I thought this information may be useful at this time of year, especially with the influx of ‘Swallows’.
Thousands of taxis travel around Tenerife, you can see them everywhere, on the motorway and on every street corner but it’s ‘Sod’s Law’ you see more when you don’t need one than when you do!
However, you know what’s coming… How much is a taxi to… ?
If you believe the gossip on social media most taxi drivers are crooks. At the end of the ride, they press a button that manipulates a box that causes the price to leap and the passengers feel they are being ripped off. Of course, this is nonsense and circulates because customers don’t know WHAT is included in the price.
In Tenerife, taxis are arranged by municipality and normally several taxi companies operate in each district. There are taxis equipped with ramps to take disabled passengers and wheelchairs. There are taxis that can take 8 passengers but the majority take a maximum of four.
They all though have two things in common: they are white and all have an official meter. This is checked, calibrated and attested so that it automatically calculates the correct price of each journey.
All prices on the meter include 7% tax, called IGIC. But this is where it gets complicated and folks sometimes think they are being diddled. The price depends on a number of factors including distance and duration of the journey. It also depends on whether a trip takes place between two different areas (tarifas inter-urbanas) or within the same area (tarifa urbana). AND on top of that, there are possible surcharges.
One of these is to phone a taxi, called radio taxi. If, however, you walk up to an official taxi rank this surcharge is not applicable. Another surcharge is to or from a place where the taxi company also has to pay to be active, such as the airports. These surcharges are on top of the basic fare and added at the end, that is the button referred to.
Now the prices. There are two different fares, one for weekdays during the day, and one for nights, weekends and holidays. Note: these prices were current as of September 2018. Prices are charged per kilometre and the price when you start your journey (I’ll call this entry price) includes a certain distance – not exactly free because it is already on the meter and I don’t know how far this is. But it is only after this distance that the price on the meter starts to increase.
Daytime Fare on a weekday (including Saturday) between 06:00 and 22:00: entry price is €3.15 then €1.10 per kilometre
Night time Fare – weekdays from 22:00 to 6:00, Sundays and public holidays entry price: €3.45 then per kilometre
Surcharge for transport to ports and airports: €1.70
Surcharge for a call via the radio taxi service: €0.50
Waiting times are charged at €15.05 per hour.
All taxis charge a supplement of €6.45 for journeys taking place on 24th December, 31st December and 5th January from 20.00 until 22.00 the following day.
If you have any doubts about the fare you are being charged, then ask for a receipt. Una factura.
Normally people take a taxi from point A to B but it is also possible to negotiate a price for a day trip or excursion. For this purpose, the taxi meter is switched off and you agree a price with the driver in advance depending on the region you want to visit.
Below are some taxi phone numbers.
- Adeje: 922 979 293
- Arona: 922 747 511
- Puerto de la Cruz: 922 378 999 or 659 515 756
- Granadilla: 922 397 475
- Reina Sofía Airport (Tenerife South): 922 392 119
- Santiago del Teide: 922 86 08 40
Taxi prices can be calculated HERE.