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How to get from Barcelona airport to city centre
Updated 2016. Getting to Barcelona Airport and how to get from Barcelona's biggest airport to and from the Barcelona city centre. Barcelona airport is called El Prat. Find essential and updated information about the best way to and from Barcelona airport by taxi, train and airport bus, by car and airport transfer. This page is a guide to the best ways to get to Barcelona's biggest and nearest airport, called El Prat airport, by airport bus, by airport train and metro, by taxi or by private transfer.
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Flights to Barcelona in Spain can arrive at three different airports. The three airports are as follows:
Barcelona International airport - El Prat (main airport 20 minutes from Barcelona city centre) 2 different terminal buildings
Girona/Costa Brava airport (smaller airport 1 hour from Barcelona city centre)
Reus airport (smaller airport 1 hour from Barcelona city centre.)
El Prat airport is nearest to the Barcelona city centre and is only about 20 km or 12.4 miles south of the city centre of Barcelona. There are two terminals at El Prat airport. Ryanair uses all three airports near Barcelona, so make sure to check which Barcelona airport your flight arrives at. EasyJet only fly to Barcelona El Prat and most major airlines like Vueling, BA, KLM, etc only fly to the Barcelona International Airport, called Barcelona El Prat airport.
There is no direct metro line from Barcelona city centre to Barcelona airport. From February 2016 a new automated driverless system Line 9 on the Barcelona Metro connects Barcelona airport terminals 1 and 2 to parts of the Barcelona metro network. The new L9 is a not a conventional high-speed direct metro line connecting the airport to the city centre like many other European cities. The new L9 airport metro line has many stations and an route around the city edge to reach other metro lines which then can connect to the city centre. This means the new L9 metro is not a fast connection although quite cheap. Please note that you need an extra ticket to take the L9 metro to the airport. For visitors to trade fair area called Fira Gran via the L9 is a direct connection.
The most popular way of getting to Barcelona city centre from Barcelona airport in 2016 will therefore probably still be taxi or Barcelona Aerobus airport bus, which is a direct bus from airport to Plaza Catalunya in the city centre, where you can either walk to your hotel or take a short metro or taxi journey to your hotel.
Barcelona International Airport is called "aeropuerto de Barcelona" in Spanish - and often called "aeropuerto El Prat" because of the location in the area and town called "El Prat de Llobregat." (prat means meadow in Catalan.) It is the biggest airport near Barcelona with two terminals.
El Prat Airport transports around 35 million passengers a year. The average time that it will take you to get to and from the centre of Barcelona to the airport is around 30 minutes by car, taxi or mini-van - and about 30-45 minutes by bus, airport bus or train.
The cheapest way to get to Barcelona El Prat airport is by R2 Nord train - but there are only two R2 train departures an hour from the centre, so it can take longer than the airport buses or taxis and the R2 train only goes to T2 terminal. From T2 terminal you have to take a free shuttle bus to terminal T1.
So the R2 train can take a long time. The second cheapest and the most convenient way is to take the airport shuttle buses Aerobuses A1 and A2 from Plaza Catalunya in the centre of Barcelona, which have routes to both terminals. If you are three or more persons, then sharing a taxi is not much more expensive than taking the airport bus.
The new T1 terminal at Barcelona International airport opened in 2009, so now there are two Barcelona airport terminals named T1 and T2. Most airlines and flights are at the new T1 terminal. The A1 Aerobus airport bus from Plaza Catalunya goes to the T1 terminal. The A2 Aerobus goes to the old T2 terminal.
There are regular free green shuttle buses between T1 and T2 terminals that leave every 5 minutes - 24 hours a day.The travel time between the T1 and new T2 terminals at Barcelona airport is 12 minutes.
