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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.

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.

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How to Get a Taxi in Barcelona

Honestly, if you’ve picked one of the best areas to stay in Barcelona 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).

⚠️  Warning ⚠️: Barcelona’s top two attractions must now be booked in advance.

You can book fast track tickets to both individually or get them as part of a discount pass:

You will not be able to book these tickets on site – lock in your tickets ASAP or you could miss out.

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 2023

There is a minimum charge of €2.55 depending on the time of day.

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

T1* 2023  T2* 2023  T3* 2023  T4* 2023
Fixed minimum€2.55€2.55€0€39.00
Per km€1.23€1.51€0n/a
One hour waiting€24.60€24.68€0n/a
  • Tariff T1. Weekdays from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Tariff T2. Weekdays from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am + Saturdays and holidays from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Tariff T3. This is a fixed price tariff that can only be booked using an app. For more info consult the list of taxi companies that use apps in Barcelona. Basically, the fare will be ‘locked in’ from the moment of booking so no meter runs.
  • Tariff T4. This is the fixed price of a taxi journey from Barcelona El Prat Airport to the Port of Barcelona.

Supplements:

  • Airport: €4.50 (the minimum charge to Barcelona is €21.00).
  • Barcelona cruise terminal/port: €4.50.
  • Major Barcelona transit 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: €3.10

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 €21.00.

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 [email protected].

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 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 visiting Barcelona with kids you’ll also be entitled to a car seat or booster seat for free!

Booking Taxis via the Free Now App

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 a Taxi in Barcelona

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 2023 you can also order your Free Now taxi adapted for disabled visitors.

The fee for these special taxis is €14.00.

Related: How Many Days Should I Stay in Barcelona?

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Barcelona Taxi FAQ

Do Barcelona taxis take credit cards?

Yes, even if the taxi drivers say no – all of the official black and yellow city taxis do take cards. You can pay by debit or credit. Don’t fall for it if they ask for cash, even though this is rare.

How to get a taxi in Barcelona?

Barcelona is one of the most taxi-filled cities in the world so it’s very possible to flag one on pretty much every corner in the city centre. It’s even more convenient ordering the official black and yellow cabs from the app Free Now.

Are there taxis at Barcelona airport?

Yes, both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at Barcelona airport have designated taxi stands. You simply need to walk out of the terminal and you’ll find them. Expect to wait 10-15 minutes at peak times.

Are Barcelona taxis safe?

Yes, all Barcelona city taxis are heavily regulated and the taxi drivers are forced to run on the meter – so getting ripped off is incredibly rare. To make the experience even more secure you can book your taxi using the app Free Now.

Are taxis cheap in Barcelona?

Barcelona taxis are cheaper than other major European cities. The fixed minimum of €2.55 is about average, though the €1.23 fee per kilometre is much cheaper than a place like London (£1.71).

Are taxis expensive in Barcelona?

Compared to other major European cities the prices for Barcelona taxis are quite moderate. The per kilometre price is about 15% cheaper than capitals like Paris and London, and being a smaller city the typical trip is much shorter. Expect to pay between €10.00 and €20.00 for a typical city centre ride.

Still Wondering How to Take a Taxi in Barcelona?

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!

