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How to get to Barcelona from El Prat airport (BCN)

El Prat (BCN) is the main Barcelona airport. It is about 17 km south-west of the Barcelona city centre (Plaça Catalunya). From the airport you can get to the city by bus, train or taxi (the metro for the airport is under construction).

Bus

Aerobus BarcelonaThe fastest bus with a more frequent service is the AEROBUS. It has a light blue colour and there are busstops at all the terminals of the airport. It runs beween the airport and the Plaça de Catalunya (centre of Barcelona) and the travel time is about 35 minutes. There are 2 lines, the A1 (light blue) which runs from the Terminal 1 (T1) and the A2 (light blue) from the Terminal 2 (T2). The price for the one way ticket is 5,90 Euros and round ticket is 10,20 Euros (price 2015). Children under 4 years are free.

This is the route from the airport (Terminal T1): Plaza España, Gran Via-Urgell, Plaza de la Universitat and Plaza Catalunya (city centre). From Plaza Catalunya to the airport: Sepúlveda-Urgell, Plaza Españya, Airport Terminal T1. Timetable:

Line A1 Pl. Catalunya (Barcelona) - Terminal T1 (Airport)

  • From 05.30 h a 06.50 h every 10 min
  • From 06.50 h a 21.45 h every 5 min
  • From 21.45 h a 00.30 h every 10 min

Line A1 Terminal T1 (Aeropuerto) - Pl. Catalunya (Barcelona)

  • From 06.10 h a 07.30 h every 10 min
  • From 07.30 h a 22.25 h every 5 min
  • From 22.25 h a 01.05 h every 10 min

This is the route from the airport (Terminal T2B): Airport (Terminal T2C), Plaza España, Gran Via-Urgell, Plaza de la Universitat and Plaza Catalunya (centre of the city). From Plaza Catalunya to the airport: Sepúlveda-Urgell, Plaza Españya, Airport (Terminal T2B) to the airport terminal T2C. Timetable:

Line A2 Pl. Catalunya (Barcelona) - Terminal T2 (Airport)

  • From 05.30 h to 06.50 h every 20 min
  • From 06.50 h to 22.20 h every 10 min
  • From 22.20 h to 00.30 h every 20 min

Terminal T2 (Airport) - Pl. Catalunya (Barcelona)

  • From 06.00 h to 07.00 h every 20 min
  • From 07.00 h to 23.00 h every 10 min
  • From 23.00 h to 01.00 h every 20 min

The service operates 365 days a year, always with the same schedule.

There is another bus line with less frequency which takes you to Barcelona (Plaça Espanya). The travel time is a bit longer (about 50 minutes) but the ticket, you can buy it on the bus, is cheaper (2,15 Euros, price 2015). It's the line línea 46.

Train

Barcelona Sants EstacióThe access is from Terminal 2 (T2) through a pedestrian walkway. There is a free airport shuttle bus between the 2 Terminals, for those who arrive or depart from the Terminal (T1).

THE STOPS (with connections to metro and bus lines):

  • Main train station of Sants (Plaça de Sants, close to the Plaça d'Espanya)
  • Passeig de Gracia (centre of Barcelona)
  • Clot-Aragó (Av. Meridiana, close to the Plaça de les Glòries)
  • Barcelona-Sant Andreu Comtal

Time tables (from the aiport): monday to sunday from 05:42 h.to 23:38.
Frequency: every half an hour.
Travel time to Barcelona Sants: 19 minutes
Price 1 way: 4,10 Euros (price 2015)

Taxi

Taxi BarcelonaBarcelona taxis are easily spotted with their yellow and black livery. There are taxi ranks outside each terminal building. The journey into the city takes around 20 minutes and costs around EUR 30,--. (journey + luggage).

Hire a car

The airport access road is the Barcelona-Castelledefels motorway C-31. The exit B-22 leads to the T1 and the C-32B leads to the T2. The 2 terminals are connected by a road. The C-31 motoway leads directly into the city on the Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes (popular Gran Via), the principal Avenue of Barcelona which runs the city from south to north, and it's quite easy to get to the centre. By the way, if you rent a car you will need a parking. Here you can reserve a park space in one of the best and cheapest parkings of Barcelona for visitors.

