Driving in a foreign country can be nerve-racking, especially in areas where the roads have not yet been built up to the standards of which you are used to back home. This is just one of the reason so many people who stay in Bani opt to make taxis their main mode of transportation.
The benefits of utilizing local taxi services are numerous. Most notably, it prevents you from having to learn how to drive in a foreign country, you'll never get lost on unknown roads, and you can relax and enjoy the scenery without worrying about if you're going to miss your next turn. Other than drving yourself, it is also the fastest way to get from one place to another.
If the above reasons have you convinced that taxis are the way to go, there are a few things you should know about the service in Bani. Taxis here are not yellow sedans with black checks along the side like most cabs you see in the movies. They are actually regular, every day vehicles and tend to blend in with private cars on the street. This is concerning because tourists who are hailing a cab have been known to be swindled and even robbed by locals posing as taxi operators. There are a few ways to avoid becoming a victim, most easily to ask for the driver's identification number. Even if you do this, it is still highly recommended that you avoid hailing a cab, and instead call a local company directly to have them pick you up. The concierge desk at your hotel will be happy to do this for you if you need a ride from your accommodations.
Check out the table below for a list of taxi services that serve Bani.
|(809) 522-3000||Billini Avenue - Bani|
|(809) 522-3030||28 M Gomez Avenue - Bani|
|(809) 522-4040||8 Padre Billini - Bani|
When you call for a taxi, the person you speak to on the phone will let you know what the taxi looks like and give you the identification number, which you can check against the driver's number when he or she arrives to ensure you're getting in the right cab.
Taxis are available 24 hours a day, though rates may go up overnight. Also, be aware that taxis will not have booster or car seats because it is legal for kids to ride in their parents lap. If you want your child to be secured properly, make sure to bring a child safety seat from home.
It is hard to say exactly how much you'll pay to take a taxi in Bani. The taxis are not metered, nor are the rates set by the government; each cab company may charge whatever price they see fit. Typically these prices take into consideration the distance traveled between certain locations, and at a bare minimum you'll pay $4.50(USD) for a short ride. Make sure to ask the driver how much the ride costs before you start driving, keep small bills in local currency on hand, and be prepared to tip about 15 percent of the total bill.
Some drivers also serve as tour guides. If you're looking for someone to show you the sites, you can either call around and ask for tour prices, or as yo driver if this is something he or she does. They will usually negotiate a rate with you right then and there, and you can settle on a price that you both feel is fair.
Taxi services in Bani are highly recommended but it is very important to be aware of all the things that could go wrong as well. After taking the tie to prepare yourself, you should find that there is no problem getting around using this method.
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