How to Get From Barcelona Airport to the City Centre

This post outlines the options available for getting from Barcelona airport to your hotel, hostel or apartment. Which one is best for you depends on several factors including; arrival time, number of people in your party, which part of the city you are staying in and your budget.

Please note that this information refers to Barcelona Airport, also known as Barcelona el Prat or simply BCN (the airport’s IATA location code). Some airlines misleadingly refer to Reus airport and Girona airport as Barcelona Reus and Barcelona Girona. I will write about both of these airports in a separate article since they are NOT in Barcelona.

Tourists at Barcelona airport

Barcelona Terminal T1


By Taxi

A taxi from Barcelona airport to central Barcelona takes about 30 minutes and costs around €30. All Barcelona taxis are metered, the exact price depends on a combination of distance and the time taken for the journey. There are supplements for airport pickups and journeys after 8pm or on weekends. You can get more information about the tariffs here and here. Check the duration and cost a taxi to your hotel with this online taxi route calculator.

There are taxi ranks outside both terminals (T1 and T2)

Signs at the top of the ramp down to the taxi rank at Barcelona airport

To The Taxi Rank at Barcelona Terminal 1

Terminal 1 Taxi Rank

As you leave the baggage reclaim area, you will come to a metal barrier where people wait to meet arrivals. In the area behind the barrier you will see a large “TAXI” sign and a door leading to the ramp down to the taxi rank (see photo).

There is normally a uniformed attendant at the bottom of the ramp who will tell you which of the waiting taxis to take.

Terminal 2 Taxi Rank

Terminal 2 is divided into 3 sections A, B and C. Taxis wait on the road directly outside section B.

As you come out of baggage claim you will see signs directing you to the taxi Rank.

Please note that if you are arriving early evening on a weekday, the journey may take longer due to heavy after work traffic entering the city.


By Aerobus

The blue Aerobuses are a fast shuttle service between the airport and Plaça de Catalunya. Buses depart every 5 or 10 minutes from 5:35am until 1am (Terminal 1) or 6am until 1am (Terminal 2). The fare is €5.90 one-way or €10.20 return.

The journey takes approximately 35 minutes from Barcelona airport to the city centre and there is free Wi-Fi on board so you can let your family and friends know that you have arrived safely, update your facebook status or do some last minute trip planning.

The Airport bus at Barcelona T1 terminal

The Airport Bus or “Aerobus”

Tickets can be purchased from the driver (cash only – no large notes), from vending machines at the stops (Airport and Pl. Catalunya only) or online in advance from the Aerobus website. Tickets purchased online are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

The buses stop at Plaça de Espanya, Gran Via (near the Urgel metro station), Plaça de la Universitat and Plaça de Catalunya. Route maps to and from terminal 1 and terminal 2

To the Aerobus from Terminal 1

As you leave the baggage claim area, go straight ahead so that you pass between the taxi ramp and the “Caffe de Fiorre” coffee bar.

There is a large sign which guides you to the ramps down to the buses. (Shown in the photo at the start of this article).

To the Aerobus from Terminal 2

There are Aerobus stops directly outside the arrivals hall of Terminal 2 (used by easyJet and Ryanair as well as some other budget airlines)

Please Note: The Aerobus is NOT covered by TMB tickets or travel cards such as the T10 or Hola BCN!.


By Train

The train from Barcelona airport to the city centre

The airport train takes aproximately 20 minutes

Trains run every 30 minutes from the train station located at Terminal 2.

The journey time is around 20 to 25 minutes, depending on which of Barcelona’s train stations you choose to get off at. The first train is at 5:42 am and the last departs at 11:38 pm Train Timetable

Tip: If you purchase a T10 multi-trip ticket you can combine the airport train with the metro and bus as one journey for just under €1.

A single train ticket from the airport to the city centre costs €4.10 and can’t be used on the metro or buses.

Alternatively you can purchase a Hola BCN! transport pass which gives unlimited travel on the metro, buses, trams and commuter trains within zone 1 (including the airport train and metro).

Donload a FREE Map of Barcelona metro and train stations

To the Train Station from Terminal 1

There is a free shuttle bus which runs from terminal 1 to terminal 2. The journey takes under ten minutes but you should allow about 15 to 20 minutes in total to get from terminal T1 to the train station.

As you leave baggage reclaim, walk straight ahead so that you pass between the taxi ramp and the caffe de fiorre coffe bar. You will then see a sign which guides you to the ramps down to the buses. For the shuttle bus it is best to take the ramp down to the right (just before the Europcar car rental desk).

On arrival at terminal 2 you should follow the Green line painted on the ground. As you enter the terminal building, turn back on yourself and go up the escalators. You then walk for a couple of minutes along the covered bridge which leads to the train station. There are also lifts available.

The free airport shuttle bus seen from the escalator at Barcelona T1 airport

Airport Shuttle Bus

Train  tickets can be purchased from the machines on the right-hand-side as you enter the station. The machines accept credit cards or cash (Euros). I recommend you purchase a T10 multi trip ticket for this journey, here’s why.

To the Train Station from Terminal 2

There’s a covered bridge linking terminal 2B to the train station. If you arrive at terminal T2B, turn left as you exit baggage claim then follow the signs to the train station. There’s a yellow line on the ground which leads to the escalator up to the covered bridge. From T2A, turn right as you leave baggage claim and follow the signs to the train station. Allow 5 minutes to walk from baggage claim to the train station. Terminal 2C is easyJet departures only.

Which Barcelona Train Station ?

Upon Arrival

The airport train stops at the following train stations in Barcelona:

  • Aeroport
  • El Prat de Llobregat
  • Bellvitge
  • Barcelona Sants
  • Passeig de Gracia
  • El Clot – Aragó

Which station you should choose when travelling from Barcelona airport to the city centre depends on where you are staying:

Barcelona Sants – This station is close to Plaça Espanya and Montjuic and connects to metro lines L5 and L3. It is also Barcelona’s main train station with AVE, long distance, middle distance and commuter trains serving all of Spain.

Passeig de Gracia – This station is the closest to the centre of Barcelona (Plaça de Catalunya and the Gothic Quarter) and connects with metro lines L2, L3 and L4.

El Clot-Aragó – This train station is convenient for Poblenou, Clot and the northernmost part of the Eixample (especially if you plan to take a taxi from the train station to your hotel). It connects with metro lines L1 and L2 and some local train lines.

For more information, check the Barcelona Metro/Train/Tram plan here

Going to the Airport

Barcelona El Prat Airport is the last stop on the line – Aeroport


By Metro (Underground / Subway)

Sign indicating how to get to the metro station at Barcelona airport terminal 1

Metro station sign at Barcelona airport

The new metro from Barcelona airport opened on February 12th 2016. The new line which is called L9 sud runs from the airport to the university in the south-west of the city and has 15 stops:

Airport T1, Airport T2, Mas Blau, Parc Nou, Cèntric, El Prat Estació, Les Moreres, Mercabarna, Parc Logístic, Fira, Europa-Fira, Can Tries-Gornal, Torrassa, Collblanc, Zona Universitaria.

The metro departs every 7 minutes (more frequently at peak times) from 5am to midnight Monday to Thursday, 5am to 2am on Fridays and non-stop from 5am Saturday to midnight on Sunday.

The airport metro ticket costs €4.50 – Standard single trip metro tickets and the popular T10 travel card CAN NOT be used on the airport metro

The HolaBCN! travel card can be used on the airport metro and can be purchased at the ticket machines in the station or in advance online.

The L9 sud metro from Barcelona airport doesn’t connect directly to the city centre centre. Most visitors will have to transfer to another line at either El Prat Estació (L1) or Collblanc (L5) and you may have to make more than one change to get to your hotel. Check the metro map here.

Mobile World Congress participants will be interested to know that the journey time by metro from the airport to the congress takes 22 minutes.

