Spain. Getting to Barcelona - El Prat Airport

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by Jeremias Padilla
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The northeaster coastal city of Barcelona houses this airport and offers a wide range of different transportation means to all its visitors. From economic metro lines from 5€ and bus options starting at 6€, to the AeroBus for 7€ or a taxi for 35€ or your professional driver Barcelona El Prat Airport Transfer from 35€.

Barcelona - El Prat Airport IATA Code: BCN

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Available Transportation Options

  1. bus

  2. taxi

  3. train

  4. shuttle

  5. tramway

  6. subway

  7. car rental

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Getting to Barcelona - El Prat Airport

Barcelona's Integrated Fare System allows you to use different means of transportation (Metro, bus, tram, FGC, and RENFE trains) in a single journey by means of combinations using the same travel cards, called Hola Barcelona recommended if you plan to travel around frequently. The card can be bought online at a discounted rate or through their App in different time increments.

  • 48 hours (2 days) for 16.3€
  • 72 hours (3 days) for 23.7€
  • 96 hours (4 days) for 30.8€
  • 120 hours (5 days) for 38€

Cards are non-transferable.

By Metro:

Located on floor 0 of terminal 1 and the exterior of terminal 2, metro line 9, L9 Sud, connects Zona Universitaria to Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport. It stops at Zona Universitaria, Collblanc, Torrassa, Can Tries/Gornal, Europa/Fira, Fira, Parc Logistic, Mercabarna, Les Moreres, El Prat Estacio, Centric, Parc Nou, Mas Blau, Aeroport T2 and Aeroport T1. Single tickets cost 5.15€ and can be bought from TMB.

By Train

The R2 North Line of the local train service RENFE connects the airport to Barcelona (Sants, Passeig de Gràcia...) and other towns in Catalonia: El Prat de Llobregat, Granollers, Sant Celoni, Maçanet-Massanes, etc. A ticket valid for 4 zones which costs 4.60€ will be necessary.

By Metropolitan Buses

The Aerobús connects both terminals to downtown Barcelona departing from Plaça Catalunya direction Airport (terminal T1 is marked A1 and terminal 2 is marked A2). Tickets can be bought online for 5.9€ each passenger per way or 10.20€ for a roundtrip. During the day, the airport is serviced by local public transportation from Barcelona's Metropolitan Area and TMB. Single tickets cost 5.15€.

  • Line 46 (Pl. Espanya - Airport) passes by Barcelona, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, El Prat de Llobregat.
  • Line L77 (Sant Joan Despí (Av. Barcelona) - Airport) passes by Sant Joan Despi, Cornella de Llobregat, Sant Boi de Llobregat, El Prat de Llobregat.
  • Line L99 (Castelldefels (Santiago Rusiñol) - El Prat de Llob. ("Aeroport Terminal T1")) connects Castelldefels, Gava, Viladecans, Sant Boi de Llobregat, El Prat de Llobregat.
  • Line PR1 (El Prat de Llobregat "Airport Terminal T1" - "Airport Terminal T2-C") connects El Prat de Llobregat.

By Taxi

There are taxi ranks opposite the arrivals areas of terminal T1, the Barcelona-Madrid shuttle, and terminals T2 A, T2 B, and T2 C.

The Comfort Option, Your Own Professional Driver

Prebooked through Mozio a professional driver waits for you for an hour after your plane's landing with a sign with your name on it right after arrivals for your Barcelona El Prat Airport Transfer.

From local partner Book Taxi Group on a private sedan for up to 3 passengers with a piece of luggage each starting at 35€. With local partner Book Taxi Group on a private van for up to 6 passengers with a piece of luggage each starting at 50€, for larger groups, buses are available with the same features for 12 passengers from 79€ and 18 passengers from 106€.

The Speedy Option, a Fast Taxi or the Metro

Prebooked through Mozio a professional driver waits for you for an hour after your plane's landing with a sign with your name on it right after arrivals.

From local partner Book Taxi Group on a private sedan for up to 3 passengers with a piece of luggage each starting at 35€. With local partner Book Taxi Group on a private van for up to 6 passengers with a piece of luggage each starting at 50€, for larger groups, buses are available with the same features for 12 passengers from 79€ and 18 passengers from 106€.

The Frugal Option, the Aerobus at Barcelona

Prebooked through Mozio, a ride to Barcelona's central main square "Placa Catalunya" with local provider Aerobus Barcelona costs 6€. A shared bus for up to 30 passengers departs both terminals on regular basis to take you directly to downtown Barcelona.

Common Destinations From Barcelona - El Prat Airport (and how to get there...)

There are many cities and villages near Barcelona which are also considered touristic destinations. Joining them by bus is possible from Barcelona Airport as well.

Hife connects various locations of the Ebro (Tortosa, Amposta, Sant Carles de la Rapita, mainly), Peniscola, and Teruel.

Mon-Bus Line connecting Barcelona to El Vendrell, stopping in Bellvitge, Airport, Ribes, Sitges, Rocamar, Roquetes, Vilanova, Cubelles, Cunit, Segur, Calafell and El Vendrell.

Alsa offers a service from Barcelona-El Prat Airport to Lleida, Balaguer and Vall d'Aran, and Valencia, where passengers will find routes to other destinations.

Empresa Plana's La Granadella-Tarragona-Barcelona bus route, stopping in several towns in Catalonia (Torredembarra, Tarragona, La Pineda, Port Aventura, Salou, Cambrils and Reus, among others).

Sagalés Airport Line company runs routes from the airport to Girona and Figueres (line 602), and to various towns in the Maresme area and Blanes (line 603).

