Travel Advice - Safety recommendations for using taxis, trains, and buses
We realize that transportation related safety recommendations are unnerving but they should not cause you to rethink your travel plans. The world outside your town is not that much different from the town outside your door.
Always be prudent at home and on vacation, whether your travel is domestic or foreign. We have designed our recommendations to help reduce the likelihood that you will become a crime target or, otherwise, have a bad experience while traveling.
Transportation related safety and crime levels vary by country. Check to see if we have a Destination Guide for your travel destination. If so, we provide a section that describes any significant crime problems by location.
Taxi service is regulated in most countries.
When looking for a taxi from your hotel, let the concierge arrange a taxi for you.
We recommend that you do not share a taxi unless you are familiar with the other riders. Remember, your main duty is to protect yourself and your traveling companions. If your refusal to join a cab hurts someone’s feeling, let it be.
Note: We advise you to avoid using public transportation (bus, train and subway) during the morning and evening “rush hours” (7-10 AM and 4-7 PM), since these are the times when the potential for terrorism is the greatest. These are, also, the times when users of these forms of transportation are targeted by pickpockets and petty thieves.
Trains and train station are a notorious for the presence of petty thieves and pickpockets.
Once on board the train, store your luggage where you can see it.
If you are traveling, overnight and do not have a sleeper compartment, make sure that you or your traveling companions do not sleep at the same time you do, so one of you can keep an eye on your things.
If you have a compartment, lock it. If it cannot be locked, follow the same advice as above about sleeping one at a time
Do not accept food or drinks from strangers on trains as they may be laced with a sleep potion designed to allow them to steal your belongings.
Bus and Subway Safety
Busses and subways provide all of the same challenges as trains. Observe the same vigilance to protect yourself and your belongings.
Note: We advise avoiding public transportation (bus, train and subway) during the morning and evening “rush hours” (7-10 AM and 4-7 PM), since these are the times when the potential for terrorism is the greatest. These are, also, the times when users of these forms of transportation are targeted by pickpockets and petty thieves.