Taxis in Barcelona are black and yellow, easy to spot. They say that at the beginning of the XX century, a taxi driver heard the taxis in NYC were yellow. He decided to paint his car (at the time, all cars were black) like American taxis... until he find that panting was very expensive. So... he painted only the doors in yellow color. True or not... who knows!
There are several companies, but prices are set by the city council, so all them do cost the same.
You can stop one in the street if the green light on top of the car is on. At the end of the journey, you should only pay the amount on the taximeter, plus supplements from/to airport, luggage, etc (if applicable). We locals usually only tip the driver just to round to next figure (for instance, short trip with taximeter = 5.45, give 6 euros; airport to city centre = 28.70 (taximeter and all airport and other applicable supplements), in this case you may give 30 euros. Tips in Spain are always given only as recognition of good service. So, you may not tip at all.
A good practice is always asking for a receipt, the taxi driver has the obligation to give you one if asked to. In case you have any complaint is your only proof.
You can check the link below about official taxi fares in Barcelona, updated for year 2011
Hope it helps!
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.
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
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 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.
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.
Taxis are a great way to get around the city once the underground subway (the Metro) has closed (or if there is not a stop near where you need to go)! They are VERY cheap and you can find them all around the city, just look for the black and yellow cabs with the green light on the roof and you will know that it is open for you to flag down. One major place yo ufind them is at the Placa Universitat near Diagonal. Just be warned - the cab drivers, surprisingly, do not always know where places are located (even though they are the ones who live there). So, if you are going to a specific place (ie. club, restaurant,etc.), you should probably, at least, have an address and an idea of where it is.
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! :)
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!
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
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.
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.