Rent-a-car Vs. Taxi in Belgrade: What is more profitable?

Easier mobility and saving money for traveling from point A to point B is the main challenge of the modern era, when due to more and more obligations, it is necessary to spend as little time as possible on transport. Staying in Belgrade for work or purely for tourism requires an efficient and economical means of transport, especially if you plan to visit several remote locations. A serious dilemma can therefore arise as to whether it is worth more car rental in Belgrade or it is better to use a taxi for transportation. We have analyzed the advantages of using a rented vehicle, and in which situations it is more worthwhile to simply call a taxi.

Rent a car is more profitable in the long run

To cover longer distances, that is, if it is necessary to drive several times to more distant destinations in the city (or outside the city), it is definitely more profitable to rent a vehicle. Renting a small city car, which is not a big consumer, can cost as little as 15 euros per day, which is what a slightly longer taxi ride would cost. The amount to be set aside for fuel for a rented car, on the other hand, will depend on the planned mileage. That’s why you should take some time and make a calculation. If the locations that need to be visited are known, then it is simple to solve this equation and determine what is more economical. For example, if you need to travel from the Wolf Monument, where you had a business meeting or some other obligation, to Novi Banovac for a family lunch, and it’s still Sunday, it’s most worthwhile to rent a car for that day. In that case, the saving is also on the side of time. If, on the other hand, only one short trip around the city is necessary, it is clear that a taxi is a cheaper and simpler option than renting a car.

Taxi fares should be taken care of

Taking into account that starting in Belgrade taxis costs 220 dinars, and that the kilometer covered in the first tariff is 80, the second 100 and the third 160 dinars, in case it is necessary to visit many different locations that are quite far from each other, the taxi can be very expensive an expensive option. The second tariff is valid from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., so this aspect should also be taken into account if the decision came down to a taxi. A kilometer traveled by taxi will cost 100 dinars during national holidays as well as on Sundays. The third tariff is valid for kilometers traveled outside the city area, so it is important to pay attention to whether suburban places are also visited.

“Wild” driving is a risk that does not exist when renting

Many times we witnessed situations where the taxi ride turned out to be much more expensive than usual (even multiple!), especially for customers who are not from Belgrade or Serbia. Abuses happen from time to time, and you should take care when choosing a taxi. In order to avoid “wild” taxi drivers, it is important to pay attention that the selected vehicle has plates marked TX. Such inconveniences will not occur when renting a vehicle, because the conditions are defined by the contract before renting the car. Thus, it is known in advance how much the rental is for 24 hours, whether there are benefits for long-term rental, as well as what is included in the price of renting a car.

Taking a taxi relieves the stress of parking

One of the main advantages of taking a taxi is the complete absence of worrying about finding a parking space. Drivers know best how much of a headache this activity can cause, especially if they are looking for a parking space during periods of the day when more than half of the citizens are at work, where they drove their four-wheelers. In some cases, a free parking space can be found several kilometers away from the desired location. This means an additional loss of time for walking to the intended destination, which entails additional stress, especially if the exact date of the meeting has been agreed upon and it should not be late.

It may happen that there is currently no space in any of the city garages where the vehicle is planned to be left. This further complicates the situation and leaves two choices – continuing the search for an alternative parking spot or waiting in line until a position in the garage or parking lot becomes available.

Unlike a taxi, there is no waiting for the rental car to arrive

Facing the difficulty of finding a free taxi can be very exhausting. Anyone who has needed a taxi in Belgrade on a Friday or Saturday night, or on a rainy day, knows this. Sometimes it happens that you have to wait for a taxi for a very long time or that the answer from the machine or the dispatcher of the taxi service arrives that there are currently no available vehicles. This can be very frustrating, especially in situations where we are in trouble. There will be no such inconveniences while driving a rented car. A rented four-wheeler will be available just like your own car, at all times 24/7. This is another plus on the side of renting a car compared to taking a taxi.

Greater privacy and independence in a rented vehicle

For lovers of socializing and meeting new people, it will certainly be nicer to schedule their ride with the taxi service. This can be an advantage for those who are always in the mood to chat with the driver, share their experiences or hear a recommendation from the taxi driver. On the other hand, very busy people, focused on work, who would keep their privacy exclusively for themselves, may be bothered by the fact that they have a driver who can ask them even an awkward question or start a conversation about politics, sports, weather or any other topics.

Hour of waiting vs. free parking

In some locations, parking is free of charge – many institutions, hotels, restaurants have their own parking space that customers or clients use completely free of charge. Therefore, leaving a rented vehicle in such parking lots would mean that there are no additional costs. On the other hand, those who imagined that they would come by taxi and quickly finish a meeting or work in a public institution, and that the taxi driver would wait for them during that time, will opt for the more expensive variant. An hour of waiting in Belgrade costs 900 dinars, which is incomparably more than leaving a rented car in a free parking lot (or even a paid one).

All in all, renting a car will be more economical than driving a taxi all day, especially in Belgrade. However, in the end, it’s not all about money either, so a lot depends on personal affinities. Someone will enjoy driving more, and even making their way through city traffic and looking for parking, while others will be more comfortable if they have a driver. This could also be a deciding factor in the rent-a-car vs. taxi.

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