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Yoneyama Akira

How can I get carre Escorial 32 baixos from Barcelona airpot? Thank you very much.

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WeBarcelona

Dear Mr Yoneyama, If you arrive to the T2 you could take the train to Passeig de Gràcia station. There you can take the metro L4, the green one (Trinitat Nova direction) to Joanic station. In Joanic station you can walk to the address you mention. Ariving at T2 or T1 (probably you will arrive at T1) you can take the AEROBUS to Plaça Catalunya (last bus stop). From there you can walk along Passeig de Gràcia to Passeig de Gràcia metro station (L4). All this is valid assuming you arrive at daytime. We hope this information is useful for you.

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Kris

Could you tell me how far this address is from the drop off point of the AeroBus at Plaza Catalunya? We think that we'll be able to walk to it in a decently short amount of time (no more than 15 minutes).

Thank you for your help.

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WeBarcelona

Dear Kris,
You can walk to the address you mentioned. The AEROBUS bus stop is only 5 minutes from La Rambla 124.
We hope you have a nice stay in Barcelona.

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Harshad Shah

I will be coming to Barcelona for the first time, can any body guide me how to transfer from Treminal 1 air port to Hotel Caledonian which is at Gran Via Corts Catalanes 574 ?

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WeBarcelona

Dear Harshad Shah, It's very easy. Take the AEROBUS at the airport (see information on this page). The bus stop for your hotel is Universitat (it's the third one in Barcelona city). The hotel is just 2-3 minutes walk from the bus stop. We hope you have a nice stay in Barcelona!

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Harshad Shah

From hotel Caledonian I have to go to
Halls 6&7, Fira de Barcelona - Gran Via
Av. Joan Carles I, 64
08908 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
Barcelona, Spain

Pl suggest what are the options available to reach above exhibition hall.

If possible, I wanted to do one day city tour, is it possible?

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WeBarcelona

Dear Harshad Shah, to get the exhibition center (Fira Barcelona Gran Via) from Hotel Caledonian take the bus L94 at Plaça Goya (it is very close to the hotel, ask there about directions). The bus stop for the Exhibition center is Amadeu Torner. Total time around 25 minutes.
We can arrange a city tour for you, but we would need more information. Do you want a private tour in a car with a driver? Do you also want an official guide? What language for the guide? For how many people? 4 hour or 8 hours? Please, answer those questions sending us an email to info@webarcelona.net then we will send you a budget.

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Harshad Shah

Thanks a lot for your support..

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PK

if im arriving at barcelona el prat at 11.40pm and im going to catalunya square. how far is that? what are the option? im looking at bus or taxi. how much will taxi cost . thank you

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WeBarcelona

Hello PK, The best option is the AEROBUS. Will take you there in around 20-30 minutos. Plaça Catalunya is the last bus stop in Barcelona. A taxi will cost you around 25 euros. Have a nice stay!

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Milenko

Message: I will be coming to Barcelona for the first time, can any body guide me how to transfer from Treminal 1 air port to Senator Barcelona Spa Hotel which is at Cardenal Reig, 11, Les Korts, 08028 Barselona.

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WeBarcelona

Dear Milenko,

Take the Aerobus at the airport and get off the bus at Plaça Espanya (first bus stop in Barcelona). Thne take the bus D20 (Ernest Lluch direction) in Creu Coberta street. This street and the bus stop is just on the left of the Hotel Catalonia Barcelona Plaza. Get off the D20 at the bus stop Collblanc-Cardenal Reig. You will be next to the hotel. Tip: In Plaça Espanya buy first a T10 card for the bus in a metro station or at the tourist office (next to the twin towers). You can also buy online the Hola BCN Card.

Hope the information is useful for you.

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Nicole

What is the best way to get to Hotel Balmoral from the airport. I'll be carrying a backpack and I do not want to take a taxi. First time in Barcelona! Please help

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WeBarcelona

Hi Nicole,

Take the AEROBUS at the airport and get off the bus in Plaça Catalunya. Then take the metro line L3 (the green one) in the same square, Trinita Nova direction, and get off the metro in Diagonal station. From there you can walk to the Hotel Balmoral.

Have a nice stay in Barcelona!!

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