Barcelona taxis are the easiest and fastest way to get around the city. Plus they’re available 24/7. With licenses and strict regulations, they’re a continuous and reliable service guaranteed. Barcelona taxis are often painted black and yellow, and are clearly signed. Like the typical New York taxi cabs, they are easy to spot and have a green light, indicating whether or not the taxi is free or not.
Generally, the taxis can only accommodate up to 4 passengers and have the appropriate licence to reflect this. If you require a taxi cab for more than 4 passengers, we recommend that you call a taxi company and specifically request for one.
One of the many benefits of the technological revolution and visiting a Metropolitan city is the use of smart phones. Should you have an i-phone or an electronic device with access to phone applications, consider using a taxi app. Hailo, MyTaxi and JoinupTaxi are all great apps to use whilst in the city. All three require internet action, but in a world of 3G and wifi, this is easily attainable. It’s also a good idea to write the full address, including full street name, number and postal code of your destination, to save misunderstandings as not all drivers speak English.
Arrive at Barcelona Airport and you’ll have the pick of many taxis in arrivals. They cannot be hailed randomly however. You are required to join a queue and you will be allocated a specific taxi. There are taxi ranks outside both Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2 (T2) at Barcelona Airport. Taxi ranks are located outside T1 and T2 (T2A, T2B and T2C) at Barcelona Airport.
It is crucial to keep in mind that there is a minimum charge on taxis from the airport of EUR20.00. This must be paid regardless of the length of the journey. The supplement on the taxis fare from the airport is EUR3.10, the rate per km after this expenses: EUR1.10/ km (from 08:00 – 20:00) and EUR1.30/ km (from 20:00 – 08:00). These are the rates when the journey is to a location inside the Barcelona urbane location. You can expect to pay around EUR30.00 for a journey into the centre from T2 and EUR35.00 for your journey from T1.
If your end destination is outside of Barcelona Metropolitan location the taxi rates are greater per kilometre. It’s always a good idea to get a rough cost from driver before beginning the journey to manage any expectations. Bare in mind that you will be expected to cover the cost of any tolls should you pass through any en-route. Also, it’s worth keeping in mind that there may be additional supplementary charges for holidays and late nights.
These 2-person bike taxi cabs offer a relaxing method of reaching areas of the city that other taxis could not get to. It’s all pedal-powered, so they are really environmentally friendly too. The pleasant “Trixi” drivers nearly always speak both English and Spanish.
Trixi drivers provide excursions too, which will give you a great insight into the city. You can even hail them in the street like normal taxis. Simply search for a vacant one, or make your way to the Cathedral Square where everyday from 11am to 8pm you’ll find lots of Trixi’s and their bikes waiting for you.