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We are disembarking from our cruise in Sydney and plan to take a cab to the airport. That is the only time that we will be in Australia. Will we be able to charge our cab ride or do we have to get some Australian money?

 

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We are disembarking from our cruise in Sydney and plan to take a cab to the airport. That is the only time that we will be in Australia. Will we be able to charge our cab ride or do we have to get some Australian money?

 

DON

 

Yes the do but will add a surcharge for doing so (can be up to 5 percent.

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Yes the do but will add a surcharge for doing so (can be up to 5 percent.

As above.

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If it's a single use, the 5% will be likely equivalent to the cost of exchanging cash, and saving the issue with having cash left over.

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Will we be able to charge our cab ride or do we have to get some Australian money?

 

Visa and Mastercard for sure. American Express may find some resistance.

 

But always check before getting in whether the taxi driver is happy with your kind of card.

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My experience has been the same with Credit Cards taken but a surcharge added.

 

Keith

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Remember that it’s not necessary to tip cab drivers in Australia

We also have Uber operating here so if you have an Uber account you could use them to get to the airport - cheaper than a taxi

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Just back from cruise, ended in Sydney. Had 4 pieces of luggage, so my husband &I took a taxi to airport. Asked the driver before entering the taxi if he accepted Visa credit card. He said sure. When we got to airport, he said “oh no, I can’t accept credit card. My machine doesn’t process AMERICAN credit card. I’ll take cash, any type, Australian, New Zealand, US. Price is $82.50 (Australian dollars) plus $4 more for the luggage. So $85, US is fine.”

I said I’ll go in & get Australian dollars from debit machine. He said he’ll accept $71 US.

Wish I had taken the HollandAmerica airport transfer for $19 per person!

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Just back from cruise, ended in Sydney. Had 4 pieces of luggage, so my husband &I took a taxi to airport. Asked the driver before entering the taxi if he accepted Visa credit card. He said sure. When we got to airport, he said “oh no, I can’t accept credit card. My machine doesn’t process AMERICAN credit card. I’ll take cash, any type, Australian, New Zealand, US. Price is $82.50 (Australian dollars) plus $4 more for the luggage. So $85, US is fine.”

I said I’ll go in & get Australian dollars from debit machine. He said he’ll accept $71 US.

Wish I had taken the HollandAmerica airport transfer for $19 per person!

 

 

$80 sounds high

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Sorry to say you were had - that is a BS story on not accepting US issued cards - the machines don’t discriminate and that charge for OPT to the International Airport is very high - this fare estimator sites suggest 50% of the price @ https://www.worldtaximeter.com/sydney/+sydney+airport/overseas+passenger+terminal+circular+quay

 

So did you happen to get his Taxi number or ID?

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It wasn’t a maxi taxi was it. They do have a surcharge.

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Was that displayed on the metre? All taxis should be showing the amount on the metre.

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Sorry to say I did not get his taxi number or ID. We were too shocked to think clearly. He didn’t have the meter on during the ride either. Charging more for luggage?? That’s why we took the cab instead of the train! I know the hotels and stores in Australia had no problem with our credit card.

He did tell us early in the ride how much lower the crime rate is in Australia compared to the US, then proceeds to rob us! I’ve never been cheated by a taxi driver in the US, so wasn’t prepared for this. Left us with a very bad impression of Sydney!

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I’m sorry to hear your Sydney experience ended that way

 

Maybe because I am a local but I have to say I’ve never heard of anyone else being treated this way by a licenced Sydney taxi driver.

 

I’m not saying it doesn’t happen but I do not believe it’s common. I hope you didn’t tip them

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I’m sorry to hear your Sydney experience ended that way

 

Maybe because I am a local but I have to say I’ve never heard of anyone else being treated this way by a licenced Sydney taxi driver.

 

I’m not saying it doesn’t happen but I do not believe it’s common. I hope you didn’t tip them

 

I have had a similar experience with a cab from Sydney airport to Cruise Terminal at Circular Quay. Told by the driver credit card no problem but when we arrived he claimed his Eftpos was not working and would only accept cash. I was suspicious and firmly told the driver (non Australian) that I had no cash and pretended to record his cab number. Miraculously the Eftpos machine suddenly worked and I was on my way. I am Australian with an Australian credit card so I hope this was an isolated incident and not a common scam.

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The old 'credit card machine isn't working' is a common ploy by Australian cabbies, and one reason I avoid taxis in Australia, amongst others.

 

That said, I've yet to see one run off-metre, and given the degree of regulation, especially at airport, I'd believe that aspect to be very uncommon. But the lack of ethics, or dodginess is less so...

