El Prat de Llobregat Aeropuerto(BCN)
Barcelona International Airport (also known as El Prat de Llobregat Aeropuerto or Aeroport de Barcelona) is situated 13 km South West of the city centre. The airport abbreviation is (BCN). This abbreviation is often referred to by online flight reservations services and will be most likely printed on your airline ticket.
|Barcelona International Airport|
Barcelona airport is the nearest and busiest airport to Barcelona city centre and receives more than 30 million visitors each year.
The airport has 2 terminals: Terminal 1 (abbreviated to T1) and Terminal 2 which has 3 separate buildings called T2A, T2B and T2C.
For ease of reference we may use abbreviations for each Terminal in line with the AENA standard naming system. i.e.
Terminal 1 – T1
Terminal 2 A, B and C – T2A, T2B, T2C
|Inside one of the Barcelona Airport terminals|
If you have Satellite navigation then you’ll need the Barcelona Airport Address:
Aeropuerto de Barcelona
El Prat de Llobregat
08820 Barcelona, España.
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Barcelona Airport Tourist Office
Aeropuerto de Barcelona
El Prat de Llobregat
08820 Barcelona, España.
Tel: T1: +34 93 378 8175
Tel: T2: +34 93 557 5220
Fax: +34 93 478 4736
E-mail: [email protected]
See our detailed information page on the Barcelona Airport Tourist Information office.
Barcelona Airport facilities include the following:
1. Car hire services
Car hire rental at Barcelona airport
2. Left luggage service
There is a left luggage storage facility available at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
Operating hours for baggage storage:
T1 left luggage
Operating hours: 24 Hours.
T2 Left luggage
Operating hours: 06:00 – 22:00.
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Left Luggage at Barcelona Airport T1
Left Luggage at Barcelona Airport T2
Barcelona El Prat Airport Luggage services.
3. Luggage drop off and secure transfer service
A secure luggage drop off and transfers service operates from Barcelona Airport. You can drop off your luggage at Barcelona airport and have it delivered to your hotel. Useful if you don’t want to be bothered with carrying heavy luggage or if you just want to get started with your holiday right away.
Luggage Transfer Service at Barcelona Airport T1 & T2
4. Cash machines
5. Tourist information
|Tourist information office in the airport|
|02 January – 23 December||Monday – Sunday||08:30 – 20:30|
|24 December||Sunday||08:30 – 18:30|
|26 December||Tuesday||08:30 – 19:30|
|27 December – 30 December||Wednesday – Saturday||08:30 – 20:30|
|31 December||Sunday||08:30 – 19:30|
Tel: +34 91 321 1000
See our page on the Barcelona airport tourist information office.
Iberia Handling Tel: +34 90 111 1342;
Groundforce Tel: +34 93 298 4849
7. Other Airport facilities
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Distance between Barcelona Airport terminals
Question: What is the distance between T2A and T2B at Barcelona Airport?
Answer – About 5 minutes walk – no need for a shuttle bus.
Question: What is the distance between T1 and T2 ?
Answer: 4 Km. You will therefore need the free airport shuttle bus to travel between T1 and T2 and it is best you allow a least 30 minutes for this journey to be on the safe side. This will include waiting time for the shuttle bus and transit time.
Transfer and transport between the Airport and the city centre
For an in-depth review of the transport methods between the airport and Barcelona city centre, read our airport transport review or see below to visit our detailed pages on the most appropriate transport means to meet your needs.
1. Barcelona Airport Taxis
A Taxi offers a low-cost and convenient way to get to the city centre. From Terminal 2 (T2A , T2B and T2C) the journey takes around 25 – 30 minutes (depending on traffic).
|Taxis waiting outside the Barcelona Airport|
Taxi Fare: €30.00
From Terminal 1 a taxi takes about 30 – 35 minutes to the city centre.
Taxi Fare: €40.00
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2. Aerobus Express Bus
Aerobus A1 and A2 the airport Express bus service)
The Aerobus is the express bus service that runs regularly between the airport and the city centre.
