Taxis are quite cheap. In 2004 you could count a cost of about Euro
0,70 per km out of town, less in town. Make sure that the meter is
set or fix the price beforehand.
If you take a taxi at major taxi stands, you will often see a price table listing
the costs of a drive to the main destinations.
There is a small surcharge from airport and port terminals, as well as on some
holidays (Christmas and Easter). You can also stop a taxi anywhere or order
one by phone (small surcharge). Phone numbers vary so check locally.
It is not unusual for a taxi to stop even if it already has a passenger.
If you are heading in the same direction they will take you. Generally
this does not mean a saving for the passenger but two fares for the
driver. Don't begrudge them this small extra profit, with the low
cost of taxi rides these people don't earn that much.
Tipping is optional and not taken for granted. Most taxi drivers
will speak at least a little bit of English.
Be careful when specifying your destination: many places here have
similar or similar sounding names and misunderstandings can occur
quite easily, especially when this is compounded by poor pronunciation
of Greek names. Kalathas for example is located about 8 km to the
East of Chania. Not to be confused with Galatas, about 6 km to the
West of Chania! If in doubt, show your destination on a map.