Pre-paid taxis - Mumbai airport

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#16 Nov 24th, 2005, 20:04
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Kenneth: Sorry to hear that about your unfortunate incident and if you take a taxi always note down the registration number and report such incidents to the traffic police for cheating in fares or bad meters and the normal police for any thefts. The police should take action against the erring driver.

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Indira: Sorry, but I beg to differ on this.
You may be right aadil....about the 2 counters......

but this is my expereince.......each time i took a taxi from inside the airport counter i ended up paying alot....
but when i took a prepaid taxi from outside the airport...the counter is in the same building...10 steps from the exit.....i paid the normal fare....
I have been doing this, for the last 6 years, each year day about 8-10 trips.
Anyways i will be there soon, let me check on this again.....
thanxs anyways
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Thank you for the information, Appu and Aadil.

We did pass a policeman, but he did not ask us our names and I do not recall him writing anything down. We did not report it to the police because we were not physically injured and would not have been willing to return to India to testify at a trial.

I have read an Internet account and received a private message of others who have been robbed in taxis taken from the Mumbai airport. I hope that you are right that the police are taking measures to decrease robberies of tourists arriving at the Mumbai airport. I hope to convince my wife to accompany me to India again, but I doubt if I will ever convince her to return to Mumbai.
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I found a US Department of State warning specific to Mumbai airport taxis at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_p.../cis_1139.html

" Visitors to Mumbai should be extremely vigilant when traveling along the roads leading from the domestic and international airports. Locals and foreigners alike, including American citizens, have reported being robbed while traveling along these roads. In most cases, the victim took a taxi whose driver was complicit in the robbery. "
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First an anser to Diane Travels:
The hotel we stay at i called Shangri-la, the phonenumber can be found in Lonely planet. We really like the place, it´s very simple, but fairly clean, pretty nice staff, and, most important - cheap :-) Rs 572

Here´s a link on the subject:
"cheap" hotel in Mumbai

I think also it can be found in the hotel listing here on IM


Then a comment on Indira´s post - I feel the same way, even though I get prepaid taxis, who are goverment authorised, I get ripped off, paying Rs 400 for a 5 minute ride. Aadil - I really appreciate your posts, but as you see my experience is not the same as yours, it couldn´t be reasanoble to pay Rs 400 for such a short ride? I never experienced 2 prepaid taxi-stalls inside the airport - do you mean that is the case?

And I wan´t to ask you Indira - do you mean there is another prepaid taxi stall - outside the airport? Could you please explain where?

All the best!
/T (who´s arriving in Mumbai in about a month :-)
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Just been reading my guidebook " Rough guide to India" which says that there is a pre - paid taxi area at the domestic airport in Sanat Cruz. Apparently its located at the arrival section...anyone know different ?
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Then a comment on Indiraīs post - I feel the same way, even though I get prepaid taxis, who are goverment authorised, I get ripped off, paying Rs 400 for a 5 minute ride. Aadil - I really appreciate your posts, but as you see my experience is not the same as yours, it couldnīt be reasanoble to pay Rs 400 for such a short ride? I never experienced 2 prepaid taxi-stalls inside the airport - do you mean that is the case?

And I wanīt to ask you Indira - do you mean there is another prepaid taxi stall - outside the airport? Could you please explain where?



Well, to make things very simple let me begin by telling you about the arrival hall in terminal 2C where the Air India and affiliated airlines arrive and there are two counters inside as well as one counter outside the airport building. The first counter as you approach from the customs hall is the one from the private taxi operator so it is a rip off and the second one on your left is the government run pre-paid taxi service which is the same as the one outside as well. If you look closely you will see the other side of the counter having another window on the outside of the airport and the rates are the same whether you book from the inside or the outside as long as you do it at this counter with the rates for the places and distances written on a black board with the two different types of taxis available the normal one for cheap and the airconditioned one for 25%more than the normal fare. The same story applies for the terminal 2A where all the other foreign airlines arrive and the counter is the same as in the other terminal with windows on both sides of the airport building for the government run pre-paid taxi service and the private one just before it on the right side. Both the counters say that they are a pre-paid taxi service so it is a bit confusing for anyone but now I hope I have cleared everyone's doubts about the rates. There is no way that the government run counter can charge you Rs400 for a 5 minute ride and it is quite possible that you have hired the private pre-paid taxi. One more catch is that you may think that since they are authorised by the government they are also run by the government which is a wrong notion, as only one of them is government run and not the more expensive one!!! Hope this clears all your doubts now!!!

