On arrival at Barcelona’s El Prat International Airport you’ll spot hundreds of official yellow and black Barcelona taxis lining up outside the terminal awaiting passengers. Travel by Taxi from Barcelona Airport to the centre of the city takes up to 30 minutes depending on traffic conditions and where you’re going.
The price of a taxi to a Barcelona city centre hotel should be about 25 Euros but more often than not it seems to be nearer 30 Euros due to luggage supplements and for an airport supplement. The journey from Terminal 1 is about 4km further than journeys from Terminal 2 so costs a little extra.
Rates should be posted inside the taxi. Make sure the taxi meter is reset when you get in and ensure that you know exactly where you’re going. We have heard stories of overcharging especially when passengers are travelling from their cruise ship at the port to a city centre hotel. Most drivers will not speak English.
Often a much cheaper and better alternative than a taxi is a pre-booked shuttle transfer to your hotel.
For information on getting around the city take a look at Barcelona Transport. Taxis are often not the best option for getting around the tourist sights. Public transport on the bus and metro systems is very good and the hop-on, hop off tourist bus service is very convenient for visitors.