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1. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

A few people are advising me against shared taxis, in Iran, especially for my first time, in Iran.
Would somebody please tell me, what exactly is the danger, with shared taxis?

Mel;)

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

there is NO danger. have those people been in Iran? if no, how can they know? its much cheaper then a private taxi (1/4 of that price). but u need to find out what routes they take. The lonely planet will help with that. btw...in general I took private taxis because they bring u exactly where you want to go without the hassle of finding out where shared-taxis are going. private taxis are still extremely cheap and its easy to find one (don't forget that petrol is only 0,05€ per litre, atleast in 2003 when I was there, so prices for taxis are very low). u should find out beforehand what the approximate fare is where u want to go (see LP, u will get an idea of prices for a certain distance). say beforehand that u want to pay the amount u have in mind. otherwise get another one, there are enough that go for your price (if you walk away the taxidriver will probably call u back anyways). it is helpful to learn some farsi counting (see LP). hope this helps. cheers;)

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 1, 2007, at 8:46 AM by wouterrr ]

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks Wouter

Yeah, those folks, who told me not to take the shared taxis live in Iran. I emailed, one of them today, to ask what the danger is.

Mel

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Yeah, those folks, who told me not to take the shared taxis live in Iran

yeah, that is just bull. they probably want to give you just advise, whatever that is. next time they will say to not step into a mosque or enter a bazar because you could be ripped-off. I tend to think that a private taxi is more dangerous. have u heard about the taxi driver in utter pradesh in India. in 4 months he killed 250 of his passengers.

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

I am a bit wary, of getting into a private taxi, with only the driver, when I dont know the city. Hopefully, there will be a woman or a family, I can share a taxi with. ;)

6. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

I think men in Iran are a less hassle for women then in India or Egypt, if that helps.

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Well, I enjoyed India and Egypt, so I will probably enjoy Iran too, even if the men there give more attention that I want......

8. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Well, I enjoyed India and Egypt, so I will probably enjoy Iran too, even if the men there give more attention that I want......

not more! less attention! then in Egypt and India!

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Yeah, I heard that would be the case. With the laws and stuff.
But, I hope nobody gropes me at all, because it is yucky.;)

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