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.
Above: The view over BCN from the window seat...
Getting to/from Barcelona Airport to City Centre
BY PRIVATE 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.
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.
Book Taxi BCN
Easy to book and affordable, with this company you will be met at arrivals by your driver and taken door to door to your final destination. They use the same fleet of vehicles as authorised by the Barcelona Transport Authorities, which includes Mercedes sedans, or for larger groups mini-vans or minibuses. You can also order eco-taxis with wifi. As well as being able to pick you up from both Barcelona terminals they can also pick you up from Girona, and they can also deliver you to/from the cruise terminal and other popular transport nodes. It's as simple as filling out the form on their website...
Grabbing a cab from the rank is the quickest and easiest method of transport to get from El Prat to Barcelona city centre if you haven't reserved a transfer ahead of time (see above). How much does a taxi cost on the fly? At last count around 35 euros to the centre. Everything should be done on the meter so you're very unlikely to be ripped off, although knowing a bit of Spanish will certainly help avoid any embarrassing situations. Journey time 20-35 mins.
An express bus service called the Aerobus runs from Plaza Catalunya to Barcelona airport and vice versa at regular intervals - every 5 to 20 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, 365 days a year. The Aerobus 1 (A1) takes you to Terminal 1 and, you guessed it, the Aerobus 2 (A2) takes you to Terminal 2. Tickets currently cost just over 6 euros. It's a good idea to buy in advance and then you won't have to queue to buy a ticket (enabling you to board quicker), or get stuck with the wrong change: you can buy tickets online via the official website.
Head to our article for more info on the bus route, stops and schedule including some top tips, or there's also a more detailed timetable here.
Sorry not possible, as there is no metro stop here, 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, aka Terminal 2. They are not as regular as the buses (approx. every 30 mins) or as convenient for luggage, plus it's more likely that you will land at Terminal 1, but on the plus side a ticket is just over 3 euros and journey time only 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!
Thank you for a concise and informative page. It told me everything I wanted to know.
reviewed by Megan Brebner from United Kingdom on Jul.01.2017
Hi there, what do you mean by ''there is no metro''? I regularly travel to and from the airport by metro! Although, it might be that this article is outdated since the metro has recently started working. The line is L9 South (Sud). Will not take you to the very centre, but you can connect to some other line. Just be aware that the L8 often seen on the map (in pinkish colour) does not operate. So, the best option for reaching the centre is going to Terrassa and changing to the red line there.
reviewed by Jelena from Spain on May.05.2017
Hey there. How can I get from Terminal 2 to La Sagrada by public transport? I don't want to use taxi or Aerobus. What train or bus or metro can I use?
reviewed by Iliyana from Bulgaria on Feb.22.2017
Is there a way to travel from the Barcelona airport to Sagrada familia by train? I would arrive from New York in the morning and my next flight is at 8pm, so I would like to see Sagrada familia for several hours. What's the less expensive way to travel from the airport to Sagrada and back?
Thanks a lot
reviewed by Liz from Canada on Feb.01.2017
IT'S THE WORST CHOICE POSSIBLE! YOU WILL END UP WAITING FOR HOURS AND NO ONE WILL SHOW UP. WE WERE AROUND 8 PEOPLE IN THE SAME SITUATION. IT'S A TOTAL SCAM
reviewed by Jane from Canada on Jul.08.2015
Stay away from Transferamigo. They kept saying 20 more minutes and in the end we waited for 2 hours while seeing city busses leave every 5 minutes or so.
reviewed by Varen from Belgium on May.28.2015
Bought my tickets in advance for the Aerobus and worked a treat... easy to use, minimal waiting time for the bus. Was already there for both legs just had to wait 5 mins for it to fill up and we were off. Journey time was only about 20 mins by my reckoning.
reviewed by Mike from United Kingdom on Apr.20.2015
thank you for the detailed and useful info
reviewed by David from United States on Mar.12.2015
I can highly recommend Book Taxi Barcelona. The driver was on time and even waited for us for a few minutes when we were late since my watch had lost time. The drive to the airport was quick and one felt completely safe this taxi. The vehicle, a 6 seater, was spotlessly clean and smelled fantastic. There is the convenience of being able to book a taxi online up to an hour before pick up, at no additional charge. Other sites were wanting to charge extra fees for a so called "last minute" booking, some 20 hours before pick up.
reviewed by Belinda from South Africa on Jan.19.2015
We used www.booktaxibcn.com on 13 of January.
