How to get from Barcelona Airport to city?

This article is about 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, shared or private transfer. Getting there by bus will take you about 1h and will cost EUR 2.15. The RENFE train will run to the city center in 55min (including waiting time). This trip costs EUR 4.1. You can also get to the city center by Aerobus shared transfer (shuttle). The duration of the trip is 40min and the cost is EUR 5.9. Travelling by private transfer or taxi will cost you from EUR 46. 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. Thus, you can take a bus or a train. You can always check current timetables for these forms of transport online, and you can also pay for these transport services with a T10 travel card. This card can be used when travelling through the city. 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, as well. 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 a private transfer. You can check the current prices in our guide.

Barcelona – 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 City Zoo.

Barcelona Airport bus

Barcelona Airport bus
Cost

from €2.15

Waiting time

20min

Travel time

40+ min

Clients

Ind. tourist

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 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 2.15. By the way, don't forget to check the bus timetable right before the trip. This type of transport suits experienced tourists who are travelling without small children or large luggage, know the language and are not afraid of getting lost.

City buses from Barcelona Airport to city:

TBM N46 and NitBus N17 (nighttime bus)

Timetable:

24/7

Route:

Airport, T1 – T2B – 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, 24/7

Cost:

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

Clients:

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

How to find the bus stop at Airport:

It’s number 4 on the plan. The first bus stop is outside the terminal T2A to the left of the Aerobus stop (if you’re standing 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 €4.1

Waiting time

30min

Travel time

25min

Clients

Couple

The Barcelona Airport train RENFE is another option to get 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 ticket costs EUR 4.1. This type of transport is suitable for experienced tourists who know the route and are travelling 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:

El Prat (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 4.1 (T10 costs EUR 9.95)

Clients:

tourists who are travelling 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 exit the airport building through the left door. There, you will find the 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

5min

Travel time

30-35min

Clients

Family

The Barcelona Airport shuttle (Aerobus shared transfer) runs to the city center with minimum stops. That's the reason why its ticket price is a little higher. You are taking 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 are travelling without small children and large luggage. But this means of transport is not available at night.

Timetable:

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

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 travel

Cost:

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

Clients:

individual tourists, couples without small children, couples with children of 5 years old and upwards

How to find the Aerobus shuttle stop at the airport:

Walk a little forward along the arrivals 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 €46

Waiting time

5min

Travel time

25min

Clients

Family

If you don’t want to wait for 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 the stand at the airport or book it in advance (private transfer). Your taxi will drop you off in the place you need without any stops one the way. The journey cost is from EUR 46. 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:

24/7

Route:

from the airport to your 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, fresh water, English-speaking operator

Cost:

from EUR 46

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 are arriving at night

How to find the 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, as well as choose the most comfortable Barcelona Airport transport option. We wish you a pleasant journey and a lot of bright impressions!

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