British tourist warning: Common holiday taxi scam – ‘hikes up’ the price of travel


The travel money specialists FairFx have warned British tourists of common holiday scams and how to avoid them. Britons should be particularly careful using taxis abroad.

Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO of FairFX, said: “Holidaymakers have reported taxi and tuk-tuk drivers claiming their metre is broken before quoting an inflated price for the journey.

“Others say their driver informed them that their chosen destination, a hotel, temple or museum, is overbooked or closed, before taking them to a friend’s lodging or attraction.

“They then charge a higher fare, before taking a convoluted route, to further hike up the rate.”

Tourists could be told a popular attraction is closed so a driver can take them somewhere where they’ll receive a cut.

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This could also be the case when it comes to accommodation. Drivers may have deals with certain hotels where they get a percentage of the price for guests.

Strafford-Taylor said: “Before you leave, research the best methods of transport in your destination.

“In the UK, we often default to taxis as quicker and more convenient and sometimes even cheaper for bigger groups.

“In certain countries, public transport is much more affordable, reliable and regular.”


He added: “Use Google Maps or City Mapper, if applicable, to ensure your driver is staying on course.

“To avoid taxis entirely, use a ride-hailing service such as Uber or Lyft. You can even activate the Follow My Ride on Uber of Share My Ride on Lyft so your friends can track your whereabouts.”

Britons should never get into an unregistered taxi as this could be extremely dangerous.

Tourists could also see if there’s an offer on public transport for short stays which could be much more affordable.


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