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NAIA Terminal 2 Taxi scam

  • goonistik

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    I have heard a report that there is a taxi scam taking place at the arrival area of Terminal 2 of NAIA. This is the terminal for PAL flights. There will be uniformed men asking if you need a cab and they will take you to the a room. They even have receipts, a sign board with prices for different destinations. However, you will be overcharged and you will be taken to a unmarked car. Some people say the signboard has prices in US dollars.

    AFAIK, there are 2 official airport taxis. When you get out of the arrival area of Terminal 2, turn to the right. You will find the Nissan Rent a car booth.
    http://www.nissanrentacar.com/contact.do

    Than take a look and see if you can the queue for the yellow metered taxis. They are usually cheaper than the Nissan coupon taxis. They look like this
    http://wisiwib.wordpress.com/2009/02/04/manila-yellow-airport-taxi/111120085547-small/

    #1 Posted: 23/7/2011 - 06:49

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  • manok

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    hmnn, its nice to get a hold of an information like this. same as usual i will go back to Pinas again, and since im not into the "balikbayan fanfare" mode, i will just arrive from PAL, get an airport taxi to my local bus terminal and then go home. nothing fancy. just basic, "commute."
    so i will be at the "mercy" of the airport taxi. i just cant believe they let this people go on and do their scam/stuff inside the airport. don't you think? anyway, this info helps. thx!!!!

    #2 Posted: 2/4/2012 - 13:04

  • manok

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    hmnn, its nice to get a hold of an information like this. same as usual i will go back to Pinas again, and since im not into the "balikbayan fanfare" mode, i will just arrive from PAL, get an airport taxi to my local bus terminal and then go home. nothing fancy. just basic, "commute."
    so i will be at the "mercy" of the airport taxi. i just cant believe they let this people go on and do their scam/stuff inside the airport. don't you think? anyway, this info helps. thx!!!!

    #3 Posted: 2/4/2012 - 13:21

  • manok

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    hmnn, its nice to get a hold of an information like this. same as usual i will go back to Pinas again, and since im not into the "balikbayan fanfare" mode, i will just arrive from PAL, get an airport taxi to my local bus terminal and then go home. nothing fancy. just basic, "commute."
    so i will be at the "mercy" of the airport taxi. i just cant believe they let this people go on and do their scam/stuff inside the airport. don't you think? anyway, this info helps. thx!!!!

    #4 Posted: 2/4/2012 - 13:28

  • Lei

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    These are some of the sad stories which I wish I could deny but are most often true. Any visitor coming into the Philippines (or any country) should not have to experience this.

    Ideally, if you can get someone, a friend or a relative to pick you up, that would be best. I hope that the government pushes through with the plan of connecting an MRT station straight to the airport.

    #5 Posted: 20/4/2012 - 04:30

  • altmtl

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    I just walked out onto the road and got a taxi who would use his meter.

    #6 Posted: 21/4/2012 - 02:40

  • manok

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    7APR2012: okay, this is it. when i arrive at naia 2 i have two choices, the coupon airport taxi (P330) or the yellow airport taxi (initial flagdown rate is P70) , actually a man carrying a booklet of receipts of the supposed fare approached me and asked me where i am going, so i told him, pasay victory liner terminal. he said “$18 dollars lang sir,” okay, that offer simply does not work. he thinks he can do a rip-off. so i declined. anyway, i simply choose the yellow taxi. so they are located on the far right (as the coupon/white taxis are on the left.) so i memorized the taxi’s body number (pretended also to check the plate number), went in and then we go. i had a little chat with the driver because he keeps asking questions. anyway, i told him im from taiwan, (not canada). hehe. baka kikilan pa ako neto ng canadian dollars. anyway, this was a sabado gloria morning so not much traffic on the route actually. we arrive at the victory terminal, i checked the meter, it reads P273. which i think was a normal read but it turn out to be suspect of cheating i tell you. anyway, i went out of the taxi. took out all my baggage and then paid him P300 (tip included lol). so if i used the coupon taxi which charged P330, and im pretty sure the driver would ask for a tip, say i give him, P50 so i will in theory pay P350 on the white taxi so i think its a better option just to use the yellow taxi.

    25APR2012: anyway, coming back again, (vacation in pinas is over na) this time, from pasay victory liner (inside), i rode another yellow airport taxi which just landed a passenger from the airport going back to naia 2 (centennial terminal) and initially i thought that the driver used the long route because it took a long time (oh well traffic) and when i get out of the taxi when i was in naia2 already, the meter reads only, i mean only fuckin P190. remember, i rode a yellow airport taxi that has a meter reading P273. but this time its only P190, i gave the driver P30 tip to make the fare P220. during the trip, he also asked where i am headed, and i just told him “abroad” i dont want telling to strangers where i am going because i am not asking directions. LOL. anyway, he did not bother asking anymore questions!

    #7 Posted: 27/4/2012 - 01:56

  • travelinasia

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    Metered taxi are my top choice coming from NAIA terminal 2. But be sure the meter will start once you get in the cab.

    #8 Posted: 16/9/2012 - 10:48

  • edinsac

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    If you take yellow taxi, prior to departure the airport guard/taxi monitor will provide you with a trip ticket. The ticket should include your taxi information and date. Sometimes writing is not legible so jot down taxi number. A few of the yellow taxi drivers will attempt to pull a scam by asking you for the trip ticket. DO NOT GIVE the ticket to your driver. Insure that he starts the meter as you enter the cab. If he does not comply, immediately get out of the cab and go back and report to the guard/taxi monitor and get the next cab. If your already on the way out of the terminal and he has not dropped the flag tell him to go immediately back to the terminal. You trip ticket has information for reporting non-compliant yellow cabs. He should immediately comply because they do not want to loose their ability to service NAIA.

    #9 Posted: 29/10/2014 - 11:18

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