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Do I have to whistle really loud to hail a taxi in NYC?

I've lived in New York City for most of my life, and I've never whistled for a taxi. I have, however, hailed many taxis by silently raising my arm or indeed just making eye contact without any ...
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While on vacation my taxi took a longer route, possibly to scam me out of money. How can I deal with this?

Use an app. Virtually everywhere these days has either Uber/ Lyft/ Grab/ Gojek/ Ola/ Didi/ Yandex/ Careem /local clone ride-sharing service, or an app put out by local taxi companies in an attempt to ...
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Do I have to whistle really loud to hail a taxi in NYC?

Grew up in New York City, and the only people who whistle for taxis that I have seen are doormen—and they do it with an actual whistle. Even then, I suspect they are only doing it for effect or maybe ...
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How does the taxi scam work at Luohu station in Shenzhen?

It happens that I am a native of Shenzhen, and indeed we avoid those "illicit vehicles" (or "black cabs", hei che 黑车 in Chinese) at all costs. The perceived risk is that they might demand exorbitant ...
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Transportation for one-way day hikes in the US

I can't recommend any specific hikes (and do not even live near your location). But my preferred method is to take transportation to the trail head, and then walk back to my car (or to other reliable ...
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4 people in a cab in London? Is that allowed?

London cabs will usually have additional seats in the back which fold up when not in use. This allows up to 5 people to ride in the back. Like below:
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Moscow SVO airport, how to avoid scam taxis without pre-booking?

To avoid any trouble with taxis, you can use the Aeroexpress train. It will get you to the city centre for ~8$ (500 RUB). You can use wireless payment options at the automatic gates: PayPass, PayWave,...
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What to do when a taxi driver uses the meter but at the end of the ride clears the meter and pretends we had agreed on some higher price for the ride?

Had something similar happen going from Tunis airport to central Tunis. The driver (who had a "mate" with him, so I was skeptical from the outset) had the meter on, but just before the destination he ...
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Taxi not accepting payment by credit card (although advertised)

Everywhere I go, all over the world, the first thing I say when I get in a taxi is "credit card ok?" and sometimes "I have no local currency." [I once accidentally said this in my own country because ...
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Are taxi drivers in Bangkok expected to round up the taxi fare to the nearest multiple of 10 THB?

According to TripAdvisor, in taxis, "both Thais and local ex-pats commonly round up the fare (i.e. 51 baht fare rounded up to 60 baht)." As ฿7 is equivalent to US$0.22, I wouldn't worry about it much.
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What activity does this "don't do this in a Thai taxi" image refer to?

From Reddit, the symbol represents a water buffalo, and the Thai word for buffalo also means idiot, so the sign means no idiot / don't be an idiot. Ask the taxi driver if that sign means that the car ...
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How can I meet the world's most jovial taxi driver?

His name is Ihsan Aknur, and maybe he'll be your friend, too, if you message him on Facebook.
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Can uber drivers down rate a passenger because the passenger asked to turn the radio off?

Technically, it's up to the uber driver to rate you however she/he sees fit. So it could be because you were super nice, or because you slammed the door, or made a mess, or because it's Tuesday and ...
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What to do when a taxi driver uses the meter but at the end of the ride clears the meter and pretends we had agreed on some higher price for the ride?

Remain calm and say you have left your wallet in the other bag, which is in the trunk. He will of course know that's a lie, but he will also realize nobody will proceed until the baggage is offloaded ...
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While on vacation my taxi took a longer route, possibly to scam me out of money. How can I deal with this?

This is actually based on my mother's experience, and not my own. Yes, this is a common scam. Despite some answers wanting to be generous and say it's possibly accidental, much of the time it is not. ...
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Moscow SVO airport, how to avoid scam taxis without pre-booking?

First of all, ignore the people that run up to you when you get out of arrivals. They can see you are not a local and will charge you 4 times the price. Never pay more than 1250 ₽ for a taxi to the ...
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Paddington to Euston with kids: minimum walking by tube or by taxi?

I'm a Londoner with kids of a similar age. Info you might find useful: I've never seen a black cab with a child seat - I suspect there are none. Two of the standard seats face backwards though so ...
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What do these numbers (1, 2, 3) on taxi roofs mean?

As suggested in comments there are three tariff levels in Sevilla but they apply for different sorts of journey as well as for different times. 1 is for urban, 2 for inter-urban and 3 for airport. ...
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Transportation for one-way day hikes in the US

I have spent time on several sections (or "passages") of the Palmetto Trail. (Nice trail! not a lot of "stunning views" or anything, but very pleasant). In my experience relying on ...
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May taxi drivers insist waiting on site rather than make two journeys?

If the destination is only 20 minutes away, even if the taxi driver says they will wait, they probably will not. They will return to town and keep working, and come back to pick you up at the agreed ...
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How to tell scam taxis from legitimate ones in Bangkok? Does it make sense prebooking?

As a rule, taxis are fine in Bangkok, it's the tuk-tuks that really prey on clueless tourists. But there are four simple things you can do to reduce the odds of taxi problems: Rule 1, learn taxi ...
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What to do when a taxi driver uses the meter but at the end of the ride clears the meter and pretends we had agreed on some higher price for the ride?

In situations like this I never pay, I simply leave, if they want trouble ok lets get the police involved, in most countries, the driver has a lot more to loose than a tourist who brings money into ...
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Paddington to Euston with kids: minimum walking by tube or by taxi?

If your purpose is to get from Heathrow Airport to Stoke-on-Trent with as little hassle as possible, I would consider flying to Manchester and then take the direct bus from Manchester Airport to Stoke-...
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Do I prebook a taxi from Heathrow to London King's Cross?

If you haven't already, do consider public transport options which are very good and start much cheaper. If you take Heathrow Express then the tube, it's likely to be a little faster than a taxi; if ...
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Do I have to whistle really loud to hail a taxi in NYC?

The media depicts New York as a city where you step out the door, whistle, and a taxi pulls to the curb. I have seen so many people that try to do just that. There are three major components: They ...
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Do most Taxis give Receipts in London?

You will always be able to get a receipt. Drivers are used to people wanting to expense taxi rides, and will not be surprised by your request. Although there'd be no harm in asking up-front anyway. ...
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While on vacation my taxi took a longer route, possibly to scam me out of money. How can I deal with this?

If you aren't using a ride-sharing or taxi app, as suggested by jpatokal, use a different app: a mapping app. Enter your destination (make sure it's correct), show the map to the driver and ensure he/...
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Traveling from JFK to Manhattan with 6 bags

With that much luggage, the train or the subway isn't really practical; there's just no way to carry that much and lug the bags up/down steps and escalators. I'd probably just take a taxi. It's a ...
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