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Taxi Cabs in Macau

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Taxi Cabs in Macau

Hi! Since it's our first time in Macau, are all cabs there safe? And is there a preferred Taxi Cab Carrier or something? Thank you! :)

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Perfectly safe if you can find them! Hotels & casinos will be able to get them but there might be long delays on the street at peak times.

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Yes they are safe!

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I really don't understand the point of this first ever posting referencing FB.

I have lived in several of the world's major cities including London, New York, LA and HK. Even in heavily regulated London the outrageously expensive black cabs can misbehave. I was once refused a journey from the rank at Heathrow - I called the police officer and reported the driver.

To the point - Macau taxis are safe and mostly very clean. If anything they are seriously under-priced.

Yes there are a few rogues who turn down fares - I got a turn down on Saturday night at Sands. But they are as good and safe as anywhere which is what the OP wanted to know.

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Really? You obviously didn't read the post in that group about the cab driver that pulled the screwdriver on the customer. Or the ones that scream at 9 month pregnant ladies.

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As with rogue drivers everywhere they should be reported to the police. I gave an example of when I did.

BUT as a generalization to condemn Macau taxi drivers is in my view totally unfair. As I pointed out I have a pretty varied experience and Macau drivers are certainly much better than most cities - and I'll still say that if I again get refused a trip to Kiang Wu in a raging storm at midnight next Saturday.

Please keep your axe grinding on FB - I'll contribute photos of the next drivers too.

But again to OP. Safe, clean and good - even if like in all cities they are soluble in water. LOL

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Ok, I'm not axe-grinding. I live in Macau and have for many years. We started a group complaining about Macau taxi drivers and 500 people joined in 2 days. There were over 1,400 members in a month. And this is for a city of 600,000 people the grand majority of which do not speak English. The issue immediately resonated with the people of Macau. It received front page coverage in a Portuguese language paper, page 5 coverage in an English paper, and was on the local city news.

Try catching a taxi in Macau in a busy time without bribing the driver by offering to pay 5 to 10 times the meter fare. Queues at taxi ranks can be 2 to 3 hours long at very busy times. There is even a term "diu yu che" (fishing taxi) for taxis crawling around with their windows cracked trying to negotiate high fares not using the meter.

It's actually a huge issue but I haven't the time to explain it all here.

Yes, sometimes you will get a taxi no problem. But to say the Macau taxi problem is just a few isolated cases is not true. There is an industry wide problem.

To answer the original question "is it safe?" the answer is mostly yes. But there have been incidents. As I said, screaming at passengers, lying, cheating, pushing passengers out of cars, pulling a screwdriver, multiple drivers attacking one of our members at the West Lobby of the Venetian (a particularly bad spot). All have happened.

Generally speaking though, you should be ok. The worst that will happen is you will be refused to be picked up for a few hours. It is luck of the draw whether that happens or not. All depends on the day of the week and the time of the day.

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And as for Trip Advisor removing my post because it referenced a FB non-profit community group that provides good information to visitors to Macau, shame on you. Your website is meant to be all about helping people and giving them information isn't it? I run a magazine and we post links to competitors all the time. The internet is about sharing information and empowering people. I suppose you'll probably delete this post too now. I guess that's the last free content I provide to TA.

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As a quick reference will show I am no apologist for TA. It is owned by Expedia and is seriously under scrutiny from European trading bodies for lack of transparency.

Macau has an issue with taxi availability on occasions. I am with you on the issue. But this really is a broader political issue. Complaining about 2 hour waits in a place that could be walked across in each direction in less than an hour is really not going to get empathy from TA readers who are just travellers.

Please get the government to set up a serious time of day based metering system - like in SG and HK. The biggest danger to taxi users is night time drivers falling asleep due to working excessive hours. The taxis are too cheap.

Again for travellers to Macau - safe, clean cheap taxis. Much better than anywhere else in Asia. That includes Singapore where the drivers are charming but even the sat av technology they are fitted with is beyond them...

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I have to totally disagree with you about SG taxis - they are way better than Macau taxis imho. As are HK taxis. I lived in HK for 5 years and I have visited SG more times that I care to remember. Actually I am in SG as I type this. Also English skills amongst Macau taxi drivers is almost non-existent. This may be a factor to the OP. The cleanliness and maintenance of SG taxis also is way higher than their Macau counterparts. Some of the Macau taxis feel like they are held together with packing tape.