Rome and Paris Joint 'Winners' For Having The Rudest Cab Drivers

01/07/2013 09:28 BST | Updated 01/07/2013 09:32 BST
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Paris and Rome may be hell to drive in but taking taxis in the two cities is hardly much better, according to a survey.

Cabbies in the French and Italian capitals have been rated the rudest in a poll of British holidaymakers by airporttransfers.co.uk.

Those in San Antonio on the Spanish island of Ibiza are not the politest either, according to the survey.

Other cabbies it is best to avoid include those in Dubai and in Magaluf on Majorca.

The survey, based on responses from 2,162 UK holidaymakers who had taken an overseas holiday in the last 12 months, showed that the friendliest taxi drivers are in Pefkos on the Greek island of Rhodes and in the Turkish resort of Marmaris.

Other polite cabbies were to be found in Playa de las Americas on Tenerife, in New York City and in Palma Nova, Majorca.

When asked what they thought made a taxi driver "friendly", 86% of respondents agreed it was a driver who was "talkative"', while 42% also said a friendly taxi driver was someone who gave their advice/knowledge of the local area.

When asked what they saw as a rude taxi driver, the majority, 51%, said it was someone who was "unhelpful".

Airporttransfers.co.uk managing director Chris Clarkson said: "Taxi rides around the world can be totally different experiences, depending on the time and the place.

"You could stumble upon the most helpful taxi driver in the world, who gives you a guided tour of the area you're in on the way to your end destination, or you could have someone that just grunts in response to anything you say."

Have you ever encountered rude cab drivers and if so where?