s within Buenos Aires
are easily identifiable, as their lower half is painted black
and their upper half is painted yellow
. They can be hail
ed from any street, a red lighted sign with the word 'libre' (free
) behind the windshield
informs of their availability.
has a fare
which indicates the price of the trip at all times
, though sometimes it's possible to arrange the price with the driver
beforehand for long trips.
in taxis is very frequent in Buenos Aires
visiting the city are advised to be extremely careful (specially in airports
, outside of banks
, and the downtown area
in general). A safer alternative is to take radio taxi
s (hired by phone) from a well known company. Though some of these companies add a fixed charge
for the phone service, some don't, and some offer a discount
. Radio taxi
s can be hailed from the street as well, and that's a good choice too, provided special care
is taken to make sure it really is one of the cars of a well known company. Radio taxi
s have a yellow
sign painted on the side, identifying the company they belong to, and should also have a radio transmission
antenna (often much shorter than the standard AM
/FM radio antenna
, and usually located right in the middle of the car's roof). They should also have a white sticker with the initials 'I.R.A.' on the lower left corner of the windshield. Hailing radio taxis reliably from the street is a black art
probably reserved for experienced locals only.
There are a couple of tips
to help avoid 'dangerous
- Taxis with no identification signs for both the owner of the car and the driver inside.
- Taxis with sun filters on the back (used to further block the view of what's going on inside the car from onlookers).
- Taxis with the front right seat in an upright position (one of the criminals usually takes this seat and points a gun or threatens the passenger from it).
- Taxis with doors that can't be opened from the inside.
- Taxis with the door locks disabled.