Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Repost of Rome Cabs review… and need a ride in Athens?

I'm reposting these reviews because I notice people are often wondering about private taxi services in Rome and Athens…  Both of these services are excellent and get my whole-hearted endorsement!  Since Epinions is going away, I wanted to make sure I saved these reviews.

Need a ride in Rome?

 May 24, 2013 (Updated May 24, 2013) 
Review by    is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Hotels & Travel
Rated a Very Helpful Review
  • User Rating:Excellent

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Pros:Excellent drivers.  Safe, prompt, courteous.

Cons:You have to pay in cash.  Pricey, but worth it.

The Bottom Line:RomeCabs will get you where you're going in style and comfort.

My husband Bill and I needed a ride from our Roman hotel room to Civitavecchia, the pier where we would be catching our cruise on SeaDream I.  I frequent Cruise Critic and, in particular, the messageboard for SeaDream I cruisers.  When I asked about the best way to get to the ship, several regular posters recommended RomeCabs.  Indeed, RomeCabs is currently ranked #1 of 449 activities in Rome.

Not just a taxi service...

We used RomeCabs just to get to the pier, but RomeCabs can also arrange tours with a driver and a tour guide.  Checking their Web site, I see that they have a wide variety of tours available to places in and around Rome and Tuscany, as well as along the western coastline.  Looking back on our two nights in Rome, I kind of wonder if maybe we should have booked a tour with RomeCabs.  We tend to be lazy about getting out and seeing things.

Besides tours and transfers, RomeCabs also offers different levels of service.  For instance, if you book a VIP transfer from the Rome airport, you will get a mini-tour of Rome.  Your driver will speak English and can tell you historical facts about the best known monuments of Rome.  If you don't book a VIP transfer, you will still have an excellent driver, but he may not speak English.

BookingRomeCabs has a handy form on their Web site.  You choose your date of departure, destination, number of people, and time of service.    When you enter that information, you're given a quote of how much it will cost.  The prices include Italy's VAT and toll charges.  Our trip from the Relais Orso hotel to Civitavecchia cost 130 euros, which was to be paid in cash the day of service.  Once I booked, I got a confirmation email.  The day before the service, I got a reminder email to let them know if our plans had changed.

Our experience

I booked our service for 1:00pm on May 11th.  Our driver, Marco, showed up a little early and easily spotted us.  I guess it was because we looked like we were expecting him.  Marco drove a small Mercedes van, which was very clean and tidy, and he spoke excellent English.  As he drove us out of Rome, he was careful to point out some of the sights.  He also mentioned his company's high ratings on TripAdvisor, which I told him I had already noticed.

RomeCabs' drivers have a special permit, which allows them to drive right up to the ships in Civitavecchia.  That's an advantage over regular cabs, which have to drop you off outside the gate.  Marco drove us right to the tent where SeaDream was set up.  He helped us with our bags and it was literally minutes later that we were on the ship.  Bill tipped him well, which I'm sure he appreciated.

Overall

We had an excellent experience with RomeCabs and wouldn't hesitate to book with them again.   Marco was prompt, courteous, safe, and obviously knows Rome very well.  His vehicle was clean and pleasant and it was very convenient to be driven right up to the ship, rather than having to schlep our bags.  Yes, the service is pricey, but I thought it was worth every euro.  If you need a ride in Rome, I highly recommend checking out RomeCabs.

For more information: www.romecabs.com

Recommend this product? Yes

Best Suited For: Couples
Tour length: One Hour
Tour type: Individual

Very reliable taxi service in Athens...

 May 25, 2013
Review by    is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Hotels & Travel
Rated a Very Helpful Review
  • User Rating:Excellent

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Pros:Prompt, professional, clean and safe cabs.  You can pre-pay online.

Cons:None.

The Bottom Line:StarGroup Taxi Services is excellent and priced very reasonably.  I wholeheartedly recommend them if you need transportation in Athens.

A friend of mine who had sailed on SeaDream I with me in November 2011 tipped me off to StarGroup Taxi Services when I told him I needed to find transportation from the pier to our hotel in Athens and to the Athens airport.  He said StarGroup Taxi Sevices was very reliable and reasonably priced.  Having used their services twice in the last week, I have to agree with my cruising friend.

Booking


Booking was no problem at all.  StarGroup Taxi Services has a Web site which lists all its services and prices.  I needed a taxi to take me and my husband Bill from the Piraeus Port last Saturday and a taxi to get us from our hotel to the airport.  StarGroup Taxi Services charges  25 euros to get from the port to any Athens hotel.  They charge 50 euros to get from Athens to the airport.  I requested both transfers online and paid for them via PayPal, then got my husband to print out the vouchers.  The total cost for both trips was a little over $100, which was a lot less than what SeaDream was charging people who booked through them.

Our experiences in the cab(s)


We had two different drivers.  Both spoke excellent English and seemed very proud of their city.  One driver made a point of telling us that Athens is very safe, though we needed to watch out for the Romanian street people who try to scam tourists.  Both drivers pointed out places of interest and told us a little about Athens.  Both were on time and courteous. And both times, the yellow Mercedes cabs they drove were spotlessly clean, well-maintained, and safe.  Bill tipped generously and it appeared that both drivers were pleasantly surprised; they didn't seem to be expecting a gratuity.

We did not use StarGroup Taxi Services for tours, but if we ever go back to Athens and have a couple of days to kill, I would not hesitate to hire them for that purpose.  They had reasonable prices and were set up to accept prepayment, plus they were very prompt and professional.  A number of different tours are available, including ones that are designed for kids.

Overall

If you need a taxi service in Athens, I would definitely recommend StarGroup Taxi Services.  They are very good at what they do and they won't rip you off.

For more information:  http://www.stargroup.gr/index.html

Recommend this product? Yes

Best Suited For: Couples
Tour type: Individual

2 comments:

  1. Hi, Your cab journey looks interesting. As we all know the best method to travel is by taxi. It gives you zero tension while traveling.
    thanks for this post.

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  2. A good, reliable cab service is worth its weight in gold.

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