How to get to Barcelona from El Prat Airport

Comparison of different means of transport from El Prat Airport to Barcelona

On this web page, you will find all the necessary information and a quick comparison of the different means of transport which travel from El Prat Airport to the centre of Barcelona. You can make your airport transfers easier and less stressful by choosing in advance which is the right means of transport for you.  Hereunder, you will find information about timetables, costs and the modes of transport that are most commonly used by tourists who have decided to visit the capital of Catalonia. 

If you would prefer the comfort and convenience of a taxi, then we would recommend that you book a Private Taxi on-line.  In this instance, booking the service in advance means you will be welcomed by your driver as soon as you come through into the arrivals hall.  You won't have to search for the vehicle or the driver because the driver will make himself known to you by holding up a sign showing the client's name.  This also means travelling directly to your end destination without having to worry about being cheated by a dishonest driver who may try to lengthen the journey to earn more money.  In addition to this, if you are travelling with your family or a group of friends, a private taxi can actually be one of the most economical choices working out at around €8.00 per person!  In order to book use our Barcelona AirportTaxi service and save.

Travelling by car from El Prat Airport to Barcelona: around 17 kilometres from the city centre

Compare the different transports from Orly Airport

Taxis
From €8
  • 30 minutes
  • Available: 24 hours a day
Metro
€4.5
  • 30 minutes
  • Availability: 05:00 - 00:00
Aerobus
€5.9
  • 60 minutes
  • Availability: 05:00 - 01:00
Train
From €5
  • 30 minutes
  • Availability: 06:00 - 23:00

From El Prat Airport to the centre of Barcelona by Private Taxi

Out of all the available means of transport, a Taxi is undoubtedly the most convenient solution for any tourist who wants to travel without any worries.  Book a private taxi service on-line and a driver will welcome you inside the airport at the doors to the arrivals hall showing a card with your name on it.  Travel straight to your accommodation without having to make any stops, without any stress, and above all, without having to deal with heavy luggage.

HOW MUCH DOES A TAXI COST FROM EL PRAT AIRPORT TO BARCELONA?

The cost of the transfer will vary depending on the destination you have chosen at the time of booking. You will know the cost of your transfer in advance as this will have been calculated based on the distance and not on the length of time the journey takes. Because of this, you don't run the risk of getting a dishonest driver who may lengthen the route in order to increase the fare. On the booking form, you can request the type of transport you require and the required time for your transfer, thus avoiding having to wait around at the airport. Choosing Taxileader.net means choosing drivers who have 15 years or more of experience in the sector.

Pricing examples for Private Taxis

From El Prat Airport to accommodation in Plaça d'Espanya (up to 4 seats)

From €42.70 (equivalent to €10.67 per person) for a 4-seater car 

From el Prat Airport to accommodation in Plaça d'Espanya (up to 8 seats)

How the Taxi Service at a fixed price works

The service is available 24 hours a day

Book in advance on-line,
for the time that you require

The service is available 24 hours a day

Pick-up at El Prat

As you come out of the doors in the Arrivals Hall, you will find your driver waiting for you with a sign showing the name that was on the booking.

The balance will be paid in cash to the driver

You will pay only a small amount in advance
in order to secure the booking

The balance will be paid in cash to the driver

Average journey time is around 30 minutes

Private service to your accommodation

The advantages of using a Private Taxi

A fixed price

The private taxis calculate the rate based on distance, not journey time.  For this reason, passengers are able to benefit from a fixed price and don't run the risk of travelling with a dishonest driver who may try to lengthen the journey time in order to earn more money.

Pick-up time in accordance with the client's requirements
A Private Service
The Service operates 24 hours a day
The most comfortable and the most punctual means of transport

TIPS ABOUT USING THE TAXI SERVICE

Make sure that you book your taxi at least 24 hours prior to the required transfer time.  The booking can be done on-line 24 hours in advance or via the English speaking Customer Service Team between 09:00 and 18:00.

Collect your baggage from the luggage belts, go through passport control and pass through the doors to the arrivals hall.  Your driver will be waiting for you there with a card showing your name.

The driver is unable to accept payment by credit card.  Make sure that you have sufficient change on you with which to pay the agreed fare. 

In the event that your flight is delayed or cancelled, we request that you advise us by sending a message to the emergency number which is shown on your email confirmation of the booking.

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From El Prat Airport to the centre of Barcelona with the Aerobus

The Aerobus is the Terravision Bus Service which connects both airport terminals at El Prat with the centre of Barcelona with a variety of different stops.  The buses are easily recognisable because of their colour (blue and white) and are definitely one of the most popular transport systems with which to reach the centre of the city. The service runs with an average frequency of every 5 minutes. Once you are on board, you will have access to charging points for your mobile 'phone along with free Wi-Fi and plenty of space in which to store your luggage.

