Taxis can be found all around the city by the hundreds or more. They generally are an okay way to get from one point to another relatively reasonable prices. A fare from Pl Espanya to Columbus monument was 5 Euro, for about 3 miles. Be aware that if you took a taxi to a cruise ship, there is a surcharge of 5 Euro besides the fare that ranges from 3-5 Euro for the most of 2 miles. WE paid 10 Euro, which was a ripoff, but at the end the Spanish only speaking driver pointed to the sign in the rear window of the premium is allowed
Taxis in Spain are quite cheap, so I'd recommend you to take a taxi to get where you want to. They will stop almost everywhere and will leave you where you want. Be sure to stop a taxi with the green light on the roof, as the others will be occupied. And there are 2 fares, 1 and 2, which will be shown next to the green light.
Hi, a travel from the airport will cost you at least 20,00, but it depends where are you going in town. Here you can find many information about taxi and prices. It's a good website if you want also receive tips about what to do in Barcelona and they give a guide for free if u join the fanpage! :)
Since traveling in Europe is not cheap for us American's we try not to take taxi's. Sometimes we have no choice and this was one of those times, we had a 6:00 am flight to Madrid and the buses don't run that early. We were staying in the center of Barcelona, so a taxi it was ....... the fare was a fair 32 Euro's .... but then here's the add on's that really irk us as travelers ..... 1 euro per bag, so it was 3 of us so that 3 euro's .... a 5 Euro charge because it was before 6:00 AM ..... then a 5 Euro charge to bring you to the airport .... so the 32 Euro ride was suddenly 45 Euro's .... that's about $60 US dollars !!!!!! We had no choice so be for-warned if you decide to take a taxi to the airport !!!!!!!
If you notice on the roof of the cab there is a number which is a kind of multiplier of the fare. If it is Sunday or if it is at night, there will be a two up there which will mean a higher fare (close up of the number 2 in photo 2). If it is a one there - during regular business hours on Mon-Friday, then it will be cheaper.
Surcharges include a supplement for traveling from the Airport, or to or from the port and also for each suitcase, all surcharge rates are displayed in the back of the taxi. When I called a cab to take me to the docks on Sunday, there was 5 € s on the meter when we started. It isn't a question of being ripped off - that's the base fare.
Official Barcelona Taxis are yellow and black and a green illuminated light on the top of the Taxi indicates that it's available for hire (photo 4)
The metro is a great way to get around town, and so easy to use, but for those locations where the metro just doesn't quite get to, a taxi is the way to go. The taxis are plentiful and so very clean and new. I've never seen taxis is such fabulous condition. Whether it was Seville, Cordoba or Barcelona, the taxis all looked like they were just driven off the new car lot. Very unlike our jalopies we call taxis in the US. There are so many in Barcelona, we never had to wait more than 30 seconds to find a taxi. Also, unlike our taxis in the US, which are never avalable when you need one, you can always find one in Barcelona. Look for the green light on the taxi.
It is recommended to agree the taxi fare in advance. If you feel that taxi driver is going to charge you extra or driving the long way, then ask for the receipt and usually all problems disappear. It is your right to get a receipt!
Arriving very late at night I thought not to hassle too much with bus or train, night walk in searching for the hotel at night so a taxi was a quick and easy solution especially as it was not costing too much as I used to pay in north of Europe :)
So in general, taxi can be an option when you need it and not ripping off your pocket.
The supplements on taxi's are a little confusing at first. I've just had 2 taxi's to and from the airport. To give you an approx cost on a Friday (Jan 09) it cost 20 Euro from airport to my hotel. On returning on the Sunday it cost 30 Euro. Watch for the price difference on a Sunday.
Also at the end of the journey the driver (at least he did on my trip) will press a button on the meter a couple times jumping the fare up. I presume this is the norm but its a bit off putting when you watch it being done. My Spanish is shocking so couldn't ask what he was doing, just something to bear in mind.
Well they certainly stand out! :o) Black and yellow Taxis in Barcelona. The only other place I have ever seen so many taxis is Singapore. They were blue there.
Anyway, check out our taxi!! Arn't we lucky!!... :o)
Story..... We arrived at the local Railway Station (Sants) from Valencia....btw, that was a fantastic journey!! First time hubby and I have every been first class on anything!! :o) Flash!!
So we arrived at Sants Railway Station and decided the easiest way to our accommodation would be by taxi. ....Well my goodness!! ....What a line up!! ...Taxi's everywhere!! :o)
So here we are in the line and this awesome taxi rolls up!!... and I thought damn!! those people in front are going to get the good one :o( .....Well guess what?.... they were with the people in front of them ....and we got this cute old London type taxi!! How awesome is that!! :o)
What a way to travel to our last big holiday destination!! If I had a glove on me...I would have donned it and waved like the Queen haha.
We took many taxi cabs around Barcelona including to the airport and train station.
Our best experience is with Taxi Cab Driver, Ernest. He was most honest, punctual
and very honorable unlike the other drivers who tried to overcharge us or became
aggressive when we dispute the overcharge.
Please call ERNEST at +677 988915 or +666291633 if you should need a taxi. He
definitely did not request us to do anything for him or advertise his service but we
felt it was what we would like to do for him in return for his excellent service.
The black and yellow are a perfect way of getting around Barcelona. Tey don't rip you off (at least what I noticed any way), they know their city very good, and they takes you where you want quick and safe for a fairly cheap price.
Just wave at one of them in the street and if it has "lliure" or "libre" in the front window, it is free.
There seemed to be no shortage of taxis around the centre of Barcelona. This photo was taken outside the Sants Railway station.
You can hail a taxi from the roadside. Look for the green light on top which signals the cab is free for hire.
After an unfortunate misunderstanding on the last day of our trip, we were stuck with our luggage because the bus who was supposed to pick us up to the airport waited for us at another place and the only option to get to the airport for us was to take a cab. We'r not big fans of cabs but we had no choice. Looking back I must say that it's not that bad. The ride was fine, The driver was nice and although he only a few words in English, we got along.
The total amount of the ride for 2 people and luggage was 30.6 Euro. Funny thing- we only had a 100 Euro bill and the driver told us that he didn't have change so we paid him with AMX credit card, it was the first time I saw that you can pay with a credit card for a taxi.
We planed our trip to Barcelona and we wanted to make sure that a taxi would wait for us at the airport with a baby seat for our little child.We are a party of 5 and we also need a taxi van, we booked by internet and found a English speaking taxi company, they also informed us about the fee, when we arrived at Barcelona’s airport the driver was waiting for us with a signboard displaying our name and we had the so important child seat. The driver was very polite.
After we booked also the transfer from our apartment in Barcelona to the cruise at Barcelona’s port, I want to recommend you by heart this company: www.taxibarcelonatransfer.com