One of the most comfortable ways of getting around Barcelona is in a taxi, but bear in mind that it’s not always the quickest option; depending on the time of day and where you’re going, it’s possible that other forms of transport that are just as straightforward and usually cheaper. Barcelona’s taxis are immediately recognised by their colour. Although the cars themselves vary in age and make, they are always yellow and black, so they are easy to spot.
Where to find taxis in Barcelona?
If you need to take a taxi in Barcelona there are various options, which vary from flagging one down in the street, going to one of the many taxi ranks that can be found throughout the city, or phoning to arrange a pickup at a location of your choice.
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Stopping taxis in the street
There are usually plenty of taxis in the centre of Barcelona, especially at peak times of the day and busy times of the year, such as at Christmas. It shouldn’t be too difficult to find a free taxi, which is indicated by its green light, and all you need is a simple hand gesture to flag it down.
Going to a taxi rank
In Barcelona there are many taxi ranks, situated at strategic points throughout the city such as major bus stops, train stations and at the airport, plus at the busier tourist destinations such as the Plaça de Catalunya. You can go to the taxi rank and approach the first taxi in the line.
Phoning for a taxi
If, for example, you’re at your accommodations and you would like to book a taxi by phone for a certain time, or indeed if you’re in the street and you can’t find an available taxi, you can call one of the radio taxi services, which will send a taxi straight to your destination at the time that you want.
Phone numbers to call a taxi in Barcelona
Radio taxi 033: (0034) 933.033.033.
Radio taxi Barelona: (0034) 902.222.111.
Teletaxi Barcelona: (0034) 932.134.131.
Servitaxi: (0034) 933.300.300.
Fonotaxi: (0034) 933.001.100.
Price of taxis in Barcelona 2018
The following chart shows the current prices of taxis in Barcelona. These rates are updated periodically. In addition to these prices, surcharges will apply for the transport of luggage and pets.
|Fixed start fee||2.15 €||2.15 €||2.30 €|
|Km travelled||1.13 €||1.34 €||1.40 €|
|Barcelona Airport – El Prat||3.10 €||3.10 €||3.10 €|
|Dock port||3.10 €||3.10 €||3.10 €|
|Train station (Sants / França / Nord)||2.10 €||2.10 €||2.10 €|
|Getting off Fira Montjuïc 2||2.10 €||2.10 €||2.10 €|
|Minimum fare service||7.00 €||7.00 €||7.00 €|
T1 tariff: from 08:00 until 20:00, working days in the whole of the metropolitan area of Barcelona.
T2 tariff: Monday to Friday from 20:00 until 08:00, saturdays from 08:00 to 20:00 and public holidays from 06:00 until 20:00.
T3 tariff: from 20:00 until 06:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
When to use a taxi in Barcelona?
Barcelona’s taxis are very handy when you arrive in the city by bus, train or plane and want to go directly to your accommodation in Barcelona without having to work out how to get there by public transport, especially if you have heavy luggage. You’ll therefore find taxi ranks at every train and bus station, plus of course at the airport. Taxis can also be really useful if your destination is a bit more complicated to reach by bus or metro, but thanks to the extensive public transport system that is now in place, these cases will be rare. At certain times of day, particularly at rush hour, it’s possible that you’ll get caught in traffic in the heart of the city centre if you travel by taxi, so you might consider alternative options such as the metro at these times.