To the Metro from Terminal 1

As you leave the baggage claim area, go straight ahead so that you pass between the taxi ramp and the “Caffe de Fiorre” coffee bar. Keep walking straight ahead and you will see red metro signs above the escalator which leads down to the underground metro station (see photo above).

To the Metro from Terminal 2

The metro stop at terminal 2 is located underground next to the train station. Follow the directions given above and when you arrive at the train station you will see the entrance to the metro to the left.


By Bus / Night bus

Colourful signs at Barcelona Airport

Signs above the automatic doors leading down to the bus stops

During the day (from 5am to 11:50pm) bus number 46 runs from both airport terminals to Plaça d’Espanya. Unless you have already purchased a T10 or Hola BCN! ticket, the journey costs €2.15. This is a Little cheaper than the Aerobus but has the disadvantages of being slower, less frequent (2 per hour) and not having as much space for your luggage.

Route Map and Timetable Bus No. 46

Unfortunately the only place that you can purchase a T10 ticket at the airport is a the train station.

The Night Bus

If you are on a tight budget and arrive in Barcelona after the trains and Aerobus have stopped then you could take the night bus.

The bus route N16 takes you from T1 and N17 from T2 to the city centre.
The fare is €2.15 and there are buses every 20 minutes.

N17 Route Map and Timetable

I do not recommend the night bus unless you are staying near to Plaça de Catalunya or one of the other stops on route. If you arrive after the Metro has stopped running and have to connect to a second night bus your total journey time could be very long.

When arriving at Barcelona late at night I prefer to spend the extra money on a Taxi.

Other Public Bus Routes

There are also buses from the airport to Castelldefels, Sant Boi, Sant Joan de Llobregat and  Cornella as well as further afield including Lleida, Tarragona, Tossa de Mar, Roses and Cadaqués.

TMB Website – ALSASARFA


By Private Transfer

If you prefer to have someone waiting for you when your flight arrives then you may like to pre-arrange a private transfer with Book Taxi Barcelona.

By booking your transfer in advance you benefit from a fixed fare which is paid up-front via Paypal or credit card. Your driver will then track your flight and be waiting for you in the arrivals area holding a board with your name on it.

They also offer additional services such as bag drops, children’s booster seats, minibuses and vehicles adapted to carry electric wheelchairs or scooters as well as private transfers to/from the cruise port and other cities nearby.

Book your private airport transfer online


By Hire Car

There are several car hire companies at Barcelona airport including Europcar. I do not recommend hiring a car to get to your hotel. A car will be of little use during your stay in the city. Even if you plan to spend a night in Barcelona and then leave  the next the morning I would still recommend that you pick up your hire car on the day you depart.


Which To Choose?

There is really no single best way to get to or from the airport to Barcelona city centre. Which is best for you depends on things like budget, time of arrival, where you will be staying, how many people are travelling in your group, how much luggage you are carrying and personal preference. Generally speaking:

  • Staying near Plaça de Catalunya, Plaça de la Universitat or Plaça de Espanya? Take the Aerobus.
  • Staying anywhere else in the city and without too much luggage? Take the train and/or metro.
  • Arriving late/ in a hurry/  bulky or heavy luggage/ prefer to be dropped right in front of your hotel? Take a Taxi.

Note: All prices and fares mentioned in this post were checked and updated in January 2017

More information about Barcelona airport here

110 thoughts on “How to Get From Barcelona Airport to the City Centre

  1. olivia

    I just read about Cabify and wonder what you think of that as an option? I have a family of 4 going from the airport to Barri Gotic and am considering this (or else a taxi).

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Olivia,

      I’ve not used Cabify but there are always plenty of taxis waiting at the taxi rank at Barcelona airport.

      You can compare prices using the official taxi route planner linked to in the article above.

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  2. Erika

    Hi. We are arriving 10pm on a sunday. Staying at the Sant Agusti hotel. Four women. What is the safest way to travel to hotel

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  3. Yvonne Smith

    Hi Richard,

    I will be taking the train from Madrid to Barcelona in March 2017. I heard with the AVE ticket, I can get on the Rodalies (commuter rail) connection from the Barcelona Sants station to Pl. Catalunya for free. Is this true? If it is, what do I need to do for the connection. If not , will I be able to use the 10-trip “Metrobus” ticket on the Rodalies for this connection?

    Also, does it apply in Madrid too? Can I take the commuter rail from my hotel at Sol to Madrid Atocha Train Station?

    Thanks for your help.
    Yvonne

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Yvonne,

      Thanks for your very timely comment. I started writing a post about this last December but never got round to finishing it!

      You can now read the finished post here.

      As you will see the answer is yes, your AVE ticket entitles you to a free commuter train ticket in both Barcelona and Madrid. However, it’s essential that you get the free ticket from the machines, you can’t just get on the commuter trains with your AVE ticket.

      When you get off the train at Barcelona Sants and enter the main station concourse turn right. You will see ticket machines where you can print your free rodalies train ticket next to the entrance to the commuter trains platforms. Lines R1, RG1, R3 and R4 all stop at Barcelona Sants and Plaça de Catalunya.

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  4. Ann

    We will travel from Houston to London, and arrive Barcelona on May 13th, 2017 at 10:20 pm and we will stay at Pension Palacio. Can you please let us know how to get from the airport to our hostel? Do you know about tax free duty because we are planing to buy some brandname clothes and wondering where we should claim it, at Barcelona or London airport? Since UK left the EU.
    Thank you for your help.

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Ann,

      To be honest, arriving in a city which I’m not familiar with at 10:20pm I’d probably take a taxi. Especially since you arrive on a Saturday night, I’d prefer to get to the hotel as quickly as possible and then go out and start enjoying the nightlife!

      Having said that, since you are staying in a Pension I guess that you are on a tight budget, right?

      If you are arriving at terminal T2 then I suggest you catch the train to Barcelona – Passeig de Gràcia then take the metro L4 (yellow line) 3 stops from there to the Barceloneta.

      If you purchase a T10 ticket from the machines at the airport train station this will cost €1 per person and depending on connections will take about an hour.

      If you are landing at T1 and are travelling with only hand luggage then you could do the same. First you need to catch the free shuttle bus to terminal T2 which takes about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on your watch but you should have plenty of time to catch the last train which leaves the airport at 23:38 and if you are lucky you will probably be able to catch the 23:08 train.

      If you are arriving at T1 with checked bags, you may well miss the last train. In my experience it takes between 30 and 40 minutes for checked luggage to arrive at the luggage carousels at Terminal T1.

      In this case you could take the aerobus to Plaça de la Universitat then take the N8 night bus from there to Plaça Pau Vila which is near your hotel. You could also take a night bus from the airport but it would take longer.

      As for claiming back VAT. As an EU resident, it’s not something which I’ve ever done but I believe that you have to get the tax forms stamped by the customs officials in the last EU country which you are visiting.

      Despite last years BREXIT vote, the UK is currently still a member of the EU and will continue to be until some time in 2019. So as far as I understand it, if you are staying in London after Barcelona you will have to get the tax forms stamped by customs before you check your luggage in for the flight from London to Houston.

      If you are only in London in transit then you should get the forms stamped in Barcelona at the airport before you check in.

      There’s some general information about tax refunds for tourists here.

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      1. Ann

        Thank you Richard for your information. It’s very helpful. I am thinking to take a taxi on Sat night as your recommendation.

        We just stop by London for transit so on the way we come back to Houston so as you said, we can claim tax duty refund at the last country we visit, it means Barcelona airport. Thanks for clearing it.

        We will be in Barcelona only 2 days and then head to Rome. Some traveler recomends we should take a bus tour ( Barcelona bus turistic) around the city, red and blue lines so we can stop by any places and then continue the route. Is it a good idea, Richard?