Click on links below or scroll down the page for airport transport options:
Aerobus A1 & A2 - Barcelona airport buses
R2 Nord Trains to Barcelona airport
Taxis to Barcelona airport
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Night bus N17 nitbus to Barcelona airport
Public transport bus 46 to Barcelona airport
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Barcelona Airport bus - Aerobus A1 & A2
Airport buses Aerobus A1 and A2 in Barcelona connect Barcelona airport and the city centre. Airport buses depart 365 days a year every 5 minutes from Barcelona airport terminals 1 and 2 to Plaza Catalunya where they stop in front of the big department store on Plaza Catalunya called Corte Ingles. Plaza Catalunya has connections to metro, buses and taxi and many hotels are within walking distance from Plaza Catalunya. The Aerobus airport buses are an cheap and reliable way of getting to and from Barcelona airport. Buy tickets Barcelona airport bus online
The transport time from Barcelona airport to Barcelona city centre by Aerobus is 35-45 minutes depending on which terminal you are going to. Both airport buses leaves every 5-10 minutes from Plaza Catalunya with a few stops on the way including a stop at Plaza Espanya.
Most passengers take the bus at Plaza Catalunya, so the bus can be full during peak season, so if you are boarding on a bus stop after Pl. Catalunya.
Buy printable tickets online or have ticket sent to your smart phone. You can buy Barcelona airport bus tickets online and print them at home to present on airport bus or show on your smartphone. You can also buy your ticket from the staff at the bus stops (cash only payments), or at the automatic sales machines at the bus stop (payment by credit card) or by paying the airport bus driver (cash only payments). The staff can give you change for bills up to 20 €.
Note that the Barcelona metro and bus travel cards like Barcelona Card, T-10, T-Mes, T-50/30, T-Trimestre T-Jove, T-Familiar, T-Dia are not valid on the Barcelona airport bus service.
Aerobus A1 goes to new Terminal T1
Aerobus A2 goes to old Terminal T2 - A, B & C section
Ticket prices A1 and A2 Aerobus Barcelona airport buses
Price: € 5.90 for a single ticket - valid up to 1 hour after purchasing
Price: € 10.20 for a return ticket - valid up to 1 hour after purchasing and return valid for 15 days
Children under 4 years are free.
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Trains to Barcelona airport
R2 North line - Renfe Cercanias / Rodalies
The Barcelona airport train service is the Renfe R2 Nord line train on the Cercanias/Rodalies rail network. The name for this network is "Cercanias" in Spanish - and " Rodalies" in Catalan. The train to Barcelona airport is cheap but can be a longer journey becuase the train only leaves twice an hour and only goes to T2 terminal. If you are going to T1, you must take a free shuttle bus to the T2 terminal.
You can check R2 nord train times online - both for specific dates and times for the R2 nord train to Barcelona Airport. It leaves every 30 minutes from 3 different stations in Barcelona, which you can find further down this page.
The station nearest the Barcelona city centre, where you can catch the R2 airport train to Barcelona Airport, is the Passeig de Gracia station, which is also connected to the Passeig de Gracia metro station. This airport station location on Passeig de Gracia (also called Paseo de Gracia in Spanish) is on the corner of the streets Arago and Passeig de Gracia. See map link below.
If you are connecting to the R2 Nord airport train by metro, then you can go from the Passeig de Gracia metro station to airport station underground, but there are many steps and long tunnels, so if you have heavy luggage, it is hot and hard work.
It will be easier to exit the metro station at Passeig de Gracia, then walk up the street of Passeig de Gracia and re-enter the AGIF airport railway station, but then you will have to buy a new metro ticket to use for the airport train.
If you are not connecting from a metro, then just go straight to the airport station on the corner of streets Passeig de Gracia and Arago. Remember a metro ticket or one clip on a metro travel card will take you all the way to the airport. You will arrive by the T2 terminal. For the T1 terminal take green shuttle buses to terminal T1, which you can see as you get off the train.
Map location R2 station on Passeig de Gracia
Information about R2 Nord train line to Barcelona airport
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The R2 Nord line is marked "Norte Aeropuerto - Sant Celoni/Maçanet." These two names are the stations at each end of the R2 Nord line.
