Some taxi drivers in Istanbul are a little wild with their driving, and if you've only travelled around Europe it might be a little worrying. If you would like your driver to slow down, "yavaş gidin" is the phrase you need.
Although Istanbul is not too 'wild west' when it comes to scams and overcharging, here are some pieces of advice to take into account when taking a taxi in Istanbul.
- If possible, book your taxi from your hotel or restaurant.
- Only take official taxis, they are painted yellow have Taksi written on them and have digital counters.
- Make sure that the counter is up and running, if they don't put it on, get out of the taxi
- Indicate your destination on a map, many taxi drivers don't speak English
- Make sure you're given the correct change: and if your driver has none, wait for them to get some, many drivers say they don't have small change.
The base fare in Istanbul taxis is 9.80 TL (US$ 0.50), and the price per km is 6.30 TL (US$ 0.30). If the taxi is waiting for more than 5 minutes, 0.35 TL (US$ 0) will be added per minute. The minimum price for a journey is 8.70 TL (US$ 0.50).
If the taxi crosses the Bosphorus, the client must pay the toll.