Barcelona Airport, officially known as Barcelona El Prat Airport, is an international airport located just 12 km south-west of the center of Barcelona. This is the main airport of Catalonia and the second largest airport in Spain. In 2015, Barcelona El Prat had almost 40 million passengers.
There are two express routes that connect the airport and the city center. Each of them will take you to Placa Catalunya. Aerobus A1 departs from terminal T1 (level 0 — arrival area and level 3 — departure area), and Aerobus A2 departs from terminal T2 (level 0 — arrival / departure zone). A single ticket costs 5.90 euros and round-trip tickets (valid for 15 days from the date of purchase, and the price is 10.20 euros). Buses run every 5-10 minutes, from 5:35 to 01:00.
Travel time: about 35 minutes
You can buy a ticket from the driver (in cash), in vending machines at the airport (only Visa or MasterCard) or online
The bus is equipped with a ramp, which makes it suitable for people with disabilities.
In the city center the bus leaves from Plaka Catalunya, from 5:00 to 00:30
NOTE. To navigate between T1 and T2, as well as around T2A, T2B and T2C, there are round-the-clock routes.
There are three types of public transport that are available from T1 and T2 terminals in Barcelona: public buses, a metro line and a train.
TMB is a public transport offering connections between the airport’s terminals and the city center. Bus route 46 will take you to Placa Espanya, from T1 and go through all parts of the T2 terminal. This is a daily line, but there are two separate night lines: route N17 from terminal T1 and N16 from terminal T2 (including T2A, T2B and T2C). Night buses leave for Plaka Catalunya every 20 minutes. You will find a bus station outside the terminals (both T1 and T2) in the arrival area. A regular bus ticket costs 2.15 euros, and the T-10 10-seat tourist card is available at a price of 9.95 euros.
Metro line 9 (L9 Sud) connects T1 and T2 airport with the center of Barcelona (direction: Zona Universitaria). The branch has 15 stops on the way, and the journey lasts about 30-35 minutes. Frequency 7 minutes, and the ticket costs 4.50 euros. It can be purchased at TMB terminals. Metro stations at the airport are located on T1 (level 0, next to buses) and T2 (outside the terminal, next to the trains).
NOTE. The metro line closes at night (after midnight), with the exception of Fridays when it is open until 02:00 (2 am) and on Saturdays when it remains open all night. The first departure is at 05:00 (5:00).
The train station at Terminal T2 offers trips to the city center via the R2 train line. The station is 200 meters from the terminal building, and the train runs every 30 minutes. The last flight is at 23:30 (23:30). The cost of one trip is 4.10 euros, but you can also use the T-10 card.
You can always order a transfer from the airport to your home in Barcelona.
You can order a transfer through a specialized company (even online), and you will have a professional driver waiting for you in the arrival zone with the name. Do not worry if your plane is late, the transfer company will monitor the arrival of your flight.
For those who travel with small children, you can order child seats.
Taxis at the airport are available around the clock and you will find them outside the arrival area at terminal T1 (level 0) and outside the arrival / departure area at terminals T2 A, B and C (level 0). Journey from the airport to the city can last from 20 to 40 minutes, depending on traffic jams and destination. In addition, the trip from the T1 terminal will be slightly longer than from the T2 terminal. There are 4 tariff zones, so you can expect to pay from 25 to 30 euros. If you use a taxi to get to the port of Barcelona, then there is a fixed rate of 39 euros one way.
There are several car rental companies at Barcelona Airport, and all large ones, such as Sixt, Avis, Budget, etc., have their offices at the airport. You can compare prices and rent a car at Barcelona Airport. All car rental agencies are located at T1 terminal (floor 1) and at T2B terminal (floor 0).
If you are part of a large group traveling to Barcelona and you plan to explore the area and visit other cities in the region, renting a bus is the most economical and hassle-free way to do it. If you are considering renting a bus, you should arrange it at least a couple of weeks before your arrival, think about all the details, such as a meeting point / airport pickup, etc. Most companies collect groups of the airport, so they can tell you the best options.
Question: The plane is delayed. Will this be a problem that will prevent to get to the city?
- A: No, the night bus leaves the airport every 20 minutes, and transfers and taxis operate around the clock, seven days a week.
Q: I have an early morning flight from the airport, are there any hotels at the airport where I can stay?
- A: Yes, there are several hotels in the area called El Prat de Llobregat, as well as a small hotel at the airport, inside the T1 terminal, next to the arrivals hall. The hotel is called Air Rooms.
Question: I would like to spend one day in Barcelona between flights. Is it possible
- A: Yes, of course. The best way would be to get to the city center by bus. Buses run every 5-10 minutes and you will reach Placa Catalunya in just 35 minutes, where you can leave your luggage.
Question: I continue my journey outside Barcelona. Are there any direct lines from the airport to other cities?
- A: Yes, there are several bus lines that connect Barcelona El Prat Airport with small towns in the area, such as Girona and Figueres. There are also buses to the city of the Costa Brava and to Valencia, both routes depart from Terminal T1, the arrival zone. There is also a direct bus connecting Barcelona Airport and Madrid Airport. As for international routes — only to Andorra, departing from the terminals T1 and T2B, the arrival zone. For all other cities and international lines you must get to the main bus terminal of Barcelona.