Stops:

  • Plaça Catalunya (in front of the Corte Inglés)
  • Sepúlveda-Urgell
  • Pl. Espanya
  • Terminal 1 / Terminal 2

Route map for the Aerobus from El Prat Airport:

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AEROBUS PRICES

A one way ticket costs €5.90 and a return ticket costs €10.20
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AEROBUS TIMETABLE

From Barcelona: 05:00 - 00:00 / From El Prat: 05:00 - 01:00.  For additional information see:AEROBUS TIMETABLE SCHEDULES.
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DURATION OF THE TRIP ON THE AEROBUS

The duration of the trip will very much depend on which stop you require.  On average, the journey time is 60 to 90 minutes to the terminus in Placa Catalunya.

TIPS ABOUT USING THE AEROBUS SERVICE

It is possible to purchase tickets on board directly from the driver.  On the other hand, if you don't want to waste time trying to find the right money whilst grappling with your suitcases, you can also buy the tickets on-line. 

There are two different stops. One at Terminal 1 (T1) and the other at Terminal 2 (T2). For additional information about how to reach the relative stops, you can have a look at the video youtube.

In the event that your flight is delayed, and this applies to those passengers who have already purchased their tickets on-line, you can just catch the next available bus without incurring any additional costs. 

There are ramps on board the bus to facilitate wheelchair access and there is also space reserved for wheelchair users.

From El Prat Airport to Barcelona using Metro Line L9

Since 2016, El Prat Airport has been connected to the centre of Barcelona via the Metro service, specifically with the line L9S.  The cost of the ticket isn't the best, compared to the other means of direct transport, as the fare is €4.50 per journey.  However, it is still a great transport system and one of the quickest, particularly for travellers who are heading to the University district and Para.lel or Torrassa and Glories. 

Stops:

  • Terminal 1
  • Terminal 2 (train connections)
  • Mas Blau
  • Parc Nou
  • Cèntric
  • El Prat Estació (train connections)
  • Les Moreres
  • Mercabarna
  • Parc Logístic
  • Fira
  • Europa / Fira (train connections)
  • Can Tries / Gornal
  • Torrassa (connections with the Red Line on the Metro L1)
  • Collblanc (connections with the Blue Line on the Metro L5)
  • Zona Universitària (connections with the Green Line on the Metro L3

Map of the Subway route from the station at El Prat Airport to the Zona Universitaria:

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METRO PRICING

A one-way ticket for the Metro on Line L9S costs €4.50.
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JOURNEY TIME ON THE METRO

The average journey time takes around 30 minutes to reach the Placa d'Espanya.
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METRO SERVICE TIMETABLE

The Metro is operative every day from 05:00 hours until midnight with the exception of Saturdays and Sundays when the service is continuous (24 hours a day).

USEFUL TIPS FOR USING THE METRO

If you are arriving at TERMINAL 1, the metro stop is just outside the arrivals hall.  However, if you are arriving at TERMINAL 2, it will take you a few minutes to walk to the Metro stop as it is close to the train station.  In both cases, all you have to do is to follow the red symbol in the shape of a diamond with the letter "M" inside. 

We would remind you to pay close attention to your personal belongings, (as is the case on all public transport) and don't sit too far away from your baggage.

From El Prat Airport to Barcelona by Train

Yet another alternative for getting to the centre of Barcelona is to take a train from Terminal T2.  The train service operates from 06:00 until 23:00 and runs every 30 minutes.  The cost of a one-way ticket is €4.50.  Deciding whether or not to take the train, as is the case with the other means of transport, including the Metro, depends on where you are staying.  We have listed the stops below so that you can easily check which would be the best solution for your needs. 

Stops:

  • Passeig de Gràcia
  • Sants Station
  • El Prat (Line R2 North)
  • Estació de França (Line R2 North)

Map of the train route from El Prat Airport to Passeig de Gracia:

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JOURNEY TIME BY TRAIN

The average journey time is 30 minutes.
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TRAIN TICKET PRICING

The cost of a one-way ticket is €4.50.
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TRAIN DEPARTURES

The Train only departs from Terminal T2 but it is expected by 2019 that there will also be a final stop at Terminal T1.  At the moment, you would need to change terminals (which takes about 10 minutes).  You can take the shuttle from outside either of the terminal buildings.  In order to check the timetables: TRAIN SCHEDULES
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TRAIN OPERATING TIMES

The service is operative from 06:00 to 23:00 hours.

TIPS ABOUT USING THE TRAIN

Do not leave your luggage unattended.  Pickpockets always favour crowded places such as trains, buses and the Metro.

Check the lines and the operating schedules in advance for the date of your transfer: TRAIN TIMES.

From the connecting Shuttle stops:

  • Terminal 1: Level 0, outside the terminal.
  • Terminal 2: T2B, outside the terminal, under the bridge.

Travel times:

  • From T1 to T2: about 10 minutes.
  • From T2 to T1: about 14 minutes.

Questions and Answers regarding Airport transport

How far is El Prat Airport from the centre of Barcelona?

El Prat Airport is about 17 kilometres from the centre of Barcelona.  The means of public transport available to travellers are: the metro, train, aerobus, regular bus service and taxis.  With a private taxi or by car, the journey time takes about 30 minutes in normal traffic conditions.

How do I get to the bus stop or find the driver?
How to pay?
Which is the cheapest option?

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