+79-ANGEL-TAXI - Top Taxi in Moscow
Angel Taxi in Moscow is a leading taxi dispatching service with fixed prices with over 1500 drivers in Moscow and Moscow region and over 300 drivers in St. Petersburg. Angel Taxi in Moscow caters to private and corporate clients and marked its 6th anniversary in 2013.
Taxi in Moscow differs from taxi in St. Petersburg as the overwhelming majority of companies operating taxi in Moscow charge per hour rather than by mileage, which might make your trip by taxi in Moscow a pricy one in notorious traffic jams. Angel Taxi in Moscow does not charge by time, we charge by kilometer. It means our fixed taxi in Moscow will not change due to traffic jams. You pay what you have heard when you call us unless you change the route or the driver awaits for you more than 10 gratis minutes.
Angel Taxi is a leader in charge-per-km sector in Moscow taxi business. The name comes from the founder's experience in heading Noginsk-based Bogorodsk Cathedral's pilgrimage service (Άγγελος = Messenger in Greek). The name works wonders. Clients are quite enthusiastic about Angel Taxi.
Angel's business model has a distinctive feature. The company uses the existing opportunities and assets to grow business, rather than to create new ones. For instance, the park-hotel 'King Bagrat's Mountain' in Sukhum was restored from the Sukhum Tourist Base, which was known all over the USSR and the Socialist block but neglected and abandoned in 1990-s and early 2000-s. Building such a park-hotel from scratch on a greenfield site would cost dozens times more. This business approach adds flexibility in the age of turbulence and limits the company's financial risks, while increasing capacity utilisation.
Angel Taxi was selected for European Business Angel Network Congress in 2012.
We accept Visa and MasterCard as payment for taxi but only if you let us know of your intention to pay for taxi by Visa and MasterCard in advance. If you want to pay for taxi with Visa or MasterCard, please book taxi in Moscow in advance.
See how Visa, MasterCard payment for taxi goes in the video.
After the sanctions have been implemented some banks might experience difficulties in processing payment by Visa, MasterCard in Russia. That is why cash payment is much more preferred.
In this video Moscow-based Russian-language Village daily asked UK-based Wallpaper magazine staff to pronounce transliteration of some metro station names and common words. Well, it is not only about how difficult it is to pronounce some of the names for a foreigner. It is more about how difficult it is for a Russian to understand half of those pronounced transliterations if no graphical help is provided. That is the part of the learning curve for Angel Taxi operators – to understand what Moscow streets clients mean and try to pronounce in English... With this in mind, please try to tell us not only the name of your hotel, but its address as well.
If you underestimate these difficulties, watch the speech of Vitaly Mutko, Russia’s Sports Minister during Russia’s bid for World Cup 2018. The subtitles are allegedly the lines from an allegedly leaked and allegedly official but still allegedly confidential script in Russian…
If after this video you still think that "Russia is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma”, Angel Taxi will do its best to help you, at least with taxi and linguistic riddles, as we have majors in teaching, languages and intercultural communication, we know how difficult it is to navigate in a city with very few signs in Latin alpabet let alone in your native language.
Are Russians friendly?
One of the tourists asked recently while visiting a cathedral on a tour in Moscow: “Are there many Russians believers?” –“Yes, quite many, in our company all top managers are Christians”. “But how could that be, if there are so many Communists?” (!) “There are very few Communists now, what makes you think there are many?” “Because there are so many Russians in Moscow who do not smile because they are Communists…”
…I had to explain that the only possible connection between Communists and so few smiles now could be the historical heritage from decades of Soviet regime, when foreigners were deemed as strangers to say the least. In late 1980s my efforts to provide tourists with tours on the Red Square were interrupted twice by police as unauthorized communication with foreigners was frowned upon. After the second time I was summoned to the juvenile commission and asked if I really wanted to be caught up for the third time and be sent to a juvenile correctional facility. I reckoned I wouldn’t fancy having that kind of academic experience…
History aside, here we explain why drivers of taxi in Moscow do not seem friendly in particular.
In general, Russians are very serious about smiling (what an oxymoron!). In Russia, a smile is a deliberate, intentional face expression, hardly ever automatic as it is in the West. While the phrase ‘Kak dela?’ (“How are you doing?”) is becoming more automatic (Russians over the Soviet decades were less serious about speech) while still demonstrating a great deal of interest, flashing a smile is more of an attribute of certain jobs (models, waiters, sales assistants) and certain age.
Strangers smiling at you are still considered as someone unusual while in Soviet years it triggered even suspicion. Unsmiling faces are characteristic of Russians. While in Europe and USA smiling is polite, especially in the service industry (East included), in Russia smiling shows you like the person or at least know them.
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