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You have to insist on a budget airport taxi

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You have to insist on a budget airport taxi

I arrived this morning at KLIA after reading recent posts about the different versions of the price of a budget airport taxi on this forum. Went I went to the taxi counter, I asked specifically for a budget taxi. The girl at the counter asked for M$92 and I went "...how come the budget taxi costs so much,I thought it was M$68?" and she went "I give you premier taxi" and I said I want a budget taxi and she looks at me and my luggage and said "Ok, $67.40". So lesson learnt - you have to insist on a budget taxi. The budget taxi is a hatched back car with a small boot space. But, unless you have a lot of big luggages, there is more then sufficient to fit two 20 in lugagge. Note that the budget taxi I had was relatively new and the ride was good.

Paris, France
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1. Re: You have to insist on a budget airport taxi

Exactly what I keep telling people about cabs - always insist on what you want; always KNOW what the locals pay for; always walk away and take another cab if the taxis are ripping you off.

Why are there so MANY dishonest cab drivers in KL?

- lack of control and checks by the authorities; corruption;

- tourists are more than willing to pay whatever the cabs ask for. For some tourists; its peanuts when you convert their local currency to Ringgits; some don't even KNOW that the cabs are suppose to run on the meter and what the local Malaysian people pay for a cab. I have written over and over again the correct prices for cabs on the Inside Kuala Lumpur Page; but still there are people coming and telling me they got a "super good bargain" because a cab driver only want RM 150 from Bukit Bintang to KLIA. The usual rate from Airport Limo from Bukit Bintang to KLIA/LCCT is RM 70; so how can RM 150 be called a "bargain rate"??

- Many taxi drivers are cunning; they charge you according to your skin color. Once you enter their cab; they will sweet talk you and be nice to you; asking you about where you come from; what you are going in KL, offer to bring you around and be your tour guide etc. At the end of the day; they will slap you with a fat charge of Rm 200 for a few hours and since he was so nice and friendly; tourists will be too willing to throw in that money and add a fat tip on top of it; even go to the extent of "recommending" this cab driver to his/her friends. Usual price for a usual city cab in KL is NO MORE than RM 20 per hour regardless of skin color nor size of cab. I have taken plenty of tours paying RM 15 per hour with a nice friendly chap who knows plenty about KL.

- In the case of KLIA; most tourists do not even KNOW there are a few catagories of cabs and the different pricing levels (again, all the prices are written on the KL:Before you go page). Airport Limo prefers to give them an expensive cab since they will get a larger piece of commission from a more expensive cab.

This caused a strike at the airport last year because all the Premier cabs had passengers and the Budget cab drivers did not get the passengers.

Honestly, some Premier cabs are older than budget cabs; not sure what cars those are but the budget cabs are usually a Proton. If you don't need the size; just take the budget cab to save some money.

Passengers can sit on the rear seats and they can leave their luggage in the compartment and next to the driver seat in front.

The only way to solve this problem is NOT TO give the cab drivers the control over the price; Always know what you need to pay and insist on it; if they don't agree; walk away; take another cab or the monorail.

Paris, France
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2. Re: You have to insist on a budget airport taxi

And Friendship888, you did a great job insisting on the correct price; I hope other visitors are as alert and aware as you are.

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3. Re: You have to insist on a budget airport taxi

And the reason why the city cabs charge much more than the airport limo from the city to the airport is because they are not allowed to pick any passengers up from the airport to the city; so they are basically charging visitors for a return trip with an empty cab back to the city.

Perth, WA
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4. Re: You have to insist on a budget airport taxi

So no taxi ride in the city should be more than 10 ringgit?

Im talking like between Chinatown-Bukit Bintang-Petronas and the shopping malls.

Manila, Philippines
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5. Re: You have to insist on a budget airport taxi

Can I get an airport taxi from the hotel to the airport?

Paris, France
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6. Re: You have to insist on a budget airport taxi

City cabs should FOLLOW THE METER- price depends on the traffic; but it should not be more than Rm 10 for a short short distance.according to the meter.

Yes, please read all about airport taxis and how to get to and from the airport:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g298570-s301/Kuala-Lu…

And fares for CITY cabs and how to deal with them are ALL written here:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g298570-c19084/Kuala-…

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g298570-s303/Kuala-Lu…

Please avoid the Premier cabs in the city (blue/dark blue/yellow cabs). Their meter system is more expensive than the normal cabs (red/white cab for example).

Norfolk, United...
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7. Re: You have to insist on a budget airport taxi

Hi

I would never avoid the Premier cabs, whilst meter system is slightly more expensive (we are talking 1myr here) than the normal cabs the cars are larger and a [usually a] better standard than the normal!

Fares should not ever been more than about 10myr in the city, so barter hard or insist on the meter.

Airport Limos will come to collect people from their hotel to take them to the airport.

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8. Re: You have to insist on a budget airport taxi

There doesnt seem to be much info on cabs FROM the city TO the low cost terminal. Is a matter of just negotiating a similar price to the trip into the city?

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9. Re: You have to insist on a budget airport taxi

I found it easier to just say a few nice words in Malay first, like "Salamat Hari" ("Good day") and then "Saya mahu" ("I want") and then your destination, and then "Boleh?" ("Can you?") Then they would think you know the ropes or have stayed a long time in Malaysia and often they will just turn the meter on automatically. Else you can just remind them by saying "Guna meter tolong enchik" (which means "Use meter please mister").

A friend taught me some simple words in Malay and I find that it helps me in lots of places. Besides, it is the polite thing to do anyway.

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10. Re: You have to insist on a budget airport taxi

how much would it be from Kuala Lumpur airport to the renaicansse hotel?