How to use a taxi in Athens

Most taxis in Athens are relatively new and in a very good condition. They are clean and not very expensive. They are the most inexpensive taxis in Europe. The official taxis are of yellow colour and every taxi driver must have his license displayed on the taxi.

You can take a taxi from a designated taxi stand or you can simply hail a taxi from the street. Taxi stands are available at many hotels and major destinations like the airport and the port. Don’t try to hail a cab driving by at the airport, you have to use the stand with everyone else.

An empty taxi should have the light on the top of the car on (only applicable at night) and also the light on the top right corner, on the screen of the car. Make sure you stand at the side of the road when you want to stop a taxi and hold your hand out.

Once you get into a taxi, tell him exactly where you want to go and give him the address you are going to. Read the flag fall and pricing information carefully. When you get out, make sure you check the correct amount.

Pay the fees, check your belongings, then exit the taxi.

The lowest fee for a short drive is 3.50 Euro even the taxi meter shows less.

Other information

  • Tipping is optional.
  • A taxi is only allowed to transfer maximum four people at a time.
  • Smoking is not allowed in the cab.
  • Seatbelts are mandatory by law if you are sitting at the front

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