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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.

T1* 2020  T2* 2020  T3* 2020  T4* 2020
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 11, 2019 at 11:23 pm
    Daniel
    Hello Ash Thank you for the very informative website. There are 5 of us arriving at T1 BCN with 5 pieces of luggage plus personal bags. Do you think we can rely on a 5-8 seat taxi from MyTaxi or should we use Taxileader (which is a little more than double the price)? I ask because MyTaxi only asks a time and number of people, whereas with Taxileader they ask flight details, number of luggage pieces, and provide a meet a greet. Thank you Daniel
    • August 12, 2019 at 1:09 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Daniel, If you're looking for the royal treatment with the sign and not having to locate the taxi etc... and have somebody personally monitoring your flight and arriving right on time then it's good to go with Taxileader. That said, I usually recommend them for places which are a bit out of the way... up the coast... suburbs etc. since the city taxis don't go as far. If you're just going central for a standard city holiday though I would recommend MyTaxi... just be prepared to pay extra if you're bringing big pieces of luggage. It won't double the price but it'll be €1.00 each per large suitcase. Cheers, Ash
  • July 21, 2019 at 9:15 pm
    Lauren
    Hi there- do any of the cab apps you’ve mentioned allow you to request a car seat? We are debating if we should wait for a taxi from the airport that has a car seat, or take aerobus. Thanks so much!
    • July 22, 2019 at 10:33 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Lauren, If you book with Taxileader (link above) you can request a car seat to be sure. With MyTaxi (now called 'Free Now') you cannot be guaranteed. If you're comfortable travelling with your child in a bus then Aerobus is also a great option :) Ash
  • July 10, 2019 at 9:58 pm
    Gio Nelson
    Hi Dumb question maybe, but when I see 3,20 or 4,30 as prices (Euro), should I round up to whole dollars? Going to Barcelona in October and want to make sure I get this right :-)
    • July 11, 2019 at 10:50 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hola Gio, I honestly don't get it... why would you round anything up? The exchange rate between euro and American dollars wouldn't be so simple... last I checked they were a similar value, perhaps the euro being 10% stronger. For example, €3.20 is approximately $3.61... no rounding necessary. Please let me know if I've misunderstood your question. Cheers, Ash
  • July 6, 2019 at 1:45 am
    Britni Riedinger
    Hello, Thank you for all of your helpful information about navigating Barcelona. My husband and I have a trip to Barcelona coming up in a couple weeks. We are staying on at a flat on Carrer de les Flors. What do you recommend is the best way to get to Park Guell? I have downloaded the FREE NOW- MYTAXI app. Would you say that would be a better option then taking the city bus? Thanks so much!
    • July 6, 2019 at 11:27 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Britni, Thanks a lot for the very kind words, I am glad to help! Honestly if you have tickets already I don't think it's necessary spending over €20.00 for a taxi... you'd be best spending that money on tapas at Lolita Taperia (nearby) or on pintxos on Calle Blai. I would take the purple line of the metro to Passeig de Gracia, change for the yellow line... and follow that to Alfons X metro station. From here there is a free shuttle directly to the gates of the park that you can use as long as you have tickets for the park. It'll take maybe 45 minutes to do the whole trip. Cheers, Ash
  • May 26, 2019 at 10:45 pm
    Matt
    Hi Ash, Great blog! We are getting off our cruise the morning of the 29th and have less than 24 hours to enjoy Barcelona before our 6am flight the next morning. I've got your Barcelona in a Day guide, but what would you recommend hotel wise? We like something in a bustling part of town, but not touristy. Also, what's best option for getting to the airport in the (early) morning? Best, Matt
    • May 27, 2019 at 9:47 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Matt, Thanks for the kind words, glad to be of service :) Let's see, without knowing your budget or amenity desires I would simply refer you to my post on the best area to stay in Barcelona - from here you should be clicking on the buttons of the Gothic Quarter, El Born, or even Barceloneta.... they're bustling areas but yes... I must say, it's impossible to avoid tourism in a city like Barcelona. Maybe Barceloneta would be the closest to having a sort of original/throwback charm. As for the airport transport... you will have the choice between taxi or the night bus (N16, N17, or N18) unfortunately as you'll have to be there around 430, which will be before the Aerobus, metro, or airport train can take you. Cheers, Ash
  • May 26, 2019 at 7:06 am
    Sarap
    Hi Ash, Travelling to Barcelona in Aug and my flight gets in about 10am need to travel to hotel constanza what do you recommend as the best transportation to use?
    • May 27, 2019 at 9:33 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hola Sara! You can take the Aerobus from either airport terminal to the terminus stop (Plaça Catalunya) and then from here it will be a short walk. From there, there will also be the option of taking a quick taxi for about €3-4 if you're packing heavy bags or super tired after traveling, but this should hardly be necessary. Cheers, Ash
  • May 20, 2019 at 5:41 am
    Robert Wong
    Hi. We're staying near Pl. Catalunya and have to go to Barcelona Airport (BNC) to catch a flight at 7:20am on a Saturday. I was thinking of taking the first Blue Areobus from Pl. Catalunya at 5:00am to the airport. By the time the Blue Areobus arrives at the airport it will leave us 1 hour and 40 minutes to catch our Vueling flight. Will that be enough time or should we try to catch a taxi or Cabify so we can arrive earlier?
  • April 20, 2019 at 10:20 pm
    Jennifer
    Hi, how would I tell a taxi driver to go to Bar Canete from Sagrada Familia? He would not be able to go onto the actual street of the restaurant so what address or landmark would you suggest I use? When I look at the route, I'm nervous he would try to do a roundabout way of arriving at the destination.
    • April 21, 2019 at 10:40 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Jennifer, If I do recall, this street is open to traffic... however it is one way. There would be a roundabout way to do it but probably end up costing you more. I would simply ask him to drop you off on La Rambla at Carrer del Marquès de Barberà and from here would can do the 100 meter walk. If that's too complicated then just tell him to drop you off at the KFC on La Rambla as it's about 200 meters away... Ash
      • April 21, 2019 at 3:02 pm
        Jennifer
        I'll most likely use the KFC option as it seems easiest all around; thanks a lot Ash- really appreciate your help!
        • April 22, 2019 at 9:08 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          No problem Jennifer, any more questions you know where to ask :)
  • April 3, 2019 at 4:16 am
    Joanne Brandley
    Any Idea what a Taxi cost from Park Guell to Camp Nou. And do you suggest that this is the easiest way to travel between the two mid afternoon in late May.
    • April 3, 2019 at 9:23 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Joanne, Should be about €12-€14.00. You can get more in depth info using the fare calculator below: http://taxi.amb.cat/s/usuari/calcula-la-teva-ruta/eng/web-version.html You could also walk down to the Lesseps metro station and take the green line to Les Corts... would take about 40 minutes or so. Would be fairly easy though involves some walking and not as convenient as taxi... would really come down to whether you want to spend the money IMO :) Ash
  • March 31, 2019 at 2:12 pm
    Pam
    Thanks so much Ashley. A fabulous site. You have sorted our little holiday out in every respect. Even booked my airport taxi and got my 5euro discount from the comfort of my home in England xxx
    • April 1, 2019 at 8:06 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      So great to hear Pam! If you need any more help you know who to ask :)
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