Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Barcelona
Barcelona is one of the European cities you cannot miss visiting when in Spain. It is indeed a beautiful city, where history meets colourful architecture, delicious tapas and friendly Spanish people.
So let me tell you everything about Barcelona to make sure you will prepare for the perfect holiday, after learning so many of my Barcelona tips and hacks.
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Time Zone in Barcelona
Spain is in the Central European Time Zone, which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1).
During summer, Spain observes daylight-saving, where the time is moved forward by 1 hour, so it becomes 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +2). In winter the time in Italy is moved back by 1 hour to Central European Time.
These changes always happen on the last Saturday of March and the last Saturday of October.
Currency in Barcelona
The official currency of Spain is the euro, even though the country is still somewhat a cash-based economy.
You won't be paying cash all of the time, as there are shops and merchants in Italy that are well equipped to accept card payments – Visa and Mastercard are more common than American Express. Check here the actual currency change.
Do I need Vaccinations to visit Barcelon?
You should ask your family doctor before travelling to Spain and ensure that you receive all of the appropriate vaccinations. Just make sure you’re up to date on recommended vaccinations for your home country and have a look at The Travel Vaccines and Advice here.
Voltage and Adaptors in Barcelona
The standard voltage is 220-240 volts. Most of the sockets are European plugs of the two round-pin varieties. I recommend you buy a universal travel adaptor.
You will need a voltage converter and plug adaptor in order to use other appliances.
How to Reach Barcelona from the Airports?
I think it is always wise to check how to go from the airport to your accommodation. There are always many ways to choose from.
How to go from Barcelona El Prat Airport to Barcelona?
There are 2 Terminals in this Airport, Terminal 1 is T1, and Terminal 2 is T2 and in the T2, there are 3 buildings named T2A, T2B, and T2C.
How to reach Barcelona from El Prat Airport By Aerobus?
This is the Barcelona Airport express shuttle bus and it is the cheapest option that will take you from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 to the city centre in 35 minutes (bus stops are outside each terminal).
The main stops are in Placa de Catalunya and Placa de Espana.
You can buy bus tickets at a big blue tickets machine at the bus stop, but sometimes they are out of service so it is better to buy them online here.
How to go back to Barcelona El Prat airport from Barcelona?
From Placa de Catalunya outside the Corte Ingles shop and look for the Aerobus A1 that goes to Terminal 1 and Aerobus A2 that goes to terminal 2.
From Placa de Espana the Aerobus stop is the second on the right side when you come from Avenida Paral.el. buy your ticket online here.
How to reach Barcelona from El Prat Airport by Train?
There is the RENFE train service every 30 minutes and takes you to the city centre in 25 minutes.
To go back to the airport, catch the train at Clot, Passeig de Gracia, or Sans Estacio's direction airport. Check out prices and availability here.
From Terminal 2 just follow the indications to the train station ( 5 mins walk). From terminal 1, a shuttle bus will take you to the train station entrance.
How to reach Barcelona from El Prat Airport by Metro?
You can catch the metro L9 Sud to go to the city centre (just follow the Metro indication, it is very easy) and go back to the Airport and it has stops at both terminals.
Cost ticket: 5.15 euros.
It all depends on where you have to go, to choose which transport is better for you.
If you are planning to explore Barcelona by public transport, the best way to save money is by booking your Hola Barcelona Travel Card in advance.
Get 24, 48, 72, 96 and 120 hours of unlimited public transport with the airport train transfer included! The best way to move around Barcelona and save a lot of money.
How to reach Barcelona from El Prat Airport by Taxi?
You can hire a taxi outside the Airport at each terminal, it is not expensive, it all depends on where you have to go. I highly recommend you book it in advance in case you are worried about the language barrier:
HolidayTaxis: it provides airport transfers by airport taxi, group minibus, shuttle, coach or limousine to over 21,000 destinations and resorts in over 150 countries around the world.
I Way: This is a chauffeur website where you can book a private driver to go wherever you want not only from the Airport to your accommodation.
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How to get to Barcelona airport El Prat at night?
keep in mind that there are no buses or trains working like during the day. There are the Barcelona Airport Night buses from Placa de Catalunya to the Airport:
the N16 (T2A, T2B, and T2C) is operated by MOHN that stops at Terminal 2, make sure to get off at Terminal 2 or the bus will keep going away from Barcelona.
There is also the N18 which stops at all terminals. The N17 goes to Terminal 1.
Costs: 2.40 euros. Remember: all these buses leave from Placa de Catalunya.
How to get to Barcelona from Girona Airport?
The Girona Airport is situated 103 km/ 64 miles from Barcelona. It is very often the cheapest way to reach Barcelona.
In case your city is connected with both airports, I highly recommend you to check out also Girona Airport because most of the time, flying there is way cheaper than flying to El Prat Airport.
There are different options to get to Barcelona from Girona Airport.
This is the easiest and fastest way to get to Barcelona. I used it when I flew to Barcelona from my home town (flights to Girona were a lot cheaper than to El Prat).
These buses' departure coincides with the flights so you won't have to wait too long for the transport.
You can reach Barcelona from Girona city by train, but keep in mind that Girona Airport is not situated in Girona city centre so to reach the train station you have to hire a taxi or get a bus first.
To reach Girona train station (SIXT Alquiler de Coches Girona Renfe) from Girona Airport you have to catch the bus n.601 outside Girona Airport. It will take you there in around 20 minutes (you can purchase the bus ticket at the airport).
From Girona Train Station you can catch the train that will take you to Barcelona-Sants train station in 40 minutes. To check the train time schedule and prices, check the Omio website.