From Barcelona Airport there are a wide variety of transport options leading out to the rest of Spain and beyond. Whether you are planning a long trip beyond Barcelona, or simply a short break into Barcelona city centre, it is worth planning in advance regarding how you wish to make the trip. See below for links to detailed pages covering transport options to Barcelona itself and beyond.
|Transport signs at Barcelona Airport|
"It is recommended to book your seat in advance for long distance trains in Barcelona. Unlike other countries, the long distance cross-country trains become fully booked when all of the seats have been reserved. For some destinations there may be only one or two trains a day. It can be disappointing to arrive at the train station with your entire luggage only to be told that the train is fully booked and that you will have to come back again tomorrow. Below you will find links to the official train websites where advance tickets can be purchased."
This page provides links to pages with transfer option into Barcelona city centre, various places around the rest of Spain and the two other local airports - Girona Airport and Reus Airport.
There are 3 options of public transport when travelling from Barcelona airport to the city centre. Trains and 2 types of bus run directly to Barcelona city centre. Taxis and hire cars are also an option. Before deciding how you will travel into Barcelona city centre from the airport it is worth reading our guide to the transfer options. This will allow you to weigh up the various pros and cons of each transport option for you. You should consider how quickly you need to travel into the centre, how many people are travelling and where exactly you want to go in Barcelona.
Click the following link for detailed information on taxis, buses and trains:
The page will also provide you with specific information if you need to go to Barcelona cruise ship terminals to board a cruise ship.
Hola Barcelona Travel Pass
The Hola Barcelona Travel Pass will give you unlimited travel on the Barcelona Metro including the Barcelona Airport metro line (Orange Line, L9), the Barcelona buses (TMB buses) including the TMB bus from Barcelona centre to Barcelona Airport, the tram (TRAM), the urban railway (FGC trains in Zone 1) and the regional railway (Rodalies de Catalunya trains, in Zone 1) including the Barcelona Airport RENFE R2 train. However it cannot be used on the Aerobus (the express bus service to the airport).
Secure Luggage Drop Off and Transfer Service
There is a secure luggage storage and transfers service that operates to and from Barcelona. This is a handy service were you can drop off your luggage and have it securely transferred to your final destination e.g. your hotel or other destination e.g. the cruise port. We have put together an article that explains in more detail this service.
From Barcelona Airport it is also possible to catch a coach to many parts of Catalunya and beyond. In general, if you wish to catch a train, it is normally first necessary to take a train into Barcelona city centre - Estació Sants (Barcelona Sants) - One of Barcelona's largest train stations. From here there are trains leading to other main parts of Spain.
I have created individual pages providing in-depth details on transfers from Barcelona Airport to:
Tarragona and its surrounding area.
You may need to make transfers between the airports that are near to Barcelona Airport.
Transport within Spain is impressively reliable. It can also be done cheaply with some forward planning. It is important to remember that Spain is a big place - nighttime journeys can be useful if you are planning to cover the whole length of the country.