Tourist Information Guide

Barcelona Airport Transport and Transfer To The City Centre

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This page summarizes the Barcelona airport transport and transfer options to the city centre. The journey time from the airport to the centre is between 20 to 30 minutes depending on the time of day however all means of transport take more or less the same length of time.

How to Arrange Your Barcelona Airport transport to / from your hotel in advance of your trip.

This transport option is booked in advance and enables you to travel from Barcelona airport directly to the door of your hotel. If you don't speak Spanish and you are unfamiliar with Barcelona arranging your transport in advance can give you peace of mind and save you the trouble of working out the route yourself. You can either arrange a private transfer or a shared transfer. A private transfer means that the vehicle that you have will be dedicated for you and your party only. The driver will be waiting for you at your arrivals gate with a sign with your name on it. Once you arrive your driver will assist you with your luggage. You will have your own private vehicle waiting for you to take you directly to your hotel.

The other option is to arrange a shared minibus to your hotel. This option is cheaper than the private transfer and the vehicle is shared amongst other travellers. Unlike a private transfer the driver will not be waiting for you at the arrivals gate you would need to make your way to a meeting point.

These services are both privately operated services which means they are independent of public service strikes.

You can reserve both the private or the shared transport to your hotel by following the link below.

Follow this link:

Book your Barcelona Airport advanced hotel transport reservation.

Public Transport Options

You have quite a variety of transport options from Barcelona airport to the city centre (Plaça de Catalunya). All of them are a reliable, efficient and clean means of transport, and they all take more or less the same length of time.

NB We have had several enquiries asking for information on the metro running to airport however it is important to note that the metro does not run to and from the airport. You will have to use the RENFE train or one of the other means of Barcelona airport transport methods listed below to get to the city centre and then change for the metro either at Barcelona Sants (Estacio Sants) or Passeig de Gràcia or Clot stations. The metro runs directly from all these stations.

Barcelona Airport Taxis

airport car
Airport taxi

Tel:  +34 93 303 3033

Travelling by Taxi is a low cost and convenient way to get from the airport to the city centre, especially if you have a family or a lot of luggage.

You will find a taxi rank outside any of the main terminal exits Terminal 1 (T1) or Terminal 2 (and of the 3 buildings of Terminal 2 - T2A, T2B or T2C). Look for the sign pointing to the nearest taxi rank. The taxis operate all night and there are several hundred of them so you don't have to worry about not being able to catch a cab.

The journey to the city centre will take you between 20 to 30 minutes depending on road conditions. If you are travelling from Terminal 1 rather than Terminal 2, this will add an extra 4 km to your journey and take approximately 5 minutes more.

If you have special needs or need a cab specially adapted for disabled passengers call this number:
Tel:  +34 93 420 8088

Taxi Fare

Expect to pay around  €25.00  for the journey into the centre from T2 and  €30.00  for your journey from T1. There will also be an additional surcharge charge for each bag you're carrying. You'll find the rates displayed inside the cab.

All official Barcelona taxis are black and yellow and are required to charge you only the value on the meter (Plus any surcharge. Surcharges include a supplement for travelling from the Airport, or to or from the port, all surcharge rates are displayed in the back of the taxi).

The taxi service in Barcelona is generally very good, clean and reliable.

Visit our in-depth information page on Barcelona Taxis.

Aerobus - Express Bus Service: Express bus service to Barcelona city centre from the airport
Tel:  +34 90 210 0104

The Aerobus service is an express bus service that links Barcelona airport to the city centre. This service normally runs between 6 and 15 minutes within its fixed hours of operation (see official website below for the exact timetable for the Aerobus).

You can catch the Aerobus from outside both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The Aerobus will then take you to the city centre where you can alight either at Plaça Espanya or Plaça de Catalunya (there are other stops but we recommend you refer to the official Aerobus website - link given below). From there you can catch the metro underground. See our page on the Barcelona Metro map.

Tickets to both T1 and T2 cost  €5.90  for a single and  €10.20  for a return (return ticket valid for  15 days ).

Timetable for the Aerobus

Operating hours of the Aerobus to T1

Operating hours for Aerobus to T2

Visit our in-depth information page on the Barcelona airport Aerobus service

tip It is important to remember that both Aerobuses for Terminal 1 and for Terminal 2 stop at the same bus stops in the city centre. If you are making your way to Barcelona Airport, make sure that you take the right Aerobus. Both buses look the same, however the bus to T1 is the A1 and the bus to T2 is the A2.