If you are going to Terminal 1 you will need to catch the A1 Aerobus – this journey takes 25 – 30 minutes. If you are going to Terminal 2 you will need to catch the A2 Aerobus – this journey takes 30 – 35 minutes. Both buses look the same, but have different numbers on the front of the bus.
Tickets to both T1 and T2 cost the same.
Single Ticket: €6.75
Return Ticket: €11.65
Return Ticket Valid: 90 days
3. Barcelona Airport Train
Trains from the Airport
The RENFE train will take you from Barcelona airport to the city centre where you can change for the metro system at either Barcelona Sants (Sants Estació) or Passeig de Gràcia stations. Journey time is about 25 minutes. The Train station is based at T2 in-between T2A and T2B therefore if you are arriving at T1 and want to catch the RENFE train into the town centre you will need to catch the airport shuttle bus to the Train station at T2 first.
Single ticket: €4.60
|Renfe train station at the Barcelona Airport|
If you are arriving into T1, you also have the option of catching a bus to a nearby train station (not the one at the airport) where there are trains travelling into Barcelona – an option that is popular amongst staff at the airport. The PR1 bus leaves from outside T1 and travels to El Prat train station (the journey takes about 12 minutes). Once you are at El Prat Train station there are trains every 15 minutes to Barcelona city centre – this is more regular than trains from the airport train station.
4. Metro link to Barcelona airport
The L9 Sud Metro line runs to Barcelona Airport terminals T1 and T2. For more information see our page on how to take the metro to Barcelona airport.
Metro Airport Ticket Price (Billete Aeropuerto)
Single ticket: €5.15
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5. Barcelona Car Hire
You can arrange a car hire in advance of your trip. Cheap car hire is available from Terminal 2B and T1. This page: Barcelona Car Hire lists the main car hire rental companies at Barcelona airport with contact information.
Airport to the Cruise Terminals
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Transport from Barcelona International airport to other popular destinations
Girona (Gerona) or Gerona airport
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Flight Terminal Information
If you want to find out what terminal your airline is operating from or you just want their contact details see our page on Airlines flying from Barcelona
it is highly recommended that you find out in advance of your trip what terminal you are flying from (or to) Either Terminal 1 (T1) or Terminal 2 (T2A, T2B or T2C) because you will need to allow for up to an additional 30 minute transfer by airport shuttle bus to the other terminal if you arrive at the wrong terminal. The time for the transfer between T1 and T2 is between 10-15 minutes however you may need to wait for the next shuttle bus.
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Internal flights from Barcelona to other cities within Spain
Main Airlines flying from Barcelona to cities within Spain that offer low cost flights.
Hotels Near Airport
We personally visited each hotel near Barcelona airport and wrote a detailed review of each one. Follow the link below to read our findings. You will also find secure online booking links for each airport hotel which will enable you to reserve your room in advance of your trip.
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|Shops at the Barcelona Airport|
For detailed information on the shops available at each terminal of Barcelona International Airport (El Prat de Llobregat Aeropuerto) click the relevant link below
Shops at Barcelona Airport T1
Shops at Barcelona Airport T2
To find out more about the parking facilities, and tariffs at Barcelona airport please follow the link below.
Parking at Barcelona airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 2
Maps of Airport
Driving route map from Barcelona city centre to Barcelona airport.
Map of Barcelona airport and its terminals.
Interactive airport map by AENA. Please note the map you will find by clicking on the following link takes quite a long time to load. Please be patient. Interactive map of the airport by Aena
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Barcelona Airport (BCN) – El Prat International Airport
Is your traveling destination the exotic Barcelona? Do you think that Barcelona’s main airport is El Prat Airport (BCN)? You are both right and wrong. El Prat Airport is the main airport serving the Barcelona area, and it is considered the second busiest airport in Spain and one of the largest, if not the largest, on the Mediterranean coast.
However, the airport has been recently renamed, receiving the name Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport as a tribute to the former Catalonian president. What’s more, the airport of the Catalonian capital city has several more nicknames. BCN Airport, Barcelona-El Prat Airport, El Prat de Llobregat Aeropuerto, and El Prat Airport are only some of them.
