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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.

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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 2022

There is a minimum charge of €2.30 depending on the time of day.

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

T1* 2022  T2* 2022  T3* 2022  T4* 2022
Fixed minimum€2.30€2.30€0€39.00
Per km€1.21€1.45€0n/a
One hour waiting€23.40€26.40€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: €4.30 (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: €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 €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 [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 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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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 2022 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!

93 comments
  • September 29, 2022 at 9:56 pm
    James
    Taxi bloke charged 44 euros because we were using a card, he wanted cash. I
  • September 1, 2022 at 12:48 am
    DEANNE
    We are flying into Barcelona a couple of days before our cruise. A friend of mine told me that they got a taxi around Barcelona who just showed them the sights and they had written up a little paper of where they wanted to go and the guy just took them around everywhere. Is that something most of them will help you with?
    • September 1, 2022 at 12:07 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Deanne, Would this be with the black and yellow city taxis? In my experience taxi drivers have very basic English so this doesn't seem possible unless you get very lucky. Also, it is not a country like Thailand where you can give them 10 euro and have your own personal chauffeur for the day... they are extremely busy shuttling around locals in a city of millions. What you said just sounds very strange to me... I would guess your friend just got extremely lucky. Or they paid him a ton of money. You would probably be better off using the hop on hop off bus or hiring a tour guide for this. Our guide Alvaro is happy to take people around, I could ask if you were so inclined! Cheers,
  • August 23, 2022 at 11:11 am
    Michelle
    Hi my friend had a really bad experience, when the ride finished it was more expensive than she expected ( 44,60 euro) she had 44 so it was missing 60 cents, the driver kicked her and punched her in the face! Unbelievable! With all this situation she forgot her phone inside the cab , we tried to contact the taxi company but they only have the lost and found section which doesn’t seems like nobody cares about the aggression, we called the police but we had nothing back and we really don’t know what to do now , can you give us any advice on how to proceed ?
    • August 23, 2022 at 10:22 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Michelle, Wow... I'm so sorry to hear this :( That's insane. This is definitely a case for the police and I would head to the Mossos d'Esquadra station in Placa Espanya. There you can file a police report. There should be support in English. They will be able to tell you how to proceed. Again, so sorry to hear this... please let me know how you get on. Cheers,
  • August 10, 2022 at 4:00 pm
    Elizabeth
    Hi. I will be traveling with my elderly parents next month and there will be 5 of us total. What is the best way to go around Barcelona? We will be staying 5 mins away from Plaza Espanya. I understand that we may need a bigger taxi. Any advice? Thank you!
    • August 12, 2022 at 5:24 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Elizabeth, I responded to your email but will leave this here should somebody else have a similar question... 99% of the taxis going around Barcelona are 4 seaters so you're going to need to call a specific taxi for 5+. Easiest way to do this is using the FreeNow app link above. With each booking to specify the type of car, just like Uber. Cheers,
      • August 17, 2022 at 6:27 pm
        Elizabeth
        Noted! I appreciate all your help. Thank you!!
        • August 18, 2022 at 1:38 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          No problem at all Elizabeth :)
  • June 13, 2022 at 6:58 am
    Marla
    Hi! I will be Staying in the Gothic quarter which is a pedestrian only zone. Will a taxi driver be able to find the best drop off location based upon the address I have? Or will I need to find a taxi accessible address ahead of time?
    • June 13, 2022 at 2:40 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Marla, The taxi drivers are very familiar with the best drop off points, especially in the Gothic Quarter. Just give them the address of where you're staying and let them do the rest :) Cheers,
  • April 30, 2022 at 7:57 pm
    Ross
    We want to include a trip to a Barcelona beach on the one full day we have there. Staying at a hotel on Las Ramblas. Not much practical information about beaches, like whether there are places to change and lockers to leave stuff. I don't see a problem taking a taxi there, but are there taxi stands to find one coming back? Especially if phone app is not installed (US phone and questionable roaming service).
    • May 4, 2022 at 3:51 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Ross, The great thing about Barcelona is that in most busy areas you can flag cabs easily. That said, near the beach I'd head to Passeig de Joan de Borbó as it's the main street in Barceloneta (the main beach area) so it'll be impossible not to. If I'm not mistaken there are a few ranks along it as well. As for lockers, your only choice is going to the Espai Mar which is a health centre along Barceloneta Beach. They rent out their lockers there for €4.50 a day and you can use the change room facilities. Cheers,
  • 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
      • June 7, 2022 at 12:03 pm
        Simon
        Hi Ash and thank you in advance for your help. We will be visiting Barcelona in July and staying at Holiday Inn. I have noticed that taxis from El Prat airport only carry small luggage as we will have 10 kilos luggage. Is it so? Regards Simon
        • June 8, 2022 at 9:39 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Simon, I'm not sure I understand. Taxis will carry all major suitcase, though for oversized you may have to pay an extra fee. As for your 10 kilo bags, these are carry on bags so it wouldn't be a problem anyway if they only carry 'small' lugagge, no? Apologies, I don't think I understand the question.
      • 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
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