Taxis are white with a diagonal red band on both front doors and a taxi roof sign. If a taxi is free, the green light on its roof sign is lit and all you have to do is raise your hand to hail it. There are also taxi ranks throughout the city centre with a “T” signpost. With over 15,000 taxis in Madrid, it shouldn’t be difficult to get a cab.
Very few taxi drivers speak English, so we recommend always writing down the address where you wish to go.
- Monday to Saturday from 6 am – 9 pm: € 2.50 (US$ 3)
- Sundays and any other day from 9 pm to 6 am (on the following day): € 3.15 (US$ 3.80)
Price per kilometre
- Monday to Friday between 7 am and 9 pm (not on public holidays): € 1.10 (US$ 1.30)
- Bank holidays, Saturday, Sunday and every day from 9 pm - 7 am: € 1.35 (US$ 1.60)
- Taxi from any coach or train station: € 7.50 (US$ 9.10) supplement.
- Taxi to and from Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I: € 7.50 (US$ 9.10) supplement.
- Taxi on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve between 9 pm and 7 am (on the following day): € 6.70 (US$ 8.10) supplement.
These are some of Madrid’s private taxi companies you can call to order a taxi:
- Radio Taxi Independiente: 914 05 12 13
- Radiotelefono Taxi: 915 47 82 00
- Servitaximadrid: 913 45 12 46
- Taxi Mercedes Madrid: 91 593 20 20
- Tele Taxi: 913 71 21 31
Madrid, like other parts of the world, has dishonest taxi drivers that try and scam passengers by taking them on longer than necessary routes. This was especially the case with trips from and to the airport, and why Madrid introduced a flat-rate fare of 30 euros for all trips from Barajas to Madrid city centre and vice versa. When you take a taxi, make sure to ask for a receipt and keep an eye on the taximeter.
Uber and Cabify
A comfortable and cheap alternative is the new taxi companies that operate in Madrid: Uber and Cabify. Although the final price depends on demand, using the official application you can get an approximate idea.