Schiphol airport taxi scam

Official-taxi_stand-Schiphol-Amsterdam-AirportAmsterdam taxi drivers used to be known for their rudeness and eagerness to overcharge naive tourists. Attempts to regulate the taxi market in The Netherlands have only resulted in some of the highest rates in the world, at over € 2,10 per kilometer and a minute rate on top of that. As a result, a taxi ride from Schiphol Airport to a hotel in the center of Amsterdam will cost you anything between € 50,- and € 60,-. Those are the rates of the official Schiphol Airport taxis, which use Tesla all-electric cars and friendly drivers.

Amsterdam-Schiphol-Airport-taxi_hustlersHowever, getting to the official taxi stand may prove to be a challenge, because as soon as you step out of the door of the airport hall you’ll be awaited by a group of taxi drivers offering their services. They may show you their official taxi license and sometimes even promise a cheaper rate than the official rates. But once you agree to go with them they won’t take you to the official taxi stand but to one of their mates waiting around the corner in some beat up and dirty old car and that’s when you should walk away and follow the signs to the official taxis. Because you’re guaranteed to get ripped off. Warning-taxi_scam-Schiphol-Amsterdam-AirportIf you’re lucky, they’ll let you out at the correct destination for € 100,- but I’ve heard stories of more than € 150,- and they can become very intimidating if you don’t pay up what they’re asking. They might even drop you off at a completely wrong location, telling you your hotel is just around the corner from there, when in fact it may be at the other end of the city.

Taking a train into Amsterdam is easy and cheap, as the train stops right underneath Schiphol Plaza. However, if you don’t want to struggle with your luggage in the train and a subsequent tram, or if you don’t want the hassle of finding out where to go, follow the signs to the official taxi stand and only get into one of the blue or white Tesla Model S waiting for you. Or book in advance with a respectable taxi agent:

In Amsterdam itself, the most customer friendly and reliable taxi company is Taxi Electric, which use all-electric Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S taxis.



  1. Joseph patton says

    Ripped off by cabs at Amsterdam airport. The question is why are they allowed to be given access at taxi points on arrival at airport?
    Shame on you to allow these rogues to rip people of as they’re the 1st image of amsterdam !!
    Why is this is not regulated? It does not make a good image of Amsterdam that you are being robbed before you get to your accomodation.
    Where is the sense in this, Amsterdam??

    • It is true. AND regulated. Called free enterprise. If a private car is parked in the parking lot how can the authorities know.?
      People are warned to go only to the official taxi rank.

  2. Yep, my daughter just got scammed from Amsterdam Central to Schipol Airport from the official taxi rank at the Central station. They are not to be trusted. Use Uber if you can as more regulated and certainly better value!

  3. Guys the Dutch used to be pirates,

    what I want to say is yes most of people are honest but keep your eyes open because you are not in Germany even if you may think it is the same!

  4. I was ripped off my an official rank taxi. A journey that should have been no more than €40 I was charged €69. I asked the hotel reception and they pointed out the driver had torn the receipt at the bottom to remove his details and how to complain!
    Will be getting Uber the rest of this trip now due to that thieving git.

  5. Mom and kid says

    Watch out for black Tesla sitting in taxi stand. He said flat rate 45 euros, same price, then put on meter to drive rate to 90 euros then wanted tip. I asked what happened to flat rate and he said it was always on meter. I demanded receipt and to pay with credit card. He asked for cash and didn’t want to give me receipt. Reporting him to police.

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