I have to get a cab from the airport to the designated Trek America hotel, where we meet up for the tour the following day. Are there any do's and don'ts with getting cabs in Cancun? I gather a fair number of cabs hang around waiting for punters, and I assume the official legal cabs are easy to spot as I don't want to get into any old thing that resembles a cab...any tips and advice will be helpful.....thankeeee
Make sure you agree the price. Some of them drive like maniacs, some are very safe, but i found it was difficult to tell how they would be. The ones that looked like they would be maniacs weren't and vice versa.
I don't know what price to agree though cos I dunno how much the fare will be, which leaves me wide open for a ripping-off
I would just turn away the first person and ask a couple of other drivers. There likely to try and overcharge, so act as if your disgusted with the price they tell you and they will cut down to a more normal fare, or try asking several drivers. The drivers at the airport are going to be more likely to overcharge venture out of the airport and then get a taxi. Unfortunately both times I have been it's been on a package holiday and we have got coaches straight from the airport, so I don't know what distance would be involved when walking out. Another option is using busses, they were very cheap out there.
I'm going to see if I can find the hotel on Google Maps and see the distance from it to the airport, which may help....just found my post on Twitter, linking to this forum :D
EDIT: Found the hotel and it's quite a way away from the airport. Hotel doesn't have a website for enquiries, and I'm thinking they won't do shuttle buses from the airport? I really don't know what to expect when I arrive there tbh. A taxi will be quite $$$$ so it looks like I gotta get a bus into town then find my way to the hotel. I get lost in my own house so GOd knows where I'll end up.
Wish Trekamerica would put us in touch with the other travellers so we can arrange potential meet-ups then a group cab or bus trip to find the hotel together. I'd hang around the airport for a while if I knew someone was flying in a couple of hours after me.
You're all prob wetting yourselves laughing at my lone-traveller ineptitude
[ Edit: Edited on 05-Jun-2009, at 07:46 by Gixer ]
Had a handy reply from Trek America:
It’s still pretty basic in Cancun, so there aren’t any shuttle services. You should just get a taxi, it is pretty cheap at $15 - $20.00. Make sure you buy a ticket from the taxi booth though (near the exit just outside the arrivals lounge) otherwise the taxis will overcharge you (probably try for $50.00 US). The ticket will have a fixed price as it goes on zones. You can’t miss the booth, but watch out for people trying to carry your bags etc (they wasn’t a couple of dollars for carrying it about 15 yards).
Transfer: The local Taxi Union operates a “shared taxi” or “collectivo” shuttle from the airport to the hotel for approx. MP $70 (US $15-20). Purchase a taxi voucher at the desk just outside the main terminal. Do not pay the taxi driver directly. Transfer takes approx. 45 minutes.
Feel better now! Good idea to buy vouchers instead of paying the driver direct. What about tipping people, is there a norm for tipping cabbies in Mexican Pesos?
I never tipped a taxi. I think there the one group of people you don't tip. They build it into the price they charge. Well done on getting that info i'm sure it's helped put your mind at rest.
[ Edit: Edited on 05-Jun-2009, at 09:35 by s96024 ]
At the Cancun airport, from what I recall, there is an actual cab kiosk...Then fifty thousand guys with badges saying"Official Taxi" trying to dissuade your from the cab stand.
In general, I have found that the less the cabbie cares whether I get into his cab or not, the more I want to be in his cab. If a guy seems to insistent or helpful, it's a trap. Fight your way to the cabstand....DON'T be fooled by the exasperated noises made by the independent rip off artist cabs.
My superscuzzball cheap tip is to try to find a fancy hotel that is near where you need to go....Most of them, in Cancun especially, have shuttles that'll take you there for free...They want to make sure they get all of your money...Take that shuttle FOR FREE and then walk right out the door to where you need to go...But you have to have a sense of the idiocy of Cancun...The Horseshoe of Greed is surprisingly vast.
I despise Cancun....I went there for one day while passing through To Merida, once, and Used their airport as a cheap alternative to Belize another time. The prices for men are about twice regular prices in America....The prices for women are often free...unless you don't fit into the value subcribed to by the men....To whit...If you ain't hot, you have to pay...
And all Mexicans are allowed to visit any beach in Cancun...but they aren't allowed through the hotels...I talked to a couple of Mexicans...There is one column, close to the beginning of the HOG where they can get through...After that, the only Mexican you'll see is a paying customer.
In short...Fuck Cancun...I hope it burns flat.
Just one man's opinion.
By the way, Cancun (and all of Mexico) are in North America