Barcelona Airport Taxi
When arriving to the Barcelona airport you may find yourself in need of transportation to the city center or your accommodation. Luckily the airport has a plethora of taxis that provide a quick and easy way to get around town. This guide will help give you all the information you need to know about Barcelona airport taxis and transportation.
Where to Get a Taxi at the Barcelona Airport
When you arrive into Barcelona you’ll be in either Terminal 1 (T1) or Terminal 2 (T2). Once you arrive and go to baggage claim, follow the signage to the transportation and taxi area which will be clearly marked in multiple languages as well as a car/bus icon. Once you arrive to the taxi rank there will be a queue where you can wait until a taxi arrives.
Cost of a Barcelona Airport Taxi
The cost of your journey from the Barcelona airport to your end destination is dependent upon the distance (km) and the time of travel. The farther you go, the higher your cost and daytime hours are more expensive than evening hours. However it is important to note that there is a minimum charge of €20 on taxis from the airport and this amount must be paid regardless if you’re going 1 km or 15 km. Typically a fare from the airport to the city center is running anywhere from €30 – €35. There is also a €1 per item of luggage that is stored in the trunk as well as a €3.10 service fee.
- BCN Airport taxis have a minimum charge of €20.
- You have to pay €1 per item of luggage
- There is a €3.10 service fee
- The estimate cost from airport to the downtown is running anywhere from €30 – €39.
Private Barcelona Airport Taxi Transfers
If you’d prefer to pre-book a private taxi or shuttle service to collect you from the airport, there are several options. Most offer bilingual drivers who will meet you in baggage claim and help with your luggage to the waiting car. While the cost may be the same or a bit higher than a traditional taxi, there is a peace of mind knowing your transportation is set and waiting for you upon arrival.
Barcelona Airport Taxi Safety Tips & Scams To Avoid
The airport is about 12 miles (or roughly 19 kilometers) from the city center, and so you’ll have to decide on the best method of transportation to get you to your hotel or other accommodation.
Your options for the journey include taking public transportation including buses or trains, renting a car, or taking a taxi. There are several benefits associated with a taxi ride, including the fact that your luggage will be secure in the car’s trunk, you will get to travel by yourself or just with your travel group, and you will be taken to the front door of where you’re staying.
The vast majority of taxi drivers in Barcelona are very professional and will give you a safe and smooth ride, as well as charge you the correct fare for the journey. But unfortunately there are a few bad drivers who will try to scam more money out of their passengers. Keep reading to learn about their fraudulent tricks, as well as some simple tips to avoid falling for the scams.
- Driving a deliberately long route to increase your fare
Taxis in Spain use meters, which means you will be charged for your journey based on the length and duration of the trip. Some drivers might try to take advantage of tourists by taking them on an unnecessarily long route to their destination, which will increase the fare. You can avoid this situation by printing out the quickest directions to your hotel in advance, and then asking the driver to follow them. This will prevent them taking you on an alternative route.
- Unlicensed taxi drivers promising a much lower fare
You might be approached at the airport by someone claiming to be an official taxi driver who will help you get a reduced fare. You should never accept a ride from these drivers because they are likely unlicensed and they will try to scam you with a massively inflated fare. Only ever pick up taxis from the clearly designated pickup area at the airport.
- Charging a false flat fare or unnecessary fees
Another trick that some taxi drivers will try is to claim that your destination qualifies for a flat rate rather than a metered fare, and that the flat rate will save you money. This is usually a scam and the flat fare the driver is offering will be much more expensive than what you would have paid using a meter. Similarly, some drivers might try to claim you have to pay additional fees, such as excess luggage costs. You should push back if the driver tries either of these tricks.
- Using sleight of hand to give you less cash back
If you are paying for your Barcelona airport taxi ride using cash, be sure to count exactly how much you hand the driver in notes and to also carefully count the change that you receive. Some drivers try to use sleight of hand tricks to give you back much less money than you deserve — for example if you are owed €50 in change, they might attempt to give you a €5 note instead.
Barcelona Airport Taxi FAQ
The standard color of taxis in Barcelona are black with yellow sides.
No. You must proceed to the taxi rank and wait in the queue in order to get a taxi. If you are in need of a special taxi (wheelchair accessible, larger taxi etc.) notify the taxi rank assistant and they will help flag down the correct vehicle for your needs.
The cost depends on the time of day and the distance traveled, but an average ride from the airport to the city center runs anywhere from €30 - €35.
Currently ride sharing apps like Lyft and Uber are not available in Barcelona. However keep up to date on the latest information regarding Lyft’s and Uber’s availability by checking their website as the rules and regulations are always changing.
Yes! Airports are always a hub for taxis. You can grab a taxi from outside of Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2 (T2). From here you’ll be able to direct your driver to your final destination.
As a good rule of thumb always ask before getting into a taxi whether they accept credit card. While many taxi services do have credit card processing machines, some only take cash and have limited change.
Yes, once you arrive in the Barcelona airport you’ll be able to catch a taxi from outside of Terminal 1 (T1) or Terminal 2 (T2) to the Port de Barcelona. It’s approximately 14 kilometers from Terminal 2 and 17 kilometers from Terminal 1, putting the one way trip at approximately €39.