Taxis in Bucharest are a cheap and safe way of transportation
as long as you take one belonging to a company and not a private one. Good companies are Cristaxi,
Cobalcescu, Meridian, Perozzi, XXL, Prof, Rodell, Speed, Leone and Fly Taxi. The name of the company is
usually inscribed very clearly on the taxi. There are other good companies, but what you should avoid by
any means is any taxi marked as "IND" or "Independent". They charge about 4 times what a company taxi charges.
It's legal to do that as long as they have the price written on the car, which they have. They usually have 4
prices written on the car and you're guaranteed to be charged at the highest price. If you're in a taxi station
and there are 4 taxis waiting but still people wait around and then flock to one taxi who just stopped to leave
a passanger, then it's sure that nobody trusts the independent taxis. Always make sure that the meter is on. Most
of the taxies in Bucharest are Dacias (the national Romanian car), so don't expect a high level of confort. One
company that has better cars and a better level of confort is Fly Taxi.
It used to be a hassle to take the taxi from the airport but things have improved (in a way). Today there is
only one company licenced to pick up passangers from the airport, the Fly Taxi company mentioned above. Their
fares are comparable with other companies. In December 2004 most taxi companies had rates around $0.50/km.