Needed a large cab to take four people plus heavy luggage to airport from Barcelona city. Booking process straightforward, car arrived a few minutes early. Car new and clean, pleasant, helpful driver. The few extra euros we paid for the service is good value to ensure we arrived on time for our departure. I would use this service again and recommend it.
reviewed by Steve from United Kingdom on Jan.14.2015
La settimana scorsa abbiamo utilizzato booktaxibcn come de vostro consiglio.
Un servizio da cinque stelle!! Ci apettava in aereoporto il tassista, giacca e cravatta, molto simpatico ... una Mercedes E nuova, un viaggo perfetto fino in hotel a Barcellona... abbiamo prenotato anche il ritorno.
Grazie mille per il vostro consiglio!
reviewed by Marco from Italy on Jan.12.2015
Buonasera ho prenotato il volo per Barcellona da Venezia
e nel chek in on line ho prenotato il trasferimento con il bus amigo per il centro di Barcellona
ma stampando il biglietto aereo ma non ho ricevuto essun documento della mia prenotazione,al contrario della prenotazione auto di cui ho invece ricevuto l'email
Come posso fare per verificare il mio trasferimento che ho già pagato? Good evening I booked the flight to Barcelona from Venice
and check in on line I booked the bus transfer amigo, to the center of Barcelona
but printing out the ticket but have not received any document of my reservation, on the contrary of booking car instead of which I received the email
How do I check my transfer I have already paid?
reviewed by Maria from Italy on Dec.02.2014
Sconsiglio vivamente transfer amigo. Al ritorno, il pulmino doveva venire a prendermi in albergo, ma nessuno si è presentato. Ho chiamato e richiamato ma nessuno ha risposto e dopo 30 minuti che aspettavo ho preso un taxi, anche se avevo già pagato il trasporto. Non prenotate
reviewed by Riccardo Faiola from Italy on Oct.17.2014
I will arrive in Barcelona El prat at 11 pm on a friday and i was wondering what's the easyest way to travel to my hotel: Eurohotel Diagonal Port
Lope de Vega, 4, Sant Martí.
thanks a lot!
reviewed by laura neirinck from Belgium on Oct.10.2014
I will catch depart at 6.25 AM from Barcelona el Prat using Ryan Air. which transport is available during that time ? can i use aerobus at that time?
reviewed by Santhi Elizabeth from United Kingdom on Sep.08.2014
We are arriving to the airport at 2am. We are looking for a cheap transport to plaza catalunya, I see the bus and train doesn't run at this time. Do we have any cheaper option other than taxi left? Do you have to agree on taxi price before entering it to make sure it is 30euros or is there also a night charge ?
reviewed by Ana from Croatia on Jul.10.2014
How far is the nearest Train station from the port. I am due to board a cruise ship at port and fly into Barcelona airport that morning. There are 4 people in my party. Also does the Bus from airport connect directly to Port.?
