Barcelona International Airport (El Prat Airport)
Barcelona International Airport (BCN), located 10 km. south of the city, is a major transport hub and fields flights from all over Europe and beyond. There are two terminals, T1 and T2, the latter with A, B, and C subdivisions. T1 and T2 are linked by a bus shuttle (every 6 to 8 minutes, travel time 10 minutes). The airport operator is AENA.
Terminal T1. T1, the large terminal, opened in June 2009 and hosts most major international airlines (e.g. Spanair, SAS, TAP, Air France, BA, AA, KLM, Lufthansa, KLM, Delta, Singapore, Qantas). Check your airline terminal here.
Terminal T2. T2 specializes in low-cost, domestic and Mediterranean flights. Sectors A, B and C of T2 are all within fairly easy walking distance of each other. T2 B is used by some Spanish carriers (Iberia, Air Europa, Vueling) and their partners. T2 C is smallest and used for all domestic flights, including the Air Shuttle to Madrid. T2 A is used for all other flights except those now departing from the new T1.
Transfer from the airport
Downtown Barcelona is 18 km away, and transfer can be arranged by taxi, bus, train, and rented car. Taxis and minibuses can be prebooked online, and a taxi to the city center costs normally around €25-30 (plus extra charges for luggage, higher rates apply at night and during weekends and holidays). Renting car is also available at the airport but we recommend booking beforehand via internet.
A suburban train line (Rodalies R2) goes half-hourly to Barcelona, depending on the station travel takes 20 minutes (Sants station) or 25 minutes (Passeig de Gràcia station). The R2 airport train station is located next to T2 by section B, with a connecting green colored bus service to T1 (an extra 15 minutes). A single ticket is about €1.45, but we recommend to buy a T-10 ticket (this ATM Transport Authority ticket costs €8,25 for 10 trips, including all bus, metro,and suburban train transfers inside the Metropolitan Area 1, made within 75 minutes while going in the same direction). Once in Passeig de Gràcia station you can connect to metro Line 4 (Yellow line); nearest station to the CCIB (Conference Centre) is Maresme-Forum. [Rodalies Interactive Map].
Airport bus express: There is an express bus service between Barcelona airport and city center: the Aerobus A1 from/to terminal T1 and the Aerobus A2 from/to terminal T2. Buses depart every 11 minutes, the journey time is 35 minutes (except on rush hours) and costs €5.05 one-way (cash only). After midnight only the Nit Bus night bus service is available (Nit Bus N17, between 22.00 and 05.00, arriving at Plaça Catalunya in 40 minutes). Near Plaça Catalunya, the Urquinaona metro station allows access to to Line 4 (Yellow line),which leads to Maresme-Forum station (near CCIB).
Some low-cost airlines fly to the airports of cities nearby Barcelona, like Girona (100km to the north) or Reus (100km to the south).
Girona Airport: The Barcelona Bus service runs a shuttle bus (1h 10m) from Girona Airport to Estació del Nord (which is walking distance to the Arc de Triomf metro station) in Barcelona and this ties in with various flight times. A one-way ticket costs €12 and a return ticket costs €21.
Reus Airport: the easiest way is the local bus to the Reus train station and there take the train to Barcelona (takes about two and a half hours and costs around €7).
The land communications are basically designed on the network of motorways, which radiate towards the most important economic areas of the rest of Spain and connect with the French motorway system to the rest of Europe.
A 17-7 Motorway from Barcelona to the French Border (163 kms) A 7 Motorway from Barcelona to the rest of Spain (Madrid 621 kms, Valencia 350 kms, Zaragoza 300 kms)
Barcelona is also an important railway link, connected favourably with the rest of Spain and Europe which constitutes an advantageous link in the intermodal transport chain with regard to obtaining the greatest efficiency at a low cost.
With regard to Spain, Barcelona is connected daily with trains of the catalan Express network to and from Girona, Tarragona, Lleida and the most important cities in the belt of the catalan capital; and also with other cities of Spain. For more information, please check RENFE website.
Barcelona has become the Mediterranean’s foremost cruise ship harbour. It has eight passenger terminals, five for cruise liners and three for ferries. It operates services to the Balearic Islands and the main Mediterranean ports. Ferries depart daily for the Balearic Islands and there is a direct service to the port of Genoa.
Barcelona harbour has direct connections and operates regular passenger and vehicle transport services to the Balearic Islands, Genoa, Rome and Algiers-Oran.
Three companies operate between Barcelona and the Balearic Islands : Trasmediterranea, Iscomar and Balearia.
Barcelona is one of the main cruise harbours in the Mediterranean and is establishing its position as the base port for cruise companies. Actually is the 1st European cruise and the 10th World one.