There are three train stations in Barcelona (underlined below) where you can take the R2 Nord line to Barcelona airport. They all have Metro connections.
Station: El Prat de Llobregat station:Bellvitge
Station: Barcelona - Sants
Station: Barcelona - Passeig de Gracia
Station: Barcelona - El Clot Arago
R2 Nord train journey duration to airport:
Barcelona Airport to Barcelona - Sants - 19 minute journey
Barcelona Airport to station on Passeig de Gracia - 26 minute journey
Barcelona Airport to Barcelona - El Clot Arago - 32 minute journey
R2 Nord train timetable
From the airport from 06.08 to 23.38. Trains leave every 30 minutes.
R2 Nord airport train ticket price 2015:
Single ticket: € 4,10
Check R2 Nord timetable and prices
The Aeroport station is in the ticket system (zone 1) of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area so you can also use a normal metro travel card which costs E2 or one clip on a TMB travel card.
Barcelona Travel cards
The best metro travel card for airport trains are either the
Unlimited 2 Day Hola Barcelona Travel card T-Day € 14 more info
10 Journey Travel card T-10 for € 10.30 more info
Information telephone Renfe.
Taxi to Barcelona airport
The Barcelona taxis are yellow and black and Barcelona airport terminals have clearly marked taxi areas. The taxi journey from Barcelona city centre to Barcelona airport takes about 25-35 minute. Barcelona taxi cost from the Barcelona airport will be between €25 and €35euros depending on your departure point, the traffic and the time of day. Barcelona taxi drivers are generally very honest and all use a taxi-meter, so you will not be cheated on the price. Prices are shown on a sticker inside the cab usually on the side windows. There is no extra charge for suitcases. Please note again that taxis leaving from the airport have a minimum fare of €20 euros for the ride. So even if the meter shows less, you will be charged €20 euros, if you take a taxi from the airport.
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Airport transfer services to Barcelona airport
Chauffeur driven taxi pick-up service from Barcelona airport to your hotel or other destinations in Catalonia are available. Prices are around 75-100 euros for a individual pick-up from Barcelona airport to a hotel in the centre but will vary depending on destination and group size.
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Night bus N17 to Barcelona airport
The N 17 night bus (nitbus) from Plaza Catalunya to Barcelona airport operates from 23:00 to 05:00 hours in the morning. From Barcelona airport to Plaza Catalunya it runs from 22:05 to 05:05 hours in the morning.
Transport time from Barcelona city centre: approx. 30 minutes
The N17 nightbus stops at the T1 terminal and T2 terminal
Price: € 2.10 for a one way ticket
Route maps and stops of N 17 night bus to airport
Barcelona Public Transport (TMB) bus
Bus number 46 to Barcelona airport
Day bus number 46 goes from Plaza Espanya to Barcelona Airport. The 46 route stops at airport terminals T1 and T2
Route bus 46 to Barcelona airport from Plaza Espanya
Parking Barcelona Airport
Car parks at Barcelona International airport. Barcelona-El Prat airport has 10,900 parking spaces in terminal T1 car parks and 8,779 spaces in the terminal T2 car parks. There is also a long-stay car park with 995 places located two km from T1, and connected to both terminals by a shuttle bus. You will be issued a parking ticket when you drive in. Do not leave the ticket in the car, but keep it with you and do not lose it. The parking has security, but do not leave valuables in sight and be sure to lock the doors. Remember your parking space number. When retrieving your car you must pay the parking fee before removing the vehicle. There are automatic payment machines located in the terminal lobbies, at the pedestrian entries to the car park After making the payment you have 20 minutes to leave the airport parking lot before the validated ticket expires. If you have lost the ticket or you have any problems, request information by pressing the button available on all of the automatic payment machines or go to the information centre. If your car battery does not work, the car park operators will start your car free of charge.
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