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Barcelona Airport Transfers

As soon as you land in Barcelona, you have no time to lose: I will tell you how to get to your hotel in the fastest, most comfortable and economical way

Alex Grande

Alex Grande

5 min read

Barcelona Airport Transfers

Prat Airport Terminal 1 | ©Iberia Airlines

Are you eager to get to Barcelona and start enjoying your trip? Then read these tips on how to get to Barcelona from the airport and before you know it you will be walking the streets of the city and marveling at its unique corners.

1. How to get to Barcelona from the airport

Prat Airport | ©Mika Stetsovski
Prat Airport | ©Mika Stetsovski

2. Private transfers between the airport and your hotel

Private Transfer | ©Dan Gold
Private Transfer | ©Dan Gold

The trick to getting to your travel destination full of energy is actually quite simple: avoiding public transport to get from the airport to the city will save you queues, crowds, and in this day and age, it's the least safe option.

Therefore, I recommend you to book a private transfer to get to your hotel from the airport. Barcelona has only one airport, popularly known as El Prat, so in this case, you will not have to worry about choosing your arrival airport.

How do the private transfers between the airport and Barcelona work?

With this option, you will arrive at your accommodation in Barcelona from the airport in less than 30 minutes, whatever time it is because they operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When booking your transfer online you must provide your flight details. This way, the transfer operator is aware of any delays or problems with your flight, and the driver knows exactly at which exit of the airport to wait for you with the car.

You must also provide the address of your hotel and a contact telephone number: this way, the driver will take you directly to your destination and if you have any problems or cannot find the transfer vehicle you will be able to contact the company.

The vehicles are high-end, have air conditioning and WiFi on board, are adapted for all needs and ages and you will not have to worry about where and how to place your luggage, unlike public transportation. When you meet your driver, he will help you with your luggage (which can be a maximum of one suitcase and one carry-on bag, but if you bring additional luggage you can communicate it by email after making your reservation).

The transfer back to the airport

If you book a private transfer to the airport from your hotel in Barcelona, you will also have to provide your flight details. This way the company will know at what time to pick you up at your accommodation so that you arrive at the airport in time to avoid missing your flight.

Alex's Traveller Tip

Book your transfer in advance so that the driver will be waiting for you on arrival and avoid long cab queues.

3. Other options to get to Barcelona from the airport

Barcelona Metro | ©Tony Hisgett
Barcelona Metro | ©Tony Hisgett

In case you opt for public transportation to get to Barcelona from the airport or go from your hotel, it will take you between 20 and 30 minutes depending on the transportation method you choose. Here you have a complete guide to know everything in advance and lose as little time as possible to start enjoying as soon as possible:

Arriving in Barcelona by Aerobus from the airport

This service is one of the most cheapest of all the options you have to get to Barcelona from the airport, whose ticket costs $ 7 (one way) or $ 12 (round trip).

The bus normally departs every 5 to 10 minutes on a fixed schedule, and you can catch it at designated stops in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The Aerobus will take you to the city center, and you can get off at Plaza España or Plaza Cataluña, as well as other stops that you can check at the bus shelter or on the official Aerobus website.

Arriving in Barcelona by Bus 46 from the airport

This bus operates only during the day, with transfers to and from the airport to both terminals, stopping first at T2 and then T1. Compared to the Aerobus, the 46 has more stops in the city and the big advantage is that you can use the T-Casual transport ticket, which I recommend you purchase for your trip to Barcelona.

Getting to Barcelona from the airport on the 46 bus will still be cheaper than the Aerobus, but the crowds and discomfort may not be worth it.

Arriving in Barcelona at night by NitBus N17 from the airport

This service is pretty much the same as the 46 bus transfer, but operating at night, which means that if you are arriving on an early morning flight this is your option if you want to save (although in this case, I highly recommend booking a transfer in a private vehicle, it will make your life much easier).

As with the 46 bus, you can use the T-Casual card on the NitBus N17.

Arriving in Barcelona by train from the airport

RENFE trains run approximately every 30 minutes from the airport to the city and vice versa, with a transfer time of about 25 minutes, which means that on a bad luck day it could take you about one hour to get to Barcelona from the airport.

On the transfer from the airport you can get off at Barcelona Sants, Passeig de Gràcia, or Clot, and there take the metro to your destination anywhere in the city. If your flight lands in Terminal 1, a shuttle will take you to the train station from outside the terminal.

Arriving in Barcelona by metro from the airport

Line 9 of the Barcelona metro connects the city with the airport, which has two stops: Aeroport T1 and Aeroport T2. The price of a one-way ticket is $ 6 and the best thing about the Barcelona metro is that it has a quite extensive timetable, from 5:00 to 24:00 hours.

For me, it is the most uncomfortable option for having to climb stairs with the suitcases on your back, but if you travel very light or with just a backpack, it can be a very good alternative to the other methods of transport.

4. And... what are you going to do when you get there?

The Sagrada Familia | ©Sung Shin
The Sagrada Familia | ©Sung Shin

Once you've figured out how to get from the airport to your hotel, it's time to start planning the activities, routes, or monuments you want to visit in the city. I recommend, whatever your tastes, that you do not miss the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, icons of Barcelona. Here are my practical guides to get you warmed up: Park Güell Tickets and Tours and Sagrada Familia - Skip The Line Tickets.

Frequently asked questions

  • How big is the Barcelona Airport?

    It has two terminals connected by a shuttle service. Terminal 2 is operated only by low-cost or regional airlines, and almost all international flights depart from Terminal 1.

  • How far is the Barcelona Airport from the city?

    It will take you about 30 minutes, depending on your way of transport. Private transfers should cut that time to 20 minutes.

  • Is the Barcelona Airport open during the night?

    Barcelona Airport is a friendly airport to spend the night. It opens 24 hours and some shops are even open through the night.