Taxi Cabs, Barcelona
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 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.
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!
If for whatever reason you do not want to use the metro, or the area you want to reach isn't very close to a station, then taxi are an exceptionally convenient way to get around Barcelona. They are easy enough to find, you certainly won't need to book ahead, just try and spot a black taxi cab with a green light on top (which means they are vacant and open for service) and stick out your thumb. Prices are surprisingly generous as well.
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.
This is a typical taxi in Barcelona city.They are in yellow and black colors.Normally they aren't very expensive and is a good option if you don't want to use the subway or metro system.Also there are parts of the city that can't be reach by metro so then is better to take a taxi.
Black and yellow cabs show a green light when free. Just wave your hand to call them. The meter (it is compulsory to use them) will indicate the price to pay, but an extra fee is charged when taking it at the airport or when you carry luggage with you, etc. Prices are shown on a sticker inside the cab. More expensive than other modes of public transport, but also a lot more convenient.
There are numerous black and yellow taxis about the streets of Barcelona. They are available to hire if you can see the green light on the roof. If you spot one you just need to hold your hand out.
With the ease and popularity of the Metro they are of use when the metro is closed or for travelling to/from the airport/bus stations.
*** Warnings ***
- 1) They will happily forget to set their meter back to zero when you get in. You can check by looking at the driver's mirror which has the fare in the bottom left corner.
- 2) They will charge extra (supplemento) for any luggage.
- 3) Make sure you know where you are going on a map and show the driver the place or an address in Catalan, the driver's rarely speak English and we had one that had only been in the job 2 weeks and I knew the way better than he did (He was a pleasant guy from North Africa and we had a good laugh about it though).
Taxi drivers rarely speak english so make sure you know where you are going. the people at our hotel were helpful as we told them where we wanted to go as they spoke english and they booked the taxi for us.
make sure the meter is on zero when you get in as they will try to charge you more. also pay attention to where you are going as they will take you the long routes if the can get away with it.
Taxi’s in Barcelona are easy to identify as they are all painted in a uniform black and yellow. They are run strictly on the meter.
No need to worry about being ripped off as the driver will switch on the meter as a matter of course. Higher rates apply at night. If you get lost walking around it's always a good idea to grab a taxi to a point you know your way from.
In BCN taxis are painted in a distinctive black and yellow colors.
I never used one by day, as the transport system here is excellent.
But to return at night U might have to use them. If you are around the Gothic Quarter or Las Ramblas, the best place to take a taxi is the Placa de Catalunya. You will see long queues there for taxis at 2-3 am. Expect to wait 15-20 minutes for yours!
I noticed there were a lot of taxi cabs driving around. Although public transportation is excellent, a taxi might be more safe.
Just a small addition to this picture is that I was charmed to see that also in Catalunya people expressed their wish for peace.
Taxis in Barcelona are everyone tho theres also specific places for them to wait for passangers like the main train stations,a nd the catalunya square corner with las ramblas etc . Taxis are quite cheap in compare to other european cities.All taxis in Barcelona are black with a diagonal yellow stripe. There are three lights on the taxi - these indicate which tariff you will be paying.
Taxi telephone numbers:
Tel. 93 225 00 00
Tel. 93 490 22 22
Tel. 93 212 22 22
Tel. 93 358 11 11
Tel. 93 300 38 11
Taxis are plentiful and quite efficient because they share the sme public transtportation lanes reserved for the bus system and thus avoid most of the heavy traffic flow. Barcelona taxis are all the same colour, black and yellow. The cost is reasonable. Make sure that when you start your trip the meter is turned on that you pay whatever it indicates at the endof your journey. You can check the curent fares, posted in view inside the taxi.