How to get from Barcelona Airport to city?

How to get from Barcelona Airport to city center: distance, travel time, stops, and cost

How to get from Barcelona Airport to city center?

You can get from Barcelona Airport to city by bus, train, taxi, group or individual transfer. Getting there by bus will take you about 1h and will cost EUR 2.15. Airport – Barcelona RENFE train will run to the city center in 55min (including waiting time). This trip costs from EUR 3. You can also get to the city center by Aerobus group transfer (shuttle). The duration of the trip is 40min and the cost is EUR 5.9. Travelling by individual transfer or taxi will cost you EUR 40. The duration of such a trip is about 30min. The distance between the airport and Barcelona is about 16-17 km.

If you are an experienced traveller who wants to save money, it is better for you to choose city transportation from Barcelona Airport. Thus, you can take a bus or a train. You can always check the current timetable for these forms of transport online, and you can also pay for these transport services via T10 travel card. This card can be used when travelling through Barcelona. If you are an inexperienced tourist, you can get to the destination by Aerobus. This type of transport is more comfortable and faster than buses or trains. But it’s more expensive. For those who don't want to wait and need to observe the regime of the day (for instance, mothers with children) and aged tourists, we recommend to take a taxi or an individual transfer. You can check the current prices in our guide.

Barcelona is the Pearl of Catalonia

Barcelona attracts tourists from all over the world all year round. Being one of the brightest cities of Spain, it is interesting to both independent tourists and those who take part in excursion tours. There are a lot of places to see: Ciutat Vella, the Gothic Quarter, the Royal Shipyard, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, the Parc de la Ciutadella, and Barcelona Zoo.

Barcelona Airport bus

Barcelona Airport bus
Cost

from €2.15

Waiting time

20min

Travel time

40+ min

Clients

ind. tourists

Barcelona Airport buses N46 and N17 (an overnight one) will take you from the airport to Avinguda del Paral.lel. They depart from the bus stops which are near the airport terminals. And they are shared vehicles up to 30-60 passengers. The duration of the trip is about 30min. The ticket price is from EUR 2.5. By the way, don't forget to check the bus timetable right before the trip. This type of transport is for experienced tourists who travel with no small children and no large luggage, know the language and are not afraid to get lost.

City buses from Barcelona Airport to city:

TBM N46 and NitBus N17 (night-time bus)

Timetable:

24-hour

Route:

Airport, T1 – Airport, T2B – Airport, T2C - Т2С — Autovia Castelldefels - Avinguda Granvia - Hospital Oncologic - Ciencies - Centre Commercial - Gran Via 2 - Centra del Prat – Granvia - Placa Espanya - Avinguda del Parallel

Travel time:

40+ min

Waiting time:

20min

Comfort level:

low: seats for disabled passengers, 24-hour

Cost:

EUR 2.15, T10 travel card for 10 trips (for any kind of city transport) costs EUR 9.95

Clients:

individual tourists with no large luggage and no small children who know the language and the route

How to find the bus stop at Barcelona Airport:

It’s number 4 on the plan. The first bus stop is outside the terminal T2A to the left of Aerobus stop (if you stand facing the airport). The next stop is near the T2C. The last stop is right in front of the T1.

Barcelona Airport train

Barcelona Airport train
Cost

from €3

Waiting time

30 min

Travel time

25 min

Clients

couples

Barcelona Airport train RENFE is another way to get from Barcelona Airport to the city. The train runs between the train platform at the airport and El Clot station. It’s possible that you will have to stand in a carriage because sometimes there are not enough vacant seats there. The tickets cost from EUR 3. This type of transport is for experienced tourists who know the route and travel without small children and large luggage (there is no special room for luggage - it is placed in the aisle or under your feet). Though the train timetable is not often changed, we recommend you to check it right before the trip.

Timetable:

from 05:42 a.m. to 11:38 p.m.

