Q: I've read through the excellent information on your site but have a query. I intend taking the RENFE into town on arrival at the airport with my destination being Hotel Icària I'd like to take a taxi rather than the Metro/walk so which station would you recommend? Looks like França Station is closest but are taxis freely available outside all the stations?
A: In summary there are taxis ranks available outside the following main transport stations and transport hubs:
Barcelona Sants (Sants Estacio),
Plaça Catalunya station,
Barcelona França station.
Passeig de Gràcia - situated at the intersections with Carrer Mallorca, Carrer Valencia and Gran Via Corts Catalanes.
Barcelona França Station. This taxi stop is right outside the main entrance to the station. However Barcelona França station is also on Avenue Marques De L'Argentera, which is a busy road that has taxis travelling up and down it all day and night, you will therefore have no problems at all catching a taxi from Barcelona França station at any time.
Barcelona Nord: There is a large taxi rank outside this bus station.
Barcelona Sants (Estacio Sants): Right outside the main entrance of the station.
Plaça Catalunya Station.
Taxi ranks are available outside all of the main terminal exists for Barcelona airport, that is Terminal A, Terminal B and Terminal C. Make sure to look for the direction of the nearest taxi rank when you leave the exit for the airport terminal. There will be a sign showing you the direction for the nearest taxi rank. Each taxi rank is no more than a few minutes walk from any of the Barcelona Terminal exits.
Barcelona Cruise Terminals:
Taxi ranks can be found outside Terminals A, B and C, and D (Palacruceros) at Moll Adossat.
There is also a taxi rank outside the Grand Marina Hotel at the World Trade Centre which is a short 5 minute walk from the North, East and South cruise terminals.
Availability And Location of Taxi Ranks In Barcelona City Centre
There are several hundred taxi rank stops around Barcelona city centre. If you don't catch a taxi actually at a taxi rank you will still be able to flag down a cab from almost anywhere in the city centre. Taxis are readily available day and night throughout most of the city centre. If you want to flag down a cab that is on the road find a location where the cab can pull in safely. Such locations include bus stop areas, natural enclaves you will see on some roads or at the corner of roads. If you choose a safer location for the cab to stop he is much more likely to stop to pick you up. Look for a cab with a green light on the top indicating that cab is available to hire.
For the locations of all the major Barcelona transport station hubs I recommend you visit our Barcelona Transport stations map page given below:
Locations of Taxi Ranks Around Barcelona City Centre
To find the location of any of the several hundred taxi ranks stops around Barcelona city centre I recommend you visit the Barcelona Metropolitan Taxi Association website that list them and has a handy district map which you can click on to see the Taxi stops in that district.
Barcelona Town Council Taxi Rank Map
There is also a on-line map made by the town council showing the exact location for taxi rank stops around Barcelona. To use this map effectively you need to click your mouse in the button that says Apropa then click on the section of the map you are interested in. This will Zoom in to the map. Note you have to click the Apropa button each time you want to zoom in otherwise you will get an error, not that efficient but at least it works.
Reserving a Taxi by Telephone
If you wish to have a taxi pick you up at your hotel or another specified location I recommend you visit the following web page on our site that lists the main taxi telephone numbers. Most of these agencies have someone that can speak English.