There are always a great deal of taxis available at Barcelona Airport. They cannot be hailed randomly - it is necessary to join a queue, where you will be directed to a taxi that is waiting. There are taxi ranks outside both Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2(T2) at Barcelona Airport. There is a minimum charge for taxis from Barcelona Airport. The standard Barcelona taxis are black with yellow sides.
This page provides information on where to catch taxis from Barcelona Airport, taxi prices, supplementary charges, extra large taxis, taxis with disabled access, long distance taxis, complaints procedures.
There are taxi ranks located outside T1 and T2 (T2A,T2B and T2C) at Barcelona Airport. They are easy to locate just look for the signs for the taxi rank when you leave any terminal building which will point you in the right direction to the nearest taxi rank.
You will save time if you specifically follow the signs to the nearest taxi rank rather than just walking to where you see people queueing for a taxi. This is because the nearest taxi rank could either be to the left or the right as you leave a terminal building and may not have a queue you would therefore miss it and spend additional time walking to a busy taxi rank which is further away.
You are not permitted to flag down a cab anywhere. It is necessary to head to the railed taxi waiting area at the front of the taxi line. There you will find a staff member in a high visibility jacket. They will direct you to a taxi that is allocated to you.
It is important to remember that there is a minimum charge on taxis from the airport of €20.00. This must be paid regardless of the length of the journey.
The supplement on the taxis fare from the airport is €3.10, the rate per km after this costs: €1.18 / km (from 08:00 - 20:00) and €0.93 / km (from 20:00 - 08:00). These are the rates when the journey is to a destination inside the Barcelona metropolitan area.
If you end desitnations is outside of Barcelona Metropolitan area the taxi rates are higher per kilometre. It would be best to confirm with the taxi driver approximately how much the taxi fee would be.You will also need to cover the cost for any tolls passed through however there are no tolls between Barcelona Airport and Barcelona city centre.
It is worth noting that there may be extra supplementary charges for holidays, late nights and luggage. See below for more details.
If you are staying in a hotel near to the Barcelona airport you may not need to catch a taxi to your hotel this will cost €20.00, even if it is only a five minute journey. Check when you are booking the hotel if they have a hotel shuttle bus running from Barcelona Airport. Most of the hotels close to the airport provide this as a complimentary service.
There are numerous potential extra charges that can be added to the initial ones listed above. The one that is most likely to apply to you is the supplementary luggage charge of €1.00 per item. The charge should only be made on bags of 55cm x 35cm x 35cm or over.
There are also extra supplements added on public holidays and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 00:00 midnight - 06:00.
For exact details of these supplements and prices, check the Official Barcelona Taxi Website.
On entering the taxi, you can check all of the supplements on a sticker on the window in the back seat of the taxi.
The great majority of official taxi cabs in Barcelona are licensed to carry a maximum of 4 passengers. This includes the majority of the van taxis. According to the Institut Metroplitia del Taxi around 10% of van taxis have a special license to carry up to 6 passengers. If you require one of these taxis you should ask the taxi attendant at the airport taxi rank to find you one. You could have some waiting time since these types of taxi are not as readily available.
If you are in the city centre and you want a taxi cab for up to 6 passengers then it is recommended that you call an official taxi company and specifically request for one. Hailing down a van taxi in the city centre in the hope they have a 6 passenger license is not a good idea because these types of taxi are not common.
If you wish to reserve your airport transfer online before your trip you can follow the link below on how to reserve a minibus transfer for your party. Note that a minibus transfer is a privately operated service and not connected with Barcelona official taxi service.
If you plan on making a complaint about your taxi driver, ensure that you ask for a receipt at the end of your journey. The receipt will include all of the information that you will need to provide when compiling your complaints procedures. see our Frequently Asked Questions on how to make an official complaint about a Barcelona Taxi service.
The normal Barcelona Airport taxis are not suitable for travellers with wheelchairs or scooters. If you wish to require a taxi with disabled access, a company called Taxi Amic can help you. For more information on how to contact them, see our Disabled Holidays to Barcelona Article
If you think that you may have left something in your taxi, it is possible to contact a specific helpline dealing with this. Full details of what to do in these circumstance can be found in an answer to one of our Lost property in Barcelona Taxi FAQ.
Taxis from Barcelona Airport can be easy and convenient. Before choosing a taxi over other forms of public transport it is worth taking all of the various aspects of the cost into account - including supplementary charges and the minimum airport charge.
If you have further queries about Barcelona Airport Taxis, you may find the answer that you are looking for in our special taxis section of Frequently Asked Questions on Barcelona Taxi Service.