Moving around in Meghalaya isn’t very cheap if you ask me. Fixed rate cabs who charge you double (or atleast it feels like). I will list down the fares that you might have to pay in different scenarios.
Once you land at the airport in Guwahati, take a shared cab for Rs.500 from just outside the airport. If you need a personal ride, be ready to shell out Rs.2000. These will take you Police Bazar in Shillong which is the main hub of the city.
In Shillong, if you hire a taxi for sightseeing, chances are you are going to pay upwards of Rs. 3k. Advisable only if you have family or people to share the cost.
Conversely, for solo travellers it will only cost Rs. 600-700 per day for a scooty. Now it is not restricted to be used inside Shillong. You can use it to go to Dawki or visit Cherrapunji, although it can be very tiring but if you’re an enthusiast then who is to stop you? 🙃
From Shillong to Dawki or Schnongpdeng, you have to shell out Rs. 3500. The distance is around 110 kms roughly and takes north of 3 hrs.
A trip to Cherrapunji and Seven sisters costs Rs.2600. A cab ride is advisable since you might be severely fatigued after trekking to the Double decker bridge.
In city, cabs are rather expensive and prices are not regulated. So you might have to pay arbitrary rates. As an example, for 3-4 kms I had to pay Rs.200.
I found bargaining tough, but it’s upto your skill, if you can make it stick, more power to you. Read about how you can male your Meghalaya trip memorable here.