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How to get to Barcelona

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By plane

The airport is located 16 kilometres south of the city and is also known as El Prat, the town where it is located.
There are many connections between Barcelona and the airport and back, besides a taxi:

Aerobúsblank_page (A1 and A2) aerobus
  • Daily service between Plaça de Catalunya and Barcelona Airport.
  • Frequency: every 10 minutes.
  • Approximate journey time: 35 minutes.
  • Barcelona - airport route: Plaça de Catalunya (in front of El Corte Inglés department store) - Sepúlveda/Urgell - Plaça d'Espanya/Creu Coberta - Barcelona Airport (terminals T1 and T2).
  • Airport - Barcelona route: Airport (terminals T1 and T2) - Plaça d'Espanya/Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina - Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes/Comte d'Urgell - Plaça de la Universitat - Plaça de Catalunya.
  • Ticket price: 5.90 € (single); 10.20 € (return).
  • Times:
    • Departures from Plaça de Catalunya, from 5.30am to 12.30am.
    • Departures from Barcelona Airport, from 6am to 1am.
Trainblank_page (Rodalies de Catalunya) rodalies
  • Daily connections with Barcelona Airport from the Renfe (Spanish Rail) station at Sants.
  • Frequency: every 30 minutes.
  • Journey time: 19 minutes (from Sants).
  • Single ticket price: 4.10 €.
  • Times:
    • Departures from Sants, from 5.13am to 11.14pm.
    • Departures from Barcelona Airport, from 5.42am to 11.38pm.
Busblank_page (TMB) tmb
  • The 46 bus runs from Plaça d’Espanya to Barcelona Airport (T1 and T2).
  • Frequency: every 25 minutes.
  • Single ticket price: 2.15 € (integrated fare).
  • Times:
    • Departures from Plaça d’Espanya, from 5am to 11.50pm.
    • Departures from Barcelona Airport, from 5.30am to 11.50pm.
Night busblank_page (NITBUS) nitbus

The N17 night bus operates from Ronda Universitat/Plaça Catalunya to Barcelona Airport T1, stopping at Plaça d’Espanya.

  • Times:
    • Departures from Plaça Catalunya, from 11pm to 5am.
    • Departures from Plaça d’Espanya, from 11.10pm to 5.40am.
    • Departures from Barcelona Airport, from 9.55pm to 4.55am.

The N16 night bus operates from Ronda Universitat/Plaça Catalunya to Barcelona Airport T2, stopping at Plaça d’Espanya.

  • Times:
    • Departures from Plaça Catalunya, from 11.30pm to 5.10am.
    • Departures from Plaça d’Espanya, from 11.42pm to 5.19am.
    • Departures from Barcelona Airport, from 23.37pm to 5.11am.
  • Frequency: every 20 minutes.
  • Single ticket price: 2.15 € (integrated fare).
By car

The C-31 Barcelona-Castelldefels road leads to Barcelona Airport, and connects with the C-32 Barcelona-Sitges road. From the Avinguda Diagonal, the Ronda de Dalt and Ronda Litoral ring roads also connect with the C-31.
The estimated journey time from Barcelona city centre to the airport is about 20 minutes.


By train (RENFE)

renfeBarcelona has direct railway links with a number of important cities, including Paris, Zurich and Milan, and the high-speed train runs to Madrid, southern and eastern Spain. The city’s major railway stations and metropolitan rail network ensure you can travel to Barcelona and anywhere by train without any difficulties. The main railways stations are:

  • Barcelona Sants Station (Plaça dels Països Catalans. Opening time: 4.30am to 12am. Metro: L5 and L3. Bus: 27, 30, 32, 43, 44, 78 and 109) is the city’s main railway station and most trains departing and arriving in Barcelona stop here. The station is the terminus for the High-Speed Train and many Spanish and foreign destinations, suburban rail and trains to Barcelona Airport.
    Information and ticket sales: Monday to Friday, 5.15am to 10.30pm. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 6.10am to 10.30pm.
    Tickets in advance: daily, from 7am to 10pm.
  • França Station (Avinguda Marquès de l’Argentera. Opening time: 4.45am to 12am. Metro: L4. Bus: 39 and 51).
    The building dates back to 1929 and is one of the most important examples of Spain’s iron architecture. Two parts of Barcelona’s França Station are of relevance: the large lobby covered by three vaults and the huge metal naves that cover the platforms. International and regional trains, as well as trains to Barcelona Airport, depart from this station.
    Information and ticket sales: Daily, 8am to 9pm.
  • Passeig de Gràcia Station (Passeig de Gràcia - Aragó. Opening time: 5am to 12am. Metro: L2, L3 and L4. Bus: 17, 22, 24 and 28).
    Information and ticket sales: Daily, 6am to 10pm.
  • Plaça de Catalunya Station (Plaça de Catalunya. Metro: L1 and L3. Bus: 9, 22, 28, 42, 47, 58, 62, 66, 67 and 68).

By bus

The bus station in Barcelona that has the most national and international connections is Barcelona Nord Bus Station. Buses also depart from Barcelona Sants station and other areas of the city.


  • Barcelona Nord Bus Station (Carrer Alí-bei, 80. Opening time: 5.15am to 1am. Metro: L1 - Arc de Triomf. Bus: 54.)

This is Barcelona’s main bus station operating services to the main Spanish cities, Europe and North Africa. Station facilities: Tourist Information Office, lockers, bureau de change, etc.
Information and ticket sales: www.barcelonanord.comblank_page. Tel. 902 260 606 (from 7am to 9pm).

  • Sants Bus Station (Carrer Viriat – Next to the railway station. Opening time: 4.30pm to 12am. Metro: L5 and L3 - Sants Estació. Bus: 27, 32, 43, 44, 78, 109 and V7)
    The offices of the bus companies operating services in Spain and abroad are located next to Barcelona-Sants railway station.
    Station facilities: www.adif.esblank_page.

By car

Barcelona is well connected and has a large amount of car parks. The motorway and road network will take you anywhere in the city by car although it’s worth bearing in mind that traffic can be heavy at the main entry points of Barcelona during rush hour.


  • Motorways and roads
    Barcelona is located 150 km from La Jonquera, the French border. The French motorway network connects to the AP-7, N-II and C-32 Barcelona motorway. You can enter the city via the ring roads or the Avinguda Meridiana which leads to the centre.
    From the south, if you're entering from the rest of Spain join the AP-7 or C-32 and enter the city via the Avinguda Diagonal.
  • Car parks
    Barcelona has a large number of car parks for cars, many of them located in the city centre. Parking rates range from 2 and 3€ per hour to around 35€ for a whole day.
    There are also paid parking areas in the street (blue zones + green area) and charges vary according to the zone of Barcelona.
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