By all means be aware of these scam artists, expect 90% of them to make you a raw deal. Taxi drivers in Bucharest will try everything to squeeze every single cent out of you. The taxis are all Dacias which are Romanian cars and the quality is very much questionable, not talking about the safety. Consider yourself lucky if you can buckle up.

Avoid getting a taxi in a crowded area during nightfall, that is where they pick up passengers where they say there is a special night rate or minimum three times the normal rate, which can go up to 10 times the normal rate. Just walk a little bit further and you will get a taxi with the normal rates.

If you don´t have local currency (Lei) they will try to scam you with the idea that it is illegal to use other currencies. That is BS of course, so do the calculations yourself and offer them what is fair.

If you are taking a taxi from an airport or a train station to the city, don't fall for the guys who will approach you in the arrival hall offering you a ride into town. Walk just a little further down the road from the terminal and you´ll get a taxi with normal rates (1.39lei/km to 1.69lei/km in Bucharest, somewhat more in other cities) . Ask them to start the meter, in Romanian they call it "taximetru"

As an alternative, Bucharest and Cluj have joined the Uber network since 2015 and the Taxify network since 2016. Their services are enjoyed by many youngsters and businessmen as well as international tourists for it's higher quality and fairness in comparison to usual Romanian taxis.