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

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

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.

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

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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