Sarbus offers the express line between the airport and the city of Terrassa, in both directions.

Sarfa currently offers routes from terminal T2 of the airport to several cities of the Costa Brava (Begur, Bellcaire d'Empordà, Cadaqués, Castelló d'Empúries, Empuriabrava, L'Escala, Lloret de Mar, Montràs, Palafrugell, Palamós, Pals, Platja d'Aro, Roses, S'Agaró, Sant Antoni de Calonge, Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Santa Cristina d'Aro, Torroella de Montgrí, Tossa de Mar and Ullà).

Are Rideshare & TaxiApps Readily Available at BCN?

Available On-Demand Providers

No known on-demand providers available in this area

Not Available Options

  1. cabify

  2. uber

  3. lyft

  4. grab

  5. freenow

  6. gojek

  7. didi

  8. bolt

Rideshare and Taxi Pickup Instructions

Local regulation prohibits On-Demand apps in Barcelona and its airport.

Barcelona - El Prat Airport Information

Josep Tarradellas Barcelona airport most popularly known as El Prat Airport is the gateway to Barcelona and the Spanish Mediterranean airspace. Serving an average of 52 million passengers per year, it ranks as one of the highest airports in growth and is amongst the European leading airports. The latest construction in 2004 including a third runway allowed for the expansion to 90 operations per hour and the expansion of Terminal T1, located in between the runways, allowed to expand its capacity to 33 million users per year on that terminal alone. A 5% yearly growth makes BCN a key player in Spain and the region.

Barcelona - El Prat Airport Key Information

Barcelona - El Prat Airport Website

Barcelona - El Prat Airport Terminal Maps

Complete Physical Address:

Contact Details:

  • Phone: +34913211000

Working Hours:

  • Open 24 hours.

Terminals & Airlines @ Each Terminal: A free shuttle bus connects Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 from 8am to 8pm every 5 minutes and with reduced frequency (between 7 to 15 minutes approximately) outside those hours. Stops are located on Level 0 Arrivals and Level 3 Departures on Terminal 1 and on area B Departures and C (external road) for Terminal 2. The time to connect from one terminal to the other is maximum 15 minutes but it is advisable to count with more time.

There is another free shuttle bus service to the long-stay car park available from 5:30am to 11:30pm every 20 minutes and upon request calling 00 34 932 596 372 outside those hours.

Barcelona - El Prat Airport Services

Baggage Storage

Barcelona's airport offers both luggage storage and management services which can be found at the lobby of Terminal 1's Intermodal (on the ground level 0, open 24 hours), on the lowest level of the Plaza, or at the check-in lobby on Terminal 2 (open from 6am to 10pm). The cost of depositing a normal-size suitcase starts at 6€ for 2 hours per item and 10€ for each 24 hours after the first 2 hours. Discounts of 25% when leaving between 4 to 10 pieces of luggage, 35% when leaving between 11 and 15 pieces of luggage, and 50% when leaving more than 16 pieces of luggage.

For larger items (such as bicycles, surfboards, etc.), each piece is billed at 9€ for the first 2 hours and then 15€ up to 24 hours after the first two.

If left for more than 8 days, the price is 10.5€ per piece of luggage per day and 6.5€ per day per piece of luggage after the 15th day. Loss of the deposit ticket will result in a fee of 10€.

Service can be booked calling 0034 932 971 213 for Terminal 1 and 0034 932 971 272 for Terminal 2.

Stores and Restaurants

On top of Barcelona Duty Free, the airport's main store offering a selection of duty free items, El Prat offers access to stores for varied categories such as sports (Adidas, Real Madrid store), jewellery (Tous, Swarovski), fashion (Adolfo Dominguez, Burberry, Carolina Herrera, Desigual, Levi's, Mango, Ted Baker, Zara) to satisfy last-minute shopping needs.

When it comes to restaurants, in the categories of coffee shops (Boldu, Breadway, Deli&Cia, Pans & Company, Caffe di Fiore, Central Café, Paul, Starbucks), bear, wine, and tapas spots (Piscolabis, Dehesa Santa Maria, Enrique Tomas), fast food joints (Burger King), and sitting restaurants (Como,TGI Friday's, La Botiga, La Tramoia, Mediterranean Terrace, Monstesquiu, Mussol, O Mamma Mia) BCN has all it takes regardless of whether you're looking for a quick bite, a nice breakfast, or a full on meal.

Car Parking

Parking is possible at both Terminals of BCN. Terminal 1 counts with both a covered parking building and an open-air lot connected by an airbridge to the terminal. Terminal 2 counts only with an open-air parking lot located 2 minutes (walking distance) from the terminal. The minimum stay is 8 hours and starts at 22€ when booked online (24€ on site).

A long-stay parking lot is also available 3 to 5 minutes away by the free shuttle running direct 24 hours a day to terminal T1 and terminal T2 and a VIP parking (with room for 148 vehicles on a closed parking space with security surveillance) which allows you to drop off your vehicle at the terminal directly to the valet service and have it ready for your return. The service may be booked emailing or calling 0034 932 971 381.


The Pau Casals lounge is located on the second floor of Terminal T1, floor 2 and is reserved for flights within the Schengen zone. Passes to the lounge can be booked online through AENA's website, and remain valid for 6 months from the date of purchase, giving you access for four hours immediately before your flight (boarding pass is required to enter). If your flight is delayed, your access will be extended for the duration of the delay. Adult passes cost 35€ and children (6 to 10 years old) passes cost 16€.

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