In any case, Barcelona Airport is located in the city’s southwest, approximately 15km-distance from Barcelona’s city center. It welcomes millions of passengers annually, hosting the majority of international and domestic airlines. It has two terminals and three runways, offers a variety of services and facilities, and is adequately connected to Barcelona city center. All in all, Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport is the perfect place to start your journey to the beautiful Catalonian city.
What are the two airports in Barcelona?
Barcelona is actually served only by one airport, the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport, located 15km from the city center. However, Girona Airport and Reus International Airport, located respectively at 100km and 120km-distance from Barcelona, are also disposable to passengers whose journey end is the Catalonian capital. Choosing the right destination airport depends on several factors, such as cost and time.
What is the airport in Barcelona called?
The airport in Barcelona used to be called El Prat Barcelona Airport. However, recently it changed its name to Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport, honoring the Catalonian politician and former president as a tribute to the 30th anniversary of its death. In any case, several nicknames, such as BCN Airport or El Prat de Llobregat Aeropuerto, are still being widely used.
How busy is Barcelona Airport?
Barcelona Airport is the second largest airport in Spain, after Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, and the busiest airport by passenger traffic in Catalonia. Furthermore, it is considered one of the largest airports serving the Mediterranean coast.
How many runways does Barcelona Airport have?
Barcelona Airport has 3 runways, two parallels to the coastline, and one crossover. The parallel runways are the busiest ones, while the third runway is mainly used during the night or under severe weather conditions.
How far is Barcelona Airport from the city centre?
Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport is approximately 15 km away from the city center. However, the airport’s connection to the heart of Barcelona is more than satisfying. Hence, transferring from and to the city center is less of a hassle for travelers, whether they use public transportation means or they benefit from the airport’s private transfer options.
How do I get from Barcelona Airport to the city centre?
There are 4 ways to get from Barcelona airport to city center. The convenient airport taxis are available around the clock outside Barcelona airport terminals, while public buses and Aerobus frequently traverse the 15km-distance to the city of Barcelona. Additionally, trains and subways are also connecting the airport to the city center. Finally, many private transfer companies operate at El Prat Airport and offer reliable, fast, and comfortable travel services.
Barcelona Airport – Tourist Information
Most tourists arrive in Barcelona by plane. Barcelona International Airport – El Prat (Aeroport de Barcelona – el Prat) is located at a distance of about 12 kilometers southwest of the city center. It is the largest airport in Catalonia and the second busiest in Spain.
You can check the location of the airport on the map of Barcelona.
The El Prat airfield was opened in 1918. In 2016, the airport handled 44.1 million passengers.
Currently, the airport has two terminals T1 and T2. Terminal 1 was put into operation in 2009. The terminal has an area of 548,000 sq.m. and is the fifth largest in the world.
Terminal 2 is divided into three sections, 2A, 2B and 2C. The oldest part of the terminal was opened in 1968. The terminal was expanded for the 1992 Summer Olympics. The distance between the terminals (in a straight line) is 1.5 kilometers. Passengers can move between terminals on a free shuttle (bus).
Barcelona – how to get from the airport
Passengers can get from the airport to the city center (and from Barcelona to the airport) using various modes of transport: bus, metro, railway and taxi.
Bus line 46 goes to the airport from Plaza España. This is the cheapest way to get to (from) Barcelona Airport.
Aerobús operates direct flights between terminals T1 and T2 and the city center (Plaça Catalunya).
Night buses N17 and N16 go to Barcelona Airport from Plaça Catalunya. Night bus N17 runs from Plaça Catalunya to Terminal 1. Night bus N16 runs to Terminals 2A, 2B and 2C. (The stop is located at the junction of Ronda Universitat and Plaça Catalunya.)
The airport also has bus connections to the nearest airports (Reus Airport and Girona-Costa Brava) and other cities.
