If you can use them efficiently, Taxis are the easiest way to travel in the city, especially for short distances. You can find a taxi wherever you are and all you need to do is wave your hand to a free one..
You should be careful about the rates. All taxis have a taximeter and if you travel 3-4 people and with the right tariff, than you pay almost nothing.
One important thing you should now is "GUNDUZ " and "GECE " words, which are indicating day and night tariff. You should see Gunduz word when the taximeter is changing in daytime.
As of 15 December 2007, Opening rate of Taxis are 2,00 YTL (~ 1,0 Euro). And in every km it adds 1,30 YTL. Night tariff is 50% high and starts at midnight till 06:00 am.
Taxi Frauds: Taxi frauds to tourists are happening in almost all around the world. In this manner Istanbul also have a bad reputation. Although most of the taxi drivers are friendly and honest, there are still some annoying ones who are not doing their job properly. In this respect here are some main points to remember.
- Airport Taxis and Hotel Taxis are the most thrustable ones. Try to collect a taxi from its stop.
- Some Taxi drivers are trying to use night tariff even in day time, so take care of the "Gunduz" sign, which represents day tarif..
- Do not give big banknotes to Taxi drivers. There has been some cases that they are switching 50,- YTL with 5,- YTL (They have nearly similar colors) and indicating that you gave less money than its needed. If you happen to give a big banknote, make clear the amount to the driver.
- There are numerous cases that Tourists claim that taxis are taking the longer route, however in most of the cases, its due to overcome the traffic jam. Take a quick map and make a small study of what shall be the route.