Getting to Barcelona Airport
Passengers leaving the city will find plenty of transport options at their disposal to catch their flight in time. The airport is located within a 30 minutes drive of central Barcelona.
Getting to the airport by Train
Terminal 2 provides passengers with direct access to a train station; the Rodalies Barcelona commuter line R2 Nord leaves from Maçanet-Massanes train station and also stops at Barcelona Sants Seloni and Passeig de Gràcia train stations in the city at regular intervals during the day. The Barcelona Metro train system interlinks with the two latter stations, allowing passengers access to the airport from all parts of the city. It takes around 27 minutes from Passeig de Gràcia to reach the airport. Another direct route operates from Barcelona Estació de França, but only once a day each way.
The Rodalies network lines R1, R2 and R2 norte, R2 surt and R3, R4, R7 and R8 have their own ticketing system and their tickets are not valid on other public transport systems. There are six zones for pricing and the city to airport ticket falls within zone 2 from central Barcelona locations.
Rodalies trains leave every 30 minutes for the airport. From El Prat de Llobregat it takes just 6 minutes to reach the airport, from Barcelona-Sants 22 minutes and from Granoliers centre it takes 1 hour and 3 minutes.
Getting to the airport by Bus
City bus services connect from Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) on Plaça Espanya via line 46 on regular 16 minutes intervals throughout the day. The service stops additionally at El Prat de Llobregat and L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. At the airport the bus stops for line 46 are at T1 on Level 0 for arrivals, at the Cargo Terminal, T2B departures and at T2B’s technical block and at T2C for the external access road.
A private bus operator also offers bus services from Plaça Catalunya via Aerobús, which stops to collect passengers at Urgell and Plaça Espanya. The journey takes 35 minutes and there are bus services every 5 minutes at peak times, taking bus line A1 passengers to T1, the ground floor level of the arrivals zone and level 3 for departures.
Bus line A2 leaves the city centre every 10 minutes during peak times, also taking 35 minutes for the journey from Plaça Catalunya. These buses stop at the Cargo Terminal, T2B arrivals and T2C internal access road.
Line 77 connects from San Joan Despi to the airport, stopping at El Prat de Llobregat, San Boi de Llobregat and Cornellá de Llobregat. Lines N17 also leaves from Plaça Catalunya and travels via El Prat de Llobregat and L’Hospitalet de Llobregat to T1, Level 0 for arrivals and departures.
The night bus is operated via line N16, which runs between Plaça Catalunya and Caastelldefels via Viladecans and Gavá. The service stops at all Terminal 2 bus stops and the Cargo Terminal.
Getting to the airport by Car
Taxis leave the city from outside most major train stations, international hotels and large shopping centres. Passengers are dropped off at their relevant terminal’s departure zone, if they tell the driver which airline they travel with.
The various car rental providers with rental desks at the airport all have their designated drop off zones, where rental returns have to be parked at the end of the hire period. Avis, Europcar, Hertz, National Atesa and Sixt have their rental stations in the arrivals halls.
The main highway leading to the airport is the C-32B, which links with major motorways around Barcelona and connects via the B-250 with Llobregat.