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        1. Richard Post author

          Hi Ann,

          Good choice. Although I generally prefer to use public transport, when arriving late I think that it’s worth paying a little extra for a taxi to get to you hotel quickly.

          As for the Bus Turistic, I’ve not used it in Barcelona but have used similar services in other European cities. Especially since you are only here for a couple of days, I think that it’s a good way to get an overview of the city. Once you’ve done the tour you can decide which areas you want to go back to and spend more time in later.

          You can get 10% discount if you buy your tickets online form the official Barcelona tourism website

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  5. Meri

    Hi,
    I am staying in Hotel BestPrice Gracia Hotel. Our plane arrive at 8 : 40pm.
    Could you please tell me what is the best way to get from Terminal T2 to our hotel.
    Please explained me the road by Aerobus and Metro.
    Thank You

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Meri,

      If I were you I’d take the airport train from the station at BCN terminal T2 to Barcelona – Passeig de Gràcia station and then the metro (yellow line L4) 3 stops from there to Joanic metro station. Your hotel is 4 blocks from the metro station. If you purchase a T10 multi-trip ticket from the machines at the airport then the whole journey will cost just under one Euro.

      If you want to take the aerobus, you’ll need to catch the aerobus to either Plaça de Espanya or Plaça de Catalunya. Then take the metro red line (L1) to Urquinaona and the yellow line from there to Joanic. I normally recommend the aerobus to people who are staying in Barcelona city centre but in your case I think that the train is a better choice.

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  6. Lee

    We are staying at the Barcelona city novotel.

    We will only have carry on bags.

    We arrive by easyjet. What is the best way to get to this hotel from el prat airport.

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Lee,

      I’m always a bit wary of the term “best way” which is pretty subjective depending on how you rate things like time, price and convenience.

      The Barcelona City Novotel is at Av. Diagonal number 201 – right?

      The hotel is near the Glories metro stop so If I were you (assuming you’re arriving between about 05:30 and 23:30 – check the timetables above) I’d catch the train and then metro. If you purchase a T10 travel pass this would cost you just under 1 Euro per person.

      Your easyJet flight lands at Terminal T2B, as you come out of security / luggage reclaim turn left and follow the yellow line on the floor and signs to the train station. You don’t need to go outside, the terminal is connected by a covered foot bridge directly to the airport train station.

      Buy a T10 travel pass from the ticket machines at the train station (the T10 costs €9.95 and can be shared between several of you) and take the train 5 stops to El Clot – Aragó train station.

      The train arrives at platform 2, from here take the escalator up to the vestibule. The train station and metro station are linked together. Once again there’s no need to go outside… Simply go through the ticket barriers then walk straight ahead, up a short flight of about 4 steps then up another escalator. At the top of the escalator turn right then follow the passageway round the corner, past the dunking donuts (or something similar) and to the metro station.

      You’ll have to pass your T10 ticket thru the ticket barrier again to get access to the metro but this time it won’t get stamped (the entire journey counts as one trip). From here you take the red metro line (Line 1) one stop to Glories.

      When you arrive at the Glories metro station take the Plaça de les Glories exit which is just a few metres from your hotel. As you come out of the metro you’ll see the Torre Agbar building. Your hotel is just past that.

      The train takes about 30 minutes and total journey time should be around 45 minutes to an hour depending on how lucky you are with connections.

      Alternatively you could take a taxi which would cost around €35 and would take around 25 minutes (depending on the time of day).

      Enjoy your stay in Barcelona and if you have any more questions feel free to ask.

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      1. Amy

        Richard:
        VERY helpful site and terrific replies. I am also staying at the Barcelona City Novotel next week but I am arriving at terminal 1. Do you also advise taking the train and then transfer to the metro or should we take the metro directly from Terminal 1 and just transfer lines?
        WE are arriving midday on a Friday and staying just through Monday, departing on a 6:30 am flight on Tuesday. We love to walk so should we purchase the T10 or the Hola unlimited transport card?
        What do you recommend for the return to the airport since the flight is so early?
        Many thanks

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        1. Richard Post author

          Hi Amy,

          I’m going to answer the second part of your question first:

          Since you enjoy walking (and Barcelona is a fantastic city for walking) then I recommend you purchase the T10. The Hola BCN card only works out cheaper if you take public transport more than 6 times per day.

          If you enjoy walking and plan your itinerary in a logical way you shouldn’t need to take public transport more than 4 times per day on average, especially since you arrive at midday and leave early morning.

          Remember that the T10 can be shared between two or more people so you just buy one and then buy another when it runs out. The advantage of the HolaBCN is that you can buy one for the duration of your journey and then don’t need to worry about how many times you take the metro, bus or tram. Great if you like to do your planning on the fly.

          Back to your first question…

          From T1 both of the options you mentioned will take about the same length of time to get to your hotel (the train is faster but there’s the additional shuttle bus from T1 to T2 – see above). The T10 isn’t valid for the L9 sud airport metro whereas the HolaBCN pass is. Meaning that if you’re going to purchase the T10 you should take the train from T2.

          As for the return journey. Most airlines recommend that you are at the airport 2 hours before international flights. Which means you need you need to be at the airport at 4:30 am.

          At this time there are 2 possibilities:

          The night bus which will take about an hour and 45 minutes. Take the N7 from in front of the Glories shopping centre (opposite your hotel) to Plaça Universitat then N17 from there to the airport. The night buses are covered by the T10 ticket whereas the Hola BCN travel pass is NOT valid for the night bus.

          The other option would be a taxi which would take half an hour and cost approximately €40 (there’s a surcharge at this time of night – see tariffs above)

          Personally I’d take a taxi and enjoy an extra hour and a half in bed :-)

          Enjoy Barcelona and let us know which options you chose and how it worked out for you!

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          1. Amy

            Thanks so much for your very prompt and thorough reply. Much appreciated. The return trip will have to be by taxi. Do we ask the hotel to arrange for that and is there an additional surcharge or should it just be @ 40 euros (is that set rate or by meter?)
            Will probably opt for the t10 ticket and the train upon arrival.
            Also I am a vegan so I also really appreciated your list of vegetarian restaurants.
            Now I just have to figure out the best ones not to miss!!
            One again thanks for a great website filled with useful info.

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            1. Richard Post author

              Hi Amy,

              You could ask the hotel to call you a taxi but there would be a surcharge added.

              You could also try to flag a taxi down in the street or there is a taxi rank just round the corner from your hotel (behind the sheraton four points hotel), you may have to wait a few minutes at this time of night.

              Another option would be to use the MyTaxi app which doesn’t add any surcharges as far as I am aware.

              The €40 is just a rough estimate for this time of night. All taxis in Barcelona are metered. When you arrive at the airport the driver will press buttons on the meter to add the relevant supplements.

              In your case this will include a supplement for the airport drop off and for the early departure. There will also be a supplement if you have large suitcases.

              The taxi will have a sticker like this in the window with more information.

              As for the vegetarian restaurants, my current favourites are Sésamo and Rasoterra. Both are very popular so at the weekend it’s best to book.

              I’m glad that you’ve found my site useful, please tell your friends!

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  7. malou

    hi i am glad i found your blog, my family & i (5 adult & 1 infant) are going to barcelona on january, i just want to ask what is the best option for us going to our bnb from bcn terminal 2 to carrer de ricart 20 catalunya. is this place on the city center itself or outside . we will be arriving at 920 pm. . we dont have that much luggage only handcarry & 1 luggage for 1infant. they said aerobus is convenient. i dont think we can take taxi. waiting for your reply.

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Malou,

      Firstly I suggest that you check the full address of your B and B.

      If it’s Carrer de Ricart, 20, 08004 Barcelona then yes, it’s fairly central and is located near to Plaça d’Espanya in the Poble Sec neighbourhood.

      If the full address is Carrer de Ricart, 20, 08930 Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Barcelona this is on the northern outskirts of Barcelona.

