Taxis in Rio de Janeiro
Taxis in Rio de Janeiro are inexpensive and abundant (difficult to find when it rains though!) It is one of the quickest ways to get around the city. Some important points and information:
– ALWAYS take taxis at night….do not take public transportation or walk; it can be unsafe.
– You must wear the seatbelt if you are riding in the front seat, it is law. You will want to wear the seatbelt in the rear seat as well!
– Never slam the door, it seems like no insult is graver to a Carioca cabdriver. The real reason is that the quality of the cars is not very good and the cars are very fragile.
– Always try to take taxis from the street and ask for taxameter, the taxis parked outside of nightclubs for instance will offer you a fixed higher rate.
– Avoid taking taxis that don’t have a company name written on them; all should be yellow with a meter!
– Make sure they actually know where you want to go. This can be a bit tricky because all of them will pretend to know the address, confirm one more time.
– To get to Santa Teresa from anywhere, tell them first Santa Teresa and then Largo do Guimaraes…..Casa Cool Beans is just a few blocks from there!
– There are two different rates, the cheaper is rate 1 and is everytime except: Mon-Sat from 9PM until 6AM, Sundays, holidays and the whole of December when it is rate 2.
– The yellow cabs are the regular ones you should take. There are more expensive special taxis that are blue, red or white; for example, the really expensive Radiotaxi from the international airport.
– Taxis in Rio are sometimes in a really bad state, try not to catch the crappiest.
– The best taxis to catch from the International airport are with the Aerocoop or Aerotaxi companies. In order to get these you have to go outside the airport building and find one there, they are yellow and should go on the meter. There are a lot of other yellow cabbies outside that all will try to get you pay a lot.
– If the cab driver picks up a list, which adds money on top of what’s on the meter, he is most likely not trying to shaft you. He is just waiting to get his meter calibrated with this year’s new prices. There is a sticker in one of the windows and if it is from the previous year he has the right to use this list. If you have a lot of luggage they also have the right to add a certain surcharge.