Barcelona Airport is about 15 kilometers from the city gates. Formerly "Barcelona El Prat de Llobregat" was a rather contemplative airport with short distances, it has now become more than twice as large as the T1 opened in 2009. The old terminals A, B and C have become T2A, T2B and T2C. There are free shuttle buses every 5 minutes between the T1, the train station and the T2. Despite its size, it is still easy to find your way.
Here's how you get from the airport to Barcelona's city centre. You can book the tickets and transfers here.
Getting to the "El Prat de Llobregat Airport", as the Barcelona Airport is officially known, is quite simple. There are several transfer options available to get you from the airport to the city center: you can easily get to the city either by public transport or with a private transfer. Depending on the size of the group or comfort wishes, we offer you the right means of transport.
Possible Transfers from the Airport to Barcelona
Means of Transport from the Airport to Barcelona
Favourable Price Travelling with the 46 Bus / Night Bus NitBus N17
The urban bus routes 46 and N17 are the cheapest way to get into the city. It’s even free if you have the Barcelona Card or the Hola BCN ticket. However, they are not so comfortable - there are no luggage racks and there are many bus stops to take on more passengers.
Single tickets can be obtained from the drivers, if necessary, but no multiple or multi-day tickets. Bus 46 ends at Plaça Espanya and the N17 at Plaça Catalunya. The single ticket purchased from the driver is valid only for the bus, you can not change to the metro afterwards.
- By Bus 46 / N17 from Terminal T1
The way is the same as to the Aerobús stops: after security go straight ahead until you reach the exit for the bus stops. For the bus stop of bus line 46 you need to walk about 150 metres. Both bus stops are clearly signposted.
- By Bus 46 / N17 from the Terminal T2
After security go directly to the exit on the road, then go about 100 meters to the right up to the bus stops for lines 46 and N17.
The bus line 46 operates from 4:40 to 23:50 from the airport, and in the opposite direction from 5:00 to 0:15. The line N17 to the Plaça Catalunya operates from 21:55 to 4:45, vice versa from 23:00 to 05:00. The journey takes about 40-60 minutes depending on the time of the day. The buses leave every 25 minutes. You should plan sufficient time for the return trip to the airport.
Lines 46 and N17 stop at Plaça Espanya on the side of the exhibition centre, the 46 has its terminus there. The entrance to the Metro station Espanya (lines L1, L3 and L5 as well as several other trains) is about 100 meters from the bus stop, near the two Venetian towers. The N17 has its final stops at Plaça Catalunya. Direction to the airport: The Bus 46 to the airport leaves from Plaça Espanya at the "Las Arenas" shopping center. The trip from Plaça Espanya to the airport Barcelona terminal T2 takes about 45 minutes, to terminal T1 about 1:10 hours.
Comfortable Transfer with the Aerobús
The Aerobús is a shuttle bus that takes you directly to the city centre. On the bus there is plenty of storage space for luggage, you do not need a timetable, the buses run in a tight cycle every 5-20 minutes. From the airport to the city centre the Aerobús operates from 6:00 to 1:00, 365 days a year. In the opposite direction, the bus leaves from 5:30 to 0:30. Here you can book the Aerobús ticket online.
Since the Aerobús is operated privately, the Barcelona Card or the Hola BCN ticket are not valid there. The trip to the city centre takes about 35 minutes. Click here for more information and prices of Aerobús.
- With the Aerobús from terminal T1
Follow the signs to the bus stops: after the security area go straight ahead, turn right past the café, then right to the bus stops exit (that’s the second exit, the first exit leads to the taxi ranks). When you arrive on the lower ground floor, you arrive directly at the Aerobús stop.
- With the Aerobús from terminal T2
To find the bus stop, when you come out of the exit beside the tourist information turn left after about 50 meters. There you can already see the blue Aerobús.
Upon arrival, both A1 and A2 bus lines will take you to Plaça Espanya, then to the Gran Via-Urgell, Plaça Universitat stations and Plaça Catalunya, the last stop. On the return trip be sure to get on the right bus (A1 for terminal T1 and A2 for terminal T2) and please note that the bus does not stop at Plaça Universitat, so you need to get on at Plaça Catalunya.
Do You Wish More Comfortable? Our Private Arrival Transfer and Arrival Sightseeing Tour
Our driver will be waiting for you right in the arrivals hall, they will take care of your luggage and on request will help you to check in at the hotel. There are private transfers by taxi, people carrier or bus at a fixed price, although our drivers sometimes take a short detour to show you a sight on the way.
Or you book an Arrival Sightseeing Tour. You will be picked up from the airport and the driver will then take you on a 4-hour private Sightseeing Tour through Barcelona before bringing you to the hotel. On the way you have the opportunity to stretch your legs, you can also book a breakfast or a tapas break.
Transfer by train
The airport train station is located opposite the T2-A / B Terminal. A pedestrian bridge from the terminal building to the station facilitates transfer, especially with lots of luggage. If you are traveling through Terminal T1, you can take the free shuttle bus from T1 to the station at T2. You can reach the bus stop for the shuttle bus when you leave the security area and going straight ahead (going around the café). After about 50 metres you come to the exit for the train station. Follow the signs (signs and lines on the floor). The shuttle buses run every 5 minutes between the terminals, and using these buses is free.
Trains run every 30 minutes between the airport and the city centre. From the airport the single line of the R2 North line runs to the main Sants Estació station. The ride from the airport to Sants Estació takes 17 minutes.
From the station you have access to the Metro network in Barcelona (lines L3 and L5). From here you can get without changing directly to the old town and Plaça Catalunya with the L3 Metro, and to the Eixample district with the L5.
If you have booked the Barcelona Card or the Hola BCN! ticket, the train ride from the airport to the city centre and within the city of Barcelona is included in the price, as well as the use of the Metro and other public transportation.
From the Airport to Barcelona by Taxi
Taking a taxi is the easiest way to get to your hotel. At the T1 Terminal go to the taxi rank when you come out of the security area; about 30 meters straight ahead and then go down to the exit. The ranks are well signposted. At the T2 Terminal the taxi rank is located right outside the terminal building.
For the taxi, you have to expect to pay €30-60, depending on luggage, time and route chosen. Added to this are surcharges for the airport and large luggage. The availability of taxis is very good, but you can expect to wait in line. Do not expect that the taxi drivers speak English or even German.
Usually, taxis drive you directly to your destination. If they have to take a smaller detours, for example because of a construction site, the driver will tell you. Unfortunately, there are also black sheep: check if the driver has turned on the meter, you are only obliged to pay the indicated amount. Request a receipt "ticket", this must contain the license number. If the driver drives an incomprehensible detour, then point out that you want the direct route. Write down the taxi license number and name, they must be clearly visible in the taxi.
When the driver enters the destination address into his navigation device, this often indicates a lack of local knowledge, but if he follows the sat nav, the route will be without unnecessary detours.
Take te Metro L9 to the City
Since February 2016, the metro line L9 runs from both terminals into the city. You can get from the airport to the city quite easily: change at the station Collblanc in the line L5 that takes you directly through the Eixample district or go to the end station and then change to line L3 that leads you directly to the Old Town. But that takes much longer than the bus 46 or the Aerobús.
For the L9 a special ticket is necessary, this costs 4,50 € per direction.
The Metro L9 is included in the HolaBCN! ticket and the Barcelona Card and no extra ticket is required.