      Assuming that your BnB is near de Plaça d’Espanya then, as you have said it will be convenient to use the Aerobus. Plaça d’Espanya is the first stop when travelling from the airport to Barcelona city centre. From Plaça d’Espanya it takes about 10 to 15 minutes to walk to your BnB. Children under four travel for free on the Aerobus, the adult fare is €5.90 one way.

      To be honest, with a group of 6 people travelling together my first choice would be a taxi. A 6 seater taxi from the airport to this address will cost you about €30. Six seater taxis are fairly common at the airport nowadays.

      The only problem may be finding one which has a safety seat to carry your infant (less common but not impossible). When you arrive at the taxi rank tell the marshal that you need a six seater taxi with a baby seat. With a bit of luck there will be one available although you may have to wait a few minutes. You might also consider bringing a baby seat with you from home.

      Alternatively, since you are only travelling with hand luggage, you could also catch the number 46 bus from the airport to the Av. Paral.lel – Llanca bus stop. This would be slower than the Aerobus due to the fact that it’s less frequent and there are more stops along the way but the bus stop is nearer to your hotel, it’s also cheaper than the Aerobus.

      The main drawback with bus number 46 and the reason why I don’t usually recommend it is that, in addition to taking longer than the Aerobus, there are no luggage racks or storage space for suitcases and it is normally quite full. This means that you will probably have to hold your bags on your lap or on the seat beside you.

      Timetable here, route plan here. As you can see from the links, there are 17 stops along the route however the bus only stops if requested to do to by a passenger, most of whom will be travelling to Plaça d’Espanya.

      The number 46 bus from the airport costs just €2.10 per adult (adult single) or €1 if you purchase a T10 travel card. Unfortunately you can’t purchase the T10 on the bus and would have to get one from the machines at the airport train station which would add more time to your journey. One T10 can be shared between all of you and could also be used fro the airport train (slower option to this location). The adult single ticket can be purchased on the bus although bear in mind the fact that the driver won’t be able to change large bank notes.

      If it turns out that you are staying at the other Carrer de Ricart let me know and I’ll give you some suggestions.

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  8. Gina

    Hi, myself and my partner will be staying at Hotel ciutat Barcelona – we are on a budget so are wondering how to get from T2 terminal to the hotel. But we are travelling overnight so want the train/bus stop to be close (5-10mins walk) to the hotel. I was thinking the metro – but we cannot use the multi travel ticket – is that right?
    Thanks very much for your article.

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hello Gina,

      You’re right, the T10 card is not valid for the airport metro. It is however valid for all other metro lines as well as commuter trains. The Hola BCN! travel pass is valid for the airport metro.

      It doesn’t really matter though because the airport metro isn’t normally the best option from T2 to your hotel which is at Carrer de la Princesa number 35 – right?

      You said that you are travelling at night. What time will you be arriving exactly?

      If you arrive before 11:38 pm then you can take the train from T2 to Passeig de Gràcia train station. From there you can catch the yellow line metro (L4) to Jaume I metro stop. Your hotel is a five minute walk from the metro.

      More info about the airport train in the article above.

      If you’re arriving later, let me know what time your plane lands and I’ll give you some more suggestions. If you’re travelling with checked luggage then you should allow 30 to 40 minutes to disembark from the plane go through security, collect your luggage and walk to the airport train station. If your only travelling with hand luggage then 15 to 20 minutes should be sufficient.

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Pam,

      In order to be able to give you the best possible advice, I need you to tell me the name or address of your hotel, which terminal you fly in to and at roughly what time?

      Generally speaking, if you are staying in the area near Plaça de Sant Jaume / La Rambla I suggest you take the Aerobus which takes 40 minutes to get from the airport to Plaça de Catalunya. Tickets fro the Aerobus cost €5.90, more information in the article above.

      If you are staying near to the Jaume I metro station / El Born then the airport train plus metro could also be a good choice.

      As I said before, if you let me know where you are staying, I’ll be able to give you a more specific answer.

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  9. Renata

    Hello, could you please advise me some good cheap private transportation for 14 people from EL Prat to the Hotel Catalonia Rigoletto?
    Thanks a lot!

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  10. antonio

    Hi Richard,

    We will be staying at Hotel Sagrada Familia, what is the best way to get there from the Bcn airport.
    We will be arriving in the morning next week.

    Thanks!
    antonio

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Antonio,

      Which is best depends on your priorities.

      The fastest and most convenient way to get from the airport to your hotel would be by Taxi. This would take approximately 30 minutes and cost around €30.

      If like me you prefer a more budget friendly option, then I’d suggest you purchase a T10 travel pass at the airport train station and take the train and metro to your hotel. This would cost you less than €1 per person and would take approximately one hour (depending on whether you land at terminal 1 or terminal 2). Note that if there are several of you travelling together then you can share one T10 travel pass between you.

      If your flight lands at terminal 1 then you should get the free shuttle bus to terminal 2 because the metro which also links the two terminals is NOT covered by the T10 (more information in the article above).

      Take the airport train from the station at T2 to Barcelona Sants and from there take the metro L5 (blue line) to Sagrada Familia. The train and metro stations at Barcelona Sants are linked by a large vestibule with a few shops and bars.

      When you arrive at Sagrada Familia metro station, you’ll see that there are pictograms indicating which exit to take for the basilica. You want to take the other exit because it’d slightly nearer to your hotel which is 2 blocks from the station.

      Alternatively, if you think that you will be using the metro a lot during your stay then you could purchase an Hola BCN travel pass (see links in the article above). In this case you could take the L9 metro from the airport to Collblanc and the blue line (L5) from there to the Sagrada Familia. Note that if you are arriving at terminal 2 then the train, although less frequent, may be faster and is also covered by the HolaBCN card.

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  11. Deborah

    Hi,

    I was wondering what is the best way for me to get from Barcelona Airport to Marina metro station. I was going to take l9 sud but realise that is a lot longer. If I took the renfe train and got it to El Clot Arago station do I need to walk to the clot metro as I will be on my own at night? Which way would be the safest?

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Deborah,

      There’s no need to worry, the Clot metro station and Clot Arago train station are linked so you don’t need to go outside.

      When you get off the train take the escalator or lift up from the platform to the vestibule. You then need to go through the ticket barriers which are straight in front of you (you’ll see a small cafe/bar just to the left of the ticket barriers).

      Once thru the gates continue straight ahead and up a few steps then up a second escalator. At the top of the escalator turn right and follow the passageway round to the metro station. If at any point you find yourself outside just turn around and try again :-)

      Just thought of a quick tip: When you catch the train at the airport try and get a seat close to the back of the train (closest to the ticket barriers). That way you’l minimise the distance that you have to walk when you get to Clot Arago train station because you’ll alight at the end of the platform nearest to the escalator.

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  12. Tony

    hi Richard,

    We are staying at hotel sagrada familia, what is the cheapest way to get from Bcn terminal 1 ?

    thanks!
    tony

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Tony,

      Assuming that you’re arriving before that last train (departs at 11:38pm) the cheapest way to get from the airport to your hotel will be to purchase a T10 travel card and take the train and metro. This will cost you just under €1 each (the T10 costs €9.95 for 10 jurneys and can be shared between 2 or more people).

      Take the free shuttle bus from T1 to T2, then cross the bridge to the train station and purchase a T10 from the ticket machines (you can share one T10 travel card between 2 or more people).

      Take the airport train to Barcelona Sants train station (3rd stop). From here you catch the metro L5 (blue line) to Sagrada Familia (5 stops). Your hotel is 2 blocks away from the metro station.

      How long it will take depends on how lucky you are with connections because there are only 2 trains per hour. If you are lucky it will take just over an hour in total to get from terminal 1 to your hotel.

      See the links in the article above for metro map and train timetables.

