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TMB Barcelona Airport Bus Transfer: Bus From City Centre To Airport in Barcelona

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The No. 46 TMB Airport Bus
The No. 46 TMB Airport Bus
Many visitors to Barcelona think that the Aerobus (Express airport bus service) is the only bus option from Barcelona Airport to the city centre. However, the metropolitan transport of Barcelona (TMB) also run buses during the day from both Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2 (T2). During the night the N17 / N16 Airport Night buses operates from T1 and T2 respectively. The advantage of the Aerobus is that it runs on a more regular basis, offers more luggage space and stops at fewer places on the way into Barcelona therefore reducing transfer times to and from the airport.

However, the cost of the journey on the TMB buses is considerably cheaper than the Aerobus - a single journey costs  €2.15 , compared to  €5.90  on the Aerobus from T2 and T1.

Alternatively you could buy the Barcelona Transport Card mentioned below which you can use on the TMB airport bus. It will also cover you for most of your city centre transport costs during your visit.


tip Another advantage of taking the TMB bus to transfer to the city centre is that you can use the T10 travel card on this bus service - unlike the Aerobus service where you cannot use the T10. See our detailed information page on T10 Travel Card to find out more about this card.


Barcelona Card

The Barcelona 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).

Barcelona Card


The Number 46 Bus runs to and from Plaça Espanya.

This page covers the routes, bus stops, prices, journey times and information regarding the number 46 Bus.

Number 46 Day Bus from Barcelona Airport to Barcelona City Centre


Where to Catch the bus

Location of Bus Stop At Plaça Espanya For TMB Number 46 Airport Bus:
If you are travelling to or from Barcelona City Centre you will need to either get on or off at Plaça Espanya. If you reach Plaça Espanya from Avenida Paral.lel the bus stop is the first on the right on reaching the large square. The same bus arrives first at T2 and then continues on to T1.

Metro Metro: Espanya (Red Line, L1) or (Green Line, L3)


Location Of Bus Stop At Barcelona Airport

Plaça Espanya
Plaça Espanya

The bus stops, firstly, outside T2A at a bus stop just to the left of the Aerobus stop when facing the airport. It then stops at a larger bus stop outside T2C. from here it continues the further 4km, stopping lastly outside T1.


TMB No 46 Airport Bus Route

The Bus Stop Outside T2C
The Bus Stop Outside T2C

TMB No. 46 Bus Stops From Barcelona Airport:

  1. Airport, T1
  2. Airport, T2B
  3. Airport, T2C
  4. Autovia Castelldefels
  5. Avenida Granvia
  6. Hospital Oncologíc
  7. Ciencies
  8. Centre Commercial - Gran Via 2
  9. Centra del Prat
  10. Granvia
  11. Plaça Espanya
  12. Avenida Paral.lel
The No. 46 Stop at Plaça Espanya
The No. 46 Stop at Plaça Espanya

TMB No. 46 Bus Stops From Plaça Espanya:

  1. Plaça Espanya
  2. Gran Via
  3. Plaza Ildefons Cerdá
  4. Avenida Granvia
  5. Hospital Bellvitge
  6. Autovia Castelldefels
  7. Terminal T2B
  8. Airport, T1

tip Although it seems as though there are a lot of stops, the TMB bus driver will only stop if the bell is rung for the stop. You will find that the many of those travelling on the TMB bus will be getting off at Plaça Espanya. However, if you are nervous that you are going to miss your stop, simply ask the driver to give you a shout when you arrive at the destination that you need.


Operating Times

Operating Times From Plaça Espanya (number 46 bus): The first bus leaves Plaça Espanya at  05:00  and the last bus leaves at  00:15 .

Operating Times From Barcelona Airport (number 46 bus): The first bus leaves from T1 at  05:30  and the last bus leaves at  00:45 .

Buses run every approximately every  20 minutes .


Bus Fare

Single Journey:  €2.15
T10:  €10.30  (valid for ten journeys on Barcelona buses and metro). The T10 is not available to purchase on the bus however at the airport you can buy them either at the airport tobacco shops or at the entrance to the RENFE train station at the airport. In Barcelona city centre they can also be bought at Metro stops.


Journey Time

The journey time for the TMB airport bus will depend on traffic, so you should allow for approximately 40 minutes for T2 and 55 minutes for T1. However, on a good day the bus can take around 25 minutes to T2 and 35 minutes to T1.


Disabled Access to the bus

All TMB Buses are fully accessible to wheelchair and scooter users. There is a ramp onto the bus and allocated space on the bus for wheelchairs and scooters.


Luggage Space

TMB airport buses only provide the same space as with all other city centre buses. There is no overhead or luggage compartment space. This may cause difficulties if you are travelling with more than just hand luggage.


tip If you are travelling during the crossover period between the running times of the TMB Airport Day Bus Number 46 and the N17 or N16 Night Buses, it is important to remember that the Number 46 TMB airport bus does not travel to Plaça Catalunya. Therefore, if you are not sure which bus you will be catching it is a safer option to head straight to the stop at Plaça Espanya.


If you are willing to take a longer and less regular bus service the TMB buses are one of the cheapest ways to travel to Barcelona Airport. Be sure to take care that you leave with enough time for possible road delays and your transfer to the airport with the TMB bus should be fine.


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