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Barcelona Taxi Guide – Costs, Apps, Airport Trips, Tips

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On holiday you’ll find cabs from the Barcelona taxi system everywhere – you likely won’t wait more than a minute and prices are cheaper than most major European cities.

Yes, it’s still the most expensive way to get around but with a few precautions taking a taxi in Barcelona can be a great way to get around.

Before getting started you may also want to take a look at Taxileader.

This fully licensed, highly regulated taxi company is a great service to get a free quote on your ride in just seconds. It’s my go-to option for getting a taxi from the airport or any other large trips you have in mind.

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How to Get a Taxi in Barcelona

If you’ve picked a great area to stay central or are out at cool bars or restaurants you likely won’t have to wait more than a few minutes to hail an official black and yellow taxi in the street.

Look for fluorescent green lights in the windows – these ones are free.

To book a taxi in advance call +34 93 225 0000 (mandatory for more than 4 passengers). You can also book Barcelona taxis using any of their company-supported apps.

There’s a useful taxi fare calculator available online.

Barcelona Taxi Prices 2020

There is a minimum charge of €2.25 depending on the time of day.

A typical taxi trip in the city costs €7.00 to €15.00.

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Fixed minimum€2.25€2.25€3.25€39.00
Per km€1.17€1.41€1.31+n/a
One hour waiting€22.40€22.40€22.40n/a

Supplements:

  • Airport: €4.30 (the minimum charge to Barcelona is €20.00).
  • Cruise terminal/port: €4.30.
  • Major stations (Sants and the Exhibition Centre): €2.50.
  • Special nights (23-24 June, 24-25-31 December, January 1st): €3.10.
  • Wheelchairs, strollers, guide dog: Free.
  • 4-8 passenger vehicles: €4.30

Taxis at Barcelona Airport

There are taxi stands in both terminals which are easily found following the signs outside departures. The minimum airport charge from El Prat airport is €20.00.

The typical cost of a taxi from Barcelona airport to the centre is between €30.00 to €35.00. From Terminal 1 (T1) expect to pay about €30.00 while Terminal 2 (T2) is about €35.00.

For groups larger than four ask one of the taxi stand attendants to call a van taxi (€4.30 supplement).

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Barcelona Taxi Safety and Complaints

This isn’t a trip to the ‘big square’ in Marrakesh –  we’re taking a taxi in Barcelona! Drivers are required by law to run on the meter so you’re unlikely to get ripped off.

The ones I’ve dealt with are honest. Whether I’m speaking to them in Spanish or doing a ‘marketing test’ in English the results are the same: a logical route with no hassles.

I’ve heard very few bad Barcelona taxi stories, and most came from people who enjoyed Barcelona’s best nightlife a little too much. If you’re tipsy just get in that cab, pronounce the name of your hotel or Airbnb confidently, and pay attention!

Bad experience? Ask for a receipt (un recibo) and cite it using this taxi complaint form.

The form must be mailed to: Metropolitan Taxi Institute, Carrer Número 62 No. 18, Barcelona, Spain, 08040.

Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in Barcelona

While typical Barcelona taxis are not outfitted for disabled visitors there is a separate company called Taxi Amic. These spacious tailor-made taxis come with a special ramp to accommodate wheelchairs.

Timetable: weekdays from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm, weekends 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.

You can book the taxi online (with 24 hour’s notice) at the Taxi Amic website.

To book a taxi via phone call Taxi Amic at +34 934 208 088.

Barcelona Taxi Hacks

  • Taxis with green lights can’t pick you up within 200 meters of any taxi stand.
  • Don’t tip the drivers (tipping is not expected anywhere in Spain).
  • For €2-3 extra you can call for an ‘ecological’ taxi at (0034) 932-783-000.
  • If your hotel is near the airport check first to see if your hotel includes free shuttle service.
  • Supplements are usually added at the end of the trip.
  • Many of the smaller tourist streets in the Gotico, Raval, and Born are pedestrian-only. Check your destination and try to find a logical drop-off point in advance to avoid the driver giving you the run-around.
  • Make sure you’re heading the right direction. Most Barcelona streets are one-way, so often a quick look on your smart phone GPS to position yourself on the right side of the street could save you money.
  • The lost property contacts are +34 90 210 1564 or bjper-taxi@amb.cat.

When to Take a Taxi in Barcelona

It’s so easy to get around Barcelona by public transport that taking taxis can be impractical.

For this reason I suggest taking a taxi in Barcelona if:

  • You’re in a big hurry.
  • The company is paying.
  • It’s raining (rare).
  • You’ve had a few drinks (not rare).
  • You’re made of money (very rare).

If you’re going anywhere in groups of three or four the price difference between a taxi and the metro is negligible. You’ll get nearly anywhere central for 2-3 euros each.

