Train station barcelona airport: Barcelona Airport Train

Trains to and from Barcelona Airport with Train Routes and Times

TRAINS TO THE CITY

The airport train station is a short walk from Terminal 2. See this map for details.

There is one train every 30 minutes stopping at Barcelona Sants station and Passeig de Gracia station. The airport is on Line R2 Nord of the Rodalies de Catalunya commuter rail network, which runs from Sant Vicenç de Calders in the South to Maçanet-Massanes in the North.

STATIONS ON THE R2 NORD LINE

Barcelona Sants Railway Station

Coming from the airport, Barcelona Sants is a convenient stop to alight at. You can connect to the Metro here (L5 and L3). You are a short walk from the Les Corts neighbourhood and the Parc de Joan Miró. Regional trains depart from Barcelona Sants for towns including Tarragona, Tortosa, Lleida, Girona and Figueres. Long distance trains depart for Madrid, Valencia, Seville, Malaga, Granada, Bilbao, Alicante, Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, and Marseille.

Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia

This is the best station to alight at if you want to explore the Eixample district or the shops of Passeig de Gràcia. Passeig de Gràcia station connects to the Metro (L2, L3 and L4). Regional trains depart from this station for Girona, Figueres, Tarragona, Tortosa, Reus, Lleida and Zaragoza.

METRO

Barcelona airport has two Metro stations. Aeroport T1 is in Terminal 1 Floor 0, and Aeroport T2 is outside the Terminal 2 building.

Both stations are on Line 9 Sud (south), the southern section of the orange line with trains to the city every running every 7 minutes. https://www.tmb.cat/en/barcelona-transport/map/metro There are pdf files here for route maps, you can also buy tickets and access special deals detailed below. Depending on where you will be staying in the city you will have to change lines, see route map https://www.tmb.cat/documents/20182/96078/Pl%C3%A0nol+xarxa+de+Metro/f5578f40-5a66-46ba-907c-cf31e0d368c0

You can always use there route planner from this page.  https://www.tmb.cat/en/barcelona-transport/map/metro.

The company also have Smartphone Apps for their services.

LINE 9 SUD STATIONS

  • Aeroport T1
  • Aeroport T2
  • Mas Blau
  • Parc Nou
  • Cèntric
  • El Prat Estació
  • Les Moreres
  • Mercabarna
  • Parc Logístic
  • Fira
  • Europa | Fira
  • Can Tries | Gornal
  • Torrassa (change for L1 including Espanya and Catalunya)
  • Collblanc (change for L5 including Diagonal and Sagrada Familia)
  • Zona Universitària (change for L3 including Sants Estació and Passeig de Gràcia)

A single Metro ticket to or from the airport costs €4.60

The tourist travel card, otherwise known as the Hola Barcelona Travelcard offers unlimited journeys by Metro for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days. Prices start at €15.20 for 2 days (including online discount). Tickets can be bought online from the Metro website.

A range of daily, monthly travel cards is available as well as young peoples’ and family tickets. See the Metro website for more details.

Metro opening times

Monday to Thursday: 5.00 am until midnight

Friday: 5.00 am until 2.00 am

Saturday: 24 hrs

Sunday: 5.00 am until midnight

OTHER STATIONS IN BARCELONA

Estació de França

The other train station you might need to use is Estació de França. This train station is only a few minutes from the Picasso Museum, the Museu d’Història de Catalunya and the Aquarium and is the most convenient station for Barceloneta. Regional trains depart from here for Valencia, Seville, Zaragoza, Madrid, Lleida, Riba-roja d’Ebre and Tortosa.

REGIONAL TRAINS FROM BARCELONA

Barcelona is extremely well connected by train and it couldn’t be easier to plan a day trip out of the city. Here are some key destinations you can get to by train from Barcelona:

  • Girona: Take the RENFE train from Barcelona Sants.
  • Figueres: Take the RENFE train from Barcelona Sants.
  • Sitges: Take the RENFE train from Estació De França.
  • Tarragona: Take the RENFE train from Estació De França or Barcelona Sants.
  • Montblanc: Take the RENFE train from Estació De França or Barcelona Sants.

LONG DISTANCE TRAINS FROM BARCELONA

RENFE operates trains from Barcelona to the following cities: Madrid, Valencia, Seville, Malaga, Granada, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Alicante. All trains depart from Barcelona Sants station.