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Last March, we were leaving the apartment building where we had stayed the night before embarking on the VOS at the OPT. There was a taxi at the front door as we walked up from reception and a young woman was just about to get in the back seat when the taxi driver saw us coming with our luggage. He said something to the passenger and she got out and went to another taxi. The driver put our luggage in the boot and you should have seen the look on his face when I said where we were going I think he thought he had a a trip to the airport! We still laugh about it. I was glad the young woman had another taxi to take her to her destination or we would have waited for another one.

 

Leigh

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We were in Australia and New Zealand in November and had no trouble with the taxis and credit cards. We did have Aussie$, but managed to do our entire time in NZ with just a credit card and no NZ$. The only time we needed cash was for our van shuttle for $15 AU pp from Potts Point to the airport. They informed us of the cash only well beforehand.

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Sorry to say I did not get his taxi number or ID. We were too shocked to think clearly. He didn’t have the meter on during the ride either. Charging more for luggage?? That’s why we took the cab instead of the train! I know the hotels and stores in Australia had no problem with our credit card.

He did tell us early in the ride how much lower the crime rate is in Australia compared to the US, then proceeds to rob us! I’ve never been cheated by a taxi driver in the US, so wasn’t prepared for this. Left us with a very bad impression of Sydney!

 

What's that a proper taxi? Or were you approached by someone offering the service? The letter being illegal.

You clearly must also have noticed that the meter was not on. Why not say something? Don't judge Sydney by it. At least in Australia you are unlikely to get sworn at by a cabbie if you don't tip.

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Yes it was a proper taxi, and in the queue at OPT, and we were directed into this taxi by the supervisor of the taxi queue line at OPT cruise port. We were not out on the street trying to flag down an unofficial taxi.

We don’t take taxis often enough to know to watch for a meter. But now we will.

This was an unscrupulous taxi driver who cheated us. Please don’t try to blame the victim for the crime!

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Yes it was a proper taxi, and in the queue at OPT, and we were directed into this taxi by the supervisor of the taxi queue line at OPT cruise port. We were not out on the street trying to flag down an unofficial taxi.

We don’t take taxis often enough to know to watch for a meter. But now we will.

This was an unscrupulous taxi driver who cheated us. Please don’t try to blame the victim for the crime!

 

Agreed, the taxi driver is clearly in the wrong, not the passenger.

 

They have tried to stamp it out, and I'm surprised it happened - as said, I hadn't heard it before - but it's not the victim's fault. Of course it will create a bad impression, hence why they try to stop it.

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I’m wondering wether the American credit card was a non chip credit card?

Most of our machines do not take credit cards unless its a chip card.

Not trying to make excuses for what could be a bad apple, but maybe that’s what he meant when he said he doesn’t accept American credit card...

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Yes, it was a chip credit card. I have used it multiple times on this trip in Australia & New Zealand, and never had a problem except for this encounter.

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I know this is not the question but consider using Uber.

 

It is charged to your credit card.

 

Prices are very competitive.

 

We just used Uber several times during our recent stay in Sydney and it was terrific.

 

Keith

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So what did Uber cost to the airport from the Rocks?

 

We didn't use it nor a taxi. Hotel arranged the car.

 

However, for those wanting pricing it takes seconds:

 

https://www.uber.com/fare-estimate/

 

Price varies based on demand and vehicle selected.

 

Keith

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The Rocks/OPT to Sydney International Airport using Uber - according to their estimator

 

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That's it.

 

The range is based on whether there is an up charge.

 

We waited no more then 10 minutes for Uber.

 

Usually two to three minutes from our downtown Hotel near the Rocks.

 

Great drivers.

 

Very safe.

 

We are pretty much done taking Taxis unless that is the only choice.

 

Keith

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Wait til you experience Uber’s “surge” pricing multipliers and you might reconsider taxis - when surge (usually 1.5x up) is applied you may as well be in a taxi in terms of cost

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Wait til you experience Uber’s “surge” pricing multipliers and you might reconsider taxis - when surge (usually 1.5x up) is applied you may as well be in a taxi in terms of cost

 

Had it one time.

 

We know about it.

 

Overall we felt much better about the Taxis.

 

Also we found that we were taken directly to where we wanted to go and not for a "ride".

 

Even In Sydney some tourists can be taken by a ride as confirmed by several people who worked in our hotel who also recommended Uber.

 

I most prefer Uber these days or booking private vehicles in certain cases such as when we used it both ways between hotel and airport.

 

Daughter's in laws used public transportation which was another option.

 

Choice is good.

 

Keith

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Wait til you experience Uber’s “surge” pricing multipliers and you might reconsider taxis - when surge (usually 1.5x up) is applied you may as well be in a taxi in terms of cost

 

In terms of surge, you only need to be about 1.2x for Uberx to be the same cost as taxis, and that means all other options are more.

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That Uber estimate is WAY out! I have done Rocks to Airport and reverse - and Rocks to Darling Harbour and reverse - several times over the past few months and it was never over $26. If its surging on any particular day I grab a taxi as its not that much different in price.

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