NEWS: 30 EURO FLAT-RATE TAXI FARE in Madrid started January 7th, 2014 to/from Madrid Barajas Airport!
The new 30 Euro taxi fare flat-rate applies to/from all locations within Madrid's M-30 highway ring from/to Madrid Barajas Airport, all terminals. No supplement charges for baggage.
I think this is GOOD news as it'll remove the taxi-fare guess-work and understandable apprehension from first-time visitors to Madrid from/to the airport as well as potentially save passengers money.
Taxi drivers around the world, not just in Spain, have a certain "mala fama" (bad reputation) for taking advantage or running up the fares on passengers. How many times have I been asked by a professional taxi driver at Madrid Barajas airport, "Which way would you like to go there?
" How the HECK am I supposed to know the answer to this question if I'm a visitor? Sometimes I'd been taken around the northern end of the M-30, other times around the southern end, and still other times right through downtown. Not until I moved to Madrid was I knowledgeable and comfortable enough to tell the driver which way I'd like to get to my destination, where to take the exits, and so on.
If they try to charge you more than the 30 Euros (location to/from within the M-30, demand the driver for a receipt. "Dame un recibo, por favor, y una hoja de reclamaciones.
" - "Give me a receipt, please, and a complaint form.
" Chances are, they won't want to give them to you. And if they don't want to, they're cheating you and you should tell them you're calling the police.
By the way, pick-ups and drop-offs outside of the M-30 will be charged a minimum of 20 Euros.