Easy transfers from Barcelona airport to the city centre

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There are a number of different ways of getting from the airport to the centre of Barcelona. This is our definitive list!

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Located 10 miles outside of the Catalan capital, Barcelona El Prat airport has two terminals, both well-connected to the city centre. Transfers are easy, with a whole range of options.

  1. Aerobus: A1 (Terminal 1) or A2 (Terminal 2)
  2. Taxi if you’re travelling in a group
  3. Train from Terminal 2
  4. Métro (line 9) from terminals 1 and 2
  5. City bus (line 46) from terminals 1 and 2
  6. Night bus (N16 from Terminal 2, N17 from Terminal 1 and N18 from both terminals)

1- Aerobus A1 or A2: airport- Barcelona city centre transfers

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Fast and comfortable, Aerobuses A1 and A2 run 365 days a year, always with the same frequency.

A1 Aerobus: transfers from airport Terminal 1/ Barcelona city centre

Journey time: 20 to 30 minutes,
Price: €5.90 one way, €10.20 for a return.
Route: Airport – Plaça Espanya – Gran Via/Urgell – Plaça de l’Universitat – Plaça Catalunya
Times: From Plaça Catalunya, 5.30am-12.30am;  from the airport, 6.10am-1.05am.
Frequency: Every 5-10 minutes

A2 Aerobus: transfers from airport Terminal 2/ Barcelona city centre

The A2 Aerobus runs from 6am-1am, every 8 to 15 minutes, and follows the same itinerary as the A1.

  • Be careful when catching the bus to the airport from the city centre – the buses to Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 are identical! Only the number is different.

Buying your ticket for the Aerobus: A1 and A2

  • on the bus (cash only)
  • by card from the automatic ticket machines – but be aware that the machines are sometimes out of order
  • online: easy, and a great solution for peace of mind!

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2- Taxi transfers: good for large groups

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Getting a taxi is a fast option. All Barcelona taxis are black and yellow, and the taxi rank is very well signposted in the airport.

Journey time to city centre:  20 to 25 minutes
Price: approx. 30-35 euros, depending on which terminal you’re leaving from.

  • If you’re travelling in a group, taxis offer a practical solution which may not be as expensive as you’d think.
  • Would you like to book your taxi online? This site offers a taxi service from the Barcelona airport at a very good price!
  • This company has taxis adapted for people with reduced mobility.

3- Train transfers from airport Terminal 2

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Renfe is the name of the Spanish national rail company.

Leaving from T2, the train is the cheapest and most practical way of getting into the centre of Barcelona. It stops at the two biggest stations in the city centre: Estació Sants and Passeig de Gràcia.

Transfers from the airport to the city centre

The train station is just a five-minute walk from Terminal 2, and is well-signposted.

Journey time: 20 to 30 minutes for T2, plus an extra 15-20 minutes for the shuttle for T1
Price
: One way: 2 euros. Top tip: it’s cheaper to buy a transport card once you arrive at the RENFE station.
Route: Terminal 2- Prat de LLobregat- Bellvitge- Estació de Sants- Passeig de Gràcia- Barcelona El Clot Aragó
Times: 6.08am to 11.28pm
Fréquence: Toutes les 30 mn

Free shuttle between terminals:

The green shuttle buses are easy to spot.

  • From Terminal 1, take the shuttle from right in front of the exit.
  • From Terminal 2, follow the signs for the shuttle stop, located under the bridge outside Terminal 2B.

Transfers from the city centre to airport Terminal 2

In the opposite direction, the first train leaves Passeig de Gràcia at 0528, the last at 2302. It reaches Estació Sants around 5 minutes later.

Top tips

  • Try to avoid changing at Sants or Passeig de Gràcia: the corridors go on for miles.
  • Public transport cards are valid on this service, and can then be used for all of your trips around the city.

4- Metro transfers (line 9)

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Since February 2016, Terminals 1 and 2 are connected to the Zona Universitària station by metro line 9. to get to the city centre, you’ll then need to change to line 3 (green line).

Journey time: around 30 minutes
Price: €4.50 (dearer than a standard ticket, as the metro route is over 12 miles)
Frequency:  Every 30 minutes

  • The Hola BCN, T dia, T50/30 and T70/30 cards are valid for this journey.
  • Single tickets and the T10, on the other hand, are not.

5- Transfers using the city bus network (nº46)

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The no. 46 bus is a very economical means of getting into central Barcelona from the airport, and will drop you at Plaça Espanya.

Journey time: around 30 minutes from T1, 40 minutes from T2
Price
: from the airport, get a single ticket on the bus for €2.15 (transport cards can be bought from the metro station). For the return leg, a transport card will work out cheaper.
Route: From Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 to Plaça Espanya
Times: From 5am to 12.30am
Frequency: Every 20 minutes
Terminal 1 bus stop: located at the exit.
Terminal 2 bus stops: the first stop is opposite the airport exit, to the left of the Aérobus stop. The stops for terminals 2B and 2C are located at the exit from the arrivals hall.

6- Airport/city centre by night bus (N16, N17 or N18)

if your plane gets in at night, this is your cheapest option.

The N16 night bus runs from Terminal 2 to the city centre, whilst N17 runs from Terminal 1 to the city centre.

The N18 night bus runs from both Terminal 1 and 2 to the city centre (it’s a “reinforcement bus”).

Journey time: 30-40 minutes to  Plaça Catalunya
Price: from the airport, get a single ticket on the bus for €2.15 (transport cards can be bought from the metro station). For the return leg, a transport card will work out cheaper.
Route: Stops at Plaça Espanya and Plaça Catalunya
Times: 9.55pm to 4.45am
Frequency: Every 20 minutes

Option 7: if you’re staying in Sitges: Mon-Bus

Journey time: 35 minutes
Price: €3.75
Route: From avinguda de Vilanova, 14 in Sitges to the airport, Terminal 1.
Frequency: Every hour

For more information, see the Mon-bus website, available in English.

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Laureen has written many articles for Barcelona Top Travel Tips. An intrepid traveller with an artistic bent, she loves the feeling of freedom found in the Catalan capital. Her favourite job during her placement with us was testing some of the city's incredible bars and restaurants. It's a hard job, but somebody has to do it... ;-)