The railway station is located at Terminal 2 at the airport. The train runs between the airport and Maçanet-Massanes station every 30 minutes, stopping at the Barcelona Sants and Paseo de Gracia train stations, also at Clot station. Passengers arriving at Terminal 1 can get to Terminal 2 by bus. The launch of the rail service between Terminal 1 and Barcelona Sants and Passeig de Gràcia stations is expected by 2020.
Metro stations are available at both airport terminals. Metro line 9 began operating at the airport on February 12, 2016. Metro line L9 Sud connects Barcelona-El Prat Airport with the Zona Universitària. You can take the metro to the city center or to any station. You can easily find the stations by following the signs. Terminal 2 station is located next to the railway station.
You can also order a private transfer from the airport to Barcelona or any resort town on the coast.
It can be convenient to order a transfer (taxi 🚕) from the airport (to the airport) if:
- You arrive (depart) at night.
- You are traveling with a small group or traveling with children.
- You have a lot of luggage with you.
- You don’t like to travel by public transport.
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Buy plane tickets
You can get to Barcelona from Russia by planes of different airlines. The easiest way to get there is from Moscow and St. Petersburg. As a rule, the cheapest tickets are for flights with transfers at other airports. Direct flights are the fastest and most convenient, but usually not the cheapest.
You can find a suitable flight for you and buy tickets using any online ticket search service.
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Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN) | TurSeller.com
Barcelona El Prat International Airport is the second busiest airport in the country with over 30 million passengers annually. It is located in the city of the same name El Prat, which is 12 kilometers southwest of Barcelona.
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Barcelona El Prat airport online scoreboard
The airport consists of two main terminals:
Terminal 1 receives most of the domestic and international flights, including flights from Russia and the CIS countries.
Terminal 2 works with local low-cost airlines and includes three sectors A, B and C.
There is another terminal that accepts only private planes.
After the aircraft has landed, passengers enter the passport control area through the sleeve or on the shuttle. There are several queues and the passage time depends on how many flights arrive at the same time. After you get a border crossing stamp on your passport, you need to go through security control and then follow the signs to the baggage claim hall.
There are many transporters, next to each of which there is a board with the flight number and city of departure. Travelers with hand luggage only can proceed directly to the exit.
The airport has left-luggage offices operated by the Excess Baggage Company. They are located in the first terminal on the ground floor and in the second in the registration hall. The first is open around the clock, and the second is from 06:00 to 22:00. The cost for one item is 6 euros per hour or 10 euros per day. You can leave things for no more than three months.
El Prat Airport often becomes a transfer point for transit passengers. It is very important to correctly calculate the time for docking, especially if you need to get to the neighboring terminal. The distance between terminals 1 and 2 is 4 kilometers. Transit passengers can get from one terminal to another on a free bus that leaves every 7 minutes. Travel time is about 10 minutes. Shuttle traffic passes through the third and zero levels.
If the terminal of arrival and departure are the same, then a transit visa is not required. In this case, the baggage must be checked in to the final city, that is, the airline takes responsibility for the transfer of baggage. In all other cases, a visa is required.
If it is necessary to receive luggage, the tourist goes through passport control, receives luggage, and then proceeds to a new check-in. If the connection time allows, if you have a visa, you can go to the city.
Transit tourists can stay overnight at the four-star Air Rooms Barcelona Airport Hotel, which is part of the business center in the first terminal of the airport. The hotel, in addition to all conditions for recreation, has conference rooms and a fitness center. The infrastructure of the hotel will allow you to spend your time comfortably. The rest of the hotels are five or more minutes drive from the airport.
Departure from BCN
Due to increased security measures, it is better to arrive at the airport in advance, a couple of hours before departure, as there are often large queues at the control.
There are online scoreboards throughout the airport that list all departing flights. Opposite each flight you can see the number of check-in desks. For business class passengers, the counter is always separate. You can save time by checking in online in advance. Most airlines provide this opportunity a day before departure. In this case, you do not have to stand in a general queue, but you should go to the special check-in desks for baggage drop-off.
