I converted to Uber and I m not going back to using taxis.
Here are a few reasons:
You can take Bus 783 into town, which stops underneath the arrivals hall (just follow the signs). This line leaves for the city centre (stopping at Piata Victoriei, Piata Romana, Piata Universitatii and the X Hostel Bucharest stop Piata Unirii) every 30 minutes during the day, and then every 40 minutes through the night. Purchase a Card from the little booth to the right hand side as you exit: there is an automatic ticket machine or a kiosk where you can interact with a human seller. A return journey is 9 lei for the Express bus (you can use your return at any later stage), and its a ticket just for this airport to city bus.
If you want a taxi find the right Taxi
One of the first warnings given to tourists in most countries is to not let taxis rip you off. Stepping out of the airport, this is one of the initial experiences of a country we encounter, so tired and sometimes over excited, we are oblivious to what is happening right in front of us as we ache to get to our destination. Basically we walk around with a big cash register on our head.
Bucharest is no exception to this rule and the taxi system is perhaps a little notorious for blatantly overcharging patrons. But we can take solace in that it’s not just foreigners they try to rip off. They will try it on with anyone, including locals. The funny thing is normally taxis are one of the cheapest and easiest ways to travel around the city…if you get it right. Here are a few hot tips to keeping your precious cash where it belongs, in YOUR wallet!
Fighting dodgy taxi drivers is Bucharest’s top tourist-related problem. It leaves a bad first/last impression when tourists get victimized right out of the airport or train station. The police take infringements seriously, but you must do your part by ordering them, or at least getting the number of taxi, and company (take a photo), or licence plate. You can’t report a taxi rip-off unless you can pinpoint exactly who it was.
Avoid the independents and head for the trusted established taxi company. Easier said than done, you moan. Here’s how to put the ‘spot the difference’ skills you learnt as a child to good use. Look for an emblazoned name and phone number of the company they are with. Some independents will try to do the same but with a keen eye, you’ll learn the difference. Look for about 1.39 or 1.40 lei per kilometer. Always ask if they give receipts first. If no, go on to the next one, or if you must get in, record the name of the company and taxi number. That way, if something goes wrong you can report it.
Reliable taxi firms are Meridian and Speed Taxi.
Ignore the hustlers
At the airport, ignore any taxi drivers who approach you as you leave arrivals. You can order a taxi using the multi-language easy-to-use touch screens in the arrivals hall to choose from a wide range of reputable Bucharest taxi companies, all with tariffs in plain sight. Once ordered the screen will tell you how long the taxi will be and its ID number and you wait outside. Easy peasy. Well so long as you can manage to get yourself into the right one, that is!. Another trick is to walk through to Departures and pick up a standard cab as it drops somebody off (following all our tips of course).
A great alternative to taxis and city buses is a private shuttle firm that will pick your group up and drop you off at destination. GoThor.ro does just this.
When you book 5-star accommodation for your guests (or X Hostel Bucharest & Central Guesthouse), you should not ignore the quality of the airport pick-up service so relying on common taxi services is not really an option. As you know, the first impression is extremely important.
Go Thor helps you make an excellent first impression to your guests, especially if this is their first time they travel in Romania.
Go Thor provides premium airport shuttle services in Bucharest:
– Luxury Cars
– Personalized Services
– Dedicated Staff
The superior traveling experience is made possible by our limousine cars and the specially trained Go Thor staff, details that add a touch of elegance and distinction.
Drivers who speak English or if necessary, translators for any other foreign language, personal security agents when required, accommodation personnel available from arrivals to meet your guests, are details that we take care of for each shuttle to and from the airport, carefully scheduled with our customers.
Depending on the number of passengers and estimated amount of luggage, we choose the most suitable cars with either 4 or 8 seats.
Upon request, we can provide separate luggage transport to the airport or from the airport when your guests are rushing to an important meeting or when your guests do not go directly from the hotel to the airport.
Use technology to your advantage and plan ahead
Call or book online using Meridian or Speed Taxi. Some of Bucharest’s taxi companies now have iPhone apps using your phone’s GPS to get a taxi straight to you quicksmart. Check out Star Taxi. Or get your establishment to order it, i.e. when leaving a hotel, hostel, or restaurant ask them (nicely) to order you a taxi. Useful addresses and links.
One single tariff will be displayed on the driver and passenger door of all taxis. A lot of taxis will try to disguise how much they charge per kilometer. Whether this is by blocking the door, or not displaying clearly how much by adding other numbers such as Tariff 1. Generally be sure not to pay more than 1.69 lei per kilometer. Otherwise do a Johnny Walker and keep walking.
Areas to avoid
Be extra vigilant in areas such as Gara de Nord, Baneasa Airport, Bucuresti Mall, Piata Universitatii, Piata Unirii and the Old Town/Lipscani area. Avoid scary taxi drivers, especially at night. If you don’t think you can take this guy in a fight, then don’t take his taxi. Yes, this may seem discriminatory, but when you’re taking taxis off the street at night, the odds are high you will get in some kind of argument.
Arming yourself with knowledge is a safe tactic in any situation. So keep these tips in mind: