If you go on holiday to Madrid, Spain it’s quite likely that you’ll need to take a taxi at some point during your stay. Here is some information on costs, techniques and what to do if you get ripped off.
1. The first thing to know is that the standard minimum fee varies depending on where you pick the taxi up from. For example, if going from Barajas Madrid airport the starting fare will be €5. If you go from a bus station, a train station or any taxi rank with ‘supplemento autorizado’ written on it, the price is a bit less but will still start off at €2.5 euros.
2. There are two types of taxi fare in Madrid and they are named, appropriately enough, Fare 1 and Fare 2. Fare 1 is for off-peak times, which basically means weekdays from 6am to 10pm. Fare 2 is therefore for all other times, ie. from 10pm to 6am and on weekends. This may seem a bit confusing, but taxis will generally state which fare they are charging on a sign on the top of the car.
3. The charging works by the kilometer, but again this will be different depending on what zone of the city you are traveling in. For example, if traveling in Zone A during the day you will pay less than if you are traveling in Zone B at night.
4. The standard taxi in Madrid is white with a diagonal red stripe across the front door, although there are other private companies which you can phone to pick you up. If no taxis are stopping for you, look out for a green light which is always shown if a taxi is free.
I5. f you’re not happy with the service, ask for a receipt and make sure to get the driver’s ID number and taxi number. You should then take these with the details of your journey to a tourist information office where they will help you to file a complaint.
“Taxi Ride” photo originally posted by fotologic