Barcelona International Airport
Barcelona International Airport is also known as El Prat de Llobregat Aeropuerto or Aeroport de Barcelona. Barcelona Airport (BCN) is situated 13km South West of the city centre and has 2 terminals: Terminal 1 (abbreviated to T1) and Terminal 2 which has 3 separate buildings called T2A, T2B and T2C. The distance between T2A and T2B at Barcelona Airport is approximately 5 minutes walk. The distance between T1 and T2 is 4km. There is a free airport shuttle bus to travel between T1 and T2. Barcelona airport facilities include car hire services, secure lockers, cash machines, tourist information office. To view a map of Barcelona Airport: http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/airport/maps/barcelona-airport-map.html
Barcelona Airport Address:
Aeropuerto de Barcelona
08820 El Prat de Llobregat
Transfer and transport from the Airport to the city centre
Taxi: A taxi is a convenient way to reach the city centre. From Terminal 2 (T2A, T2B and T2C), the journey is 25-20 minutes, depending on the traffic and the cost is approximately 25 Euro. From Terminal 1 the taxi journey is approximately 30-35 minutes and the fare is around 30 Euro.
Aerosbus A1 and A2: The airport Express bus service, or Aerobus, is an express bus service that travels regularly between the airport and the city centre. The A1 Aerobus travels between Terminal 1 and the city centre (25-30 mins). The A2 Aerobus travels between Terminal 2 and the city centre (30-35 mins). The cost is 5.05 Euro for single journey and 8.65 Euro for return journey (ticket valid for 9 days).
Trains: The RENFE train travels from Barcelona Airport to the city centre. You may change to the metro system at either of the following stations: Barcelona Sants (Sants Estacio) or Passeig de Gracia. The ticket costs 3 Euro and the journey lasts approximately 25 minutes. The train station is located at T2 (between T2A and T2B). Therefore, if your flight lands at T1, you should take the shuttle bus to T2 train station.
Transportation within Barcelona
Public transport such as the metro, tram and FGC are the quickest, simplest and most convenient way of getting around Barcelona. You can choose from the different ticket types and travel cards.
Metro and FGC
The fastest and most convenient way to travel within the city of Barcelona is by subway. Barcelona has 2 different systems, the subway with its 5 lines and the FCG, with 2 lines in Barcelona and 4 more lines going to nearby towns. Barcelona has six metro lines that can be identified by the number and colour of the line: L1 (red), L2 (lilac), L3 (green), L4 (yellow), L5 (blue), L11 (light green) and serve most of the city. It also has an urban and metropolitan rail network the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC), run by the Catalan government, which supplements Barcelona’s metro network. There are three urban lines (L6, L7 and L8). Barcelona's Metro Map: www.tmb.cat
Metro (TMB): Weekdays from Monday to Thursday, Sunday and public holidays: 5am-midnight. Friday: 5am-2am. Saturday and evenings before public holidays on 1/1, 24/6, 15/8 and 24/9: continuous service.
Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC): Weekdays from Monday to Thursday, Sunday and public holidays: 5am-midnight. Friday: 5am-2am. Saturday and evenings before public holidays on 1/1, 24/6, 15/8 and 24/9: continuous service
The Tram is an accessible, convenient and fast way of travel in Barcelona. The Tram route provides easy access to Barcelona’s major industrial areas, shopping centres and residential zones. There are 2 Tram lines in Barcelona: the Trambaix (T1, T2,T3) which runs from Francesc Macià to the towns of Sant Just Desvern, Sant Joan Despí, Sant Feliu de Llobregat and Cornellà. The Trambesòs (T4, T5) covers a route from the Olympic Village to Sant Adrià de Besòs via the Forum site and arriving to Badalona.
Weekdays from Monday to Thursday, Sunday and public holidays: 5am-midnight.
Friday, Saturday and evenings before public holidays: 5am-2pm.
For further information about Tram services:
Barcelona buses operate on over 80 routes and connect all the city’s districts and the metropolitan area. Transport passes can be used on the metro, Barcelona’s tram and city-centre lines of the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC).
Barcelona’s bus network offers an integrated fare system allowing passengers a free transfer from one means of transport to another within a period of 1 hour and 15 minutes. There are different kinds of travel cards and transport passes which are valid throughout on metro, buses, tram and suburban rail. These include the T-10 card which is valid for 10 journeys, or day passes (2, 3, 4 and 5 days).
Bus Times: Bus times vary according to the bus route. Most of the services begin at 4.25am and finish at 11pm. The average frequency is 20-30 minutes. For further information about Barcelona's bus network: www.tmb.cat
Barcelona has a service of 11,000 black and yellow taxis. A green light on top of the taxi indicates its availability. The meter (it is compulsory to use them) will indicate the price to pay, but an extra fee is charged when taking it at the airport or when you carry luggage with you, etc. Prices are shown on a sticker inside the cab. There is also a service of taxis adapted for people with reduced mobility.