Barcelona International airport (El Prat) is situated about 12 kilometres away from the city centre and, depending on which means of transport we choose, it may take us between 20 and 45 minutes to complete this journey.
As part of their trip planning, travellers want to figure out how to get from El Prat Airport to Barcelona downtown or how to reach their terminal of departure at BCN from Plaça Catalunya or Plaça Espanya. Below we will outline four transportation options to commute between Barcelona and the different terminals at BCN-El Prat.
“Aerobus”, an express bus service for passengers commuting to and from Barcelona airport
The main fact to bear in mind if we choose the Aerobus is that it has two distinct lines: A1, for those departing from Terminal 1, and A2, for travellers going to terminal 2. Their stops are well signposted at Plaça Catalunya, Universitat and Plaça de Espanya as well as at the airport terminals, and the services run from 5:00 to 1:00 every day of the year.
Single tickets cost 5,90 euros, while return ones cost 10,20, and can be purchased in advance through their website but also before hopping into the bus. Luggage is included. The journey to Barcelona airport by Aerobus takes no longer than 35 minutes.
TMB bus line 46
The public bus line 46 transports travellers daily from Plaça de Espanya (the bus stops right in front of Arenas de Barcelona shopping mall) to all terminals at El Prat airport. For the reverse journey, we will need to go to the parking lot in T1 or wait outside T2B or T2C.
The first bus departs at 4:50, and the last one at 23:50. Travel cards like the T-10 are valid in this case, otherwise you will need to pay 2,15 euros for a single ticket. With this option, we will reach the airport in approximately 45 minutes.
*The TMB red bus covering the route to the airport (46) stops near most hotels near Fira Gran Via on its way to Barcelona city centre.
Renfe Rodalies trains to El Prat airport in BCN
The train line taking us to Barcelona-El Prat airport is the “R2 aeroport”. It is crucial that we make sure we are in the correct train, as there is another R2 line covering a variation of the route. Services run from 5:00 to 23:00, stopping at Estaciò de Francia, Passeig de Gracia and Barcelona-Sants. After Bcn-Sants station, there are only three more stops before arriving in the airport about 20 minutes later.
It should be noted that trains transport travellers from and to T2 only, so if your flight departs from T1, you must take the free bus shuttle operating between the terminals. We may use the T-10 transport card for this commute as well, or pay 2,15 euros for a single ticket, which can be purchased from the kiosks inside the stations.
Barcelona underground transport system
The recently inaugurated Barcelona’s L9 Sud line is perfect to travel between the University Campus or the Fira Gran Via pavilions and the airport. It has stops both at T1 and T2, with services running every 7 minutes. A specific ticket must be purchased to ride this line if we are going to El Prat, and it costs 4,50 euros. Travel cards such as “Hola BCN” are valid in this case. The journey lasts 30 minutes from the Campus, but it is considerably shorter if we commute from the Fira Barcelona area.
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