Barcelona airport, also known as El Prat Airport is 13km South West of the city and easily accessible by taxi, bus and train (but not metro. More info below). The airport's two terminals (T1 and T2) serve over 30 million air passengers a year, and unlike many major city airports getting past security, passport control and customs is relatively brief and painless - so you'll be on the beach in no time! As you might expect from any modern aeronautical facility, Barcelona airport has ATMs, bureaux de change, left luggage/security lockers, and plenty of restaurants and shops to while away any waiting times. WiFi hotspots are also available at T2 although you will have to pay for the privilege.
Getting to/from Barcelona Airport to City Centre
By Private or Shared Transfer
There are a number of companies who will offer to take the minor stress of getting from El Prat to either your hotel/apartment or other destination (the cruise port being a popular one!) by organising your airport transfer for you. Not always as cheap as navigating your own way there, many travellers prefer the peace of mind of having an English-speaking driver meet them at arrivals to make sure nothing goes wrong on the day:
If you're looking to book a private transfer then we can recommend this reliable local-based travel agent and tours specialist. To reserve a vehicle simply go to the reservations page of their website, where you can book either a car (4 seats), van (7 seats) or mini-bus (12 seats) and you could end up paying as little as 8 euros per person if you're a large group. If you want an even more economical option book a shared transfer.
Barcelona Airport Taxis
A classic case of a company that "does what it says on the tin", this highly professional outfit will have a driver with your name on it waiting in arrivals come rain or shine - or 5 hour delays - for when you touch down. They even monitor flight arrival times to make sure you're not left waiting in the cold (...ok, this being Spain you'll be waiting in the warm more likely, but still!). Reserve now, pay nothing up front, simply settle with the driver on the day. Check their website for rates.
Grabbing a cab is the quickest and easiest method of transport to get from El Prat to Barcelona city centre. How much does a taxi cost? At last count 30-35 euros. Everything should be done on the meter so you're unlikely to be ripped off, although knowing a bit of Spanish will certainly help avoid any embarrassing situations. Journey time 20-30 mins.
An express bus service called the Aerobus runs from Plaza Catalunya to Barcelona airport and vice versa at regular intervals - every 10 to 15 minutes - and is definitely a cheaper alternative to a taxi, especially if you're flying solo. It runs from 5.30am to 1am seven days a week. The Aerobus 1 takes you to Terminal 1 and, you guessed it, the Aerobus 2 takes you to Terminal 2. Tickets currently cost just over 5 euros. You can see a more detailed timetable by clicking on this link - you need to scroll down right to the bottom as there a number of other bus lines you don't care about first!
Sorry not possible, but see below for getting there by train...
You can board a train to the city centre from 'Aeropuerto' train station just five minutes walk from T2. They are not as regular as the buses (approx. every 30 mins) or as convenient for luggage but on the plus side a ticket is just over 3 euros and journey time just 18 mins. The train calls at central stations Sants, Passeig de Gracia and Clot and you can check the timetable here. Similarly you can do the same journey in reverse to arrive at El Prat. Nota bene: you can change onto the metro at any of these stations.
Finally, should you ever find yourself at the wrong terminal at Barcelona airport fear not - free and regular shuttle buses will ferry you on your way to your flight. If there is any information missing on this page, please comment below and we'll endeavour to answer all your questions! Click onto our listing for the airport in our Services section to see the exact location of El Prat Airport on a map.
Booking Flights & Other Airports
Need more info? Needless to say we've got some wise advice on booking flights to Barcelona for you to check out which could save you a bob or two. Meanwhile if you're flying into Reus, then head to our guide on getting from Reus Airport to Barcelona. Similarly if you're flying to Girona, then we have an article on getting from Girona airport to Barcelona too!
