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World's Scariest Taxi Rides

Breakneck rides through traffic, self-destructing vehicles, even drivers-turned-kidnappers. And they all still want a tip, too.

Mexico City

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The capital for creepy taxi stories. Perhaps because they are so omnipresent, the green VW bug taxis would seem to be the standard ride. But the little bugs have a lethal bite—by some accounts, more than a fourth of them are illegal or “pirate” taxis. The classic “express kidnapping” involves taking passengers to an ATM and forcing them to withdraw their limit at gunpoint.

A Better Ride: The St. Regis Mexico City usually arranges private car services for guests and otherwise recommends “radio taxis,” which a hotel can call for you. Just make sure to find out the number of the ordered car and then climb in only after you’ve checked for that number on the car.

World's Scariest Taxi Rides

Mexico City

The capital for creepy taxi stories. Perhaps because they are so omnipresent, the green VW bug taxis would seem to be the standard ride. But the little bugs have a lethal bite—by some accounts, more than a fourth of them are illegal or “pirate” taxis. The classic “express kidnapping” involves taking passengers to an ATM and forcing them to withdraw their limit at gunpoint.

A Better Ride: The St. Regis Mexico City usually arranges private car services for guests and otherwise recommends “radio taxis,” which a hotel can call for you. Just make sure to find out the number of the ordered car and then climb in only after you’ve checked for that number on the car.

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