Get to Barcelona By plane:
Barcelona airport is the main airport in Catalonia, and the second biggest in Spain. It’s situated at El Prat del Llobregat, the town gives its name to the airport.
The airport is really close to Barcelona city center, at just 12 km and three kilometers from the Port.
It’s a hub for the main Spanish airlines, Iberia Express or Air Europa, as well as low-cost companies like Ryanair. It serves flights to main destinations in North America, Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Barcelona-El Prat airport has two large terminal buildings: T1 and T2.
Terminal 1 is divided to 5 Modules, Module A operates flights to Madrid, Module B manages Schengen flights, Module C for Air Nostrum flights, Module D for non-Schengen European flights and Module E manages non-European flights.
Terminal T2 is split into three linked sections (T2A, T2B, T2C) Terminal 2A adapted for large airplanes, 2B mostly used by Ryanair while T2 C is used by easyJet and easyJet Switzerland.
This terminal is also divided into Modules, with flights to schengen destinations managed in Module U and flights to non schengen destinations in Modules W and Y.
The Barcelona-El Prat airport contains a large shopping equipped with numerous informations screens and a variety of cafeterias and restaurants.
Get to Barcelona by car:
If you’re ready for a road adventure, know than the city is well linked to major European cities and granted with extensive car parking spaces.
- If you’re getting to Barcelona from France, it’s easy to find the right route after joining French motorway network. Take the AP-7or N-II or C-32 Barcelona motorway. Then follow the ring roads or the Avinguda Meridiana to get to the Barcelona’s center. The trip takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes on the freeway with 120 kmph speed limit.
- To get to Barcelona from the rest of Spain, connect to the AP-7 or C-32 and enter the city via the Avinguda Diagonal.
There are three fast ring roads crossing the city:
- Ronda de Dalt or B-20: Runs north-south from Nus del Llobregat, and L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, to Nus de la Trinitat in the Sant Andreu and lies west of the city on the mountainside. It’s the most direct road from the airport and the autopista north to France.
- Ronda del Litoral or B-10: Encircles the city, following the coast.
- Ronda del Mig: Crosses the city from southeast to north-west.
Expect to pay for toll roads as they are very common from €0.45 to €10 for access. Most toll booths accept credit cards and cash.
The documents required to drive in Spain are: Valid driving license, a proof of insurance, a proof of ID or Passport and a Proof of ownership. Note that the International Driving Permits are recognized but not obligatory.
Get to Barcelona by bus:
Numerous bus companies provide trips from various destinations in Europe. Most known are OUIBUS, Linebus, Eurolines, Espana and Megabus.
- Eurolines boasts several roads passing by Barcelona and connecting Germany, Murcia, Milan,Turin, Genoa, Venice, Rome, Bologna, Naples, Lisbon, Marrakech…
- Megabus provides coach services between Barcelona Nord bus station and London Victoria Coach Station, passing by main European cities like Amsterdam and Paris.
- Domestic needs like WI-FI, restroom, foods… are usually available. It’s advised to arrive an hour earlier before the bus departure.
- Barcelona’s main bus station linking the city to major Spanish cities and Europe is Barcelona Nord Bus Station. The station has facilities like bureau de change, tourist information desks, lockers… Another advantage is being close to metro station. It operates from 5.15am to 1am.
- There is also Sants Bus Station “Estació d’autobusos Barcelona Sants” next to the railway station which operates from 4.30 pm to 12.30am.
Get to Barcelona by train:
Most trains depart from many Spanish and foreign points in Europe and stop at Barcelona Sants Station. The station operates from 4.30am to 00.30 am from Monday to Saturday and from 5:00 am during Sundays and holidays.
There is also França Station (Estació de França). It’s an architectural masterpiece worth visiting dating of 1929. It operates from 4.45am to midnight.
From other cities in Spain:
- A railway network links Barcelona Sants station to Madrid with about 8 AVE trains during a 2 hour and a half trip and to Valencia with about 16 trains a day during 4 hour and a half trip.
- There are also trips to other Spanish cities. AVE trains connect the city main station to Sevilla and Màlaga, Euromed trains to Tarragona, València and Alacant while Talgo,Tren Estrella, Trenhotel and Alvía connects Barcelona with other Spanish cities.
- If you’re coming from French cities like Paris, Lyon, Toulouse and Marseille, your best option is the International high speed trains Renfe and SNCF cooperation.
