You're never more than two minutes from a taxi in Las Palmas' main areas of interest. Just look out for a white car with a green light on top. Free taxis in circulation turn the light on and have a little card in the windscreen that says "libre". Most shopping centres and streets have convenient taxi ranks.
The city's taxis are all on the meter and are honest. Most drivers know the streets well and will get you to destination without any problems. Sometimes drivers ask you to choose the route as the quickest way isn't always the cheapest.
It's technically illegal to ride in a taxi without wearing your seatbelt, but taxi drivers don't complain as you have to pay the fine.
The minimum fare is under two euros and you can't spend more than 7 euros on a taxi ride within the city limits. See the photo below for the full list of fares. Be aware that you pay a supplement after midnight, on fiesta days and also if you get a taxi to the Puerto de la Luz port.
Taxis have to provide change for a 20 euro note and won't be happy if you try to pay a small fare with a 50.
A taxi ride to the airport from Las Palmas costs about 30-35 euros on the meter.
Most locals don't tip taxi drivers for short rides in the city, but rounding up to the nearest euro is appreciated. If your taxi driver goes out of his way to help you, then a tip of a couple of euros is polite.
Useful taxi vocab
Where is the nearest taxi rank: "donde esta la parada de taxi?"
I need a taxi: "Necesito un taxi"
Take me to: "llevame a..."
How much is a taxi to: "Cuanto cuesta un taxi a..."
Please open / close the window: "Puede abrir / cerrar la ventana por favor"