by BL, Saturday, July 07, 2012, 12:46 (522 days ago)
Dear Rob, are the taxi rates on your page updated? I was told by a couple of drivers the rates had gone up 5 pesos in Ixtapa, is there any truth to that? Anybody else facing the same issue or is it only me?
by OlsenMN, Saturday, July 07, 2012, 19:54 (522 days ago)
No increase in rates has been authorized, so if they are charging you more than what is posted on my website they are violating the law. Good luck finding someone to enforce the law, though.
One caveat is that if you are at a hotel and the cabs are not at the door, but rather the hotel calls them from the street to the door there is an extra 5 peso charge for a called taxi.
Taxi rates? AND AIR CONDITIONING IS EXTRA
I gave up on trying to pay the "authorized" rate last year. Couldn't find a taxi driver who would quote the authorized rate or who could find a rate card in his vehicle. Very unlike Patzcuaro where there is never a question about the rate NOR do you have to ask and agrees on a rate before you get in cab. Must be a difference in culture. Also, most of the time taxi's here have change but it is still a good idea to ask.
by Average Joe, México, Saturday, July 07, 2012, 19:22 (522 days ago)
Do not ask.
I TOTALLY disagree..... as verbally confirming the cost of The Ride BEFORE you enter a cab is as courteous to the driver as it is to YOURSELF.
Amables, no cuesta NADA.
While that may be different for folks getting a cab at the stands, or at a mom and pop B&B, I don't ask the rate either. I pay the rate that is posted on the hotel entrance.
If the driver wants to take issue with that posted rate, they can take it up with the hotel, but I highly doubt that they want to.
by Average Joe, México, Saturday, July 07, 2012, 19:41 (522 days ago)
Well.... agreed.... but that does not discount The Verbal Confirmation as a PROACTIVE "courtesy".
Thus again, "AMABLES No cuestan NADA".
Actually,I tell them the rate and say ok.I sometime do as Carol says just hand them the fare and also never had a gripe.
I hate to say, but since I live here I don't even bother to ask the rate. If I am charged excessively I simply tell the driver what the fare is. In fluent Spanish, of course.
by BL, Saturday, July 07, 2012, 22:45 (522 days ago)
Thank you all for the responses. I do know about the extra $5 if you call it in, and I speak fluent Spanish, so I guess I will be quoting the official rates.
I have to agree .... not all taxi drivers are bad ones ... most are just trying to feed their families in this terrible economy with no tourists!! Who is quibbling about 5 damn pesos anyway???
Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa, Troncones and Playa Blanca
by Average Joe, México, Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 16:33 (518 days ago)
It is about getting ripped off because they think we don't know any better.
Well.... EXACTLY.... (sorta).... which is why I personally extend the driver the courtesy of regularly confirming the fare via his open window prior to entering the cab with something like, "Cuanto cuesta por XXXXX? $ = XXXX, Verdad amigo!!
When YOU thus state the fare, then HE knows that you know The Right Fare.....