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BCN is well-connected to the Catalan capital, which is why travellers can easily get to the most famous spots of the central district by any mode of transport. The trip from El Prat to Plaça de Catalunya takes around 30-40 min, given the wait time. Travellers are enabled to choose one of the varieties of efficient transport options which include Barcelona Airport shuttle bus Aerobus, TMB Bus, Airport night bus, train Renfe, metro, taxi, rental car, or hotel shuttle. The cheapest way to reach the centre is the train which runs from T2, while a cab ride from BCN will be more costly for you. Depending on your preferences, the desired level of comfort, and your budget, you can find a suitable transfer for your trip. Find the detailed info on "BCN-city" centre connection options below.
The Aerobus is a fast and cost-efficient transfer linking BCN Aeropuerto T1 and T2 to the central district. The bus route has three shelters at the key points and famous tourist spots: Plaça de Espanya, Gran Via-Urgell, and Plaça Universitat. The Barcelona Airport bus serves 365 days a year. Shuttles depart every 5 min and the ride takes around 35 min. There are two Aerobuses available for BCN passengers, A1 and A2, which start from T1 and 2 respectively. The one-way ticket cost is €8,90, and €13,20 return. The ticket can be purchased on the spot at ATMs in T1 and T2 or aboard.
The approximate trip time from BCN to the city centre by Aerobus A1 is half an hour. The bus follows the next route: Aeropuerto T1- Plaça de Espanya, Gran Via-Urgell, Plaça de Universitat - Plaça Catalunya (final station). Aerobus A1 runs from 5:35 am to 1:05 am (from T1) and from 5:00 am to 12:30 am for return from Pl. Catalunya. The transfer runs every 10 min from the BCN terminal, and every 5-10 min return depending on the time of day:
To take Aerobus at T1, move to the bottom of the Arrival hall, and turn left towards a walkway arriving just in front of the stop. The buses are light and dark blue and have the sign "Aerobus". To head to the bus to the Airport of Barcelona, move outside El Corte Inglés department store. Thus, you can reach T1 and T2.
Aerobus A2 follows the same route as Aerobus A1. The bus departs from T2 from 5:35 am to 1:00 am and from 5:00 am to 12:30 am for the return from Pl. Catalunya every 10 min. The T2 Aerobus shelter can be found on the left side of the Arrival area. If you are looking for a transfer in T2C, move to T2A and T2B to get to the bus stop.
The Metro at Barcelona Airport is another fairly fast and inexpensive way to get to the central district of the city. Both El Prat Aeropuerto terminals are linked to the subway network with Line 9 (L9 Sud). Please note that L9 does not go directly to the centre. Thus, to reach Pl. Catalunya or Pl. de Universitat, you need to reach Torrassa which is the metro transfer station, and take the red line connecting Plaça Catalunya or Universitat. Such a trip takes 30-32 min, the ticket price is €5,15.
The L9 Sud route includes 15 stations: Zona Universitària, Collblanc, Torrassa, Can Tries/Gornal, Europa/Fira, Fira, Parc Logístic, Mercabarna, Les Moreres, El Prat Estació, Cèntric, Parc Nou, Mes Blau, Aeroport-T2 and Aeroport-T1. At BCN, there are two places where you can take the metro:
The Barcelona Airport train is the cheapest mode to reach the Catalan capital. Moreover, it serves not only the central district but also most municipalities in Gerona, Barcelona, Lérida, and Tarragona provinces. It makes this mode of transport practical and affordable for travellers. Keep in mind that the Renfe train only runs from T2, so, if you are in T1, you need to take the free transfer connecting T1 and T2. You can easily recognise the marked green bus. Renfe stops at two stations in the central district of Barcelona: Estació Sants and Passeig de Gràcia. The ticket costs €4,10.
The line serving the downtown and the suburbs is called the R2 North line. It terminates at the important railway junction of Maçanet-Massanes. If you would like to connect with inter-city and international destinations, you need to change to the main rail hub at Barceló Sants station. Thus you will be able to reach Madrid, Seville, Malaga, Girona, and French Perpignan by taking a high-speed train. Those who want to get from the Catalan capital to BCN can use the stations of Passeig de Grácia, Barcelona Sants, and El Prat. The train runs every 30 min.