Route:

Barcelona Airport (T2B) – Sants-Estació - Passeig de Gràcia – El Clot

Travel time:

25min

Waiting time:

30min

Comfort level:

medium (few stops, no traffic jams, no travel sickness)

Cost:

EUR 3 (T10 costs EUR 9.95)

Clients:

tourists who travel without small children and large luggage and know the route and the language

How to find the train station at Barcelona Airport:

It’s number 2 on the plan. The entrance to the train station is in the T2B building (read about the route from T1 below). Go down the escalator leading to the departure hall, then cross the highway by walking along the covered pedestrian bridge. To get from T1 terminal, you need to walk to the end of the platform and walk out of the airport building through the left door. There, you will find a stop for shuttles which will take you to the train station for free.

Barcelona Airport shuttle

Barcelona Airport shuttle
Cost

from €5.9

Waiting time

5 min

Travel time

30-35 min

Clients

Family

Barcelona Airport shuttle (Aerobus group transfers) run to the city center with minimum stops. That's the reason why their ticket cost is a little higher. You take a shared bus. It's cheaper than taking a taxi, but more expensive than taking a city bus. It's a good option for those who are not in a hurry and travel without small children and large luggage. But they don't operate at night.

Timetable:

from 06:00 a.m. to 01:00 a.m. next day

Route:

to Plaça de Catalunya (Plaça Espanya and Sepúlveda - Urgell stops)

Travel time:

30-35min

Waiting time:

5min

Comfort level:

medium: extra luggage places, few stops, comfortable seats, fast travelling

Cost:

one way trip costs EUR 5.9, round trip costs EUR 10.2

Clients:

individual tourists, couples without small children, couples with children under 5 years old

How to find Aerobus shuttle stop at the airport:

Walk a little forward along the arrival area, and then you will see the exit to buses on the right side. Go down the escalator, and you're there.

Barcelona Airport transfers and taxi

Barcelona Airport transfers and taxi
Cost

from €40

Waiting time

5min

Travel time

25min

Clients

families

If you don’t want to wait for the transport and would like to have a fast and comfortable trip to the city, you can take Barcelona Airport transfers and taxi. Taxis are available round the clock. You can take a taxi at a stand at the airport or book it in advance (individual transfer). Your taxi will drop you off in the place you need without any stops. The average trip cost is EUR 40-50. The duration of the trip is up to 25min. You can book a car for a group of people or add some child seats to your booking.

Timetable:

24-hour

Route:

from the airport to the hotel/any address

Travel time:

25min

Waiting time:

Taxi on the spot: 10-15min, in a queue of other people
Pre-booked transfer: right upon arrival. The driver will meet you with a nameplate.

Comfort level:

Taxi on the spot: air-conditioning, no stops, no other passengers
Pre-booked transfer: child seats, cold water, English-speaking operator

Cost:

from EUR 40

Clients:

families with children, inexperienced tourists, those who are in the country for the first time or don't know the language, aged tourists, groups of people, tourists with large luggage or who arrive at night

How to find a taxistand at Barcelona Airport:

It’s number 3 on the plan. Taxi on the spot: taxistands near the terminals T1 and T2.
Online booking: meeting at the airport.

How to get from Barcelona Airport to the city? Transportation:

Barcelona Airport buses

to get to the bus stop

5min

waiting
time

20min

to get to the city center

40+ min

to get to the hotel

15+/- min

Barcelona Airport train

to get to the station

15min

waiting
time

30min

to get to the city center

25+ min

to get to the hotel

15+/- min

Barcelona Airport
transfers and taxi

to get to the taxistand

5min

to get to the hotel

30min

Barcelona Airport shuttle

to get to the shuttle stop

10min

waiting
time

5min

to get to the city center

35min

to get to the hotel

15+/- min

We hope this article will help you choose the best way to get from the airport to Barcelona and also choose the most comfortable Barcelona Airport transport. We wish you a pleasant journey and a lot of bright impressions!

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