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        1. Richard Post author

          Hi Pat,

          The airport train would be a good choice for that address. Take the T2 train from terminal 2 to Barcelona Sants station then either R1, R3 or R4 to Arc de Triomf train station.

          This should take about half an hour depending on how lucky you are with connections. The train from Sants station to Arc de Triomf normally leaves from platform 8 but you should check the screens at the station to make sure.

          Your hotel is a five minute walk (more or less) from Arc de Triomf.

          If your flight lands at BCN terminal one then you will need to catch the free shuttle bus to terminal 2.

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  13. jonathan

    Good Morning

    Please could you advise on the best mode of transport from BCN Airport to our apartment near the Sagrada Familia.
    Would it be to get the Hola BCN card and take the L9 Metro to Colblanc and then the L5 metro?
    Or the Aerobus to Plaça de Catalunya and then the L2 metro?
    Can YOU advise how long both journies take please?
    Thanks
    Jonathan

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hello Jonathan,

      The faster of those two options will be to take the Aerobus and then change to the metro L2 at Plaça de la Universitat (not Plaça de Catalunya as you suggested) The journey should take about 50 minutes.

      The L9 metro option Will take around an hour.

      The decision about the Hola BCN card largely depends which mode of transport you plan to use to and from the airport, how adverse are you to walking and your arrival and departure times. Remember that the Hola BCN card is calendar days so if you arrive in the evening you might not use It much on the first day.

      If you choose the Aerobus from the airport then (unless you plan to use the metro a lot) you might be better off purchasing a t10 travel card when you arrive at the metro at Plaça de la Universitat.

      Don’t forget that if your flight lands at terminal 2 then the airport train is also a good option.

      I Hope this helps, if you have any more questions feel free to ask.

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  14. Ray

    Hi I need to transfer from Barcelona airport to the cruise terminal. would like to use train/ bus- what are the best options. Should I use T10 card.
    Ray

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Ray,

      Unfortunately there is no direct public transport connection from Barcelona airport to the cruise terminals.

      If you want to use a T10 travel card then you can take the train from the train station at Barcelona airport terminal 2 to Passeig de Gràcia. From here you can then catch the metro to the Drassanes metro stop (green line – L3, 3 stops) which is close to the Christopher Columbus monument where you can catch the T3 Portbus to your cruise ship.

      The T3 Portbus costs €3 and has to be paid for in cash on the bus, it is not covered by the T10.

      If your flight lands at Barcelona airport terminal 1 then you will also need to catch the free shuttle bus from T1 to T2. There’s more information about the shuttle bus between the airport terminals in the article above.

      Alternatively you could catch the aerobus from either of the airport terminals to Plaça de Catalunya and catch the metro (green line L3) from Plaça de Catalunya to the Drassanes metro stop and the Portbus from the Columbus monument to your cruise ship.

      The aerobus is also not covered by the T10, tickets can be purchased at the bus stop upon arrival in Barcelona or in advance online (see article above).

      If you don’t have much luggage then it would take around 15 to 20 minutes to walk down La Rambla from the Aerobus stop to the Columbus monument.

      The decision as to whether it is worth purchasing the T10 will depend on how many people are in your party and how many journeys you will be taking in Barcelona. The Aerobus plus a single metro ticket will cost €8.05 whereas the T10 costs €9.95 and can be shared by two or more people and is valid for 10 journeys.

      If you are arriving at terminal 1 then the aerobus has the advantage that it connects directly to Plaça de Catalunya.

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  15. Sophie

    Hi Richard,

    I’m travelling from the Black Swan hostel which I think is near Arc de Triumf station, which route would you suggest is the best way to get from there to terminal 1 at the airport if I didn’t get a taxi?

    Thanks,
    Sophie

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Sophie,

      Assuming your flight isn’t very early in the morning or late at night…

      I’d catch the train from Arc de Triomf to Sants train station (lines R1, R3 and R4 will all take you to Barcelona Sants) and then the R2 train to the airport terminal T2. There are free shuttle buses from T2 to T1. Depending on connections this will take about an hour and if you have purchased a T10 travel card (see my comment to Sorin below) will cost just under €1.

      You could also catch the L1 metro to Plaça d’Espanya or Plaça de Catalunya and then the A1 Aerobus from there to Terminal 1. This would be slightly faster but cost a little more. Timetables and prices are linked to in the article above.

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  16. Sorin Pirvescu

    Hi Richard,
    My name is Sorin and I will arriving at Terminal 1 on November 30th at 14:55 and then I was intending to get the bus or metro to our hotel GLORIES, Padilla 173.
    Please advice what is the cheapest and safe way to get there.

    Many thanks in advance
    Sorin

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hello Sorin,

      The cheapest way from the airport to your hotel is to purchase a T10 travel card and use the train from T2.

      The T10 allows 10 “integrated” trips which means that you can change between train/ metro/ bus and tram in the same journey and it only counts as one trip. The T10 costs €9.95 which works out at less than €1 per trip if you use it 10 times. If you’re in Barcelona for a few days it’s well worth buying, it’s the card that most locals use. It’s also worth noting that one T10 can be shared between 2 or more people.

      You can buy the T10 from the machines at the airport train station, they accept cash or credit cards.

      To get to your hotel you first need to take the free shuttle bus from T1 to T2 and then walk to the train station as described in the article above. From T2 you catch the R2 train to Passeig de Gràcia train station. Then you need to take the L2 metro line two stops to the Monumental metro station.

      Your hotel is 2 blocks from the metro station, about a five minute walk.

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      1. Sorin Pirvescu

        Many thanks Richard for your detailed info.
        But what about L9 orange metro line from T1 up to Terrassa Station and then L1 red metro line up to Glories Station?
        Could be this ok?

        Thank you.

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        1. Richard Post author

          Hi Sorin,

          You could take the L9 sud but it would be more expensive because the T10 is not valid for the metro from the airport.

          There is a “special” ticket which costs €4.50.

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          1. Sorin Pirvescu

            Dear Richard,
            Thank you once again for your detailed info regarding posibilities to reach our hotel.
            We have decided to visit F1 circuit of Catalunia. Please advice how can we travel to this one.
            Thank you in advance.

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            1. Richard Post author

              Hi Sorin,
              Assuming you’re going for the formula 1 or moto GP, there are two public transport options available to get to the F1 circuit at Montmeló.

              The cheapest way is to take the train which costs just €2.50. Regular commuter trains run from Barcelona Sants to Montmeló.

              The last time you contacted me you were staying at Hotel Glories at Padilla 173, in which case the most convenient station to catch the train is Clot-Aragó.

              You can check timetables here although on race days RENFE puts additional trains on. Even so you can expect them to be very busy. Once you arrive at Montmeló, if there’s a race on then there will be shuttle buses from the train station to the track.

              Alternatively you could take the bus from Barcelona Estació del Nord (near to the Arc de Triomf metro station). The buses only run or race days, more information here.

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  17. Dave Farries

    Hi Richard,
    My wife and I are arriving at Terminal 1 on Sunday night at 17.40 and then I was intending to get the train and metro to our hotel near the Drassenes Metro stop.
    I was however unsure whether to get off at Sants or Passeig Garcia to change to the Green Line Metro. As we’ll each have a case and a piece of hand luggage I suppose the question is which is the easier station to make the transition in.
    I have looked at various websites to try and get an indication of any ‘difficulties’ but can’t get a clear picture of what to expect. Though both of us are capable of getting about and handling our luggage I want to try and make the passage from plane to hotel as trouble free as possible

    Many thanks in advance
    Dave

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Dave,

      I think that Passeig de Gràcia is the easiest place to make the change from the airport train to the green line (Line 3).

      Just don’t get confused between metro lines because, luckily for you, line 3 is close to the train station whereas lines 2 and 4 are connected by a long tunnel.

      The platform you want is signposted as L3 Zona Universitària.

