Public transport in the Czech Republic works well throughout the day. Taking a taxi might be convenient when you’re travelling with a lot of luggage, for a long distance or at night when the metro isn’t running and the trains and buses run less frequently. However, when taking a taxi in Prague, be cautious not to get scammed, because taxi drivers in the city have a bad reputation.
General advices on taking a taxi
Try to find out beforehand how much your ride should cost. If you are stopping a taxi on the street, you can ask the driver before getting in and even pay in advance if the amount sounds reasonable. It is recommended to order a taxi by phone because this way you can get a price estimate from the dispatcher. You have the right to request a printed receipt from the driver.
- One way: 28 CZK / 1km.
- Boarding free usually about 40 CZK.
- Waiting is charged by 6 CZK / 1min.
Prague town-hall established Taxi Fair places to raise protection against dishonest taxicab drivers.
Requirements for Czech taxis
By law every taxi must be marked with a black and yellow luminous TAXI sign on its roof. On both front doors it must have not only its identification number, but also the basic fare rates. The same information, in greater detail, should also be available inside the taxi, along with the driver’s permit and a taxi-meter. At the end of a journey the passenger must be issued with a receipt printed out from the taxi-meter and should pay the price indicated on the taxi-meter.