How to get there
Barcelona capital of Catalonia is the second biggest city of Spain after Madrid and the largest metropolitan city on the Mediterranean sea. It’s magically located only 150Km south of France, between the Serra de Collserola mountain range and the Iberian peninsula. That makes it so special, as a few cities in the world Barcelona offers you mountains, beaches and an incredible city all at the same time.
You can get to Barcelona from almost anywhere around the world, from Europe of course, but also direct flights from United States, South America, Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Barcelona’s Main Airport is El Prat Airport, it’s located in the area called El Prat de Llobregat, about 12 kilometres outside the city. There are other small airports too, Girona-Costa Brava Airport, Reus Airport and Lleida-Alguaire airport. When choosing the Airport destination for your trip to Barcelona, consider that the best connection from and to the city centre is from El Prat Airport. Even if sometimes aeroplane tickets to the nearby airports may seem cheap at first view, costs and time to get to the city centre can actually overcome the price of a ticket directly to El-Prat.
The main airlines that fly to Barcelona are: Air Europa, Air France, Aer Lingus, Alitalia British Airways, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Easy-Jet, Eurowings, Finnair, Iberia, Jet2, KLM, Lufthansa, Luxair, Norwegian Airlines, Ryanair, SAS, SWISS, TAP Air Portugal, Thomas Cook Airlines, Vueling Airlines. Check out xxx for finding your perfect flight. Also, read our information about when to go (link) to Barcelona to know the best time for visiting the city.
How to get from Barcelona airport to the City centre
There are five ways of getting from Barcelona Airport to the city centre.
- Rental car (link): If you are planning to use a rental car during your stay in Barcelona or for visiting other places in Spain, renting a car at the airport could be a good idea.
- Taxi: The most comfortable way but also the most costly compared to the other options. A trip from the Airport to the city centre could cost you around 30€.
- Direct Bus – Aerobus (link): From terminal 1 and 2 to Pl. Catalunya, via Pl. España, Gran via Urgell, Pl. Universitat. It takes 35 minutes and departs every 5 minutes from 6:00 to 00:30, a single ticket cost 5.90€ and round ticket 10.20€. You can book it online.
- Train R2N operated by Renfe (Spanish Rail): It starts every 30 minutes from the airport from 6:00 to 23:00. With this train, you can go in less than 20 minutes to the stations Sants, Passeig de Gràcia and El Clot-Aragó and it costs only 2.50€.
- Subway (Metro) – Line L9 Sud: It connects Terminal 1 (station inside the building) and 2 (station next to train station) with Barcelona city centre. It goes to Zona Universitària station. Read more about Barcelona’s public transport.
- Public Bus – Bus 46: From Terminal 1 and 2 to Plaza España Metro Line L1, takes 20 minutes and costs 2.20€. From Plaza España you can continue with the subway (Metro). In this case, you will need to purchase a metro ticket at the station. The same bus line is operated in the night by the bus N17. Have a look below our recommendations about Barcelona’s public transport.
“Sants Station” is the main train station in Barcelona. From there you can have direct high-speed train connections to Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, Marsella and a wide offer of trains to visit the rest of Spain, Madrid, Sevilla, Tarragona, etc. You can reach Sants Station by subway lines L5 and L3. and Buses 27, 32, 78, 109, 115, H10 and V17.
Other important Train stations in Barcelona with an important number of regional connections are França Station, Passeig de Gràcia Station and Plaça de Catalunya Station.
To check Train connections visit the page of the Spanish Rail company “Renfe“.
“Barcelona Nord” is the main Bus Station in Barcelona. You can arrive by bus from almost any city in Europe and from some departure points in Nord Africa and of course, there are many connections within other Spanish cities. Most of the lines also go and depart from the main Train station “Sants Station”.
If you are making a road trip to Europe or in Spain, you can’t miss visiting Barcelona. You will be able to enjoy the beautiful Catalonian landscape. Spain counts with an extensive road network which allows you to reach Barcelona from everywhere in Spain and of course from any point in Europe. There are three type of Spanish “Autopistas” (Motorways), National Roads (N), Countryside roads (C) and Local roads (E). The national roads (N) with blue signs are the ones charging tolls. Check out rates of tolls on Spanish motorways before travelling.
You can enter Barcelona using the ring roads, Ronda de Dalt and the Ronda del Litoral from north and south or the Avinguda Meridiana direct to the centre. Although, Barcelona is a very accessible city, mind the rush hours, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m., 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., and 6:30 to 8:30 p. m., during this time the traffic could be slow and stressful.
Barcelona Port has become an important point for Mediterranean Cruises. It counts with several Cruises routes and Ferri connection, for example, from the Balearic Islands, Sète and Tangier, Genoa, Rome, Sardinia, etc.