INTERNATIONAL TRAINS FROM BARCELONA

Barcelona is well connected to European cities by a network of RENFE-SNCF high-speed trains. Here are some key international destinations you can get to directly by train

  • Paris: Take the RENFE-SNCF from Barcelona Sants.
  • Montpellier: Take the RENFE-SNCF from Barcelona Sants.
  • Lyon: Take the RENFE-SNCF from Barcelona Sants.
  • Marseille: Take the RENFE-SNCF from Barcelona Sants.

How to Get From Barcelona Airport to the City Centre

This post describes the transport options available for getting from Barcelona Airport to the city. Which one is best for you depends on several factors, including; arrival time, the number of people in your party, which area of the city you are staying in and your budget.

Please note that the information in this post refers to Barcelona Airport, also known as Josep Taradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport or simply BCN (the airport’s IATA location code). If you arrive at Girona – Costa Brava or Reus airports, you should read this post.

In a hurry?

The Aerobús express bus service from Barcelona airport to the city centre takes approximately thirty minutes. Buses operate twenty-four hours a day, with departures every five to ten minutes from both terminals.

For other locations within Barcelona, the airport train or metro typically take between forty-five minutes and an hour and a quarter. You can save money by purchasing a travel card or sightseeing pass.

A taxi from the airport to Plaça de Catalunya will take thirty minutes and cost approximately €35.

Keep reading for more information…

Contents
  • Airport taxi
  • Aerobus (Express airport bus)
  • Airport metro
  • Airport train
  • Airport bus
  • Rideshare apps
  • Private transfer
  • Car rental
  • Which to choose?

Barcelona Airport Taxi

A taxi from Barcelona airport to central Barcelona takes about 30 minutes and costs around €35.

All Barcelona taxis are metered; the exact price depends on a combination of distance and the time taken for the journey. There are supplements for airport pickups and journeys after 8 pm or on weekends.

You can get more information about the tariffs here. Check the duration and cost of a taxi to your hotel with this online taxi route calculator.

There are taxi ranks outside both terminals (T1 and T2)

To The Taxi Rank at Barcelona Terminal 1

Terminal 1 Taxi Rank

As you leave the baggage reclaim area, you will come to a metal barrier where people wait to meet arrivals. You will see a large “TAXI” sign and a door leading to the ramp down to the taxi rank (see photo).

Usually, a uniformed attendant at the bottom of the ramp will tell you which of the waiting taxis to take.

Terminal 2 Taxi Rank

Terminal 2 is divided into three sections A, B, and C. Taxis wait on the road directly outside section B.

As you come out of baggage claim, you will see signs directing you to the Taxi Rank.

Please note that if you are arriving early evening on a weekday, the journey may take longer due to heavy after-work traffic entering the city.

There’s more information about Taxis in Barcelona in this post.


Aerobús (Express airport bus)

The Aerobús is a fast bus service between the airport and Plaça de Catalunya.

The Aerobús runs twenty-four hours a day with departures every 5 or 10 minutes from 5:30 am until 1 am. From 1 am to 5:30 am, there are buses every twenty or thirty minutes. The fare is €6.75 one-way or €11.65 return.

The journey takes approximately 30 minutes from Barcelona airport to the city centre. There is free Wi-Fi onboard, so you can let your family and friends know that you have arrived safely, update your Facebook status or do some last-minute trip planning.

The Airport Bus or “Aerobus”

Tickets can be purchased from vending machines at the stops (Airport and Pl. Catalunya only) or online in advance. Tickets purchased online are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

The buses stop at Plaça de Espanya, Gran Via (near the Urgel metro station), Plaça de la Universitat and Plaça de Catalunya.

To the Aerobus from Terminal 1

As you leave the baggage claim area, go straight ahead so that you pass between the taxi ramp and the “Caffe de Fiorre” coffee bar.

There’s a large sign which guides you to the ramps down to the buses. (Shown in the photo at the start of this article).

To the Aerobus from Terminal 2

The Aerobus stop at Terminal 2 is directly outside the arrivals hall of Terminal 2B (used by budget airlines including RyanAir, Jet2 and Monarch).

There’s also a second Aerobus stop outside T2C (used exclusively by easyJet). Turn right as you come out of the arrivals hall. The Aerobus stop is approximately 20 metres from the terminal building.

