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Old 03-06-2011   #16 (permalink)
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Nope, we were quoted the 50 so chose to walk. Did pay the 20 to go down 1st though.
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How do these drivers make a living?

I watch drivers in line waiting for a fare 5 deep. I can imagine when they get to the front of the line and someone says take me from 10th to Mamita's for 20 pesos and it is back to the end of the line they can feel a bit frustrated. How can they make a living? I paid 50 pesos plus tip to go from 10th and 5th (Starbucks) to Canabal Royal Beach Club. I do not know what kind of income it takes for cab drivers to have a reasonable standard of livingin PDC. I can see when locals want the correct fare. They might need it. But as a tourist, I expect to pay more. A Minneapolis area cabbie won't back out of my driveway for less than $5.00 USD.
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I watch drivers in line waiting for a fare 5 deep. I can imagine when they get to the front of the line and someone says take me from 10th to Mamita's for 20 pesos and it is back to the end of the line they can feel a bit frustrated. How can they make a living? I paid 50 pesos plus tip to go from 10th and 5th (Starbucks) to Canabal Royal Beach Club. I do not know what kind of income it takes for cab drivers to have a reasonable standard of livingin PDC. I can see when locals want the correct fare. They might need it. But as a tourist, I expect to pay more. A Minneapolis area cabbie won't back out of my driveway for less than $5.00 USD.
You aren't expected to pay more, but they love it when they do.
You should expect to pay the correct fare.
They make a living.

And if you picked up a taxi at 5th and 10th then you will pay more at the queue. Us locals never pick up a taxi at a queue.
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I watch drivers in line waiting for a fare 5 deep. I can imagine when they get to the front of the line and someone says take me from 10th to Mamita's for 20 pesos and it is back to the end of the line they can feel a bit frustrated. How can they make a living? I paid 50 pesos plus tip to go from 10th and 5th (Starbucks) to Canabal Royal Beach Club. I do not know what kind of income it takes for cab drivers to have a reasonable standard of livingin PDC. I can see when locals want the correct fare. They might need it. But as a tourist, I expect to pay more. A Minneapolis area cabbie won't back out of my driveway for less than $5.00 USD.
I wouldn't go to a que unless I was going out of town. Normally if going north I flag a cab down on 10th. (actually just stand on a corner and one will offer a ride almost immediately). Going south, I tend to catch one on 1st since we're only making a short jaunt.
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I've had two drivers show me the new fare sheets. One of them charged me the going rate. The other one tried to rip me off by pointing out the rate from a different route that I had taken. He seemed to take it well when I pointed out his little mistake
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Just another thing that is going up.
This is the world we are living in now.
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walmart to Calle 14 and Ave 1...we offered 20 pesos and were told the fares went up and it is now 30 pesos...we had a lot of bags so we paid the 30 pesos but now we make more frequent trips and buy less and just walk...sonofdob


the cabbies on the cross streets along fifth are all breaking the law
if they get caught they get sanctions, 3 to 5 days without work, i believe
they all charge fifty pesos, it is bullshit and illegal

if you grab a cab at the store, mega or walmart, yes the fare is 30 pesos
all taxis at "sitios" cost more
a little knowledge goes a long way with taxistas

if they threaten you, laugh at them
if they persist, get your phone out and they will fold
if they don't fold, call the police, they are just trying to intimidate you
when the police come, they will get in trouble
in other words, they are gonna go away

i would love to see a sheet, i have a friend who is a taxista, i will get a copy from him

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Bummer about the fare increase. Wonder if it is a result of higher gas prices or if the taxistas just thought they needed a raise?

Here is my proceedure for taking a taxi.... Much of this is already mentioned above

I do not take a taxi from a que because I do not want to pay the extra charge. I will walk to the nearest street (usually 10th Ave.) to flag a down a taxi. This can sometimes be difficult if you are close to a que. Just walk a block or so away from the que and typically have no problem. The exception to this is if I am at Walmart or Mega, etc. when I don't want to schlep my groceries to the street.

I do not ask the fare before I get in. I tell them where I want to go and upon arrival I get out and give them the correct fare. 99.9% of the time there is no problem and everyone is happy. With the new rate increase and no published sheet yet it is not as easy to know what the correct fare is. Hopefully Snappy Sammy will be able to help us all out with that.

I have found that when a driver wants to try to get more than the correct fare that they will usually tell me the charge in advance. For example, I have flagged a taxi down at 10th and 10th and tell the driver I want to go to 38th and 25th. We both know the fare is $17 pesos ($20 pesos now???). He tells me the fare will be $30 pesos. I get out of the taxi and flag down another.

I have only had one instance where I got out of the taxi and paid the correct fare that I got any flack from the driver. I told him no and called him a thief (ladron), slammed the door (they hate that) and walked away. Aside from his squeeling tires, there was no problem.

Some good info that I read on this forum that I now practice is to get out of the taxi first and then reach back in to pay the fare. This way if there is any issue, I am at least outside of the taxi and can easily walk away.

Taxistas can be intimidating bullies! They will try to take advantage of this until the rates become common knowledge.

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Old 03-07-2011   #24 (permalink)
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The new fare from Centro to the new IMSS hospital in the Colosio was quoted as 50 pesos. Driver had a photocopied sheet that was illegible so I gave him 40 pesos and told him to call the police if he didnīt like it. This can really hurt the local population when they have to make a quick trip. The area is served by bus but that can take an hour to get there.
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We flagged down taxis on 10th .NONE seemed happy with 20 pesos for zone 1.I think most assume tourists won't know the rate.The last one told us the rates were going up Mar 1 & the MINIMUM would be 25 pesos !! He advised us to request to see the rate sheet.I don't mind paying a tourist surcharge.If it is illegal for taxis to charge more the Taxi Syndicate should be required to publish the rates. My concern is for the locals who are @ their mercy.
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We flagged down taxis on 10th .NONE seemed happy with 20 pesos for zone 1.I think most assume tourists won't know the rate.The last one told us the rates were going up Mar 1 & the MINIMUM would be 25 pesos !! He advised us to request to see the rate sheet.I don't mind paying a tourist surcharge.If it is illegal for taxis to charge more the Taxi Syndicate should be required to publish the rates. My concern is for the locals who are @ their mercy.
There is no tourist surcharge - just sayin'
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No.
The fare is not negotiable.
In town - pay 20 and walk.


Exactly
We have taken a taxi one time while in Playa, leaving Luna Blue, we were tired and Rick gave me that same advice.

Got in gave the driver a card from the hotel, stop at door step, pay as Rick instructed, no problem.

Now next trip will be a;

"Ranger and Cheryl taxi around Playa"
Hopefully this year!!!
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I've never paid 30 pesos for a cab at walmart or Mega. I've given them 20 and never had them ask for more.
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Now if anyone can tell me I would like to know how much a cab actually cost from Playacar Palace (Next to the Ferry Dock) to El Fogon or say the Walmart? I took a cab a cab twice to dinner due to rain and it was 50 pesos both times. I feel like I was ripped off, but I mean we are talking a couple of dollars, but I think I got taken twice and I hate being lied to and taken advantage of.
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Now if anyone can tell me I would like to know how much a cab actually cost from Playacar Palace (Next to the Ferry Dock) to El Fogon or say the Walmart? I took a cab a cab twice to dinner due to rain and it was 50 pesos both times. I feel like I was ripped off, but I mean we are talking a couple of dollars, but I think I got taken twice and I hate being lied to and taken advantage of.
if you go thru the gate into or out of playacar, the published fare was fifty pesos
you were not ripped off

not sure what the new fare is
but if you get out before the gate, it will be a lot less
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