Taxi in Spanish

Traveling in a Spanish-speaking country? Learn what to say when you need to catch a taxi in Spanish in this free audio lesson. After this you’ll know the Spanish taxi words to help you find a taxi stop and more.

Follow Carlos and Carmona through this lesson on catching a cab in Spanish!

Carlos and Carmona are taking a trip to Ecuador, where they hope to see the Galapagos Islands, the Amazonian rain forest, and the colonial district of Quito. In this newsletter, they’ve arrived at Quito International Airport . They need to make their way to their hotel. As the plane lands at the Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre, or the Mariscal Sucre International Airport , Carlos and Carmona put on their backpacks and watch excitedly through the window. They file off the plane.

"Look at the sign, Carlos," says Carmona. "BIENVENIDOS A ECUADOR." That means ‘Welcome to Ecuador,’ doesn’t it?”

They follow the path marked Llegada for Arrivals and stand in line at Aduana, or Customs. After passing through customs, they follow the signs to el reclamo de equipaje, or baggage claim, to pick up their luggage.

Now, they need to find a taxi to their hotel. Carmona stops a security guard. You can play their lines by clicking on the play button.

Catching a taxi in Spanish

Perdón, señor. ¿Dónde está la parada de taxis?

Excuse me, sir. Where is the taxi stop?

¿La parada? Está por esas puertas. Los taxis azules son los mejores. ¿Necesitan ustedes ayuda con las maletas?

The stop? It is through those doors. The blue taxis are the best. Do you need help with the suitcases?

No, gracias. Estamos bien.

No, thank you. We’re fine.

Here are some of the important words and phrases that you should be able to pick out of the conversation.

¿dónde está...?

where is...?

aeropuerto internacional

international airport

bienvenidos

welcome

llegada

arrivals

aduana

customs

el reclamo de equipaje

baggage claim

la parada de taxis

the taxi stop

está

it is

por esas puertas

through those doors

los taxis azules

the blue taxis

los mejores

the best

¿necesita ayuda?

do you need help?

las maletas

the suitcases

no, gracias

no thanks

estamos bien / estoy bien

we’re fine / I’m fine

At the taxi stop, Carlos and Carmona hail the driver of a blue taxi. As the taxi driver puts their suitcases in his car, Carlos attempts to find out how much it will cost to get to their hotel.

Vamos al Hotel Windsor en la calle Amazonas. ¿Cuánto cuesta el pasaje?

We're going to Windsor Hotel in Amazonas Street. How much does the fare cost?

No sé, señor. Depende.

I don't know sir. It depends.

Pero más o menos.

But, more or less?

Bueno, más o menos, cuesta dos dólares.

Well, more or less, it costs two dollars.

¿Está muy lejos?

Is it very far away?

No está muy lejos, pero hay mucho tráfico.

It's not very far away, but there is a lot of traffic.

¿Qué tan largo es el viaje?

How long is the trip?

Unos diez minutos.

About ten minutes.

Here are some of the important words and phrases that you should be able to pick out of the conversation.

vamos a / voy a

we’re going to / I’m going to

en la calle

in or on the street

¿cuánto cuesta?

how much does it cost?

el pasaje

the fare

no sé

I don’t know

depende

it depends

pero

but

más o menos

more or less

bueno

well

cuesta X dólares

it costs X dollars

¿está lejos? / ¿está cerca?

is it far away? / is it close by?

¿qué tan largo es el viaje?

how long is the trip?

The taxi driver gets into the taxi as Carlos and Carmona slide into the back seat. The driver turns the ignition. The taxi coughs several times, then dies. Carlos and Carmona look at each other. Carlos asks the driver, “¿Hay algún problema?” or Is there a problem? The driver grunts and tries again. This time, the taxi roars to life, and the driver peals off into the streets of Quito.

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