Barcelona Airport Overview - El Prat de Llobregat Aeropuerto
Barcelona International Airport (also known as El Prat de Llobregat Aeropuerto or Aeroport de Barcelona) is situated 13 km South West of the city centre. The airport abbreviation is (BCN). This abbreviation is often referred to by online flight reservations services and will be most likely printed on your airline ticket.
|Barcelona International Airport|
Barcelona airport is the nearest and busiest airport to Barcelona city centre and receives more than 30 million visitors each year.
The airport has 2 terminals: Terminal 1 (abbreviated to T1) and Terminal 2 which has 3 separate buildings called T2A, T2B and T2C.
For ease of reference we may use abbreviations for each Terminal in line with the AENA standard naming system. i.e.
Terminal 1 - T1
Terminal 2 A, B and C - T2A, T2B, T2C
|Inside one of the Barcelona Airport terminals|
If you have Satellite navigation then you'll need the Barcelona Airport Address:
Aeropuerto de Barcelona
El Prat de Llobregat
08820 Barcelona, España.
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Barcelona Airport Tourist Office
Aeropuerto de Barcelona
El Prat de Llobregat
08820 Barcelona, España.
Tel: T1: +34 93 378 8175
Tel: T2: +34 93 557 5220
Fax: +34 93 478 4736
E-mail: [email protected]
See our detailed information page on the Barcelona Airport Tourist Information office.
Barcelona Airport facilities include the following:
1. Car hire services
Car hire rental at Barcelona airport
2. Left luggage service
There is a left luggage storage facility available at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
Operating hours for baggage storage:
T1 left luggage
Operating hours: 24 Hours.
T2 Left luggage
Operating hours: 06:00 - 22:00.
Visit our in-depth information on the Barcelona airport and left luggage facilities.
Barcelona El Prat Airport Luggage services.
3. Luggage drop off and secure transfer service
A secure luggage drop off and transfers service operates from Barcelona Airport. You can drop off your luggage at Barcelona airport and have it delivered to your hotel. Useful if you don't want to be bothered with carrying heavy luggage or if you just want to get started with your holiday right away.
4. Cash machines
5. Tourist information
|Tourist information office in the airport|
|02 January - 23 December||Monday - Sunday||08:30 - 20:30|
|24 December||Sunday||08:30 - 18:30|
|26 December||Tuesday||08:30 - 19:30|
|27 December - 30 December||Wednesday - Saturday||08:30 - 20:30|
|31 December||Sunday||08:30 - 19:30|
Tel: +34 91 321 1000
See our page on the Barcelona airport tourist information office.
Iberia Handling Tel: +34 90 111 1342;
Groundforce Tel: +34 93 298 4849
7. Other Airport facilities
See our detailed page on Barcelona airport facilities
Distance between Barcelona Airport terminals
Question: What is the distance between T2A and T2B at Barcelona Airport?
Answer - About 5 minutes walk - no need for a shuttle bus.
Question: What is the distance between T1 and T2 ?
Answer: 4 Km. You will therefore need the free airport shuttle bus to travel between T1 and T2 and it is best you allow a least 30 minutes for this journey to be on the safe side. This will include waiting time for the shuttle bus and transit time.
Transfer and transport between the Airport and the city centre
For an in-depth review of the transport methods between the airport and Barcelona city centre, read our airport transport review or see below to visit our detailed pages on the most appropriate transport means to meet your needs.
1. Barcelona Airport Taxis
A Taxi offers a low-cost and convenient way to get to the city centre. From Terminal 2 (T2A , T2B and T2C) the journey takes around 25 - 30 minutes (depending on traffic).
|Taxis waiting outside the Barcelona Airport|
Taxi Fare: €30.00
From Terminal 1 a taxi takes about 30 - 35 minutes to the city centre.
Taxi Fare: €40.00
2. Aerobus Express Bus
Aerobus A1 and A2 the airport Express bus service)
The Aerobus is the express bus service that runs regularly between the airport and the city centre.
If you are going to Terminal 1 you will need to catch the A1 Aerobus - this journey takes 25 - 30 minutes. If you are going to Terminal 2 you will need to catch the A2 Aerobus - this journey takes 30 - 35 minutes. Both buses look the same, but have different numbers on the front of the bus.
Tickets to both T1 and T2 cost the same.
Single Ticket: €6.75
Return Ticket: €11.65
Return Ticket Valid: 90 days
3. Barcelona Airport Train
The RENFE train will take you from Barcelona airport to the city centre where you can change for the metro system at either Barcelona Sants (Sants Estació) or Passeig de Gràcia stations. Journey time is about 25 minutes. The Train station is based at T2 in-between T2A and T2B therefore if you are arriving at T1 and want to catch the RENFE train into the town centre you will need to catch the airport shuttle bus to the Train station at T2 first.
Single ticket: €4.60
|Renfe train station at the Barcelona Airport|
If you are arriving into T1, you also have the option of catching a bus to a nearby train station (not the one at the airport) where there are trains travelling into Barcelona - an option that is popular amongst staff at the airport. The PR1 bus leaves from outside T1 and travels to El Prat train station (the journey takes about 12 minutes). Once you are at El Prat Train station there are trains every 15 minutes to Barcelona city centre - this is more regular than trains from the airport train station.
4. Metro link to Barcelona airport
The L9 Sud Metro line runs to Barcelona Airport terminals T1 and T2. For more information see our page on how to take the metro to Barcelona airport.
Metro Airport Ticket Price (Billete Aeropuerto)
Single ticket: €5.15
Did you know you can enjoy unlimited travel on Barcelona public transport for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days?
Hola Barcelona Travel Pass
5. Barcelona Car Hire
You can arrange a car hire in advance of your trip. Cheap car hire is available from Terminal 2B and T1. This page: Barcelona Car Hire lists the main car hire rental companies at Barcelona airport with contact information.
Airport to the Cruise Terminals
Transport from Barcelona International airport to other popular destinations
Girona (Gerona) or Gerona airport
Flight Terminal Information
If you want to find out what terminal your airline is operating from or you just want their contact details see our page on Airlines flying from Barcelona
it is highly recommended that you find out in advance of your trip what terminal you are flying from (or to) Either Terminal 1 (T1) or Terminal 2 (T2A, T2B or T2C) because you will need to allow for up to an additional 30 minute transfer by airport shuttle bus to the other terminal if you arrive at the wrong terminal. The time for the transfer between T1 and T2 is between 10-15 minutes however you may need to wait for the next shuttle bus.
How to Find a Cheap Flight to Barcelona
Internal flights from Barcelona to other cities within Spain
Main Airlines flying from Barcelona to cities within Spain that offer low cost flights.
Hotels Near Airport
We personally visited each hotel near Barcelona airport and wrote a detailed review of each one. Follow the link below to read our findings. You will also find secure online booking links for each airport hotel which will enable you to reserve your room in advance of your trip.
|Shops at the Barcelona Airport|
For detailed information on the shops available at each terminal of Barcelona International Airport (El Prat de Llobregat Aeropuerto) click the relevant link below
To find out more about the parking facilities, and tariffs at Barcelona airport please follow the link below.
Maps of Airport
Driving route map from Barcelona city centre to Barcelona airport.
Map of Barcelona airport and its terminals.
Interactive airport map by AENA. Please note the map you will find by clicking on the following link takes quite a long time to load. Please be patient. Interactive map of the airport by Aena
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