Especially at night when buses run less frequently, getting an extra 45 minutes of sleep and not dragging your luggage around town at 4:00 am might be worth the extra money.

TAXILEADER – Barcelona Airport Taxi Transfer

Taxis are surely the quickest way to get to your hotel from the airport.

A ton of people have been asking me if there are any booking services and for this reason I’ve decided to go ahead and partner with Taxileader and their super efficient airport transfer to and from El Prat.

By clicking the blue button below you’ll get a free trip estimate in just seconds.

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After using this service personally I can say the the prices are honest and many of my readers have said the same.

What’s cool is that you’ll have a little James Bond moment by arriving to your driver holding a sign with your name on it.

To book you’ll simply have to leave a valid credit card and a 20% deposit as a guarantee. You’ll only end up being charged at the end of the journey. If you want you can also pay in cash.

If you’re travelling with kids you’ll also be entitled to a car seat or booster seat for free!

Booking Taxis via the Free Now App

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Saving 20% on attractions is just the beginning!

At the end of the day this service combines the convenience and preciseness of Uber with the legitimacy and safety of using the city’s black and yellow cabs.

Prices

Since this app utilizes the city’s black and yellow cabs the price is the same as quoted above.

The good thing about booking using the app however that the address and directions will be more precise and there’s no way the cab driver can rip you off taking the long way. It also beats standing on the corner waiting.

Another advantage? With your first trip using the buttons below you’ll get a €5.00 discount on your first ride using the code ‘ashley.pil’.

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How to Book

To book a taxi in Barcelona via Free Now just follow the instructions below:

  • Download the app using the buttons above.
  • Indicate your personal details and payment methods: this way you won’t have to fool around with giving cash to the driver and there’s no chance they won’t know where it is since it’s connected to the GPS.
  • Under the “promo code” portion of the app insert the discount code “ashley.pil” to have a €5.00 discount on your first trip.
  • You’ll then need to insert your pickup and drop off points (just like Uber) and you’ll be quoted an estimate on the price.
  • Get in and enjoy the ride! You’ll be able to follow the journey progress on your phone.
  • You’ll be debited the price at the ride’s conclusion.

As of 2020 you can also order your Free Now taxi adapted for disabled visitors.

The fee for these special taxis is €14.00.

Help Me Help You

You’re ready for your Barcelona taxi experience but if you’re not sure make to drop me a line in the comments below with your destination and I’ll let you know the best way to get around.

Also don’t be afraid to join the taxi discussion by first giving me a like on Facebook and then joining my group I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, and chat with thousands of Barcelona travelers.

Anything goes!

