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In Barcelona taxis are black and yellow and show a green rooftop light on the front right corner when available for hire. The meter currently starts at €2.10 and rises in increments of €1.07 every kilometer. These rates apply 6 am to 10 pm weekdays. At hours outside of these, the rates rise 20%. There are official supplements of €1 per bag for luggage.

Trips to or from a train station entail a supplemental charge of €2.10; a cab to or from the airport, or the Barcelona Cruise Terminal, runs add a supplemental charge of €4.20, as do trips to or from a football match. There are cabstands (parades, in Catalan) all over town, and you can also hail cabs on the street, though if you are too close to an official stand they may not stop. You can call for a cab by phone 24 hours a day. Drivers do not expect a tip, but rounding up the fare is standard.

Taxi Companies

Barna Taxi. Barcelona, Catalonia. 93/322222; 93/300--2314; www.barnataxi.com.

Cooperativa Radio Taxi. Barcelona, Catalonia. 93/225--1734; 93/225--0000; www.radiotaxibcn.org/en.

Taxi Class Rent. This company offers hourly rates for visits to city sights. Barcelona, Catalonia. 93/307--0707; www.taxiclassrent.com/en.