How to Reach Barcelona From The Airports
There are two airports to reach Barcelona. One is Barcelona El Prat Airport situated only 16 km/10 miles from the city centre and the other one is Girona Airport which is 103 km/64 miles away.
How to get to Barcelona from Barcelona El Prat Airport?
There are 2 Terminals in Barcelona El Prat Airport: Terminal 1 is T1, and Terminal 2 is T2. In terminal 2 there are 3 buildings named T2A, T2B, and T2C.
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 many tourists complain they are very often out of service so it is better to buy them online here.
There is the RENFE train service from the airport every 30 minutes and takes you to the city centre in 25 minutes.
From Terminal 2 just follow the indications to the train station and walk around 5 mins. From terminal 1, a shuttle bus will take you to the train station entrance.
Ticket costs: 4.60 euros.
To go back to the airport, catch the train at Clot, Passeig de Gracia or at Sans Estacio' direction airport.
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You can catch the metro L9 Sud to go to the city centre 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. Choose which transport is better for you.
You can hire a taxi outside the airport El Prat at each terminal. I highly recommend you book it in advance in case you are worried about the language barrier.
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How to go from Barcelona to El Prat Airport:
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. Check out prices and availability here.
You can catch the Metro line L9 Sud (get to this line from the line closer to your accommodation) or book a private transfer.
How to go from Barcelona to El Prat Airport at Night
Keep in mind that there are no buses or trains. 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.
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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.
But always make sure to check if there is a bus at the time of your arrival (it's always better to double-check these things when travelling). Check out return tickets prices and availability here.
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.
By Private Transport
If you prefer to go straight to your accommodation and have a private driver, a good solution is to book a private airport transfer. You will reach Barcelona city centre in 1hour and 30 minutes.
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