Rip-off Taxi drivers at Paris GDN
This is just a quick head's up that it is not just the dodgy blokes hanging around the taxi rank at Gare du Nord that will try to to rip you off - but also the licensed drivers as well. I left the Eurostar exit and went to queue in the main taxi rank to the left of the station. Ignoring the offers of a cheap taxi from the scammers, I waited in the queue for 20mins to get a licensed cab. My trip was from GDN to St Lazare (usually about 8 Euros). He immediately punched a button on his meter that showed 30 Euros.
I asked him about this but he said he did not speak English. I laughed and said "I won't be paying that." My connecting train was in 20mins so I was not in a position to get another taxi.
When we got to St Lazare he refused to drive up to it, saying it was because of traffic (he was suddenly able to speak English). He asked for the 30 and I threw a 10 at him and left with his swearing and shouting in the background. I imagine a lot of people may have just paid the 30.
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