Taking a taxi in Mexico
Taxis are a great way to get around and many times very economical. Taxi prices are based per ride, not per passenger. Legally regular taxis can take up to 4 passengers.
Taxi drivers get a bad rap, most taxi drivers we have encountered in our many years of traveling in Mexico have been helpful, honest, hard working guys, and a few have become lifelong friends.
There are just a few things you should know about taking taxis in Mexico
- Know the rates: If you are getting a taxi at a sitio, (an official taxi stand) there is normally a posted rate sign. Often, flagging a taxi down along the street who is not at a sitio can be less expensive, but you need to know the prices or at least an idea of how much it should cost for your ride.
- If there is a posted sign of rates, snap a picture of it.
- Ask the rate before you get into a taxi and agree on the price.
- Once in the taxi, hand the driver the agreed upon amount or as close to correct change as possible.
- Before getting in or when you get out of the taxi, take note, or as I do, take a picture of the taxi number.
- Why are you taking a picture of the number? Because people lose things in taxis all the time! If you have the taxi number, you have a better chance of getting your items back, it’s usually a phone. In our case it was a very expensive Garmin GPS we used for mapping 😬 This is how we learned to follow our own advice!
- Tipping a taxi driver, many say they always do, but it isn’t expected. We will always tip a taxi driver who is especially helpful and friendly or if he goes above his job, such as carrying luggage, waiting while you run into a store, etc.