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

Embassy personnel are not permitted to take local transportation. - Jun 14, 2016
Either not available or "don't use" - Aug 14, 2015
All are not safe and not allowed if you are connected to the US Embassy. - Feb 28, 2013
No to the local trains. No to the buses. Taxis are okay if you are stranded and nobody can pick you up. Bargain before you leave. You'll be ripped off either way, but like I said, only if you are stranded. - Apr 13, 2010
Local taxis were affordable but neither terribly comfortable nor terribly safe. The use of local taxis is approved by the USEmb at the time of this writing with a few safety caveats. Often, people would cultivate a relationship with a particular taxi driver. Plan on $8-$18 for a fifteen-minute ride from the airport to the other end of town. - Aug 15, 2008
Local taxis are unionized and considered safe. - Apr 1, 2008