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Beware of Ripoff Taxis
Unlike other cities, there is no set fare tariff in Tallinn and taxi companies are free to charge different fares. While there are a number of reputable taxi companies offering cheap rides and good service, such legal situation has also sprouted a number of shady taxis which prey on tourist inattentiveness to (legally) charge outrageous fares, relying on the hope that their client doesn't pay attention to the rate sheet before using their service.
This is likely to cause concern to tourists, as a quite a number of taxis waiting around touristy areas are the dishonest type.
"Tallinn Takso" is a Scam
There is no such company as "Tallinn Takso". Such pair of words is not trademarked, which has caused a number of shady taxis to form a scam conglomerate of sorts under the "Tallinn Takso" banner. That name can sound superficially official to tourists, and of course they like to hang out at spots that tourists may frequent, but using them means 100% certainty of getting ripped off at 3€/km or more. Do not use them!
Further complicating things, a number of such "Tallinn Takso" tourist traps also try mimicing themselves after similarly named, but legitimate Tallink Takso or Tallinna Takso cabs, by painting their cars in the same yellow or black, and sporting a similarly styled logo. An easy way to tell them apart is that the scammy taxis never advertise a short phone number.
A Guide To Proper Taxi Companies
1) "A-list" companies that use an uniform car park and rent exclusive taxi spot slots. They are more expensive, but the chances of being cheated by them is also minimal.
|Name of company|
|Fare tariff in Euros (nightly)||Notes |
| Tulika Takso||(+372) 1200|| 2.88 + 0.55/km (0.70/km)||White Opels, Toyotas and Skodas with TUL license plates|
| Tallink Takso||(+372) 1921||3.20 + 0.77/km (0.88/km)||Yellow Audis, Mercs and Skoda Superbs|
aka Tallinna Takso
or (+372) 1555
| 3.60 + 0.69/km (0.88/km)|| Black Mercs|
2) "B-list" companies which don't, as a rule, have an uniform car park, but rather operate by selling their franchise to drivers. They are however real companies and operate a short phone number as well as web presence, which shows commitment. Chances of getting ripped off by any of these are small.
|Name of company || Phone number|| Fare tariff in Euros||Notes |
|ETX Takso||(+372) 1700||2.90 + 0.55/km (0.70/km)|
| Krooni Takso|| (+372) 1212|| 2.50 + 0.42/km (0.48/km)|
| Reval Takso|| (+372) 1207|| 2.50 + 0.45/km (0.45/km)|
| Saksa Takso|| (+372) 1316||2.17 + 0.39/km (0.39/km)|
| Sõbra Takso|| (+372) 1714||2.50 + 0.42/km (0.48/km)|
|Takso 24|| (+372) 1224||2.50 + 0.44/km (0.44/km)||value option of Tallink Takso, run Toyota Corollas|
3) "C-list" companies which may very well be honest and cheap, but don't operate a phone number and/or web presence, thus not showing the same commitment and cannot as a rule of thumb be recommended for tourists. Use at your own risk.
Getting around by rental car
If you do not trust taxis or just prefer to drive by your own, take a rental car. There are several different choices to take a car. It would be easy to take a car from the airport or harbour. There are several choices of rental cars - Autocar, ABC rent, Baltic car, Hansarent and so on...
By rental car it would be possible to take a day tour by yourself or take a private guide with you to the countryside. If you have planned to see all three Baltic states, then it will be the best choice to take rental car from Tallinn, go through Latvia to Lithuania and leave car to Vilnius, takeing plane home from there.
How to avoid getting ripped off: