Getting around Madrid by Taxi

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Taxis in Madrid are white with a diagonal red band on their front door bearing the emblem of the city. They have a green light that is on when they are free. To hail a taxi all you need to do is raise your hand.

There are also several taxi ranks around the city, indicated by a blue sign with a white letter ‘T’. Taxis must be taken from the corresponding ranks at railway and bus stations and at the airport. Throughout the rest of the city, they can be easily stopped on the street.

With over 15,700 taxis in Madrid, finding a free one on any of the city’s main thoroughfares is rarely difficult. Journeys are usually paid for in cash although more and more taxis accept credit cards.


Fares are based on a price per kilometre and a price per hour, which is applied alternately depending on the speed of traffic. Zone A applies to the city of Madrid and Zone B to the rest of the region.

The following rates are applicable:

  • Journey Commencement (minimum fare): 2.40 € Monday to Friday from 6 am to 9 pm; 2.90 € Saturday and Sunday and at other times.

The fare is based on a price per kilometre and a price per hour, which is applied alternately depending on the speed of traffic. Zone A encompasses the city of Madrid; Zone B covers all surrounding municipal areas.





Monday to Friday (not holiday)

  7 am to 9 pm

 1.05 €

 1.20 €

 All other days and times


 1.20 €

 1.25 €

  • Day-time hourly rate: 20.50 € (from 7 am to 9 pm).
  • Night-time hourly rate: 23.50 € (from 9 pm to 7 am).
  • For services booked electronically, a minimum fare of 5 € in Zone A and 8 € in Zone B will be charged to get to the passenger pick-up point.


  • Special Rate on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and Three Kings’ Night (trips ending between 9 pm and 6 am on the following day): 6.70 €.
  • Journeys departing from Train and Coach Stations3.00 €.
  • Journeys to and from Adolfo Suárez-Barajas Airport: 5.50 €.
  • Journeys to and from the Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I3.00 €.
  • Occupancy of fifth or more seats: 1.00 € / per seat.
  • Luggage: no extra charge.
  • Pets: no extra charge.

No more than six surcharges will be applied. However, on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, up to seven surcharges can be applied. An additional occupancy surcharge (applicable for the fifth seat onwards) can be applied up to four times per service.

Fixed Airport Rate

Journeys between the airport and the inner M30 area, or vice versa, including those reserved electronically, are subject to a fixed rate of 30€. This fixed rate is exempt from all surcharges, including the maximum surcharge for services reserved electronically, providing the passenger is at the pick-up point at the agreed time.

Radio Taxis

There are various private taxi companies you can ring to order a taxi, although you need to bear in mind that the metre will be turned on as soon as the driver starts heading towards your location. There are also mobile apps available, however, that will only start charging you once you get into the taxi.

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