BTW, there is no pre-paid taxi at the domestic airport even though the policeman takes down your name and address when you take a taxi from the airport arrival terminal. The same is the case with the autorickshaws at the international airport too, just for the safety of the passengers travelling in case they want to report any thefts or complaints against the drivers of these vehicles.

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Taxi in Mumbai?

Hi All!

Maybe I should have looked harder for this (but honestly don't know). How do I go about arranging a taxi to come and pick me up once I land in Mumbai?

Thanks!!
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If you don't book a taxi in advance you will save a lot of money as you can easily get a prepaid taxi at the airport from the prepaid counter either inside the airport or outside it as well. The counter is the same with windows on either side (inside and outside). There are two counters at both the international terminals which are called the prepaid taxi counters however be careful which one you go to as the first one with a guy calling out to you to book with them will rip you off as it is a private car hiring agency and not actually a taxi and also not the government run taxi so it is much more expensive than the normal taxi. The other counter is the one with a board announcing the slab rates from the airport to the different destinations in Mumbai with the prices listed for the normal taxi as well as the airconditioned taxi (slightly higher rates than the normal taxi). The prepaid taxi ensures that you will be dropped off at your destination and even if there is a problem with the vehicle then the taxi driver will arrange another vehicle on his own and you will not have to pay anything extra to the other driver as he will be paid by the first one. This is however unlikely to happen usually but just in case it does you know what to do!!! There is a slab according to the distances and so it is a fixed rate for different distances with the maximum of Rs350 for the normal taxi. The private taxi charges start at Rs800. So now you know if you are taken for a ride when you book a taxi at the international airport!!! Unfortunately at the Domestic airport there is no prepaid service so you can just take a taxi from the taxi rank outside the terminals and the traffic police will note down your taxi number and your name to make sure that the driver will be caught and punished or fined if you complain against any misconduct of taking more than the usual fares or cheating you. Hope this helps.

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Pre pay taxis Mumbai airport

We are 3 lads arriving for the cricket at 23.30 in afew weeks.

I note the pre pay taxis are Rs 350, whilst our hotel offers a collection for 900. Given the flight could be busy, is there usually a queue for the pre paid ?

Or, is it best to pay a little extra for a collection ?
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Pay the extra for the Hotel make sure with the Hotel that they will be there with a sign with your names on it. The pre paid are okay and you dont usually have to wait but the organised Hotel ones are better and more direct. Hope the cricket goes well
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you better take the hotel taxi, as there is a lot of problems with the taxies at the airport. once, we took a taxi, and he "sold" us to another taxi , in the middle of the high way....
If you want a real good taxi driver for the airport pick up and city tour i can give you the details of him.
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We found the blue air con. 'cool cabs' a better option than black/yellow cabs whilst in Bombay. A little more expensive (not hugely) and worth it.
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Hi Cim,

Take the prepaid taxis. In my opinion there is no reason to pay two or three times more only because you have AC and the driver will be waitig for you...

Last 13th Feb I ve arrived to Mumbai Int airport at the same time you will do, there were only two persons waiting in the queue of the prepaid taxis. My hotel was in Fort area and the price was 380 Rs. So late the weather is warm and you will enjoy talking (in Marathi of course) with the driver.

Also that way you will start saving rupees and not counting on your own currency.

All the best

Jorge
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