Taxi In Belgrade

It seems like a decade or so ago, it was pretty easy to find a traveller who had a story about the taxi scams of Belgrade. There’s been so much press coverage about the so-called Belgrade taxi mafia (unlicensed taxi drivers)  that you wonder who could possibly still fall for them. Apparently, the answer is Annie Nieman who was visiting a friend in Belgrade (found via Vanja Pretrovic’s Blog).

She arrived on a train, and stopped a taxi to take to her friend’s apartment near Cvetkov open market on Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra. The ride should have cost no more than 600 dinars, but the driver charged Nieman €50 (roughly 4,600 dinars). What Nieman didn’t know that it’s common knowledge that you’re not supposed to take a taxi right in front of the train station, bus station, or airport because these drivers are usually not with a trusted company, and often have rigged, too-fast metres.

It’s a scam where the victim is easily tricked because there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with what’s happening. So, once again: Travellers: stop taking taxi with no oval blue license plate with a serial number, and the Belgrade Coat of Arms displayed on the top of the car. Besides being observant, one of the best ways to avoid this is to use a taxi group like Žuti (Yellow), Pink, or Plavi (Blue) Taxi.
 
You can read Vanja Petrovic’s blog post at the link above, and it’s a worthwhile read, in case you’re planning to take a taxi in Belgrade.

Karl Haudbourg

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I’m a Frenchman promoting Serbia in the world. I see myself as a Serb. Call me crazy. Call me insane. I am a pragmatic patriot. I love my country, Serbia.

Karl Haudbourg – who has written posts on Serbia's Ambassador to the World.


One thought on “Taxi In Belgrade

  1. Prot says:

    This is something Serbia should be ashamed of.

    What other country in the world must one NEVER take a taxi outside the airport or train station?

    80% of Belgrade taxis are scum. They hear you speaking a foreign language or Serbian with an accent and there's a good chance that you'll get the fast-meter treatment. Once, when challenging a driver on the circuitous route he took me on, he got out of the car, assaulted me and spat on me.

    The taxi situation in Belgrade is awful and something that put the city into a 'third world' category.

    Belgrade: if you fancy yourself a European city, correct this abysmal taxi situation.

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