On arrival at Barcelona Airport there is no shortage of transport options into Barcelona city centre. In fact, there are so many that it can sometimes be confusing - you may find yourself hopping on to the first mode of transport that comes along when, in fact there is an alternative option that is far more suited to your requirements. There are three different types of bus that head from Barcelona Airport into Barcelona city centre.
This page provides links to our pages on each of the bus options, providing in-depth information on prices, frequency of operation, capacity, journey times, disabled access facilities and luggage storage space on each form of transport.
When enquiring about bus options at the Barcelona tourist information offices you will often only be informed about the airport express bus - the Aerobus. However, there are also the Barcelona Metropolitan transport buses (TMB buses) that run to the city centre from the airport along with a Night bus (operated by MOHN) which operates during the night. These buses are less frequent and stop at fewer places, however they are also cheaper and you can use the T10 transport card on them (see below for details).
When catching the bus it is imperative that you catch the one going to the terminal that you are flying out from. T1 and T2 are 4km apart and so it can add a lot of time to your journey if you get the wrong bus and are forced to make your way between terminals (on the shuttle bus).
The same Aerobus company provides shuttle buses to both T1 and T2. All of the buses look the same. However, the buses travelling to T1 are called the A1 and the buses travelling to T2 are called the A2. You will find the bus number on the front of the bus.
|Aerobus to T1|
The Aerobus services are run by private bus companies offering a express bus service to Barcelona city centre from Barcelona Airport. They are very convenient as they run, on average, every 12 minutes and leave from outside each of the two airport terminals. The Aerobus for T2 stops outside T2A, T2B and T2C. A single tickets costs €5.90 and a return ticket costs €10.20 (valid for 15 days) - which is more than four times the price of a Barcelona Metropolitan transport Bus (TMB bus) journey. However, they are built specifically to cater for travellers to and from the airport - seating is comfortable and there is a large amount of luggage space.
The TMB Airport Bus no. 46 runs on average every 20 minutes. It is far cheaper than the Aerobus and you can also use the T10 ticket for this journey. The TMB bus has less space on it than the Aerobus, so it could be less comfortable when travelling with lots of luggage. It is worth comparing the TMB bus route to the Aerobus route to determine which one will drop you closest to your desired location.
Once the TMB day bus and the Aerobus have stopped running the only available bus service is the Airport Night Buses N17(T1) and N16 (T2A, T2B and T2C). They run approximately every 20 minutes from 21:55 04:45.
You can distinguish between the different buses by their colours and their numbers.
TMB Airport day bus (No.46). Stops at both terminals T1 and T2. The bus is red.
The Aerobus for T1 and T2 is light blue and dark blue and says "Aerobus" down the side in large letters.
Airport Night Bus (N17) - Stops at Terminal T1 and N16 stops at Terminal 2A, 2B and 2C.
If you require information regarding coaches to various destinations outside of Barcelona, check our Guide to Transfers from Barcelona Airport to Various Places in Catalunya.
If you would like further information on alternative transfer options to Barcelona city centre, such at trains and taxis, check our Guide to Transfers from Barcelona Airport to Barcelona City Centre.
The bus is one of the easiest ways in which to travel to and from Barcelona city centre to Barcelona airport. It can often be just as quick as a taxi and, if you are travelling alone or in a pair, will work out cheaper.