Personally I always use the Aerobus. It's more expensive than the train but they stop right out the terminals and take you to Placa Catalunya (final stop) which is the very heart of the city. Generally BCN is safe but bagsnatchers and pickpockets are a BIG problem so be extra extra vigilant with your belongings for the duration of your trip. On the Aerobus you'll be surrounded by tourists only and should be 100% safe. Takes about 20 mins or longer if bad traffic.
reviewed by Editor from Spain on Oct.08.2012
Hi ! I'm Biibissara! I am going to Barselona with my friend on 25th of october! and we will land at 10:30 am Barcelona El Prat airport. I want to know how can I get to the city center of Barcelona, and How far does it take?!
reviewed by Biibisara from Hungary on Oct.05.2012
I am landing at 11:00pm at the Barcelona airport. What is the safest way to get to the city center when traveling alone?
reviewed by Susan from United States on Oct.03.2012
Hi,I will arrive to the airport about 16:50 then I need to come to the Barcelona Train station to change the train to zaragoza.So I 'd like to have a ask ,how can I get to there?with a train or a bus?How long will it takes?Thank you!By the way,from where can I check ,will I arrive to T1 or T2?
reviewed by jing zhang from China on Aug.19.2012
I am travelling to Barcelona's El Prat, with a family of 4.
Any advice on the best/convinient way to get to Sagrada Familia?
reviewed by R John from United Kingdom on Aug.10.2012
Hi Dorryta, you can check this link for a timetable, but yes you should have enough time! The trains appear to leave at 09 and 39 past each hour and take 18 mins to arrive. http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/cercanias/barcelona/index.html
reviewed by Editor from Spain on Jul.05.2012
Hi! I would like to know for sure , that if I arrive at Barcelona Sants at 11:48, can I reach my flight at 13:55 at the airport El Prat? I didn't find the timetable of the trains to the airport, only that they pass every 30 minutes. Thanks for the answer!
reviewed by Dorottya from Hungary on Jul.03.2012
Both the A1 (to terminal 1) and A2 (to terminal 2) start at Placa Catalunya (right in the centre of town) and then stop at Placa Espanya on their way to the airport. The buses are very regular and journey time usually only 20 mins and they're the best option IMO, esp. for tourists. Both Placa Catalunya and Placa Espanya are on multiple metro lines so you can arrive easily from other parts of Barcelona.
reviewed by Editor from Spain on Apr.02.2012
Hi, we are staying near the sagradra familia. Does the T2 bus stop near here or am i better getting the train then a netro?
Thank you in advance
reviewed by Nichol from United Kingdom on Mar.31.2012
we are 3 people booked at
Aura Park Aparthotel
Av. Fabregada, 54-56 esq. av. Carrilet, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat. Dose a aerobus can take us to the hotel.
reviewed by Manal from Canada on Feb.16.2012
Barcelona is on the seaside, so is the airport. Is there any way(a ferry maybe) to get from the airport to the area near the aquarium?
reviewed by Ninu from Romania on Oct.31.2011
hi i am trying to find the route from barcelona airport to malgrat mar i know i can take shuttle bus i think to city and then do we find train to malgrat de mar
reviewed by dawn from United Kingdom on Aug.24.2011
Hi Kinga. Check out our article about Girona airport, which has advice on getting to Barcelona city centre. From Estacion de Nord in Barcelona you will have to take a metro to stop Catalunya (red line) and then on Pl. Catalunya you can take the Aerobus to El Prat, which leaves very regularly, takes around 20-25 mins and costs just over 5 euros. I can't think of any quicker way to do it off hand... http://www.barcelona-life.com/barcelona/girona-airport
reviewed by Editor from Spain on Aug.21.2011
Hi!I would like to ask if there is direct transportation between Girona airport and El Prat Barcelona airport, and if not, which is the best way to go? thank you in advance..:)
reviewed by Kinga from Hungary on Aug.19.2011
FYI there is no direct transport link between El Prat terminals and the ferry port. Either take a taxi (easiest) or take the Aerobus to Placa Catalunya - from there you can walk down Las Ramblas to the port (about 15-20 min walk) or take the metro to Drassanes which is at the bottom of the Ramblas and just 5 mins from port. Or you could catch the train from the airport to Passeig de Gracia, switch onto the metro there and again head down to Drassanes. Once you're at the bottom of Las Ramblas the port is on your right, and I believe there is a PortBus which leaves from the Columbus Monument (huge column with Christopher COlumbus statue on top) which can drop you off at your exact ferry terminal as teh port is quite big so you may not be as near as you think!
reviewed by Duncan from Spain on Feb.15.2011
Is there a bus from the Airport Terminal 2 to the Balearia Ferry Terminal that goes to Menorca?
reviewed by Rosi Prescott from United Kingdom on Sep.17.2010