Catching a Taxi in Barcelona
Do you know how to catch a TAXI in Barcelona ? We will tell you the most important information about using taxi services in the city. Also will try to give you some useful tips for using them like a pro. Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain. Thus, sometimes you can find yourself in a situation when to use the public transport is not the smartest and easiest way to transport yourself from one point to another point.
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.
History of Barcelona’s cab
The Barcelona cab does not exactly have an idyllic history, we will start in 1974 when the Arias Navarro Law was passed at state level. When the authorities became aware of the “gap” suffered by some highly populated metropolitan areas in its most peripheral areas due to internal emigration, caused by the “economic revival” after the civil war. These areas suffered from accessibility deficiencies and major shortages in practically all services, not just cabs, due to their rapid overcrowding.
The authorities decided to grant cab licenses in the city of Barcelona, as this was cheaper than creating jobs and transport lines. These licenses were granted to policemen, firemen, civil servants and some friends of the councilors. “This was the beginning of the cab in Barcelona as we know it today“. At this time it was already possible to book a cab via telephone: 93 129 43 75.
How does it work?
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 up to 4 passengers. However, 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. It is a lot quieter during the very late evening or early mornings.
Some taxis allow you to pay by credit card. However, 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.
Why should you use it?
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