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San Sebastian Taxi

Useful information and tips for taxis in San Sebastian


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Taxis in San Sebastian

Over 300 taxis serve the trendy coastal town of San Sebastian in Spain, making it quick and easy to beach-hop around this small Basque city. Although there are only a handful of taxi companies, they are fully regulated and required to use a taximeter with prices set by the town council. If you want to explore the city and its surroundings while avoiding the often scorching heat, then using a local radio taxi in San Sebastian is the most comfortable and reliable way to visit the main attractions. Taxi ranks in San Sebastian are found all over the city and are the easiest way to grab one if you are out walking. You can also book one through a local San Sebastian taxi app, phone one directly, or book a private transfer in advance.


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Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


Drivers are always on time


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How much does a taxi cost?

Taxi prices Day time
(05:00 - 24:00)
Night time
(00:00 - 05:00)
An official white San Sebastian taxi

Cost of a taxi in San Sebastian

The base fare for a radio taxi in San Sebastian is actually one of the highest in Spain but they also have one of the lowest per-km rates in the country. However, in 2023, the San Sebastian City Council reviewed the taxi tariff to ensure they were in line with local living costs. These prices are regulated through the use of taximeters which are required in all official San Sebastian taxis, and your fare will be calculated based on distance travelled.

It is worth noting that there are separate tariffs for rides on different days as listed below. These prices should be clearly displayed within the vehicle. 

Weekday Rates (07:00 – 22:00):

Base fare – €5.96
Price per km – €0.84

Weeknight (22:00 – 07:00)/Weekend Day/Public Holiday Rates:

Base fare – €6.91
Price per km – €1.30

Friday and Saturday Night and Eve of Public Holidays Rates (22:00 – 07:00):

Base fare – €6.93
Price per km – €1.35

Taxis in San Sebastian also have a charge for every hour the driver is kept waiting and there may be additional tolls and surcharges, depending on the route to your destination.

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How to get a taxi in San Sebastian

Unlike other cities, taxis in San Sebastian can’t be hailed from the street. The easiest way to grab a taxi is to walk to one of the designated taxi ranks located throughout the city. These are most commonly found outside train and bus stations, within Old Town, and near shopping centres or popular tourist attractions. Taxis are usually white and can be recognised from the taxi sign on the roof; you can simply wait in line and take the next available taxi.

Late at night or during bad weather, it is best to book your San Sebastian taxi by phoning one of the local radio taxi companies directly, or through an app. Donostia Transport is the official taxi app of the San Sebastian City Council. Some of the most popular taxi companies you can call are:

Radio Taxi Donosti: +34 (943) 4646 46

Vallina Teletaxi: +34 (943) 4040 40

Taxi Mercedes Hondarribia: +34 (619) 311 045

Keep in mind that there may be additional charges and long wait times when arranging a taxi by phone. For a more personalised service that will collect you at the time and place of your choosing, it is best to book a private transfer in advance.

Benefits of booking a San Sebastian private transfer in advance

Using a private San Sebastian taxi service allows you to not only get around the city more comfortably, but you can plan and budget for your trip in advance, knowing there won’t be any additional hidden costs. When you pre-book your taxi transfer with Welcome, you’ll receive reliable door-to-door service with guaranteed on-time pickups and flexible cancellation, so you won’t waste any time waiting around for a local cab.

With Welcome, you also have access to a 24/7 customer support team and top insider travel tips from your local professional English-speaking driver, to get the most out of your holiday.

San Sebastian taxi tips

  1. Have your destination handy on Google Maps or written down in Spanish since not all taxi drivers speak English.
  2. Check that the taximeter is reset and set to the correct tariff for the time of day you are travelling before you set off.
  3. Not all San Sebastian taxis accept card payments, so it is good practice to always carry some cash on you in case you need it.
  4. Tipping isn't expected in San Sebastian, but it is always appreciated if you receive exceptional service. In these instances, 10% of your final fare is a good guide.

Wheelchair-accessible taxis in San Sebastian

Regular taxis found throughout San Sebastian are not adapted with ramps or seating for wheelchair users, however, they can provide assistance as required to fold up and store your wheelchair. Adaptive vehicles are available if booked in advance. Radio Taxi Donosti and Vallina Teletaxi both provide this service.

Safety and complaints for San Sebastian taxis

Taxis in San Sebastian are considered very safe, however, if you have been made to feel unsafe or if you think your driver has overcharged you by using an incorrect tariff, taking a longer route, or for any other reason, you can make a direct complaint to the taxi company you used or the city council. Be sure to request a receipt and to take down the vehicle and driver registration details.

Frequently asked questions

How do I call a taxi in San Sebastian?

You can call a taxi company directly or have your hotel phone on your behalf to arrange a ride. Some of the most well-known companies include Radio Taxi Donosti +34 (943) 4646 46, Vallina Teletaxi +34 (943) 4040 40, and Taxi Mercedes Hondarribia +34 (619) 311 045. Alternatively, you can book a taxi in San Sebastian with an app such as Donostia Transport App or pre-book online with Welcome Pickups.

How can I pay for my taxi in San Sebastian?

Most radio taxis in San Sebastian accept credit/debit card payments, however, some vehicles aren’t equipped with a payment terminal and will only accept cash payments in the local currency (Euros).

What’s the average cost of a taxi in San Sebastian?

Local taxis in San Sebastian operate using a taximeter to calculate their fares. The average cost for a 20 km journey from the airport to the city is €23 during the day (07:00 to 22:00) and €33 at night (22:00 to 07:00). Extra charges apply on weekends and public holidays. While tipping isn’t required, some travellers choose to tip 10% of the final fare for exceptional service.

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