- Barcelona to Toulouse is a short trip of 3 hours.
- Paris to Barcelona lasts 6 hours and 25 minutes.
- If you’re arriving from London, you should take Eurostar from London to Paris, where you’ll need to change stations from the Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon. Then take the TGV for Barcelona.
- Take the Elipsos overnight Trenhotel for a comfortable trip from Milan, Zurich, Switzerland and Italy.
- Overnight trains are cheaper and better option for tight budget travelers to save a night in a hotel.
Get to Barcelona by boat:
Getting to Barcelona by boat from several mediterranean destination is a pleasure thanks to the modern port and large number of transport services.
Barcelona’s port has nine passenger terminals, some of them are allocated for cruise liners and others for ferries. It’s connected by regular boats to the Balearic Islands, Genoa, Rome, Livorno, Sardinia, Tangier and Algiers.
For more information you can contact information offices by phone 932 986 000 or visit their website.
How to go from Barcelona airport to the city center:
- If you’re traveling in group, taxi will be a cheap and comfortable way to get to Barcelona‘s center.
- The journey takes around 25 minutes from T2 costing about €25 and 30 minutes from T1 for €30 to Plaça Catalunya.
- You need to take in consideration the surcharges added during weekends, late night travel, cruise terminals or pick up. You will find the taxi fares displayed on the back window of the cab.
- Several companies offer a pickup transport service from airport like Taxileader.net, Barcelona Welcome Pickups, Mydrive and Transworldhotel.com. Private drivers will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it and take you to your destination.
- Barcelona’s train transport services are cheap and frequent with a train coming every 30 minutes from 6:00 to 23:00.
- You can get off at three main stations Estacio Sants, Passeig de Gràcia and El Clot then change for the Barcelona metro underground system to go to your final destination.
- Purchase your tickets at one of the five vending machines at Barcelona Airport. The indications are in Spanish but German, Catalan, English and French translations are available. Payment can be using cash, credit cards or simply with Barcelona card.
- Take the escalators leading to departures to get at T2B where the entrance of train station is located. All you need is to follow the signs for RENFE.
- If you’re at T1, catch one of the shuttle buses linking the terminal to the station.
There are various buses traveling from Barcelona Airport to the city centre:
- Aerobús is the fastest one, available from 5:30am to 1am daily. Take the line A1 or A2 in direction of Placa Catalunya (Line A1 for terminal A1 and A2 for terminal T2). The trip lasts about 30 minutes ans costs €5.90. If you’re planning to use it in a limit of 15 days, you can buy a return ticket for €10.20. For A1 a bus is available every 5 to 10 minutes while for A2, it arrives every 10 to 20 minutes.
- TMB 46 bus is cheaper however less frequent. A single journey costs only €2.15. Buses are available From 6:30 to 23:30 about every 20 minutes. You can take this bus at three spots: First outside T2B at the bus stop left to Aerobus stop. Second at a bus stop outside T2C, then it runs 4km and stops outside T1 (level 0).
- If you have to travel by night, use Line N17 Nitbus from level 3 of the terminal 1 and Line N16 from T2B. At both terminals, a bus is available every 20 minutes from 23.30 to 5.00 and every 10 minutes during summer.
- The L9 Sud metro links stations in city heart with metro stops Airport T2 and Airport T1.
- The trip from T1 passes by 13 stations to arrive at Zona Universitària in the city center.
- This metro operates from 5 am to midnight from Sunday to Thursday while from midnight to 2 am during Friday and Saturday. Metro comes about every 7 minutes.
- You can use the HolaBCN card available at metro station or buy a ticket for € 4.50.
- T10 cards and Standard single metro tickets aren’t accepted.
- You will find the metro stop at terminal 2 underground near the train station while Airport 1 is inside the building. You just follow the signs.
- If you’re heading to city center by car all you have to do is following the signs to join C-31 or C-32 that will connect you to the “Gran Via”, “Avinguda Diagonal” or the ring roads crossing the city.
- This trip takes approximately 20 minutes and longer during rush hours.
- If you’re looking for a car to hire, the companies desk in Terminal 1 are located at the ground floor next to the baggage claim areas.
- Available companies there are: Avis, Europcar, Sixt, Hertz and National Atesa. Whereas in terminal 2B, they are located at the main exit hall and after customs offices.