Transport in Lebanon: Taxis and Service Taxis
Transport in Lebanon: Taxis and Service Taxis Last updated on Wednesday 21st April 2010
The best way to get around is by taxi or a shared taxi known locally as "service taxi". Taxis and service taxis are distinguished by red number plates, and on some cars a red and white TAXI sign.
Service taxis follow a pre-set route and will stop wherever you want. To signal the driver just say "indak" (here). Payment is usually a standard charge and can be made at any time during the trip, though most people tend to pay when they get in. If your destination is not straightforward, you may have to take more than one service taxi.
Although the fares are not listed anywhere the driver will usually ask for the correct fare. If there are no other passengers in the car, it is advisable to inquire if it is a service taxi before getting in to avoid being charged the higher rate taxi fare.
The same service car can be come a taxi, if you pay the fare of the other four seats. This avoids stopping and starting to let other passengers in or out and you will be deposited right outside your destination.
The taxi service in Lebanon is efficient and there are numerous cars always available. Taxi drivers will take you anywhere in the country and some will even go across the border to Jordan and Syria. Visitors are advised to negotiate the fare before beginning any long journey.