The typical Turkish
taxi is a
compact five-seat car which can seat
two passengers in comfort, three
passengers a bit tightly, and four
passengers (one in the front seat)
if the driver agrees.
Luggage space in the trunk/boot is
limited, because in
the largest cities, many taxis run
on clean-burning LNG (liquefied
natural gas). Much of the trunk
space is taken up by a large LNG tank.
All taxis are required to have
digital meters (taksimetre), and
to run them. This doesn't mean they
always do. If your driver doesn't
start the taksimetre,
or tries to haggle at the start of
the trip instead of running it, just point
to the meter emphatically and
say Taksimetre! (TAHK-see-MEH-treh).
It'll probably be cheaper.
(The exception is
for inter-city trips, when
a set fee—usually posted
or printed somewhere—is the rule
and ends up being cheaper.)
The starting fare ("drop
rate") in daytime (usually 7 or
8 am to 10 pm, 11 pm or midnight) is
usually about TL1.25,
and a trip of several kilometers or
to TL15. At
rate is usually 50% higher.
Taxis may also travel between cities or
from cities or airports to resort
towns. For these longer trips of,
say, 10 or 20 km (6 to 12 miles) or
more, set rates may have been established.
If not, you may want to haggle for
an agreeable rate before you begin
Turks don't tip taxi drivers,
they round up the fare. If it
ends up being, say, TL8.75,
a Turk will just round it up to TL9.
In many cases if the fare is TL9.25,
the driver will require only TL9.
As a foreigner,
your driver may assume you'll give
a tip, but you needn't
unless the driver provides some special
as helping with lots of heavy luggage.
Some taxis are air-conditioned.
Some have safety belts, and
some even have safety belts in working
condition, but don't bet on it.
Taxis sometimes give you an unpleasant
experience. Read this...
A useful, cheaper alternative to the
taxi in some situations is the dolmush (shared
taxi or minibus).
private transfers to/from Istanbul
airports, click here.