Barcelona Airport Transport
Barcelona bus transfer. Aerobus
There are two Aerobus lines between the Airport and Barcelona city centre.
As you’d expect A1 leaves from Terminal 1 and goes direct to Barcelona, stopping in Plaça Espanya, Gran Vía (at Urgell corner) Plaça Universitat and finally the terminus at Plaça Catalunya in front of the Corte Inglés.
A2 leaves from Terminal T2B, by the Miró mural and makes the same stops as T1.
On the way from Barcelona to the Airport, both stop at Sepúlveda (at Urgell corner) and Plaça Espanya.
There are Metro stations close to all stops.
A one-way ticket costs 5.05 €.
Between about 7.00 and 21.30 there’s an A1 about every 5 minutes and an A2 about every 10.
The services start at 5.30 with an A1 every 10 minutes and an A2 every 20.
Last buses leave the Airport around 1.00 and Plaça Catalunya at 12.30.
Metro and other stops for the Aerobus at Plaça Catalunya:
- Green Line L3
- Red Line L1
- Yellow Line L4 stops at Passeig de Grácia and Urquinaona
Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat
- S1, S2, S5, S55, L6, L7
- R1, R3, R4, R7
9, 14, 16, 17, 22, 24, 28, 41, 42, 55, 58, 59, 62, 66, 67, 68, 91, 120, 141
Metro and other stops for the Aerobus at Urgell (Gran Vía and Sepúlveda):
- Red Line 1 (Urgell)
9, 14, 20, 37, 50, 56, 59
Metro and other stops for the Aerobus at Plaça Espanya:
- Green Line L1
- Red Line L3
Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat
- S33, S4, S8, R5, R6, L8
9, 13, 23, 27, 30, 37, 46, 50, 55, 56, 57, 61, 65, 79, 91, 109, 141, 157, 165, 193
Taxi Barcelona Airport - Barcelona City
It generally takes about half an hour to get to Barcelona city centre from Barcelona airport whether using bus, taxi, train or private transfer. The journey can take longer due to queueing, congestion and the terminal you leave from. Terminal T1 can take 10 minutes more then T2.
A taxi is a good, cost-effective choice for a family or if you’re travelling in a group of up to 4 people.
Available 24 hours a day. The taxi ranks in Terminal T1 are on level 0 at the arrivals area and outside the main exit doors at Terminals T2A, T2B and T2C.
Fares vary with the time of day and on holidays and there is a surcharge for luggage and one for the airport itself.
The minimum charge for travelling to or from the Airport is 20€ but it will be more than this if you’re going into Barcelona.
Don’t be daunted by the queues of people. Stewards generally organise both taxis and queues quite efficiently.
Two kinds of general rates apply:
T-1 (1.10 €/Km) throughout the Metropolitan area of the city between 20.00 and 08.00 on weekdays and between 00.00 and 24.00 on Saturdays and Sundays.
T-2 (0.86€/Km) throughout the Metropolitan area of the city between 08.00 and 20.00 on weekdays.
T-3 (0.59€/Km) at any time when outside the Metropolitan area.
You can take the following aboard your taxi with no charge:
- Suitcase or package smaller than 55 x 35 x 35 cm
- Guide dog.
- Baby’s pushchair
Total surcharges cannot exceed 13.30 €
- Departure or arrival at airport: 3,10 €.
- Suitcase over 55 x 35 x 35:1.00 €
- Entry into Barcelona Trade Fair - Gran Vía Montjuïc 2 (L'Hospitalet):2.10 €
- Departure or arrival at harbour or station:2.10 €
- Fridays, Saturdays. Sundays and holidays, from 00h. to 06.00 h:2.00 €
- “Special nights”
(23/6, 24/6, 24/12, 25/12, 31/12 1/1 between 20.00 and 08.00) 3.10 €.
Suitcases: 1 € each
- Pets are carried at the driver’s discretion and a surcharge of 1€ will be made.
The Generalitat de Catalunya now manages local train routes in the Autonomous Region and what was previously known as the C2 line is now called R2 North. (R2 Nord)
Trains leave the station located by Terminal 2 every 30 minutes and stop at the main station Sants, followed by Passeig de Gràcia, right in the centre of town. There are two further stops in Barcelona, El Clot and Sant Andreu Comptal.
This train does not go to Estació de França. To get there, change at Sants or Passeig de Gràcia. To get to the Airport from Estació de França you must change at Sants or Passeig de Gràcia.
There’s a free shuttle service from T1 to the station and a covered aerial walkway with moving pavement from T2B to the station.
The ticket costs 3 euros and the trip takes about 20 minutes to Sants and 30 to Passeig de Gràcia.
To reach Sitges or other destinations on the Coast to the South of Barcelona, change at El Prat de Llobregat or continue to Sants and change there for faster trains.
Not really a recommendable option, unless you’re going to one of the small towns nearby or taking a Nightbus.
I once took one out of desperation, but the remedy was worse than the disease. The lengthy, snail-paced route with constant stops, hold-ups and diversions drove me to distraction. However, for the brave or those undergoing penitence:
46: Airport – Barcelona (Pl. Espanya)
Goes around all the Terminals at the Airport. Weaves around El Prat del Llobregat. Crosses L¡Hospitalet de Llobregat and, at long and dear last, arrives at the Plaça de Espanya in Barcelona.
N17 Airport – Plaza de Catalunya (Ronda Universitat)
Leaves from T1 about every 20 minutes between 23.00 and 05.00. Stops at all terminals. Stops at a million places along the way to Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona.