Taxi in Belgrade – hints, tips and info
When you get tired of cruising the block for the Nth time trying to find a parking spot, or just don’t have the guts to experience one of the busses or trams, and your legs are still sore from the yesterdays bicycle ride, then catching a cab in Belgrade may seem like the best solution. Be careful, though – what may seem as a regular price to a tourist accustomed to prices from his hometown, is often nothing more than a broad daylight robbery. This is because taxis in Belgrade are, in fact, much cheaper than most in European countries. So, its not about the amount of money you can be fooled into giving the cab driver, its about the principle. Keep in mind the following rules and you wont be just another unsuspecting Belgrade tourist leaving the cab with a strange feeling that you could have paid five times less, but a smooth, cool, and very well informed one.
Don’t try to set a price with the cab driver before the ride, you are most likely to be tricked. Stick to the taxi-meter, and always ask for the bill after the ride if you feel that you are being tricked.
Don’t, under any circumstances, enter one of the vehicles waiting at the train station or at the airport, unless you really don’t mind giving a lot of your hard earned money to a guy whose only satisfaction is the fact that he managed to fool you, and the money will be just a bonus.
Be sure that the cab you are entering has an appropriate taxi sign, plus a smaller, round sign next to it – the city’s approval that it’s a licensed cab. Still, remember the previous rule – even if the cab waiting at the train station or the airport has all these signs, don’t test your luck with them. Check the Airport section for more info.
If you have the opportunity, always try to order a cab by phone – check the list and the recommendations. If you are a chatty type, ask for a cab driver who knows English or some other foreign language, and, if your lucky, you can also choose the type of vehicle.A new service is being prepared in Belgrade – the so-called “Elite Taxis” – where drivers will speak english fluently, drive new cabs and know a lot about city history and architecture. It’s still unknown whether this vehicles will be more expensive to rent than ordinary cabs.
Most cab companies charge their rides by two tariffs: day and night. The Night tariff is more expensive and lasts from 22.00 hours to 08.00 in the morning.
Taxi companies contact info
tel: (+381 11) 244-11-13
tel: (+381 11) 3564-555, 35-37-123, 063/252-002
tel: (+381 11) 9801, 064-12-88-000
tel: (+381 11) 970, SMS service: send your starting point and destionation by SMS to tel: (+381 11) 64-9700
CD Pepsi taxi
tel: (+381 11) 488-22-00, 488-22-01, 488-22-02
tel: (+381 11) 397-33-27
tel: (+381 11) 329-18-18
tel: (+381 11) 30-33-123
tel: (+381 11) 581-111
tel: (+381 11) 215-76-68
tel: (+381 11) 318-57-77
tel: (+381 11) 316-20-20
tel: (+381 11) 9803, 488-99-77
Plavi taxi (Cukaricki Blue cab)
tel: (+381 11) 3-555-999, 064/1-555-333
tel: (+381 11) 9808
Zeleni taxi (Green cab)
tel: (+381 11) 323-36-66, 324-25-55
Zuti taxi (Yellow cab)
tel: (+381 11) 9802
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