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. See our page on Barcelona airport transfer to other destinations (Girona/Gerona, Reus, Salou, Sitges, Blanes).
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 center 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.
You can reserve a shared minibus transfer from Barcelona Airport to your hotel or vice versa. Note that this service is not a private service for you own group but the minibus will be shared with other passengers.
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 kms 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
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 and also for each suitcase, 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.
Travel with a touch of class from the airport to your hotel. The following link will enable you to book a private airport transfer for up to 3 people per car to the city centre. This service can only be booked online in advance of your visit. This service is useful if you want someone to meet you at the other side of your flight and take care of the transfer for you.
Aerobus - Express Bus Service: Express bus service to Barcelona city center 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 €5.75 for a single and €9.95 for a return (return ticket valid for 9 days).
Timetable for the Aerobus
Visit our in-depth information page on the Barcelona airport Aerobus service
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.
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
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 €2.00. 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) service
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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 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.
You can purchase a T10 ticket from any metro stop or at the entrance to the RENFE train platform at Barcelona Airport.
The Barcelona Transport Card will give you unlimited travel on the Barcelona Metro, FGC, TMB buses, the main tram and the RENFE train to and from Barcelona Airport (El Prat de Llobregat). You can also use it on the TMB bus from Barcelona centre to Barcelona Airport however it cannot be used on the Aerobus (the express bus service to the airport).
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.
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.
A single ticket to Sants Station costs €3.80 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
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.
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