Living in Barcelona you will find you are fortunate enough to have a variety of transportation options. You do not need a car to get around the city. You can walk, ride a bike, take the bus, ride the subway, or hail a cab. Each form of transportation just as reliable as the next. Although, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to get somewhere quickly, such as the airport, a taxi would be your best bet.
This is everything you need to know about taking a taxi in Barcelona.
Taxis in Barcelona are reasonably priced. You are typically charged an initial fare fee of 2,10€ and then 1,03€ per mile. If you are going to the airport or cruise port they will charge you 4€ per suitcase. Add 8-10% if you are taking a taxi on a holiday and take into consideration that tolls and surcharges may apply. Though they may tack on a couple fees, Taxi’s in Barcelona are still more affordable than the U.S.
After looking at this Taxi Fare Finder chart, which compares average taxi rates from various cities, I found that the medium Barcelona Taxi price is 16,23€. Compared to Miami, where I am from, it is $21.
Where to find them
You can pick up a cab at a cab stop. You know it is a cab stop when there is a line of cabs on the side of a road. You can find them in front of shopping malls, plaza’s, or restaurants. Walk up to the first taxi in line and they will give you a ride. You can also call one of the city’s 20 taxi radio dispatch centers.
Barcelona also has a few taxi apps that will get you the best fares, routes, and communication.
MyTaxi launched in 2009 in Germany. Today it collaborates with 35.000+ taxi drivers throughout various countries. You can use my taxi in 40 different cities in Spain, including Madrid and Barcelona. This dynamic app allows you to reserve a taxi 4 days in advance. It counts down the arrival of the taxi. You can pay with a card or via PayPal. You can also write reviews about your drivers and save the ones who you befriend.
Side Taxi is similar to MyTaxi but at a smaller scale. It is the official app for La Asociacion de Radio Taxis de Espana (The association of radio taxis in Spain). Although it is a small company it offers many pick-up locations and does not require you to register to use the app. Simply download the app and you can begin to use it. Another great feature is you can reserve a taxi before hand.
The Join Up app is similar to Uber. You can choose to pick up an individual taxi or share one with someone. Even though you cannot rate your driver, the app allows you to reserve a taxi 7 days in advance, and it accepts credit cards. It is available in a couple cities in Spain including Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Palma, San Sebastian, Bilbao, and Vitoria y Sabadell.
Taxi Fare Finder
If you would simply like to check how much it will cost you to get to your destination, I would suggest using Taxi Fare Finder. It will not make you register for anything. They calculate estimated fares so they know the price of your ride before you hop in. It is not a taxi company.
My final taxi tip is if you ever forget something in a taxi there is a lost in found number 902 101 564. You can call and make your claim Monday thru Friday from 8am to 8pm.
Important note: As of December 2018 prices have changed. Check new prices and other taxi information here!