The quickest, and easiest way to get from Barcelona El Prat Airport to Barcelona depends on multiple factors, including your arrival terminal and your final destination in Barcelona.
Barcelona El Prat Airport has two separate terminals: Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2 (T2). If you are arriving at Terminal 1 (T1), I would recommend taking either the Bus or the Metro; the best option depends on your ultimate destination. If you are arriving at Terminal 2 (T2), you will have an additional option of the train (people arriving at T1 can also take the train but must first catch a shuttle bus to the train station located near T2).
Usually the quickest and easiest way to get from Barcelona El Prat Airport to Barcelona is via the AEROBÚS. Here are our step-by-step directions for getting from the Airport to Plaça d’Espanya or Plaça de Catalunya.
Step 1: Once your plane has landed, collect your carry on luggage, exit the aircraft, and make your way to the baggage claim area.
Step 2: Collect your checked bags (if any) and make your way to the Baggage Claim Exit.
Step 3: Follow the bus signs to the closest bus stop, and exit the Terminal. Make your way to the A1 bus stop if you are at Terminal 1 or the A2 bus stop at Terminal 2.
Step 4: Hop in the line and wait for the next available bus (buses arrive quickly and the wait is not as long as it looks).
Step 5: Board the bus and purchase ticket (to Plaça d’Espanya or Plaça de Catalunya) from the bus driver. The cost is around €6 per person.
Step 6: Take a seat, and enjoy the ride. Travel time is ~30 minutes.
Step 7: Exit the bus at Placa Espanya or Placa de Catalunya.
Another quick option for getting from Barcelona El Prat Airport to Barcelona is by Metro. However, this will likely include a metro transfer making the trip a little less convenient than the AEROBÚS. As before with the bus, exit the aircraft, collect your checked bags and exit the baggage claim area.
Step 1: Follow the Metro signs and make your way to the Metro Station if at Terminal 1 (T1).
If you are at Terminal 2 (T2) you will have to cross the Sky Bridge to the Metro Station.
Step 2: Once you cross the Sky Bridge, take the stairs down to the Metro Station.
Step 3: Purchase ticket from the Kiosk. The cost is around €4 per person; this is a special Metro airport ticket. Note, the T10 ticket works for the Metro, but it will not work at the Airport Metro stops! Do not purchase the T10 ticket for going to and from the Airport with the Metro.
Step 4: Validate your ticket by passing through the turnstile.
Step 5: Make your way to the Metro platform and board the next available Metro going to Barcelona.
Step 6: Take a seat, and enjoy the ride. Travel time varies.
Step 7: Depending on your ultimate destination, exit at one of the various transfer Metro stations, then take that Metro to your final destination. Exit at Torrassa to access the L1 Metro line, Collblanc to access the L5 Metro line, and Zona Universitària to access the L3 Metro line (click here for a larger map).
The cheapest way to get from Barcelona El Prat Airport to Barcelona city center is by train using a T10 ticket (2 swipes with transfer). Note, this is not the best option for people arriving at Terminal 1 (T1) because of the extra time needed to catch the shuttle bus between terminals. As before with the bus or Metro, exit the aircraft, collect your checked bags and exit the baggage claim area.
Step 1: Follow the train signs and make your way to the Sky Bridge. Note: if arriving from Terminal 1 (T1), you will first have to take the shuttle bus to Terminal 2 (T2).
Step 2: Cross the Sky Bridge.
Step 3: Proceed to the train station.
Step 4: Make your way to the ticket kiosk and purchase a T10 ticket. The cost is around €10. This ticket is valid for ten (10) public transportation trips in Barcelona (one zone). The journey from the Airport will require two of the ten available trips on your T10 ticket when making a transfer to another train or Metro. Note: multiple people can use one T10 ticket (the first person, after passing through the turnstile, will have to hand it to the second person wanting to pass through the turnstile). This is a common practice in Barcelona, allowing a family of five to use one T10 ticket for a one-way journey to the Airport.
Step 6: Validate your ticket by passing through the turnstile.
Step 7: Make your way to the platform and board the train to Barcelona.