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Read lots of complaints about taxi cab drivers trying to scam passengers in Fort Lauderdale.  Is this a common thing in Vancouver.  Taxi from airport to port and return.

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Common? No, but it's certainly not unknown - the fixed rate fares have seriously reduced the potential for abuse since they came in though. At the airport, you'll pay CAD$36 to get to the pier - there should be a map hanging on the back of the front passenger seat showing the zones, but if it's not there it will have been 'forgotten' about and be in the drivers bag or 'have fallen under the seat' no doubt. But basically if you 'remind' them that it's fixed rate fares from YVR they will comply.

 

From port to airport it's metered by law, should average to the same as inbound but of course your particular trip might be a little less or more - the 'runaround' long trip might happen but on cruise days it's more profitable to just get you there ASAP so they can then pick up another cruiser at the airport and lather, rinse, repeat. Just ask whether Oak or Cambie have better traffic today when you get into the cab at the pier, showing you know the two main routes (and due to bridge locations, the only two sensible routes from the downtown core) and the driver should then avoid any temptation to take you on a sightseeing tour.

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