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  18. remonda

    hi plz need ur advise its my first time to barcelona ill arrive friday 14:10 and need cheap transportation to my hotel Hotel Cortés , Carrer de Santa Anna, 25, 08002 Barcelona, Spain thx a lot

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hello Remonda,

      Hotel Cortés is next to Plaça de Catalunya so I recommend that you take the aerobus which will cost €5.90 and take aproximately 35 minutes.

      This link shows the walk from the aerobus stop to your hotel.

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  19. Nicholai

    I arrive at BCN airport at 04:00 on a Monday and need to go to Hotel Canton (near Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli). Then i leave again the hotel on Thursday and need to be back at BCN airport at 07:40. Any simple solution please?

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hello Nicholai,

      The simplest solution will be to take a taxi.

      A taxi from the airport to your hotel will take about 25 minutes and cost in the region of €32 each way.

      Other alternatives:

      Since your flight arrives at 4am the only public transport option at that time will be to take the night bus. Depending on which terminal you arrive at it will be either the N16 (Terminal 2) or N17 (terminal 1) to Plaça de España.

      By the time you arrive at Plaça de Espanya the metro will be running (it starts at 5am) so you can then take the green line metro 3 stops to Drassanes which is a short walk from your hotel. The total journey time from the airport to your hotel will be around an hour and a quarter.

      When you return to the airport on the Thursday you could catch the metro from Drassanes to Plaça de Espanya and then take the Aerobus from there to the airport. This would take around 45 minutes. If you chose this option, don’t forget that there are 2 Aerobus routes; A1 which goes to terminal T1 and A2 which goes to terminal T2.

      Another alternative would be to take the metro 5 stops to Sants Estació then catch the train to Terminal 2. The metro/train combination is a little cheaper than using the aerobus but will generally take a bit longer because there are only two trains per hour (see timetable linked to in the article above) and it takes a few minutes to walk from the train station to the terminal (if you will be flying out from T1 you will also have to catch the free shuttle bus between terminals). The advantage of the train is that you can use travel cards such as the T10 or HolaBCN! Which aren’t valid for the Aerobus.

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  20. Sam Yong

    Hi Richard,
    Please advise what transport should I take from Barcelona airport to hotel (Calle Mallorca 255 – Principal, Barcelona 08008).
    I wise to try Aerobus.

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Sam,

      Your hotel is only a 5 minute walk from Passeig de Gracia train station so if I were you I’d take the airport train from terminal 2.

      Trains depart every 30 minutes from 5:42am 11:38pm.

      Here’s a map with the walking route from the train station to your hotel marked on it.

      The article above explains how to get to the airport train station.

      You could take the aerobus but you’d need to either take the metro or a taxi from Plaça de Catalunya to your hotel or walk for 15 minutes. It’s a pleasant walk but best done without luggage.

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  21. Mike

    Hello. I’ve got a question. What will be the cheapest way to get from Airport EL Prat to Bellaterra Universitat Autonoma. I want to buy T10 ticket ?Waitnig for response.Thank You

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hello Mike,

      It’s possible to use the T10 travel card to get from Barcelona airport to the UAB campus in Bellaterra and assuming that you will also be using the train to travel to and from the university during your stay it will undoubtedly be the cheapest option.

      The campus is in zone 2 so you will need to buy a 2 zone T10 which costs €19.60 for 10 trips and can be purchased from the ticket machines at the airport train station.

      To get from the airport to Bellaterra, take the train from terminal T2 to Barcelona Sants train station (R2 Nord, 3rd stop). From here take the metro L5 (blue line) 3 stops to Diagonal metro station.

      Diagonal metro station is connected to the Provença FGC train station where you can catch a train to the Universitat Autònoma (map here).

      Rodalies-RENFE, metro and FGC trains are “integrated” so you will only use one journey of the T10 for this entire journey which will cost cost just €1.96 and take about and hour and a quarter.

      If you are flying in to terminal T1 then you will also need to catch the free shuttle bus to terminal 2.

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  22. Di

    Hello Richard,

    We need to go from BCN airport to Joanic subway station.
    What is the fastest way and of course the cheapest way.
    Thank you in advance !

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hello Di,

      Unfortunately the fastest and the cheapest way from the airport aren’t the same mode of transport! ;-)

      The fastest way of getting from the airport to Joanic metro station will be to take a taxi which will cost around €30 and will take about half an hour depending on which terminal you arrive at, the time of day and the traffic.

      The cheapest way will be by public transport.

      It’s hard give precise details without knowing at what time and in which terminal your flight arrives. Generally speaking the best budget option will be to take the train from terminal 2 to Passeig de Gràcia train station then take the metro from there to Joanic (yellow line L4).

      The journey will take approximately an hour, depending on which terminal you arrive at and how lucky you are with connections (trains depart every 30 minutes – see timetable linked to above). If you are flying in to Barcelona airport T1 then there is a free shuttle bus to terminal 2. Note – there’s a bit of walking involved – between 5 and 10 minutes from passport control to the train then 5 minutes from the train to the metro at Passeig de Gràcia.

      The price depends on whether you purchase single tickets or a travel pass. Generally I recommend the T10 travel card which entitles you to 10 trips by train/metro/bus/tram (including combinations) and can be shared between 2 or more people. The entire journey from the airport to Joanic counts as one journey and works out at €1 per person using the T10. You can buy the T10 from the vending machines at the airport train station.

      If you tell me more about when you will be arriving, at which terminal and how many are in your group I’ll try to give you a more exact itinerary but generally speaking the train/metro combination is a good option for that area of the city.

      Hopefully this helps, let me know if there’s anything you’re not clear about.

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  23. CaitlynP

    Hi there ,

    I am flying into BCN and staying in Girona. One problem I am having is trying to figure out what is the best option getting back for the flight home which leaves at 7.30am on a Saturday. What would you suggest as the best option for getting to the airport that early and from Girona.
    Thanks for the great article

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Caitlyn,

      I think that the only budget option at that time of day is the direct bus from Girona to Barcelona airport. Route No. 602, timetable here. The earliest bus arrives at the airport T2 at 4:55 and ten minutes later at T1.

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  24. ROBERT LANE

    Hi
    I am travelling with my wife from airport to Hotel Turin near Ciutat Vella 08001 tomorrow.Just wondered which is the best option for us to get there ?
    We arrive around around 21.00 on a Sunday evening. No luggage to speak of and happy to take the cheaper options..
    Thanks in advance

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Robert,

      Your hotel is located near the Ramblas, a short walk from Plaça de Catalunya.

      I recommend you take the Aerobus which takes about half an hour from the airport to Plaça de Catalunya.

      Here’s a link to a map of the walk from the bus stop to your hotel.

      Have a great time in Barcelona and if you have any more questions feel free to ask.

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  25. George Johnson

    Hi Richard, great article, I’m travelling home tomorrow and was wondering if it’s possible to walk to the airport, I’ve not had long in the city and wouldn’t mind a walk, I’ve looked on google maps and it’s a 10 mile trek which is fine, do you know of any reason that I couldn’t do this?
    I’ve got young legs, small baggage and plenty of time before my flight so none of these are concerns haha Thanks
    George

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi George,

      I guess it would be possible although I’ve never heard of anyone walking to the airport.

      I don’t think it would be very enjoyable though because you will be walking along busy roads through an industrial area of the city full of factories and warehouses.

      I’d suggest you enjoy a scenic walk in the city and then catch the bus or train to the airport.

      If you decide to do it, take care and let us know how you get on.

      Good luck!

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  26. RD

    Great post!
    My hotel is near Pg De Gracia. Me & my wife have one medium luggage each and one backpack each (total 4). We are landing on Saturday, and Renfe sounds promising but I am confused about the luggage. What do you suggest Renfe or Aerobus?