TMB Airport Bus To City Centre (Number 46)

This bus operates during the day between the hours of  05:00  to  00:15  at night from both airport terminals. The no. 46 bus travels from the city centre stopping first at T2. It then continues on to T1. This bus has more stops than the Aerobus and takes more time to travel to the city centre however the big advantage of using this bus is you can use the T10 transport ticket on this journey unlike for the Aerobus. We have written a detailed page on this bus service which you can find by following the link below.

See our detailed page the TMB airport bus

Airport Night Bus: NitBus N17

NitBus is the bus that operates between Barcelona Airport and the city centre during the hours of  21:55  (from T1) and  04:45  (from T1). Ticket price for a single is  €2.15 . You can also use the T10 on this bus. We have put together a detailed page on the NitBus which you can find by following the link below.

Visit our detailed page on the Airport night but (NitBus N17 and N16) service

Trains From Barcelona Airport

airport train renfe
airport train RENFE
Tel:  +34 90 210 9420  (International)
Tel:  +34 90 232 0320

The RENFE train service runs approximately every 30 minutes to and from Barcelona airport to the city centre. Travel time approximately 25 minutes.

You can catch the train from Clot, Passeig de Gràcia , or Barcelona Sants (otherwise known as Sants Estacio) The name of the stop you want for the airport is Aeropuerto.

If travelling from the airport to the city centre you can get off at Barcelona Sants, Passeig de Gràcia or Clot which are serviced by metro stops. From these you can change for the Barcelona metro metro underground system to go to your final destination.

If you have not bought a T10 ticket and just purchased a normal ticket then you will have to buy another ticket for the change at Estacio Sants Barcelona Sants. If you have a T10 ticket you can change without paying an additional charge. The metro runs directly from Barcelona Sants station and from Passeig de Gràcia.

If you are arriving into Terminal 1, a shuttle bus will take you from outside of the terminal to the train station entrance.

Locations to Purchase Your T10 ticket

You can purchase a T10 ticket from any metro stop or at the entrance to the RENFE train platform at Barcelona Airport.

The Barcelona Card gives you  free  travel on the RENFE train from the airport to the city centre

Alternatively you can have  free  travel on the RENFE train from the Airport to Barcelona city centre with the Barcelona Card.

See our detailed page on the Barcelona Card

Barcelona Sants station is a major rail station that offers train connections to many other destinations outside Barcelona.

The train will drop you off about 5 minutes walk from the airport main entrance for Terminal 2. If you need to go to Terminal 1, there is a shuttle bus that leaves from directly outside the train station.

Timetable for RENFE Trains between the airport and city centre

For an up to the minute train timetable click on the following link RENFE train service - Please note this section of the RENFE web site is currently only in Spanish. You can still get the timetable information however - here are the translations to the form so that you can submit your enquiry:

Origen - Start station - therefore select Aeropuerto = Airport from the drop down menu.

Destino - Destination station - for Barcelona city centre select Barcelona Sants.

Consulta por tipo del dia = select for type of day.

It's best to ignore this box and just select your chosen date in the box below.

Leave the next few boxes as they are then just click the Horarios button which means Timetable. You will then be presented with a results table showing you the departure times.

The hora Salida is the departure time the hora llegada is the arrival time.

Ticket Price

A single ticket to Sants Station costs  €4.10  alternatively you can use the T10 Ticket for your journey to and from the airport to Sants Station. The T10 ticket can also be used for other journeys on the buses and metro.

Visit our in-depth information page on the Barcelona Airport RENFE train

Car hire from Barcelona airport

There are a number of companies that offer cheap car hire from the airport. Note that Barcelona Airport transport is excellent and you really shouldn't need car hire unless you have special needs.

Visit the following page to find out more about hiring a car from Barcelona airport.

Airport to The Barcelona Cruise Terminal

Transport options to and from Barcelona cruise ship terminals from Barcelona airport (El Prat de Llobregat Aeropuerto).

Detailed information on the Barcelona cruise ship terminals.

Transfer to popular destinations outside Barcelona

Click on the link below to find out how to get to the following popular destinations using Barcelona Airport Transport.

Girona/Gerona, Reus, Salou, Sitges, Blanes

To learn more see our page on transfers to other popular destinations outside Barcelona

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