Tenerife has the biggest taxi fare price increases in Spain

  • Canarian Weekly
  • 15-05-2024
  • Tenerife
  • Photo Credit: CW
Tenerife has the biggest taxi fare price increases in Spain

In a recent study, conducted by the consumer association Facua, Santa Cruz has emerged as one of the cities with the biggest increase in urban taxi fares over the past year. According to the report, fares in the capital of Tenerife have risen by approximately 22%.

The study by Facua is based on the simulation of nine different routes in each city, using official data from the taxi cooperatives and the current 2024 fare rates.

A scoring system was employed to assess the cost of a one-kilometre journey (or the minimum fare charged in each city), a five-kilometre trip, and a ten-kilometre trip, during daytime, nighttime, and weekends.

Of the 57 cities analysed across Spain, the results show that 35 have raised taxi fares compared to the previous year, and that the biggest increases were recorded in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with a staggering 22.9%, followed by Pamplona (+9.5%), and Cádiz and Vitoria (+7.5% increase).

The biggest increase in the minimum fare price this year is also in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, rising by 22.2% during daytime hours, followed by Valencia with a 10.0% increase, then Cádiz (+7.7%), and Girona (+6.1%).

Meanwhile, the average price per kilometre (or equivalent waiting time) stands at 1.55 euros in the Tenerife capital. Conversely, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Ceuta boast the most affordable taxi fares.

The findings highlight the evolving dynamics of urban transportation costs, particularly impacting commuters and residents in cities experiencing notable fare increases like Santa Cruz. As the debate on transportation affordability continues, stakeholders may seek strategies to mitigate the burden on users while ensuring sustainable mobility solutions.