If you are flying into Barcelona Airport, there is a high chance that you will then need to head to Barcelona city centre - whether simply to transfer to your hotel or simply as an intermediary stage to going somewhere else or as your final holiday destination. Getting from Barcelona Airport to the city centre is relatively quick and simple.
On this page I have provided a short summary of the transfer options open to you with links to more detailed pages for each mode of transport. On the detailed pages you will find specific information regarding travel times, frequencies, prices, luggage space and capacities.
For details regarding transfer options to destinations outside of Barcelona, see our page on Transfers from Barcelona Airport to locations in Catalunya
Private transfer service - Barcelona Airport to / or from your hotel or other destinations outside Barcelona
If you don't speak Spanish and you are unfamiliar with Barcelona booking a private airport transfer is an option to consider. Once booked, you will have someone waiting to meet you at Barcelona airport to take you to your hotel. They will be holding a sign with your name on it. You would need to book this service online before you leave by following the links below.
There are 2 links below depending on if you want to go to just your hotel or if you want to go to destinations outside of Barcelona.
You can reserve your place on a 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.
There are various buses services travelling from Barcelona Airport to the city centre. It is worth checking each individual bus option that we have given on our pages to determine which is best suited to you. The airport Express bus (Aerobus) is more expensive than the normal Barcelona TMB bus, however it is also more spacious and more frequent.
The page below provides links to pages with detailed explanations of each bus service. It also explains the pros and cons of each service - allowing you to decide for yourself which is best suited to your needs.
For individual breakdowns of each bus service, check each bus service separately:
The airport train from Barcelona Airport runs twice per hour and heads into Barcelona city centre. It stops at three main stations - Estacio Sants, Passeig de Gràcia and El Clot. Estacio Sants is also useful if you need to take a train or a coach to other parts of Spain. All three stations are also useful if you wish to take the Metro to various areas around the city.
Taxis from Barcelona Airport take approximately 20 - 25 minutes to travel into the city centre from T2 and 25 - 30 minutes from T1. They have a minimum payment of €20.00 however the typical price is around €30.00 from T2 and €35.00 from T1. If you are travelling individually or in a pair you may find it just as easy to take the Airport express bus (Aerobus) - it takes the same amount of time to travel into the city and is far cheaper than a taxi. However, if you are travelling in a larger group a taxi journey may prove to be just as cheap as a journey on the Aerobus.
With taxis it is important to remember that surcharges are added for travelling at weekends, late night travel, during a fiesta or for pickup or drop off at the airport or cruise terminals. All surcharges are clearly displayed on a window sticker on the windows at the back of the cab. The surcharges are entered into the meter by the taxi driver at the end of the ride.
If you are travelling to Barcelona Airport to transfer to a cruise ship you will need to get to Barcelona Pier at the bottom of the Ramblas. Surprisingly, there are no direct transfers from the Airport to the Pier (Barcelona Cruise Terminals). For this reason, many people simply choose to take a taxi to the pier. However, if you would prefer to research cheaper transfer options, once you are in Barcelona city centre the pier is relatively easy to reach.
Transfers from Barcelona Airport to Barcelona City Centre are abundant and generally fairly convenient. It is worth checking these various pages ahead of your trip and making a decision on which way is best to travel. On arrival at Barcelona Airport there are an abundance of options that may make it confusing in the general hubbub. There are various factors to take into consideration - how many people are travelling, how much luggage you have, how much time you have and how much money you are willing to spend.