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi RD,

      As long as you’re OK to lift your luggage on and off the train, go up and down escalators and walk with it then you’ll be fine taking the airport train.

      Once on the train it’s best to try and get the sideways facing seats that run parallel to the aisle because there’s more legroom and space for your luggage.

      Personally, I’ve used the train to and from the airport on numerous occasions with a large (120l) wheeled case and a small (10l) backpack.

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  27. Heleri

    Hola!
    We´re travelling from Estonia to Spain and are arriving in El Prat airport on 18.05.2016 around 18.30 in the evening. Could you give us some advice, how could we get from the airport to Avinguda Mare Nostrum between Gambrils and Miami Platja? Is there any public transport that goes directly to our destination during this time? Or are there any other options (for reasonable price) :) ?

    Gracias!
    Heleri

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Heleri,

      I guess you mean “between Cambrils and Miami Platja” – right?

      Going by public transport, I think that the best way would be to take the Bus Plana bus from Barcelona airport Terminal T1 to Cambrils.

      There’s a bus at 19:55 that would get you to Cambrils at 22:10. It normally takes around half an hour between landing and clearing baggage claim. If for any reason you miss that one then according to the Bus Plana website there are buses every hour until 23:55.

      There are urban buses run by the same company which connect from Cambrils via Miami Platja to L’Hospitalet de L’Infant with several stops along the way (see link for more information about the bus stops). But arriving at this time of day I’d suggest a taxi from Cambrils to your hotel or campsite (it should take about 15 minutes)

      Alternatively you could take the airport train from Terminal 2 to Barcelona Sants and then from there to either Cambrils or L’Hospitalet de l’Infant. I guess you’d catch the train that leaves Barcelona Sants at 21:03.

      There’s a free shuttle bus to get from T1 to T2 and vice versa (more info in the article above)

      Enjoy your holiday!

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  28. Michae lDouglas

    Hi, im flying into Barcelona next month but then travelling inland to a place called Mora la Nova. What is my best option using the train ? Can i get the train direct from the airport to Mora la Nova or do i need to travel to Barcelona Sants first then catch a different train from there ?

    Any help would be must appreciated

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Michael,

      It’s not a route that I am familiar with but I’ve checked on the Rodalies and RENFE websites and there are no direct trains from Barcelona airport to Móra la Nova.

      The most straightfoward option (only one change) will be to take the train from the airport (Terminal 2) to Sants and then take the R15 line from there to Móra La Nova.

      Here’s a link to the timetable which lists the stops.

      There are 5 or 6 so called Regional Express trains a day from Barcelona to Móra la Nova (Check the colour codes at the bottom of the timetable, some trains only run at weekends).

      Alternatively, depending on what time your flight lands, you could also think about changing at El Prat de Llobregat and taking the R2S train line from there to Vilanova i la Geltrú to connect with the R15 train line. This option could be especially relevant if you are arriving at terminal T1 because instead of getting the free shuttle bus to T2 you could take the airport metro straight to El Prat Estació (don’t forget that if you choose this option it will add €4.50 to the journey price).

      Here’s a link to the R2 timetable

      I know you asked about trains, but if you are arriving very early in the day then it looks like HIFE run a direct bus from the airport (Terminal 1) to Móra la Nova which takes just over 2 and a half hours and departs at 7:45 am more info here.

      There are various other possible bus combinations, if you can understand simple Spanish or Catalan (or use Google Chrome) then this site is quite useful for route planning.

      Hopefully the info in the links will be useful, if you have any questions feel free to ask. Enjoy your trip.

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  29. Nelson

    Hi Richard, how long will it take to travel from airport Terminal 1 to a hotel near Sagrada Familia? I have one large luggage (not heavy). Is it reasonably easy?
    Or I better take aerobus and then metro?
    Thanks!
    Nelson

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Nelson,

      Assuming that you’re OK to move your luggage using lifts or escalators then in your case (from BCN Terminal 1 to the Sagrada Familia) I think that the new L9 sud metro line would be the easier option of the 2.

      You will need to take the L9 sud from the airport to the Collblanc metro stop where you transfer to L5 (the blue line on the metro maps) which takes you to Sagrada Familia metro station (direction Vall d’Hebron).

      I did this exact same journey last month and it took about an hour.

      The ticket will cost you €4.50 and the change from one line to the other is easy, take either the escalators or lift up to line 5.

      It’s straightfoward and one ticket will cover the entire journey.

      At the Sagrada Familia metro station there are a choice of elevators, stairs or escalators up from the platform to the vestibule then lifts or stairs up to street level.

      I hope this helps. Enjoy your stay in Barcelona!

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  30. josette bonello

    Hi Richard I am traveling to barcelona aerport on april with veuling from Malta and I don’t know which terminal I am going to stop.how I am going to know which termminal is .II am staying at barceloneta beach thanks for your help

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Josette,

      I believe that Vueling flights land at Terminal 1.

      To make sure you could resend your flight details via the vueling website (the manage your booking tab half way down the page).

      Alternatively you could look on a flight tracking site like flightaware.com

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  31. Simon

    Hi, great site!
    I have read the article above but cant decide which is the most suitable option for me. I need to get from T2 to Carrer De Corsega 226 when i arrive and also when i am on my return journey home the opposite way round, but i wanted the cheapest possible cost so couldn’t decide which of the travel card i would be better off with. I also intend to go to the circuit de Catalunya a couple of times which is making it even more difficult for me to decide where the best value is.
    Regards
    Simon

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Simon,

      If you’re looking for the cheapest possible way to do this, are traveling alone and are only going to use public transport to get from and to the airport and then to travel to and from Montmeló twice to see the Formula One or Moto GP (a total of 6 journeys ) and don’t mind walking a fair bit then the cheapest option is to purchase single tickets for each journey for a total of €14.30

      Bus number 46 from terminal 2 to Plaça Espanya costs just €2.15. It’s about a 30 minute walk from the bus stop to your hotel.

      Trains to Montmeló leave from Passeig de Gràcia train station (15 minute walk from your hotel) and cost €2.50. Once you arrive at Montmeló it’s about a 30 minute walk from the train station to the race track.

      I believe that there’s also a shuttle bus from the station to the track which costs around €1 (haven’t used it).

      You could also use the airport train to get from Terminal 2 to Passeig de Gràcia train station which would cost €4.10. It’s quite a bit faster than the bus and closer to your hotel. A definite advantage when carrying heavy luggage. If you choose the train option then the 6 journeys will cost you €18.20.

      If you think you might want to use public transport for travelling round Barcelona or there’s more than one in your group you should think about buying a T10 travel pass. One advantage of the T10 is that it allows you to transfer between metro, train, bus and tram as part of a single journey.

      A 2 zone T10 would cover all the above trips plus give you 4 additional journeys on the metro/train/bus/tram for just €19.60 so better value over all.

      Alternatively if you think you will want to use the metro more for visiting the sights then you could purchase a 1 zone T10 (€9.95) for the journey between the airport and your hotel (Take the train to Barcelona Sants then metro L5 to Hospital Clinic) and single train tickets the days that you go to the circuit. Total price €19.95 but with the advantage of 8 journeys left over for sightseeing in Barcelona.

      Don’t forget that you can share T10 and Bonotren travel cards between two or more people. So if there are 2 of you travelling you could share a 1 zone T10 (€9.95) for the journey between the airport and your hotel and a 2 zone Bonotren (€14.35) for the 2 trips by train to Montmeló. Total cost €12.15 per person and with 8 additional journeys left for the days that you spend in the Barcelona.

      I hope this helps, if you have any more questions feel free to ask.

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      1. Sabbir Ahmed

        We are three staying for one night. Arriving in the airport in the morning and leaving next day. Need to go to City centre and come back next day. Will cover few of the attractions during the day.
        What kind of ticket I should purchase for three of us. Please advise

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        1. Richard Post author

          Hello Sabbir,

          It depends on several factors:

          Which terminal will you arrive and depart and at what time?

