Barcelona taxi strike - news and updates 2024

Barcelona taxi strike

Barcelona taxi strike - news and updates

Last updated June 2024

June 2024
Barcelona Taxi drivers announce a strike for Tuesday 18th June from 6am to 6pm. Barcelona taxis will stop service to protest againt what they call "insurance company 'abuses'" and low taxi tariffs. Taxis blame ride-hailing services ( operating with VTC licences) for low taxi wages. The protest has been announce and organised by the Taxi unions Élite Taxi, Anget, STAC, ATC and Paktaxi.

September 2023
Barcelona's Taxi union has announced taxi protests which aim to block all major roads into Barcelona from 1st to 4th September to disrupt the holiday return of thousands of people to Barcelona. This action is yet another protest in the Barcelona taxi drivers' ongoing fued with ride-hailing platforms and their apps.

Wednesday 14 june 2023
Taxi drivers from all over Catalonia will demonstrate in the form of a "slow drive" in the center of Barcelona from Plaza Espanya along Gran Via to demand restrictions on VTCs ride sharing cabs. Further action throughout the summer will be announced if demands are not met.

Monday 17th April 2023.

Barcelona taxi drivers will stage four days of protests against illegal taxis at the Barcelona's main airport El Prat airport from Monday 17th April 2023.

Monday 17th April 2023:  "surprise" event at the Terminal 1 lobby and a work stoppage from 10 am to midday.
Tuesday 18th April 2023: whistling in the arrivals area for 30 minutes every two hours
Wednesday 19th April 2023: slow drive protest between terminals 1 and 2.
Thursday 20th April 2023  "invasion" of Terminal 1 lobby from 10 am to midday then an assembly to decide whether to continue protesting in the Barcelona city center if the airport operator Aena and the Catalan interior department do not meet their demands.

2019 taxi strikes

Thursday 24th January 2019 - Barcelona taxi strike ENDED.

Taxi drivers voted 23/1 to end strike their 6 day strike and accept offer from local government that ridesharing services have to be ordered with 1 hour notice before the pick-up.

The taxi strike Barcelona which started on 18th January, intensified on 22nd January with more attacks on ride sharing cars from Uber and Cabity ridesharings services and taxi drivers continue to block streets.

Taxis are still blocking a major street in Barcelona called Gran Via which is causing traffic disruption.

On previous days taxi drivers blocked other main traffic arteries including ring road Ronda Litoral and had skirmishes with police at the port.

The Barcelona taxi drivers are protesting against Uber and Cabify ride-sharing services which use so-called VTC licences to provide alternative transport to traditional taxis. 

There have been somevery violent attacks by taxi drivers against drivers, occupants and cars of ride sharing services like Uber and Cabify. 

Nine taxi drivers were arrested in Barcelona on Friday

Tourists are recommended to use metro L9 Sud or the train from station Passeig de Gracia to get to airport.

There is no direct metro from Barcelona city center to the airport

To connect to L9 Sud which goes to airport, take metro from station Espanya to "Fira" and "Europa / Fira stations where you can connect to L9 Sud to airport. 

Or if you are near metro L5 Collblanc station then at Collblanc station to metro L9 (it's a long journey to airport though)

Useful links with public information:

Twitter Emergenciescat
Twitter Mossos police
Twitter TMBinfo bus/metro
TMB map transport 21 Dec 2018
Live Google traffic map Barcelona
Aerobus Twitter - airport bus
Transit Twitter - traffic barcelona
Guardia Urbana Twitter - traffic police
Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2024 10:29