78 comments
  • August 2, 2020 at 8:24 pm
    KK
    Hi Ash, thanks for this - so useful! What would you recommend if we are coming from the airport and want to make a stop on the way to our final destination in Gracia. The stop should only take 5 minutes, and is only a few minutes away from the final stop (picking up keys for the flat). There will be two of us with 4 large suitcases and two small, so we will probably need a big car as well. Are taxi drivers in Barcelona ok with doing multiple stops and waiting? Thanks so much
    • August 4, 2020 at 12:49 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi KK, Thanks for your kind words, always glad to help :) I've asked taxi drivers to make multiple stops before and they've never had a problem, especially if it's just a few minutes away. Just make sure you have the stops clearly communicated (obviously if you give them both addresses it's even better) before you're underway and it'll be fine. Cheers, Ash
  • July 15, 2020 at 5:21 pm
    Amy
    Hi Ash, I am moving from one apartment to the other in Barcelona city but need help with carrying my bags as I am one person with 2 medium-sized bags of about 20 kilos each. I have looked into Mytaxi or now called Freenow, but not sure if they have an option that will assure my driver will help me with what I want. I do live on the first floor where there are very narrow stairs. Any suggestions?
    • July 15, 2020 at 6:03 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Amy, When I did a move back in February I made sure to call a van taxi via FreeNow... I had a friend help move the stuff down to the street (and guard it!) and then when the van pulled up we put everything in with the help of a driver. Sure, it's a premium for the van taxi but compared to paying movers it's a hell of a deal... two bags shouldn't be a big deal. If you have somebody to help it's even easier... should be no sweat :) Ash
  • July 15, 2020 at 3:44 pm
    Cathy
    Hello, We will stay in Estartit and would need to have a taxi driver to Barcelona airport, 3 persons. What do you suggest, which company with best prices and possibility to book in advance. Thanks for your help.
    • July 15, 2020 at 6:01 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Cathy, Thanks for writing :) The company I recommend most is Taxileader and there's a link above explaining how to get a quote... convenience factor is high and prices reasonable :) That said, if you're coming FROM l'Estartit I can't say I have any experience with companies there and I'm not sure if Taxildeader goes there. Also, it's miles away and you're looking at paying more money for the taxi than your flights in! This company here: http://taxiestartit.com/ Puts a quote at €210.00... which split three ways could be worse. I would call them and get a vibe on the service. It's run by English people and seems to have a good reputation. Hope this helps :) Ash
  • February 2, 2020 at 5:25 pm
    Charly
    Dear Ash, Thank you for all the useful information on your site! I tried to get an estimate for a fare from the airport to Castelldefels and TaxiLeader gave me a price of EUR75 for the date and time we arrive - which is 10am during the week and is not a public holiday. I find this very strange give that Castelldefels is much closer to the airport than Barcelona city center. I installed the MyTaxi app and checked there but it says "by meter" and does not give a fare estimate. Any ideas are greatly appreciated!
    • February 24, 2020 at 8:20 pm
      Demi
      Hi, I am travelling to Barcelona with my partner who is in a wheelchair I am just wondering if you could help me with our airport transfers if possible, thankyou
      • February 25, 2020 at 10:38 am
        ashley
        Team Member
        Ash
        Hi Demi, We've gone over this in Facebook but just for the other readers I wanted to refer them to my Barcelona disabled access guide which shows them how to get central from the airport. Cheers, Ash
  • September 28, 2019 at 10:15 pm
    Sara Pedersen
    Love your style! Thanks for the info. I had Free Now, but feel confident now to use it the first time for my early morning trip to the airport!
    • September 29, 2019 at 1:05 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Great to hear Sara! Please let me know if you have any questions :)
  • September 16, 2019 at 7:50 pm
    Charise Francis
    should you pay by cash or credit card in a taxi
    • September 17, 2019 at 12:33 pm
      lucile
      Lucile
      Hi, You can use both ;)
  • September 16, 2019 at 7:49 pm
    Charise Francis
    should you pay by cash or credit card
  • August 29, 2019 at 5:02 am
    RosaLuz
    Hi Ash, We have a 10:30 schedule at Park Guell. Our apartment is near El Corte Ingles Catalunya. I there's a taxi stand near the mall. There's 6 of us. Need your advise: 1) Should we opt to get 2 taxi at the taxi stand or call My Taxi to get a bigger taxi to fit all of us? 2) What time do you think we should leave?
    • August 29, 2019 at 3:28 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi RosaLuz, I've been using MyTaxi (called FreeNow now) a lot lately and especially in your very central area you'll hardly wait more than 3-4 minutes for one. This is a preferred option especially since you'll get a €5.00 discount on the first ride and can specify a 6 person taxi which is hard to flag otherwise. For a 10:30 slot I'd leave at 9:30 so you can wander around the Free Zone first :) Cheers, Ash
      • August 29, 2019 at 11:50 pm
        RosaLuz
        Do I need to request for taxi a day in advance? Thanks so much for your help!!!
        • August 30, 2019 at 11:02 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          With the Free Now app you can book it a day in advance or book it an hour or even 15 minutes in advance... your choice :)
  • August 28, 2019 at 4:53 pm
    Sarah
    Hi, we are a family of 4 arriving back at the port following a cruise. We are staying at the Novotel Cornella. We have a few suitcases can you advise the best form of transport for us to use considering the children (who are 10 and 13) and the luggage? Thanks. PS your website has been really useful. Sarah
    • August 29, 2019 at 12:30 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Sarah, Thanks so much for your kind words! I have looked at it and there doesn't seem to be any transport option that doesn't involve multiple 10-15 minute walks and anything less than two combinations of bus/metro/tram etc. This is a very uncommon route as your hotel is out in Cornella so I don't have a quick go-to route... I can only yield to Google Maps in this case as I have no experience doing it. In this case I would just shell out for the taxi as it's going to save you a lot of headache especially with children and suitcases etc. Cheers, Ash
      • August 29, 2019 at 9:41 pm
        Sarah
        Thanks Ash. Appreciate the advice. I thought this may be the case, but wanted to double check. Great site for information. We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 days in Barcelona prior to our cruise following your advice and links. Thank you
        • August 30, 2019 at 11:01 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Thanks a lot! I am happy to have helped :)
  • August 16, 2019 at 9:41 am
    Shyrae
    The information you provided is very helpful. I intend on using Free Now to order a taxi, but I would like to know if that is a reliable option at 4:00 in the morning from Masnou. I have an early flight.
    • August 16, 2019 at 10:10 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Shyrae, No problem :) Unfortunately I've never needed a taxi in Masnou so it's hard for me to say... I would just be doing the same Google search that anybody else would do. Your best bet is to talk to the hotel staff or Airbnb operator who will no doubt have a personal recommendation. Cheers, Ash
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