Taxis are another easy mode of transport to help you find your way around the city, so catching a taxi in Barcelona is a breeze! They are easy to spot with their distinctive black and yellow colour and are found throughout the city offering a 24/7 service 365 days a year.
Although it is probably not the best mode of transport within the city centre itself due to the pedestrianised areas and the amount of traffic, it can however be reasonably priced to get around other parts of the city. It can be especially handy if you have a lot of luggage and need to get to the airport in good time.
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If a taxi is free you will see a green light on top and the sign in the front window saying lliure/libre (free). There is a minimum fee of €2.05 and 15 minutes costs about €10. Costs vary depending on the time of day and if it is the weekend or a public holiday. If you are travelling to the airport, bear in mind that if you have a lot of luggage you will be charged a supplement. Also there is a supplement for any pick up or drop off to the airport. You can find more detailed information on prices and supplement costs on the website of the Metropolitan Institute for Taxis.
In general, most taxis carry upto 4 passengers but if you require a bigger taxi then it is best to call for one. At the airport, taxi attendants can help you to get a van taxi for more than 4 people. Taxis from the airport to the centre cost approximately €25-30 and take about 30 minutes depending on the traffic and time of day. It is a lot quieter during the very late evening or early mornings.
Some taxis allow you to pay by credit card but the vast majority accept only cash and carry change of upto €20. There is also an adapted service for those with limited mobility. You can find the contact details and more information here.