Quite sadly

corrupt taxi drivers in Prague are one of the biggest problems commonly encountered by all visitors to Prague.

Tourist spots

Don't even think about getting into a taxi that is parked in front of the train station or at a tourist spots. They are waiting for unsuspecting tourists and are known to charge rates several times higher.


We hate them as much as you do! Czechs hate taxi drivers as much as they despise the police.

Another tip

If you feel that taxi driver will rip you off purposely make a show of writing down taxi registration no. for example to your mobile - you’re a lot less likely to be ripped off.

Call taxi

Be smart and order a taxi by phone from one of these reliable and courteous taxi companies.
AAA Taxi Praha
Profi Taxi
PAT Taxi

Prague links

Airport Taxis

Every other taxi driver going from the centre to the airport overprices his fare - you may be charged up to five thousand crowns

The Foreign Police clamped down on taxi drivers travelling from Prague centre to Ruzyne Airport, and inspections showed that every second driver committed an offence. The most frequent offence is overpricing - drivers charge up to five thousand crowns for the ride from the centre to the airport. Frequent traveller complaints led to the inspection. However, the police checked only the problematic taxi drivers who have no contract with the airport.

The Foreign Police, together with officers of the Municipal Government and a team of Municipal Police, have been checking taxi vehicles at Ruzyne since the middle of January. Since that time, the police have checked 774 vehicles. They have imposed 255 fines on the spot amounting to nearly 133,000 CZK. Another 78 taxi drivers were handed over to legal proceedings. Such legal proceedings may lead to much higher fines than are imposed on site.

The prices charged by some Prague taxi drivers are notorious. According to the price scale suggested by the Municipal Government, a taxi ride from Prague city centre to the airport should cost approximately 600 CZK. Some taxi drivers charge much higher prices, however, up to 5,000 CZK according to some sources. Foreign guidebooks warn tourists against this vice.

From January until the end of August 2010, approximately 506,000 passengers used a taxi from the airport; the Foreign Police checked approximately 0.15 percent.

source: Czech press - AUGUST 2010

General tips

Here are some tips that might save you nightmares and a few hundred crowns:

• Don't get into a taxi that is parked in front of the train station or at a tourist site. These are waiting for unsuspecting tourists and are known to charge rates several times higher than they should be.

• If you need to catch a taxi on the street, make sure it is a genuine registered taxi. The yellow roof light must be permanently installed and must say ‘TAXI’ in black letters on both sides. The company name, licence number and rates should be printed on both front doors.

• Try to find out beforehand how much your ride should cost. If you're stopping a taxi on the street, you can ask the driver before getting in and even pay in advance if the amount sounds reasonable. If you're ordering a taxi by phone (always a good idea), you can get a price estimate from the dispatcher.

• Once in the car, make sure that the rate on the taxi’s meter corresponds to the price list posted in the car. If it doesn't, bring it to the driver's attention or have him stop the car and get out.

• You have the right to request a printed receipt from the driver. If he refuses to give it to you, you can refuse to pay the taxi fare.

One of many feedbacks about using taxi in Prague: I have very recently visited Prague and I feel that you have some of the worst taxi drivers in the world. When it comes to making up prices for journeys, we come to see your country not to get ripped off. Will warn everyone I know to be careful when getting taxis.. Avi Singh