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#1 Nov 22nd, 2005, 17:20
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i have been quoted 1600 rupees for an airport pick up at mumbai is this ok or would i be just as well jumping a cab
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this is very high; a normal black taxi (prepaid) would cost you rs 350 odd to south mumbai ; Rs 450-500 to new mumbai and much lesser for the central and the western suburbs.

prepaid is normally reliable
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What car is this that is going to pick you up?!!! A Mercedes or a BMW?!!! Then it is fine or else just take a normal taxi from the government run prepaid counter at the international airport and not the private taxi counter which is also there next to it and looks very much the same. The normal taxi counter has the rates written on the board according to the different slabs for distances and there are two types of taxis available the normal bllack and yellow top which will cost you at the most about Rs350 for getting to the farthest point in the south of the city or the blue and silver airconditioned "cool cab" for about 25% extra. The rates are fixed so there is no cheating involved and your taxi registration number is written on your receipt so you just have to take that cab from the taxi stand once you get out of the airport arrival hall. There are different stands for each terminal at the International airport so you don't have to walk far to get to your taxi. Do not pay anything extra after you have paid the prepaid price at the counter. Even if the taxi has a breakdown inbetween the journey the driver is supposed to arrange for another taxi and pay the driver the balance amount for the remainder of the journey so you don't have to pay anything more. If at all there is anything you want to complain about the driver you may do so at the telephone number given on the receipt. Luggage is charged at Rs5 per bag. Hope this helps.

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I find the prices from the airport often being very high. We ussually stay at a hotel which is less than 1 km away, going from the hotel is about Rs 50, but from the airport to the hotel they try to charge Rs 400, for a 5 minute drive!
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Tobiass - please give us more information about the hotel near the airport. Thank you.
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Originally Posted by the welder i have been quoted 1600 rupees for an airport pick up at mumbai is this ok or would i be just as well jumping a cab
One has to go outside the airport,(when you come outside the airport, the counter to your right) and this prepaid taxi will charge you the normal rate, its the taxi's which have a counter inside the airport, which are expensive..
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One has to go outside the airport,(when you come outside the airport, the counter to your right) and this prepaid taxi will charge you the normal rate, its the taxi's which have a counter inside the airport, which are expensive..

Indira: Sorry, but I beg to differ on this. I work at the airport and there are two counters inside (one is the private counter and the other is the much cheaper government rates counter) as well as one counter outside which is the same as the one inside with windows on either side. So if you see the one with the government prescribed rates printed on the board inside the counter then you know you have the right one. Anyway like I said before if you need to get to South Mumbai then it will cost Rs350 maximum. And no private taxi will take you there at that rate. Unless if you come out of the airport and take the normal taxi which is not allowed to be there to pick up passengers officially. Then you can get to the city within about Rs250. Or better still if you don't have too much luggage and don't mind travelling in a rickshaw then get one from the rickshaw stand just outside the terminal 2A arrival hall and go to Bandra flyover (about Rs65-70) from where you can get a connecting taxi to South Mumbai for much less like about Rs125.

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Very simple, if they call out to you then you know you are in for a rip off job!!! The government counter will be busy with a long queue so he will not be really interested in calling out to you for a booking!!! There is a sign on the counter that says Airport Prepaid Taxi Service and inside the counter you will see a huge board with a lot of destinations written with the rates for each area as well as the rates for the airconditioned taxi or cool cab which is 25% more than the normal taxi. This is the indicator for your cheap counter!!! The private prepaid taxi for the city costs much more (almost double the rates) than the normal taxi.

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yews this information really is very helpful. There will be 7 of us travelling in our paryty , 5 adults and 2 kids, will they be able to accopmmodate us ?
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yews this information really is very helpful. There will be 7 of us travelling in our paryty , 5 adults and 2 kids, will they be able to accopmmodate us ?
I think you would be better off if you asked for a van with luggage carrying capacity as well as enough space for all of you. You may ask your hotel to do it for you if possible. Or else just take two taxis and it will still be cheaper than the cost for the van as it will be only Rs700 for the two taxis. The van may cost more than that definitely.

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Beware of not pre-paid taxis at Mumbai airport.

Note that pre-paid taxis are only available at the international terminal at Mumbai airport (at least when we were there last year). If you have the misfortune of arriving at the domestic terminal, you have to take a very crowded shuttle bus to the international terminal in order to get a pre-paid taxi. Do not make the mistake my wife and I made of taking a not pre-paid taxi from the domestic terminal. We were robbed by the taxi driver and a criminal accomplice who got in the car as we were driving away.
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Originally Posted by kenneth We were robbed by the taxi driver and a criminal accomplice who got in the car as we were driving away.

Did you report this to the police?
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Sorry to hear that Kenneth!

Actually domestic airports have no prepaid counters. However when you get on a taxi just outside the terminal from the taxi line there is a policeman who takes down the taxi's registration number, and the passengers full name. Thats just in case of trouble such as yours. It quite a preventative. Only the local triwheeler taxis are not subject to this, and for that you have to take them from between the 2 domestic terminal buildings.

Yours is the first instance I'm hearing of such an incident. Did you actually take the taxi outside the terminal buildings from the taxi line, or did you take the taxi from elsewhere away from the terminal area?

From your desciption I suspect you did not take the taxi from just outside the terminal building from the taxi line. The police ***DO NOT*** let anyone other than the driver and the passengers to be on the taxi when the driver reports to them before leaving the terminal area.

If someone does face this sort of trouble all you have to do is file a police complaint, they can trace the driver almost immediately based on this.
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