Transportation for us frequent travelers is vital in many aspects – For me in particular its one of the most important aspects of traveling and it will determine the outcome of my trip, meaning it will either go well or pretty fuzzy. By fuzzy I mean that it won’t go as I had it planned. Throughout the hundreds of thousand miles I’ve flown I haven’t encountered an issue with transportation because it is one of the things I pay close attention to when planning a trip, specially if its a foreign country where language may be a barrier. On the blog I focus on sharing key information about the local transportation and how it works and the cost of it, just to give you all some insight information about what to expect when visiting and from the feedback I have been getting, they have turned out to be a big help for all of you.
I have covered a variety sort of transportation during my travels – Be sure to visit the following links for more info.
- Taxi experience in Seoul, South Korea.
- Taxi experience in Lisbon, Portugal.
- Taxi experience in Hong Kong.
- Shuttle Bus from Seoul to ICN Airport.
- Public Bus from Barcelona Airport to City Center.
- Shanghai train station to Beijing.
- Luxury Bus experience from Granada to Cordoba.
Today’s installment will be dedicated to sharing my taxi experience in Barcelona, Spain – Which is a very popular destination for summer travelers so I thought of sharing my experience along with a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when visiting Barcelona.
Catching a taxi at the Barcelona airport is completely hassle free, it is also very easy to spot where the public transportation is after arriving from your flight. Once you arrive on the ground floor you will see several signs that will point you to the taxi line, at the time there was no wait what so ever due to my early arrival into Barcelona. The gentleman working the line directed me to catch my taxi and I was greeted by the driver. My driver did not help me with my luggages so I was responsible of it so you can imagine my first impression was a dull and not really meaningful.
Here is a breakdown on the taxi fare pricing in Barcelona and some key information to keep in mind
- The start up fee when you get into the cab is €2.10.
- All taxi fares are calculated by taxi. The only exception is for van taxis where there is an additional supplement of €2.10 per person above 4 passengers.
- The majority of Barcelona official taxis (including van taxis) are licensed to carry a maximum of 4 passengers. However some van taxis have a special license to carry up to 6 passengers.
- If you require a taxi that can carry 6 passengers it is best to call a taxi firm directly to request one.
- Alternatively at the airport you can request the taxi attendant to find you a taxi with a license of 6 passengers. You may have a longer wait since only around 10% of taxis are licensed to carry 6 passengers.
As per usual, to supplement the final meter price are added on the following factors
- BCN airport pick up or drop off ( €3.10 ) with a minimum possible fare of €20.00.
- Pick up or drop off at the Barcelona Cruise terminal ( €3.10 ).
- Catching a taxi at a taxi rank or for reserving a taxi on the phone. This supplement varies depending on the time of day but the price range is from €3.40 to €4.50.
- Pickup or drop off at a transport station e.g. Estacio Sants rail station, Franca station, or Nord bus station. (€2.10).
As you can see they are several things to keep in mind when riding a taxi in Barcelona. During my time in Barcelona I was limited to riding taxi’s because I decided to book a hotel within city center to avoid the constant use of taxi. I used taxis mainly when I needed to get to the train station, from hotel to airport and from airport to hotel. Though the fares ended up being pretty cheap so you shouldn’t be concerned on the pricing even when the supplement fee are added for those traveling on a budget.
The few other rides I took were much better as the drivers were friendly and attentive. Remember, with taxi drivers – it is a hit or miss to get a friendly driver. Also I didn’t even bother using Uber during my trip as they were on strike which caused me to take the public bus from the airport to the hotel, which ended up being much cheaper than a taxi so I highly recommend that sort of transportation as well.
What other method of transportation do I recommend in Barcelona?
Once you are in city center you are in for a treat – As the City Center of Barcelona is one of a kind. The use of taxi should be limited if you are wanting to stay within the area and explore the surroundings. If you are wanting to use another method of transportation I would recommend getting the bikes known as “Viu Bicing” as it is a great way to get around and the cool thing that Barcelona offers bike lanes strictly for the cyclist which keeps you safe and out of danger. You will see all the locals getting around that way which is efficient and economical. Barcelona city center has everything you can think of so you will be able to get around at a faster pace and being able to see the city from a different perspective.
If you are wanting to explore the town completely hassle free without worrying about taxi, bicycles or the uses of busses. I would recommend to simply walk. As I previously stated, the city center of Barcelona is incredible and you will be able to discover a lot of it by foot. The local beaches, markets, shopping plazas and much more. I walked way too much during my trip and I don’t regret it one bit.
The locals and tourist walking in Barcelona
Transportation in Barcelona bottom line
Taxis in Barcelona was a reliable transportation and there wasn’t any scams about it. Taxi’s is one of the main transportation that the locals use to get around town. The drivers were friendly with an exception of few being dry and inattentive. If you have trouble with language I would highly recommend having the hotel write down where you want to go so the taxi driver knows exactly where to take you. Some of the drivers speak english but for the most part they speak Spanish only. I speak fluent Spanish so I didn’t have any problems with them. I would also recommend you all to get a hotel taxi card which states the address of your hotel, you show that to the driver and he will know where to take you – just incase language seems to be a barrier for you, as that will avoid any problems throughout the drive.
Barcelona its an incredible destination with so much offer for the visitors so I highly encourage you all to visit and explore it.