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).
The metro line L9 sud can be taken in the T1 and T2 airport terminals of Barcelona and connects with 3 urban metro lines: Torrassa station with the line L1, station Collblanc with L5 and Zona Universitaria station with L3. The L9 Sud has two stations in the area of Fira de Barcelona Gran Via. The normal single fare ticket is not valid for the Airport. It is necessary to buy a special single ticket to the airport. Also important, please note that the T10 card is not valid for the airport.
Price single ticket: 4,50 €
Valid cards (most common): Hola BCN, T-Dia
Transit time to Plaza Catalunya, Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter: approx. 1 hour 10 minutes.
Transit time to the area of Sagrada Familia: approx 1 hour 15 minutes.
The 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 05.00 h a 06.40 h every 10 min
From 06.50 h a 21.45 h every 5 min
From 21.50 h a 00.30 h every 10 min
Line A1 Terminal T1 (Aeropuerto) - Pl. Catalunya (Barcelona)
From 05.35 h a 07.20 h every 10 min
From 07.30 h a 22.20 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.
Buy Aerobus tickets online
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 2016. You can also use the T10 card). It's the line línea 46.
The 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
Timetables (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). You can also use the T10 card (1 zone) and the card Hola Bcn
Barcelona 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.
The most simple and convenient option for visitors coming to Barcelona is a private shuttle service. It is obviously the option less economical, but it is not much more expensive than a taxi and they will wait for you with a sign with your name inside the terminal. You can book a shuttle service with WeBarcelona:
From 1 to 4 persons: 39,00 €
From 5 a 7 persons: 60,00 €
8 persons: 65,00 €
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