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).


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.


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 23:38.
Frequency: every half an hour.
Travel time to Barcelona Sants: 19 minutes
Price 1 way: 4,10 Euros (price 2015)


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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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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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.

WeBarcelona's picture

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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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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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 then we will send you a budget.

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Harshad Shah

Thanks a lot for your support..

PK's picture

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

WeBarcelona's picture

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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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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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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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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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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Ankita Agarwal

Hi, this is not the first time we are visiting barcelona but the last time we stayed right at ramblas. This time we are staying at acta mimic in ciutat vella and we have a lot more luggage than we did the last time. Though we know the aerobus runs from the airport to placa de catalunya, we are kind of clueless as to how to get from there to the hotel.
A family of 4 with large bags, walking the 400m distance doesnt seem like an option. Could someone tell us about the availability of cabs from the stop to the hotel, if we take the bus from the airport into the center.
Any other, preferably economical, suggestion of getting to the hotel is also welcome.

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Dear Ankita,

If you are staying at the Acta Mimic Hotel you don't need to go to Plaça Catalunya, you can go to Plaça Espanya, the first bus stop in Barcelona. From there you can get the metro (next to the bus stop), line L3 to Paral.lel station (only 2 metro stations). You could also stop a taxi in Plaça Espanya, but if you have a lot of luggage maybe is not possible with only a taxi. Other option is to contract a transfer service from Barcelona airport, but you should book for 5 persons so you will get a mini van and then you will not have problems with the baggage.

We hope you have a nice stay in Barcelona!!

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hello, my plane is landing at 22.25 . is any buses traveling to la rambla over night? i would like to use t10 ticket

WeBarcelona's picture

Dear Ramus,
Yes, there is the AEROBUS, you can find information on this page, on the top. The T10 card is not valid for this bus. You can also take the line 46, which will take you to Plaça Espanya or the line N17 (night bus working from 23:00 h but only in T1) to Ronda Universitat-Plaça Catalunya. On those buses you can use the T10 but the frequency and the journey is longer than the AEROBUS.
Have a nice stay in Barcelona!!

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