The airline always sets the baggage allowance and carry-on baggage, this information can be specified in the ticket. You can weigh your suitcase at any free rack. In case of overweight, you will have to pay for each extra kilogram. The amount of the surcharge is set by the airline, on average 15 euros per kilogram. If necessary, the tourist can pack their luggage, which is what the Sequre Wrap company does. The cost of this service is 6.5 euros. Luggage trolleys are available free of charge at the airport.
After checking in and handing over their suitcases, tourists go to the passenger screening area, and then to the departure lounge, where you can walk around the local Duty Free or drink coffee in a cafe.
Airport infrastructure. Things to do.
El Prat Airport has a developed infrastructure with large waiting rooms with comfortable seats. Many restaurants and cafes offer a wide range of dishes, and a variety of shops will allow you to enjoy shopping.
Smoking is permitted in designated areas. There are 24-hour pharmacies and a medical center where you can go if you have health insurance. There is also a mother and child room, a children’s playground in the landing area in Terminals T1 and T2. There is also a chapel at Barcelona Airport. For the disabled, all conditions have been created throughout the entire airport.
There are four VIP lounges in Terminal 1 and one in Terminal 2. Business class passengers and Priority Pass card holders can use them free of charge, for the rest the entrance is paid.
WiFi internet and telephone
Kubi Wireless provides free internet only for the first 30 minutes of use, then payment is required. You can pay online with a credit card or with a prepaid card, which is sold at the airport in Divers and Crystal Media stores. There are cards with a face value of 30 minutes and 24 hours. Cost of one hour 9euros, for use during the day you will have to pay 15 euros.
There are 26 access points at the airport, most of which are located in cafes and VIP lounges. Information about their location can be found at the information desk. There are places where you can charge your gadget for free. And also, if necessary, you can use a stationary computer. To communicate with the house, it is best to connect roaming.
A local SIM card is sold at the tobacconist at the exit of the airport.
Tax refunds are available at Barcelona Airport. When making purchases in shopping centers, you must keep all receipts. The amount of purchases must be at least 91 euros. At the airport, at the Civil Guard Invoice stamping office, which is located in the first terminal in the check-in area and in the second terminal in the arrivals area, you need to stamp the checks.
Directly for a refund, you must contact the offices of Global Blue, Global Exchange or La Caixa. At the same time, Global Blue only accepts Global Blue receipts, while La Caixa, on the contrary, accepts all checks except Global Blue. Only Global Exchange works around the clock. You must have a passport, tickets, as well as goods with all tags.
The maximum amount that can be received is 21 percent. The size of Tax Free depends on the category of goods. Money is returned in cash or on a card. A commission is charged for each check. If the total amount of purchases is quite high, then the Tax Free refund is a good way to save money.
Duty Free at Barcelona Airport
Of course, Spain, and in particular Barcelona, is famous for its quality shopping. And like all major airports, there is a duty-free zone. You can buy high-end imported and Spanish drinks, perfumes and cosmetics from well-known manufacturers at a discounted price. In addition, there are boutiques of famous brands. These are Giorgio Armani and Gucci clothes, D&G watches and glasses. In addition to elite boutiques, there are more democratic stores. Shopaholics will be especially pleased that here during the winter or summer sale there are also big discounts. Prices vary, of course. It is cheaper to buy something in Barcelona itself, and something in the Duty Free of El Prat airport. But the quality is good anyway.
Shopping at Duty-Free is great for transit tourists who want to bring a national drink or a real Spanish dress from Barcelona. It is possible to make an order in advance on the official website of Barcelona Duty Free www.barcelonadutyfree.com, and pick it up at the airport in a special window.
The service is provided by the La Caixa bank. Exchange points are located on the first level of the first terminal and on the zero level of the second terminal. Opening hours from 07:30 to 22:00. No commission is charged, but the exchange rate is unfavorable, so it is not recommended to change a large amount. If the passenger has a question about withdrawing cash, you can use round-the-clock ATMs. They are located in both terminals in the departure and arrival areas, in public places and in the transit area. ATMs accept all bank cards with an international payment system.
Terminal 1 has indoor and outdoor parking with a total of 11,000 spaces.