          Where is your hotel located?

          Which attractions do you plan to visit?

          Which days are you going to be in Barcelona (some museums are free on the first Sunday of the month and on Saturday or Sunday afternoons)

          If you tell me a little more about your plans it will help me to give you the best possible advice.

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      1. sally

        Hi
        I came across this BCN.travel.com and purchased shuttle transports from them for June 2016 stay in Barcelona and cruise. They have reasonable price of about $27 US dollars for 2 people. The shuttle service is called From2Travel. Have you heard of it or any experience with this transportation.

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        1. Richard Post author

          Hi Sally,

          Sorry but I’ve no experience with either of the companies you mentioned. The thing that puts me off shared hotel transfers in general is that you never know exactly when they are going to depart or how many hotels they are going to stop at before they get to yours.

          Enjoy your stay in Barcelona

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  32. Mike

    Hello, will be visiting Barcelona later this month and want to use the train then metro to get from the airport to our apartment on Carrer de Casp near Arc de Triomf metro. Which train station should we use when changing to the metro?

    Thanks

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Mike,

      The station at Arc de Triomf is also a train station so, instead of transfering to the metro, it’s easiest to take the airport train to Sants (third stop) and then another train from there to your apartment.

      Lines R1, R3 and R4 all stop at Arc de Triomf.

      When you arrive at Sants train station, take the escalator up from the platform and check the screens to see which platform the onward train departs from. I think that it’s normally platform 8, Arc de Triomf is the second stop.

      Enjoy your stay in Barcelona!

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  33. Lyn

    Hello, I wanna ask about the travel pass. I have purchased ‘Hola Bcn’ pass for our trip in Barcelona from the TMB website that offers 10% discount after purchasing online. Will arrive at El-Prat airport on Sunday. Can I know where to redeem the vouchers? Does they have the vending machine to redeem the voucher at the El-Prat Airport. Hopefully you can help. Thank you

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hello Lyn,

      Funnily enough I got asked a similar question last week (see above) and unfortunately it seems that if you purchase an Hola BCN card via the TMB website then you won’t be able to redeem the voucher at the airport.

      To be honest, the information on the website is a bit ambiguous. Firstly, on the page where it describes the benefits of the travel pass it states:

      With your Hola BCN! travel card, you can make unlimited journeys all over Barcelona and the metropolitan area on public transport: metro, bus (TMB), tram (TRAM), urban railway (FGC) and zone-one regional rail (Rodalies de Catalunya, including El Prat airport). As many journeys as you need!

      So clearly you can use the pass for the airport train. BUT when you click through the 10% discount link to the Barcelona Smart Moving website, it says that you can either redeem the vouchers at the ticket machines in metro stations or have the card posted to you (at additional cost).

      I’ve not used a Hola BCN! card myself so, just to be 100% sure, I phoned the telephone number given on the website (in the footer below the “buy now” button) and they confirmed that if you purchased a voucher from their site you can’t exchange it at the airport, only at the ticket machines in metro stations. They said that you’d have to purchase a train ticket to Barcelona Sants station (which is both a train and metro station) and then redeem the voucher at the machines once you get there.

      I also asked whether they refund cost of the train ticket to the city centre when you redeem the voucher and they said no. They went on to point out that you would be able to use the Hola BCN! transport pass for the return journey to the airport.

      I know that this information doesn’t help you because you’ve already bought your tickets, but hopefully it will help others who read this post:

      If you decide to purchase a HolaBCN! travel card, and are planning on using public transport to get from the airport to the city centre, then it’s best to either purchase it online from the Barcelona Tourism website (see link in the comment above, currently offering 5% discount) or wait and buy it from one of the tourist information offices at Barcelona airport when you arrive.

      I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news! Enjoy your stay in Barcelona and if you have any more questions feel free to ask…

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      1. Richard Post author
        Update Feb 2016 – Important

        This is an important update to my previous reply.

        The new metro line from Barcelona airport to the city centre opened on February 12th 2016. This means that you can now purchase the HolaBCN! travel card from the ticket machines at the metro stations at terminals T1 and T2.

        The machines can also be used to redeem vouchers purchased from the TMB or Barcelona Smart Moving websites.

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      2. Sheella

        We bought our discounted Hola ticket online and we used the vending machine at the airport to redeem for Hola tickets by simply putting in the code. I agree that the information on the website is confusing. We were looking for the Tourism information at the airport. We could not find any such counter. AIRPORT information. Directed us to the Metro station at the airport where we got our tickets, it’s easy. We are enjoying using Hola tickets for all our travel

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        1. Richard Post author

          Hi Sheella,

          Thanks for your comment, I’m glad everthing worked out for you.

          As you say, since the new metro from Barcelona airport opened in February 2016 it’s now possible to purchase the HolaBCN travel pass or redeem vouchers at the machines in both of the airport metro stations.

          For future reference, here’s a couple of links showing where the tourist information offices are located in terminal T1 and T2.

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  34. Cj

    I have purchased the “Hola BCN” Travel pass for our trip to barcelona.
    It states we can collect the passes at the airport in terminal 2 but doesn’t actually tell you were.
    Are we looking for a machine or a ticket desk?
    Little bit lost before we’ve even arrived
    Any help??

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi CJ,

      It depends where you bought the passes from!

      If you purchased them online from barcelona turisme then you can pick your Hola BCN! travel cards up at the tourist information offices at either of the 2 airport terminals. There’s one in the arrivals area of Terminal T2 here.

      If you bought them from the official TMB website then unfortunately you won’t be able to collect your travel passes at the airport.

      The TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona) and Barcelona Smart Moving websites both state the following;

      Multi-day travel card Hola BCN! Vouchers can be redeemed at the automatic ticket vending machines in any of the metro stations by selecting the ‘voucher’ button and entering the 13-digit code.

      If you bought your tickets from a travel agent, ticket agency or another website I suggest you send them an Email to make sure.

      Enjoy your stay in Barcelona and if you have any further questions feel free to ask.

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      1. Richard Post author
        Update Feb 2016 – Important

        This is an important update to my previous reply which is now out of date.

        The new L9 sud metro line from Barcelona airport to the city centre opened on February 12th 2016. This means that you can now purchase the HolaBCN! travel card from the ticket machines at the metro stations at terminals T1 and T2.

        The machines can also be used to redeem vouchers purchased from the TMB or Barcelona Smart Moving websites.

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  35. Jenn

    I’m not sure why there is a growing stigma against taxis. Every time we have used a taxi service to get from the airport to a hotel, we have had great customer service! Shuttles and alternative services like Uber can get really expensive really fast.

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Jenn,

      Thanks for your comment. I don’t think that there is really any stigma in using taxis.

      It’s just that, with the ever increasing amount of information available on the web, people are now more interested exploring the different options which are available and weighing up the pros and cons before deciding how to spend their money.

      Interesting that you mention Uber because last year Uber was banned in Spain on the grounds of unfair competition (unlike taxis the drivers aren’t licensed, don’t pay taxes etc…).

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  36. Nuria

    I would just like to point out that bus 46 does not go to Plaça Catalunya. It ends at Plaça Espanya which is about 2,6 Km from Plaça Catalunya.
    I do not recommend this bus since it is always very crowded, there’s no room for luggage and it is really slow since it stops 20 times before it gets to Plaça Espanya!!

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  37. Malcolm McNeill

    Hi Richard – I’ve been to Barcelona once before but went by taxi from the airport.
    Your article has certainly made me realise that the other options may be worth a try.

    Thanks

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hello Malcolm, thanks for reading!

      I think that for the majority of people a taxi is the most convenient choice.

      Personally I prefer to use the train / metro combination if I have time. It takes a bit longer but is considerably cheaper. If you are staying in the centre of town then the aerobus is a good choice.

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