Arriving in Barcelona

Barcelona’s Airport

El Prat de Llobregat is the Barcelona airport and it is well equipped to handle millions of travelers.

With everything you need for your trip housed in the airport, you’ll have your choice of shops, restaurants and business services.

Barcelona is considered the Port of Europe for numerous overseas flights.

Barcelona's Airport El Prat Interior

Barcelona’s Airport El Prat Interior

Lots of people come in and out of Barcelona via the airport so you can be assured that customer service is a high priority but the airport can be very busy.

They will help you in any way they can, just ask them if you’re in need of assistance. The airport is about 12 km from the centre of Barcelona.

For transport to get to your hotel make sure to ask them after or even before making a booking if they offer a shuttle from the airport.

To and From Barcelona Airport – Bus, Taxi, Metro

If they don’t, there is a choice of the train, airport bus or taxi to get you to your destination in the centre of Barcelona.

Contact airport telephone number is +34 932 983 838 or get in touch with them via their website:

Barcelona's Airport El Prat Exterior

Barcelona’s Airport El Prat Exterior


The Spanish rail company RENFE provide a rail link to the Airport every twenty minutes to and from Sants Station in the centre of Barcelona. You can buy ticke online in advance on above link.

Airport Bus

There is also an airport bus service from the Airport to Placa Catalunya which departs every 15 minutes and goes to Terminals A, B and C starting from about 5.30am in the morning until to 11pm. The cost is about 6 Euro one way.

Another bus connection goes to Pl Espanya or to Castelldefels.

Barcelona's Airport El Prat Exterior Building

Barcelona’s Airport El Prat Exterior Building


Taxis are readily available 24/7 to take you from the Airport to the centre of Barcelona for about €30 plus.

Car Rental

Rental car agencies in the airport are also available so if you want to hire a car, do it online and collect your car from the car rental desks in the airport.

Almost all have desks or agents in the airport, so this is a simple way to do it. If you rent from Pepe Car, they run a free shuttle service from the airport. Here is one of the rental agencies:

Barcelona Aiport
El Prat Airport
08820 El Prat de Llobregat
+34 93 298 33 00

Map Barcelona Railway Stations and Ferry Terminals

Ferry port

If you are arriving by ferry, from the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, or Formentera) or from Italy, Sardinia, or from Morocco, you will arrive in the center of the city at its waterfront where one of the largest ferry ports in the Mediterranean is situated – see detailed info

Girona Airport

Some flights land at Girona Airport, further out from the center of Barcelona. This is an easy-to-manage airport as it is smaller and less busy. (details)

You can get a taxi or private shuttle to the Barcelona center but it will cost at least €100. Make sure you should agree with the cost before setting out.

There is an airport bus that goes from Girona Airport right into Barcelona and it takes about 1 hour to complete its journey.

This can be longer if it is at a busy traffic time. The cost is about €12 for a one-way ticket and a bit less than double for a return ticket.