If you are flying into the Barcelona Airport for holidays or vacations, there is a high chance you will need safe transportation to the Barcelona city center. So, we created this blog to provide you with all the available options you got, its information, its costs, and its frequency.
Which one is best for you depends on several factors including; arrival time, the number of people in your party, which part of the city you are staying in and your budget.
The L9 south line of the metro can be reached at terminals T1 and T2 of El Prat airport, it connects with 3 urban metro lines: at the Torrassa station with the L1 line, at the Collblanc station with the L5 and at the University Zone station with L3.
The L9 sud has two stations in the area of La Fira de Barcelona Gran Via.
The normal single metro ticket is not valid to get to the airport, you would have to buy a special single ticket for the airport. It is also important to keep in mind that the T10 card is also not valid for the airport.
- Subway Schedule:
From Monday to Thursday: 5:00h - 24:00h.
Friday and the eve of festive: 5:00h - 2:00h.
Saturday: from 5:00h and continuous service all night.
Sunday: until 24:00h.
Holidays during the week: 5:00h - 24:00h.
Price: Single ticket: € 4.60
Most common valid cards: Hola BCN, T-Dia
Travel time to Plaza Catalunya, Las Ramblas and Gothic Quarter: 1 hour 10 minutes approx.
The fastest bus and the one with the highest frequency are AEROBUS. Its color is light blue. It runs between the airport and The Plaça de Catalunya (center of Barcelona) in approximately 35 minutes. It has 2 lines, the A1 that goes to Terminal 1 (T1) and the A2 that goes to Terminal 2 (T2).
- Price: the one way is € 5.90, and the round trip € 10.20 (2018 rate). Children under 4 years old do not pay a ticket.
The A1 has the following stops from the airport: Plaza Espanya, Gran Via-Urgell, Plaza de la Universitat and Plaza Catalunya (city center). From Plaza Catalunya to the airport (T2): Sepúlveda-Urgell and Plaza Espanya.
The frequencies are:
Line A1 Pl. Catalunya (Barcelona) - Terminal T1 (Airport)
From 05.00 h to 06.40 h every 10 min
From 06.50 h to 21.45 h every 5 min
From 21.50 h to 00.30 h every 10 min
Line A1 Terminal T1 (Airport) - Pl. Catalunya (Barcelona)
From 05.35 h to 07.20 h every 10 min
From 07.30 to 22.20 h every 5 min
From 22.25 h to 01.05 h every 10 min
The A2 has the following stops: from the airport (Terminal T2B): airport (Terminal T2C), Plaza Espanya, Gran Via-Urgell, Plaza de la Universitat and Plaza Catalunya (city center). From Plaza Catalunya to the airport (T2C): Sepúlveda-Urgell, Plaza Espanya, airport (Terminal T2B) and airport (Terminal T2C).
The frequencies are:
Line A2 Pl. Catalunya (Barcelona) - Terminal T2 (Airport)
From 05.00 h to 00.30 h every 10 min
Terminal T2 (Airport) - Pl. Catalunya (Barcelona)
From 05.35 h to 01.00 h every 10 min
The service works 365 days a year, always with the same schedule.
It is accessed from Terminal 2 (T2) through a covered walkway. For those arriving or leaving from Terminal1 (T1), there is a bus (Bustransit), which connects the train station with the T1.
It connects to the metro and bus lines):
- Sants central station (Plaça de Sants, near Plaça d'Espanya)
- Passeig de Gracia (center of Barcelona)
- Clot-Aragó (Av. Meridiana, near the Plaça de les Glòries)
- Barcelona-Sant Andreu Comtal
Timetable (from the airport): Monday to Sunday from 05:42 h. at 23:38.
Frequency: every half hour.
Travel time to Barcelona Sants: 19 minutes
Price 1 trip: € 4.20 (2018 rate). You can also use the 1 zone T10 card and the Hello Bcn Card
The taxis of Barcelona are easily recognized by their yellow and black colors and are located at the exit of each terminal. The journey from the airport to the center of Barcelona lasts half an hour and costs around € 30 (travel + luggage).
If you have rented a car at the airport you should know that the road that connects the airport with Barcelona is the C-31 Barcelona-Castelldefels highway. The deviation B-22 is the one that leads to the T1 and the C-32B is the one that leads to the T2. A road connects the two terminals. The C-31 is the continuation of the Gran Via de Les Corts Catalanes (popularly Gran Via), the main avenue of Barcelona that crosses the city from south to north, so getting to the center is very easy.