Hold On! It’s a Skopje Taxi Ride

Round and round we go, in the automobile flow

the slow way
A slower taxi ride
When I travel for business, I need to get to meetings fast. Meetings that can be across town or across a (small) country. Often, taxi drivers have a much different view of driving than you or I might.

Traffic rules are flexible, lanes are fluid, and cops are irrelevant in more places and ways than you can imagine. And I have the hardest time conveying both the speed and agility in which they drive and my paradoxically calm nature when zipping across a city on a Thai motorcycle taxi for example.

Here in Skopje, taxis are a little less insane in their lane jumping rush to earn my $1-2 per ride. But don’t think it’s a calm drive. Better yet, live a few moments of a taxi ride I took this week with this short backseat video of the experience.

See, that wasn’t so bad, now was it? And I have to say I love the taxis here. They are quick, plentiful, and often, nice new cars. Luckily, there isn’t a Old San Juan taxi Mafia, so prices are cheap – I’ve not yet had a $3 taxi ride.

I only wish they would honk if they loved me.


  1. Your video taxi ride in Skopje is rather tame compared to “make your own lane” taxis in Bejing. Thanks for sharing your Macedonia cheap ride.

  2. Traffic rules are flexible, lanes are fluid, and cops are irrelevant in more places and ways than you can imagine.