One of the biggest concerns of travellers landing the city is how to reach Barcelona’s airport.
Stay Barcelona Apartments wants to help you with this quick and easy guide.
1. Barcelona’s Airport information
Josep Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat Airport, commonly known as El Prat Airport is located 7.5 miles away from Barcelona’s city, next to the village El Prat de Llobregat.
It’s one of the busiest airports in Europe, between 1995 and 2018 passenger numbers have gone from 11.727.814 to 50.172.457: one of the highest average growth rates in the continent.
Its origins date back to
From 1990, the airport faced the challenge of managing all the traffic expected for 1992 caused by the Olympic Games (Barcelona was the venue). This event led to more changes in the structure of the airport, modernizing it.
And in the most contemporary era, the 2000s, the airport grew and expanded in every way.
2. All the ways to reach the airport
Barcelona has eleven metro lines, you’ll be able to differentiate them by its color and number. The L9 Sud (orange) metro line connects the airport to Barcelona. The majority of its stops correspond to towns outside Barcelona, but the last three (Torrassa, Collblanc and Zona Universitaria) have good links with other subway lines to reach other points of the city.
Regarding the ticket you have different options:
- Buy a single ticket valid for a trip from the airport to the city (or vice versa). Price: 4,60€.
- Buy one of this tickets: T-Dia or Hola BCN! Card. These tickets are perfect for tourists.
If you want more information check our post about Barcelona’s metro and its tickets.
The train line connects several centric points of Barcelona with other villages and cities of Catalonia. For moving in and from the airport you’ll have to take the R2 Nord line. Important: it only takes you to Terminal 2.
You can use ticket T-10 (ten trips for 10.20€) or buy a single ticket (4.20€). The T-10 can be Zone 1 and reused after the trip to the airport.
There are three stations in Barcelona that connect the airport with the city, and have good links with other subway lines to reach other points of the city:
- Barcelona Sants: the metro lines of this station are L3 & L5.
- Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia: the metro lines of this station are L2 & L3 & L4.
- Barcelona El Clot Aragó: the metro lines of this station are L1 & L2.
In the case of overnight trips, you can take the night bus.
- Aerobus T1 & T2: an express bus line that connects the
centerof Barcelona (Plaza Cataluña) to the airport. The trip is much shorter compared to other types of transport. (from Plaza Catlunyait’s a half hour and from Plaza España 15 minutes), that’s why is a little bit more expensive: the ticket costs 5,90€. For more info visit its website.
- Line 46: it stops at terminals T1 and T2. Departs from Barcelona-Plaza España and also stops at El Prat de Llobregat and L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. Check all the stops and schedules.
- Line L77: it stops at terminals T1 and T2. Departs from Sant Joan Despí and stops at Cornellà de Llobregat, Sant Boi and El Prat de Llobregat. Here you’ll find its route, stops and schedules.
- Line L99: it only stops in Terminal 1. Departs from Castelldefels and stops in Gavà, Viladecans, Sant Boi and El Prat de Llobregat. Check all the stops and schedules here.
- Line N16: departs from Barcelona Pl. Catalunya and stops in both terminals (T1 & T2). It stops in several points of Barcelona, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, El Prat de Llobregat, Viladecans and Castelldefels. Check the line map and schedules.
N17:departs from Barcelona Pl. Catalunya-Ronda Universitat and stops in Terminal 1. Its route goes trough Barcelona, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat and El Prat de Llobregat.
- Line N18: departs from Barcelona Pl. Catalunya-Ronda Universitat and stops in both terminals (T1 & T2). It only stops inside Barcelona city (although some stops are on the border with Hospitalet de Llobregat). Check all the stops and schedules here.
Another option is to take a taxi. It can be a comfortable and quick alternative, but also more expensive. There are several taxi stops inside the airport:
- Terminal T1, floor 0, arrivals road.
- Terminal T1, Barcelona-Madrid Corridor.
- Terminal T2A, floor 0, road of Arrivals / Departures.
- Terminal T2B, floor 0, road of Arrivals / Departures.
- Terminal T2C, floor 0, road of Arrivals / Departures.
How much does the taxi cost from El Prat airport to Barcelona? We can give you an estimated price of different journeys. Keep in mind that depends on the time and day of the week rates can change, there are also supplements. There is a minimum price of 20 euros.
- Barcelona’s Airport – Plaza Catalunya: on weekdays 25€, on weekends and holidays 30€.
- Barcelona’s Airport – Plaza Espanya: on weekdays 20€, on weekends and holidays 25€.
- Barcelona’s Airport – Barcelona Sants: on weekdays 25€, on weekends and holidays 30€.