A single ticket on the Renfe train from BCN to the central district of Barcelona costs €4,10 and on the metro €4,50. The Metro ticket price for a non-airport trip is €2,15. You can purchase a ticket using a vending apparatus or ticket desk upon arriving at Barcelona Airport train station. However, there are some ways to travel much more cheaply by using different transport cards. The cost depends on how long you are staying in Barcelona and how many trips you would like to make:
Renting a car is always a good idea, especially if you plan to cover long distances exploring amazing places of interest in Barcelona and the surrounding areas. Comfort, reliability, and cost-efficiency in this case are the main advantages of car rental over other Barcelona Airport transport options. By reserving a car in advance, you will get the desired car from reliable vendors at an affordable price. Check our search engine to look for the best deals, as the cost of car rental at BCN onsite tends to be higher. Moreover, using our website you can choose the most suitable car model that meets all your needs. The companies listed below offer their services at Barcelona Airport Terminal 1 or Terminal 2B:
BCN taxis offer their services 24 hours a day, so upon arrival, you can take a cab from the exit of T1 or T2 to get to any point in the city. A trip from El Prat to the centre usually takes around 20-40 min, depending on the traffic conditions, the speed limits in certain sections of the road, and the final destination. In addition, a ride from T1 will be longer than one from T2. Airport taxi in Barcelona is well-recognizable because of its unique colour pattern: black doors and yellow boot. There is no flat cost to move from El Prat to the central district, the trip cost varies from €25 to €35. The minimum cost is €20, given the extra BCN entry and exit charges of €3,10. From 8 pm to 8 am, the night rate applies.
Upon arrival at BCN, travellers are enabled to use the service of free transfer provided by the following hotels:
Most hotels also provide their guests with the transport to Barcelona Airport for additional cost.
Barcelona is well-connected to neighbouring cities, including coastal resorts and Girona, where the nearest airdrome to BCN is situated. Below you will find the most popular routes from El Prat as well as available transportation options and fares.
Situated just 35 west of Barcelona, Sitges has been described as the Saint-Tropez of Spain thanks to its stunning coastline, luxury beaches, and lively nightlife. There are two ways to transport from Barcelona Airport to the city of Sitges: by bus and by Renfe train. The trip by train takes half an hour. In Sitges, the station is conveniently situated about 500 metres away from the beach.
Please note, that there is no direct train from BCN to Sitges, so you need to take the R2 Nord train first, get off at the first stop called El Prat de Llobregat, and catch the train to Sitges. You can use one ticket for both trains, the cost is €4,10.
A direct bus that runs from BCN to Sitges every hour is called Monbus. The ticket price is €7, and the trip time is 45 min, given a 20-minute average wait time. The cost of the bus from Sitges to Barcelona Airport is around €5-9.
This route is quite popular with people who need to change the airport as Girona also has one. Although Girona is a magnificent city on its own, with a rich history and splendid architecture .
There are several ways to reach Girona city from El Prat. The cheapest mode is the bus which departs from Terminal T1 three times a day and costs €13-18. Such a trip takes two and a half hours.
Lloret de Mar is the perfect place to enjoy holidays with an excellent climate all year round, wide clean beaches, water sports, amazing nature, and vibrant nightlife. If you plan to go from BCN to this coastal city, please note that Lloret de Mar does not have a train station, but the neighbouring Blanes does. Upon arrival at BCN, you need to take the metro or bus at Airport Barcelona to reach Pl. de Catalunya where you can catch the R1 train Rodalies de Catalunya. Your stop is called Malgrat Del Mar, Blanes, in 1 hour 23 minutes. Another way to travel to Lloret de Mar is the Sarfa red bus. This bus route lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes and costs €12,90.
Mediterranean coastal village Santa Susanna offers two kilometres of broad beaches surrounded by pine groves, various water sports such as sailing and windsurfing as well as many open-air activities. The journey from El Prat to Santa Susanna by train R2N Rodalies de Catalunya takes 2 hours. The train runs from El Prat Aeropuerto to Passeig De Gràcia station, where you need to move to Clot-Aragó. Your stop is called Pineda De Mar. The cost of transport from Barcelona Airport to Santa Susanna is €11-13.