El Prat is the main airport of Catalonia and Barcelona and the second largest in Spain. Recently it underwent major renovations with the construction of a brand new terminal, in order to cope with the increasing demand.
It was inaugurated in 2009 and after being named Terminal 1 and becoming the main structure of the airport, the old terminal changed its name to Terminal 2.
There are many ways of getting from El Prat Airport to Barcelona. We have compiled a list of them so you can decide which one suits you better upon your arrival.
The Aerobus express shuttle is one of the fastest ways to get to the Barcelona airport. Click here to read our post with recommendations on how to use this service.
Metro Line 9
One of the fastest ways of getting to Barcelona El Prat airport is taking the metro L9 Sud, that connects both terminal 1 and 2 with Lines 1, 3 and 5 of the Barcelona metro network and the Renfe and FGC networks as well.
The cost of the single ticket is 4.50€, however if you own any of these tickets: T-Day, T-Month, T-Trimester, T-50/30 ot T-70/30, there is no need to pay a recharge.
Renfe Trains has a service that connects Terminal 2 at El Prat Airport with Renfe stations such as Sants, Passeig de Gràcia and El Clot.
The train is an inexpensive way for getting to the airport and is definitely the best choice if your plane departs from Terminal 2, as the Renfe Terminal only reaches T2, but at the same time it takes more time to get there compared to the Aerobus.
Recommendations with Renfe trains
- The journey is free if you buy the Barcelona Card upon your arrival to the Airport.
- If you’re arriving at Terminal 1, you must take the Shuttle Bus to Terminal 2, and if you don’t own the Barcelona Card, you can buy your ticket at the station at the vending machines. The journey lasts around 19-25 minutes (depending on the station).
- Vending machines are available in five languages: English, French, German, Catalan and Spanish. You can pay with credit card or cash up until 50€ bills.
- If you own a T-10 ticket (1 zone) you can use it also for this train, and spend just 1€ on the trip.
- There are not designated spaces for luggage on Renfe Trains.
- Trains depart to the Airport every 30 minutes. The first one departs at 5.42 and the last one at 23.38. From Sants Station, the first train leaves at 5.13 and the last one at 23.14.
The Taxi service is the fastest way to get to your destination, but also the most expensive, so this is the better choice if you’re travelling with your family or in big groups.
Take notice that a taxi departing from the airport applies a minimun fare of 20€. A complementary charge of 1€ is applied for every piece of luggage.
Taxis in Barcelona are reliable and trustworthy and you are only required to pay what the meter indicates, plus complementary charges. All fares are indicated at the back of the driver’s seat for your information.
Private Shuttle Services
There are several private operators that offer shuttle services between the airport and your chosen destination. This service might be convenient depending on your needs but also on how large your group is.
Prices vary depending on the location of your last stop. Remember that this service has to be booked online in advance of your visit. These are some options you might consider:
TMB Bus #46
This is a regular bus service operated by Barcelona Metropolitan Transports. It departs from Plaza España and eventually reaches T2 first and T1.
It’s free of charge with the Barcelona Card, and can be used also with the regular T-10 transport ticket. It operates from 5.00 h to 00.15 h. It’s a long trip so it requires a lot of patience.
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