Useful Spanish example phrases for taking a taxi


You jump into a taxi only to realise that the driver doesn’t speak any English! Time to break out your Spanish language skills. In this hectic situation could you produce any of the following useful phrases and get to your destination without any drama?

A taxi in Barcelona
  • Finding a taxi
    1. ¿Está libre? – (Are you free?)
  • Telling the taxi where you want to go
    1. Queremos ir a la Calle Valencia, por favor – (We want to go to Valencia Street please)
    2. A la Calle Valencia, por favor – (To Valencia Street please)
    3. Llévenos a la Calle Valencia, por favor – (Take us to Valencia Street please)
A Barcelona street scene with a taxi

  • Asking about the cost
    1. ¿Cuánto cobra, más o menos, para ir a la Calle Valencia? – (How much do you charge to go to Valencia Street?)
    2. ¿Cuánto vale, más o menos, ir a la Calle Valencia? – (How much does it cost roughly to go to Valencia Street?)
  • Getting the taxi to stop
    1. Pare aquí, por favor – (Stop here please)
    2. Es aquí – (It’s just here)
  • Paying
    1. ¿Cuánto le debo? – (How much do I owe you?)
    2. ¿Cuánto es? – (How much is it?)
    3. ¿Me hace un recibo, por favor? – (Could you give me a receipt please?)

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