Taxis in the Catalan capital are one of the more expensive transports. Especially if you compare the cost of a trip around the city by subway, bus or bicycle. But at the same time it should be taken into account the high level of comfort, which offers its customers a ride in the taxi and, in addition, the ability to quickly reach the right place or the airport , because for a taxi in the city there are special lanes, which means that they do not stand in traffic jams. But because of the high cost of travel by taxi, mostly his clients are foreign tourists when visiting Barcelona.
With all the convenience of using a taxi in Barcelona, this type of transport is also the possibility of enrichment at the expense of taxi drivers not knowing the tourists rates for a trip. After arriving in a new city, many do not think that there is an established fixed rate, for example, on a trip to the airport or other famous places of the city.
To attract more customers and to cope with higher rates for illegal taxi, which eventually adversely affects the operation of the whole sector, the municipality of Barcelona has developed and introduced a special mobile application through which everyone will be able to know the cost of the upcoming trip and decide whether it is beneficial to take a taxi or it is preferable other form of transportation.
You can use the application as immediately before the trip or for route planning. According to the director of the City Council of Barcelona Taxi drivers, this application is aimed at making more and more people stopped perceiving the city taxi services as something very expensive and available only to a few.
The new application will use the Google Maps database for designing the routes and will be available in Spanish, Catalan, English, French, German and Russian languages.
When you enter the place of origin and destination in a few seconds the application displays the approximate number of kilometers, travel time and the estimated cost of the trip. At the same time, the director of the City Council of Barcelona Taxi drivers said that the cost shown specifically overstated by 5 % in order to avoid possible misunderstanding by the amount payable according to the taximeter and mobile application.