25 Apr Transport from Barcelona airport to city center
Are you travelling between Barcelona El Prat airport and Barcelona? Which option is the best for you when going from the airport to the center of Barcelona? Read this guide and find the solution that suits your needs the best!
The cheap option: Train to Barcelona
From terminal 2 you can find a direct train to the center of Barcelona – look for the name “RENFE”. If you arrive in terminal 1, you can take the free shuttle bus to terminal 2. The tickets can be bought at vending machines at the station. Read more about tickets. The train leaves every 30 minutes.
- Price: 4,10 €. However, if you buy the 10-journey card (“T-10”), the price is only 1 €.
- Journey: Approx. 30 minutes to Passeig de Gracia.
The frequent option: Bus to Barcelona
The airport busses Aerobús go to the center of Barcelona. The tickets can be bought directly in the bus (cash only), online, or from vending machines. The bus to/from terminal 1 is called A1 and the bus to/from terminal 2 is called A2. During the day, the bus leaves every 5-10 minutes. Read more about the bus to Barcelona city center.
- Price: One-way 5,90 €/round ticket 10,20 €.
- Journey: Approx. 35 minutes.
The newest option: Metro to Barcelona
Since February 2016 it has been possible to also go by metro to/from Barcelona airport. The line is L9s (orange line), but it does not take you directly to the biggest stations in Barcelona. To get to the city center, you will have to catch a connecting metro. The airport metro does not accept Barcelona travel cards (“Hola BCN!” or “T-10”), but requires a special airport ticket. This can be bought from the vending machine at the station. The metro leaves every 5-10 minutes.
- Price: 4,50 €.
The convenient option: Take a taxi to Barcelona city
Finally, outside both terminals in Barcelona airport, you will find a lot of taxis. This option is more expensive than using public transport, but a taxi is very convenient and takes you directly to your destination.
When going to/from the airport, you have to pay 3,5 € “airport fee” and 1 € for each bag, suitcase, etc. that are put in the trunk.
- Price: Approx. 35 € (however, this can differ)
- Journey: Approx. 30 minutes.
The easiest option – Book you car online in advance
There is a door-to-door service, offering you the most luxurious rides in Mercedes cars to your accommodation. You don’t need to wait in queues, the driver is there by the time you are there too. Payments can be done in the car upon arrival to the final destination, not when booking online. Baby and boosters seats can be fitted in the vehicles as well.
For more information about the company, visit their page: http://www.barcelonaairporttaxis.com/
Arriving in Barcelona airport at night: Night bus to the city center
If you arrive in Barcelona El Prat airport during the night, you will have to either take a taxi or the night bus to Barcelona. The night bus to/from terminal 1 is N17 and the night bus to/from terminal 2 is N16.
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