Taxis in Athens operate a 24-hour service and offer a great service charging very low. Taxis can be hailed down on the street otherwise they can be picked up at taxi stands around major tourist squares such as Monastiraki and Syntagma. You can also book one calling the radio taxi line.
The yellow taxi cabs in Athens are so many, that during the days that the taxi drivers are on a strike and they are not in circulation, Athens seems empty! Taxi drivers can be incredibly charismatic or incredibly rude, depending on traffic conditions and how hot and irritable they feel. By majority however, most are somewhere in between!
Cost of Taxis in Athens
Although there are many different Athens taxi companies, they all work under a regulated pricing system. All taxis in the city operate using a taximeter that will calculate your fare based on the distance you travel. It’s worth noting that there are two different tariffs that will show during the daytime (tariff 1 – 05:00 to 24:00) and at night (tariff – 24:00 to 05:00), this will always be indicated on the taximeter at the front of the cab.
Base Fare – €1.29
Rate/km daytime (05:00 to 24:00) – €0.74
Rate/km nighttime (24:00 to 05:00)- €1.29
Taxis in Athens also have extra charges for each piece of luggage over 10kg (€0.43), airport pickup (€4.72), 1-hour waiting time (€11.81), travelling during special holidays (€1-2) and a surcharge for pickup at the train station, bus station or port (€1.18).
Since February 2011, the journey between Athens International Airport and the city center has a fixed rate of € 38. If you catch a cab from or to the airport between midnight and 5am, the established price is € 54. This fixed rate includes all the turnpikes, supplements and taxes.
If you want to avoid the various types of taxi scams that exist, we suggest you read these following tips:
To know, more-or-less, in which part of the city you are, and where your destination is in Athens.
Learn the names of the main avenues in Athens to orient yourself.
Ask at your hotel how much the journey you wish to do should cost approximately.
If you believe you have been overcharged, ask the driver for a receipt that includes the taxi operator’s information and the taxi plate number, then head to the tourist police in Athens and they will help you.
Make sure the tariff on the taximeter is correct: during the day taxis must have tariff 1 on.
Taxibeat has managed to recruit 4000 of the 14,000 Athens taxis. Much like Uber, you book a taxi via a free App and there is no booking fee. You can choose to pay cash or card and you rate the driver after your trip is over.