BARCELONA AIRPORT “El Prat”
Barcelona’s international airport, named El Prat (The Meadow), is 15km southeast of the city. Currently El Prat is undergoing a process of modernisation and expansion to cope with the steady increase in passengers seen in recent years. As a result the new Terminal 1 opened in 2009. Designed by the famous Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill, Terminal 1 increases the capacity of the airport to 55 million passengers per annum, with 90 flights every hour instead of the 62 of before.
Transportation to the city centre from the airport is rapid by large city standards, taking around 20-30 minutes, and it is a straight forward trip regardless of which of the different options available one chooses. Though there are a number of firms offering car hire in the airport terminals, we do not recommend using a hire car to reach the centre, as it is quite simply unnecessary and harder work than public transport.
We can recommend the following public transport options:
A taxi is the quickest and easiest way to reach the city centre, especially if you are travelling as a family, or with lots of luggage. There are taxi ranks immediately in front of both passenger terminals and finding a taxi is easy.
All licensed taxi cars in Barcelona are black and yellow, with a sign on the roof indicating if it is available, in which case you will see the world taxi in green light.
The journey from the airport to the city centre typically takes 20-30 minutes, and costs around 30 euros depending on traffic.
The cost of a journey is shown on a meter inside the taxi, just as in other countries. A surcharge is added for each suitcase carried. You will find a list of surcharges in the interior of all taxis.
The Aerobús is a shuttle bus service connecting both airport terminals with the centre of Barcelona. It makes various stops within the city before arriving in Plaza Catalunya (see below for more information regarding route and stops made).
The Aerobús leaves approximately every 5 minutes and its journey time to the centre is approximately half an hour, so it is an excellent alternative if you prefer not to take a taxi. There are two Aerobús services, the A1 (dark blue) – for Terminal 1 (T1), and A2 (light blue) for Terminal 2 (T2).
First departure from Pl. Catalunya: 5:00 am
First departure from Airport: 5:30 am
Last departure from Pl. Catalunya: 00:30 am
Last departure from Airport: 01:00 am
Route and stops:
Airport to Pl. Catalunya:
Airport Terminals – Pl. Espanya – Gran Via/Urgell – Pl. Universitat– Pl. Catalunya.
PL. Cataluña to Airport:
Pl. Catalunya – Sepúlveda/Urgell –Pl. Espanya – Airport Terminals.
5,90 € for a single and 10,20 € for a return. Tickets are bought on the bus and the maximum change for cash payments is limited up to 20 €.
More information – http://www.aerobusbcn.com/
There is a train service (RENFE) from the airport to the city centre, departing every 30 minutes. The journey takes approximately 25 minutes.
The station at the airport is located in front of Terminal 2, reached through a covered walkway. A transfer bus connects the train station with the new Terminal 1 building.
If you take the train from the airport to the city centre you need to get off in either Sants Station, Passeig de Gracia, or El Clot. All these stations also form part of the metro system.
The train operates every 30 minutes from 06:08am until 23:38pm.
A single ticket costs 2,80 €. The airport station is within zone 1 of the Barcelona metropolitan region integrated transport system, so if you buy a discounted 10 trip (T-10) ticket, you will also be able to use this on buses and in the metro within the city.
A Barcelona Card allows you to travel between the airport and the city centre for free.
More Information: 902 240 202 www.renfe.es
The new metro line L9-Sud (orange) connects the airport terminals to the city center. With a frecuency of 7 minutes, this line will get you to three stations where you can change to other lines of the metro network: Torrasa (L1 – red), Collblanc (L5 – blue) and Zona Universitaria (L3 – green). It also goes to the Fira (Fira station) where you can connect with Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat.
There is also the option of reserving a private airport transfer car, this will wait for you at the airport and transfer you to the Barcelona apartment you have reserved. These airport transfers are luxury vehicles with an experienced chauffeur who speaks several languages, especially suited to groups of more than 4 people.
As well as El Prat airport there are two smaller airports. These are primarily used by low cost carriers and are used by many visitors to Barcelona.
GIRONA – COSTA BRAVA AIRPORT
Girona – Costa Brava airport is 100 km north of Barcelona. The quickest and easiest way from Girona airport to Barcelona, or visa versa, is on the “Barcelona Bus”.
The timetable is synchronised with the arrivals and departures of Ryan Air flights, and the journey takes around 1 hour 15 minutes.
You catch the “Barcelona Bus” right outside the main terminal building, and it arrives in the ‘Estación del Norte’ in Barcelona. There is a metro station called ‘Arc de Triomf’ (red line – L1) right next to the Estación del Norte. Should you wish to take a taxi instead, there is a taxi rank right outside the station.
A one way ticket costs 12€, a return 21€.
“Barcelona Bus” / Sagalés bus company:
TEL. 932 320 459
Departure: from Estación del Norte, C/ Ali-Bei, 80.
Reus airport is approximately 100 km south of Barcelona. The easiest way to reach Barcelona from Reus is by bus.
The timetable of bus departures and arrivals is synchronised with that of flight arrivals and departures, and the journey takes roughly 1 hour thirty minutes. In Barcelona Sants Station is the final stop. From Sants there are tow metro lines, the green line (L3) and the blue line (L5), taxis and numerous buses.
A one way ticket costs 12.50€, a return 22€.
“Hispano Igualadina” bus company:
TEL. 933 396 364
Departure: Estación de Sants, C/ Viriat.