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Are local buses, trams, trains or taxis safe and affordable?

Yes, we aren't supposed to ride the buses, but the American teachers do. Most people have found a taxi driver they like and use them as needed. I don't like getting a taxi from the street. - Mar 5, 2017
Trains and taxis are safe, buses are improving. - Jul 4, 2015
Don't bring anything with low clearance because of potholes and rough roads. That said, every other car in the city is a Mercedes, so a sedan can make it. The clearance is mostly for peace of mind, and for getting out of town. Some of the villages have amazingly steep and rocky roads. I don't know much about service, except that's it's a better idea to have your driver take it in. Most people have drivers, as the embassy provides a transportation allowance for children in school which covers the cost of a driver. BP also has an allowance for drivers. Most people complain about the traffic and driving, but I get along fine without a driver. - Jan 29, 2013
Trains-no. Buses-no WAY! Taxis--yes, but depending on the driver! Be aware that they drive crazy here! - Dec 22, 2011
The metro is off-limits to Embassy personnel. Taxis are plentiful. They do not have meters, you have to negotiate the fair before getting in. They always start at something unreasonable, but you will be able to get them down to an affordable price. - Sep 9, 2010
Forget trains and buses. They are not recommended for safety reasons. Taxis are without seat belts (mostly), but they are relatively cheap -- if you know what to pay. - Aug 21, 2010
Very affordable. - Oct 1, 2009
Taxis are safe but a little pricey. A roundtrip to the Embassy (about 25 min. drive) will cost you about US$10. You can take the local buses but they are usually over crowded and not very child friendly. - Nov 5, 2008
The embassy security officer has suggested no using buses or subway system and suggests using a specific taxi service. Most travel around the city will cost 5 manat - about US$6.00 - Sep 29, 2008
Didn't take much public transport since I had a car, but taxis are pretty affordable (US$5-6 to most parts of the city). - Sep 9, 2008