121 comments
  • April 25, 2024 at 11:53 am
    e Shermy
    Hi. I am visiting Barcelona in August 2024 with my children. There will be 6 of us in total. Do you recommend waiting to book a transfer in advance and get a taxi on the day or should I book in advance? There are hue price differences depending on the site I use and really don't want to be out of pocket with a dodgy site. Its our first family holiday and really want a transfer waiting for us ideally but happy with any recommendations. We are staying at Camping Park Platja Bara, near Tarragona. Thank you for any advice.
    • April 25, 2024 at 5:56 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Shermy, Well, first of all I'd like to vouch for the links we use on this site. All of them have been tested by us (not to mention countless readers) so I wouldn't worry about them. That said, medium-long distances like this (it's about 50 minutes) should be doable for grabbing the taxis right outside arrivals. I'd personally rather get the service of being met in the terminal, but it's your choice :)
  • March 25, 2024 at 6:33 pm
    Trevor
    Hi Ash, enjoyed your advice and commentary on Barcelona. We are going over (first first time from Canada) and looking at the best way to get from around Carrer del Comerç, Catalunya 08902 to airport at around 3:30 am (flight departs at 6am) in May? Thank you.
    • March 26, 2024 at 9:46 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Trevor, Thanks so much for the kind words :) Unfortunately since metro is closed, and assuming you won't wanna walk the 20 minutes to Plaza Catalunya late with luggage (where you could get the Aerobus)... I would just get a taxi using the app above. In fact, if there's 2 or 3 of you the price is gonna be negligible compared to multiple Aerobus tickets. You should have no trouble booking a cab at this time. The drivers usually fight over airport trips. Cheers,
  • March 17, 2024 at 9:41 pm
    Ian
    Best way to get to hotel balmoral in Barcelona
    • March 23, 2024 at 9:36 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hey Ian, Unfortunately there won't be a straight shot there unless you take a taxi. Otherwise, I'd take the Aerobus to Plaza Catalunya, change for the green line of the metro, and take it up to Diagonal... from there it's a short walk. Again though, if there's 2-3 of you... the money spent on the Aerobus can basically cover the taxi. I'd taxi.
  • December 15, 2023 at 10:07 pm
    Kurt
    Ash, My wife and I are staying for a week at a hotel in the La Raval neighborhood, and I've read good and bad things about it (such as questionable safety at night). Should we take cabs rather than walk back to our hotel in the evening, or is La Raval relatively safe and full of people? If it's a bad area, I wonder why our travel agent put us there.
    • December 17, 2023 at 5:23 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Kurt, I lived in Raval for six months once and I only had trouble walking back way late... we're talking 2 am or 3 am. Also, it might be noted that I'd had a couple of cocktails and probably appeared a bit inebriated ;) As long as you don't engage in the guys saying "hello my friend, where are you from?", people asking you for hugs etc... you should be fine anyway. There is only one street that is particularly bad... feel free to send me the location of the hotel and I can help you avoid it. Cheers,
  • October 29, 2023 at 7:17 pm
    Carol Biskup
    Beware of driver: VICTOR BALMOST SORITA. Our cab fare was 35E, tried to pay with our credit card, he told us it did not go through, tried a 2nd time same thing, he demanded we pay him cash which we did. He refused to give us any receipts for any of the transactions, even though his hand held charging machine was printing them. Next day we see the 2 charges on our credit card did go through. Have contacted our bank/credit card company for disputing the charges, have notified the taxi company twice, but no response from them. We ended up paying VICTOR BALMOST SORITA 115E for a 35E fare.
    • October 30, 2023 at 11:34 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      So sorry to hear about this Carol :( I have never heard of such a thing and hope it was just a huge misunderstanding as opposed to outright fraud... I know the machines don't work very well but I have never heard of being charged twice :( Your best bet is disputing the charges with your bank...taxi company is always slow getting back. That said, I'd encourage anybody else reading here to use the app FreeNow as it's the Uber-like app of the city and it's impossible to get ripped off there - you have all the payment control in your hands.
  • August 8, 2023 at 9:06 pm
    Donald E Parks
    Hey, Ash. (I guess Facebook wouldn't allow what I just wrote). We visited a few weeks ago. Thanks for the info. Here's my situation: I'll be at the La Maquinista hotel in Sant Andreu district and making a couple of trips a day for about 3 days (Sept. 1-3) between there and the Fabra i Coats arts center. And I might not want to walk it especially late at night. So, will cabs be available most hours of the day and evening, until about 11PM? And how much should that cab ride cost me? Thanks much. I'll be in town Aug. 30 to Sept 5. Looking forward to it. Finally, I'll need a 4:30AM cab Sept 5 back to the airport. Will there be any snags at that time of day? Thanks again.
    • August 9, 2023 at 1:06 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Donald, I lived in Sant Andreu and it's quite safe... if it's a short walk I wouldn't sweat it, though if you're tired a cab is fine. Just make sure you download the Free Now app (links above) beforehand to make sure you can call one. The city centre is full of cabs at all hours but further out in Sant Andreu the chances of flagging one diminish quite a bit. You definitely will have to call one in advance for the 4:30 am ride to the airport. No big deal though! The app is quick and easy. Cheers,
      • August 9, 2023 at 6:58 am
        Donald E Parks
        Do you think the clerk at the hotel would be able to call a cab for me if my app messes up? Just wondering. Thanks much for getting back to me.
        • August 11, 2023 at 3:37 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Of course, should be standard practice :) No worries.
          • August 12, 2023 at 9:09 pm
            Donald Parks
            Thanks again, Ash.
  • July 7, 2023 at 6:17 pm
    Donald E Parks
    Hello, Ash. Thanks for what you are doing on this site. I'll be visiting Fabra i Coats first week of Sept. for the Sant Andreu Jazz Band jazzing festival/workshop. I'm from the US. From I'm reading, a taxi trip from the airport to the La Maquinista hotel on Carrer Sao Paulo should cost about 35 euros, ballpark. Am I about right on that? Also, in the Sant Andreu district, in the evenings, should I be able to hail a taxi? Thanks again.
    • July 9, 2023 at 3:36 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Donald, I spent a month in Sant Andreu back in 2018. It's by no means flooded with taxis but there will be some out and about - that said, I wouldn't count on hailing one. Just download the Free Now app (link above), which uses the city's yellow cabs, and you'll always have one on its way. As for the 35 euros that's about right... Sant Andreu is kind of tucked away in the city on the opposite side of the airport. Cheers,
  • March 12, 2023 at 5:57 pm
    Elie
    What is the best choice to get from the cruise port to la ramble near Catalunya Square?
    • March 17, 2023 at 1:32 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Elie, The cruise bus only takes you to the bottom of La Rambla, about 1000 meters away from Catalunya. What you'll want to do, assuming you've got luggage and don't want to walk, is just grab a cab right at the cruise port. Cheers,
      • September 3, 2023 at 10:28 pm
        Tarun. Tony Khanna
        Hi Ash, how much airport van taxi BCN to Sitgis Hotel ME or Sunway 5 people day time
        • September 4, 2023 at 5:28 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Tarun, It's hard to tell you an exact number without knowing the suitcases, but expect to pay around 60-65 euro for a van taxi for 5 people including the van supplement. Cheers,
  • March 10, 2023 at 11:03 pm
    Denise
    Hi we a group of 8 that will be staying at the Barcelona house hotel and the ronda hotel what is the transportation from the airport
    • March 17, 2023 at 1:36 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Denise, For the Ronda hotel taxis are honestly the easiest option, otherwise you'll have to walk a bit with the suitcases. It's gonna be the same price as 8 individual tickets for the Aerobus and it'll be much faster. Honestly, the same goes for the Barcelona House hotel. It's nowhere near an Aerobus or metro stop and the price will be very similar with 8 people. Take the guess work out of it and just grab a taxi at the airport. Cheers,
  • January 2, 2023 at 5:51 pm
    Kristina
    Hi! I wanted to booked a taxi for this Sunday by Free now app, but I can't put Sunday as option. Are they driving during the weekend?
    • January 5, 2023 at 7:45 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Kristina, The Free Now app utilizes local taxis so no doubt they will be running! Just keep in mind that it's only possible to book four days in advance, thus you don't have the option yet. Cheers,
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