reviewed by james cahill from Ireland on May.26.2014
Confermo. Non prenotare ASSOLUTAMENTE Transfer Amigo per il trasporto dall'Aeroporto El Prat di Barcellona. Io e un'amica abbiamo speso € 44,00 per andata e ritorno pagati ad una ragazza che vendeva mentre eravamo in fila ad aspettare di imbarcarci a Pisa. All'arrivo non c'era nessuno, dopo varie telefonate ad un numero di Pisa un tizio ci dice di spostarci al Terminal 2 e cercare l'ufficio di Transfer Amigo. All'ufficio un ragazzo ci dice di aspettare 40 minuti perchè l'autista è al Terminal 1 per altri clienti. A questo punto ci facciamo dare una mail a cui richiedere il rimborso e prendiamo un autobus (A2) che ci porta in Placa Catalunya e da lì un taxi per l'appartamento: in tutto € 16,00 circa
reviewed by Marina from Italy on Jan.09.2014
There is six of us landing on the 23rd of this month what would be the best way to get to the urbany hostel.... Cheaper the better!!!!
reviewed by Banks from United Kingdom on Jan.04.2014
Absolutamente no recomendaría comprar el servicio TRANSFERAMIGO del aeropuerto de Barcelona a la ciudad. Se vende en la web de Ryanair. Lo compré con el ticket pagando por adelantado la desproporcionada cantidad de 70 € (más tarde me enteré de que el taxi cuesta 20 €). Cuando llegué en el aeropuerto no había nadie esperándome, y nadie respondió el teléfono celular . La tienda de Transferamigo estaba cerrada. Después de perder dos horas de búsquedas infructuosas me tuve que tomar y pagar un taxi. Después de muchos meses nunca obtuve un reembolso de Transferamigo y tambien no he tenido ningún tipo de apoyo por parte de Ryanair para instar la devolución. TOTAL NEGLIGENCIA ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡
reviewed by FILIPPO from Italy on Oct.08.2013
On the basis of my experience I absolutely would NOT recommend buying the TRANSFERAMIGO service from Barcelona airport to the city. It is sold on the Ryanair website. I bought it with the ticket and I paid in advance the disproportionate amount of 70 € (I later found out that the taxi costs 20 €) for the transfer from El Prat airport in Barcelona with the organization "Tranferamigo." When I arrived at the airport there was no one waiting for me and no one answered the cell phone number that I was provided. The shrine of Transferamigo was closed. After losing two hours in fruitless searches I had to take a taxi. After months I never obtained a refund from Transferamigo and since now I didn't get any support by Ryanair in urging the refund. TOTAL CUSTOMER NON-CARE!!!!!!!!!
reviewed by Antonio from Italy on Oct.08.2013
Io sulla base di un'esperienza vissuta recentemente sconsiglierei assolutamente di acquistare il servizio di transfer da''aeroporto di Barcellona alla città venduto sul sito di Ryanair. Acquistandolo insieme al biglietto aereo ho pagato anticipatamente la cifra spropositata di 70 € (successivamente ho scoperto che il taxi costa 20 €) per il transfer da El Prat a Barcellona con l'organizzazione "Tranferamigo". Quando sono arrivata all'aeroporto non c'era nessuno ad aspettarmi e nessuno ha risposto al numero di cellulare che mi era stato fornito. L'edicola di Transferamigo era chiusa, anche se era pieno giorno. Dopo avere perso due ore in inutili ricerche ho dovuto prendere un taxi e non sono riuscita ad ottenere alcun rimborso da Transferamigo, ne' alcun supporto da parte di Ryanair nel sollecitare il rimborso.
reviewed by flavia from Italy on Sep.20.2013
i am flying into El Prat and am in a wheel chair. I am staying at the Hotel Majestic. Is the Passeig De Gracia Metro stop barrier free with an elevator to the street? Or is the Aerobus a good way to go?
reviewed by alan from United States on Aug.01.2013
Can somebody tell me how to get from El Pratt number 2 to Barcelona City Hotel By bus.Thank you
reviewed by Giulio from Canada on Jun.09.2013
hi, I am going to BCN nest week and my fight will be landed on 11,45in the evening, does anyone could tell me any good way to arrive the center both easy and costless? thanks so much
reviewed by CICI from Norway on May.24.2013
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