Taxi drivers and chauffeurs must also follow vehicle-for-hire or livery regulations, such as where they can pick up passengers and how much they can charge. Good drivers are familiar with the streets in the areas they serve.
Am I okay taking taxis and/or Uber in Mexico City? I've heard conflicting reports about the safety.Impressions from two brief layover visits, limited experience: I took the official taxi from the airport to my posada. The posada called a taxi when I wanted to leave to go somewhere, and to return to the airport as well. Even official airport taxi fares were only about U$13-15 (to 2 neighborhoods, exchange rate was only 18 at the time) and the one to retrace the route back to the airport even cheaper. I felt safe (solo female).
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I did not try Uber, nor did I have time to need more rides. We have been here for 3 days now and I decided to try Cabify this time. I picked Cabify, since I had read that you could possibly request a driver who spoke another language (although we haven't seen that option in the app) and I've had mixed feelings about Uber lately.
After 4 trips on Cabify and 1 on Uber over these 3 days, my thoughts are: Generally they are roughly the same price (UberX vs Cabify Lite). Sometimes one is a little more (~10%) than the other, but similar rates in general. It seemed Cabify Lite was a fair bit more from the airport (10:30pm weeknight to Roma), but it was still only $180MXN, which is only $9USD.
I have found that Cabify tends to call you more, but then I changed an option in the app that said to only call me if there is an issue. I don't speak any Spanish and my boyfriend is losing his, so trying to give directions over the phone isn't always useful for us. I did want to try Cabify Executive, but those are always 10-20 minute waits and I'm not sure if there are many drivers under that. Overall, the Cabify Lite vehicles, drivers, and service has been very comparable to UberX.
I can often see more UberX drivers on the map, but all the Cabify waits have been 2-4 minutes and it always seems the closest driver on the map is the one that picks us up. Once Cabify Lite was projecting a 10-20 minute wait. That was at Centro Banamex. So we switched to UberX where there were several drivers in the area and we got one who was just about to drop someone at the convention center anyway, so that worked out well. Cabify does promote that their drivers use Waze, and I am a Wazer myself, so I like that. Uber shows the direction of a driver coming to pick you up and Cabify doesn't, but that is fairly minor. Material Science Callister Solution Manual.
In order to setup Cabify as a USA resident, I could only link it to PayPal. Support had to tell me that as I kept getting vague errors when trying to link it to a credit card.
And PayPal is doing the conversion to USD themselves, so the rate is not quite as good, but it is minimal with these small transactions. We probably have at least three more ride shares before we leave and I'm planning on continuing to use Cabify for those.
I will say on our one Uber ride, the driver called me back to the car after we were walking away. I thought my boyfriend had left a shopping bag in the backseat, but it turned out it was a $20MXN note that had fallen out of his pocket. I was so caught off guard by it that I just pocketed it, but I wish I had given it to the driver as a nice tip. Edit: I should add that we've seen UberEats here, if anyone is interested in that. We took about two dozen Ubers on our last trip to Mexico City. I'd say our experience was mixed. I wouldn't use any other method of transport if we were to return, but Uber DF is not at the standard of Ubers in the United States: -countless drivers texting and driving (missing turns as a result) -drivers not wearing seatbelts -one driver who didn't trust GPS and wanted exclusive oral directions -every single driver but for a couple liked to drive with the windows down = no AC, toxic fumes rolling in, and vendors begging from us at stoplights We switched to Uber Black toward the end and had much better rides.
Usually, the windows were up and the AC was on. The price differences versus UberX are high on a relative scale — but not on an absolute scale when thought of in terms of USD.
One big problem we had was heavy traffic causing Uber to recalculate from original fixed fare to metered fare — this tended to double fares. We certainly weren't offered waters — not that we ever cared about that. Uber drivers in the USA never do that anymore either. We took Ubers back and forth to Teotihuacan. That was a trip! It's really easy to use, convenient, less expensive than local taxis, and safe.
Just be careful - the drivers are pretty unethical. More than half of our drivers didn't turn the meter off when the ride ended so we were slightly overcharged. $1 here and there isn't a big deal, except when our driver who took us to the airport drove all the way back to the city without turning the meter off costing us more than double our ride. After reaching out to Uber, they said the driver told them that we needed to go back to the hotel to get our passports which was a total lie - if that was the case, why wouldn't he have brought us back to the airport again to make our flight??
Lesson learned: make sure your driver turns off the meter.
Although not required, many of these workers have a high school diploma. The median annual wage for taxi drivers, ride-hailing drivers, and chauffeurs was $24,880 in May 2017.
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