The Aerobús is NOT covered by TMB tickets or travel cards such as the T-casual or Hola Barcelona!.


Barcelona Airport Metro

Metro station sign at Barcelona airport

Barcelona airport metro (L9 sud) runs from both airport terminals to the south-west of the city and has 15 stops:

Airport T1, Airport T2, Mas Blau, Parc Nou, Cèntric, El Prat Estació, Les Moreres, Mercabarna, Parc Logístic, Fira, Europa-Fira, Can Tries-Gornal, Torrassa, Collblanc, Zona Universitaria.

The metro departs every 7 minutes (more frequently at peak times) from 5 am to midnight Monday to Thursday, 5 am to 2 am on Fridays, and non-stop from 5 am Saturday to midnight on Sunday.

Standard single-trip metro tickets and the T-casual travel card CAN NOT be used on the airport metro. Instead, there is a special airport ticket which costs €5.15.

You can save money by purchasing a Hola Barcelona Travel Card, which offers unlimited travel on the metro, commuter trains, trams and TMB buses.

The L9 sud metro from Barcelona airport doesn’t connect directly to the city centre. Most visitors will have to transfer to another line at either Torrassa (L1) or Collblanc (L5), and you may have to make more than one change to get to your hotel. Depending on where you are staying, the journey will typically take between one hour and an hour and a quarter.

Download a FREE Map of Barcelona metro >>

Mobile World Congress participants will be interested to know that the journey time by metro from the airport to the congress takes 22 minutes.

To the Metro from Terminal 1

As you leave the baggage claim area, go straight ahead so that you pass between the taxi ramp and the “Caffe de Fiorre” coffee bar. Keep walking straight ahead, and you will see red metro signs above the escalator, which leads down to the underground metro station (see photo above).

To the Metro from Terminal 2

The metro stop at terminal 2 is located underground next to the train station. Follow the directions given above, and when you arrive at the train station, you will see the entrance to the metro to the left.

More information about the Barcelona Metro here >>


Barcelona Airport Train

The airport train station at terminal T2

Trains run every 30 minutes from the airport train station, which is located at Terminal 2.

The journey time is around 20 to 25 minutes, depending on which of Barcelona’s train stations you choose to get off at. The first train is at 5:42 am, and the last departs at 11:38 pm.

Depending on where you are staying, you may have to transfer from the airport train to the metro. If your flight lands at terminal two, you can expect the journey to take between forty-five minutes and an hour.

Check the R2 airport train timetable here.

Tip: If you purchase a T-casual multi-trip ticket, you can combine the airport train with the metro and bus as one journey for €1.14 (the T-casual costs €11.35 for ten journeys).

A single train ticket from the airport to the city centre costs €4.60 and doesn’t allow you to transfer to other modes of transport.

Alternatively, you can purchase a Hola Barcelona Transport Pass, which gives unlimited travel on the metro, TMB buses, trams and commuter trains within zone 1 (including the airport train and metro).

Download a FREE Map of Barcelona metro and train stations

To the Train Station from Terminal 1

There is a free shuttle bus that runs from terminal 1 to terminal 2. The journey takes under ten minutes, but you should allow about 15 to 20 minutes in total to get from terminal T1 to the train station.

As you leave the baggage reclaim, walk straight ahead so that you pass between the taxi ramp and the Caffe de Fiorre coffee bar. You will then see a sign which guides you to the ramps down to the buses. For the shuttle bus, it is best to take the ramp down to the right (just before the Europcar car rental desk).

On arrival at terminal 2, you should follow the green line painted on the ground. As you enter the terminal building, turn back on yourself and go up the escalators. You then walk for a couple of minutes along the covered bridge which leads to the train station. There are also lifts available.

Airport Shuttle Bus

Train tickets can be purchased from the machines on the right-hand side as you enter the station. The machines accept credit cards or cash (Euros).

More information about Barcelona transport zones >>

To the Train Station from Terminal 2

There’s a covered bridge linking terminal 2B to the train station. If you arrive at terminal T2B, turn left as you exit baggage claim and follow the signs to the train station. There’s a yellow line on the ground which leads to the escalator up to the covered bridge. From T2A, turn right as you leave baggage claim and follow the signs to the train station. Allow 5 minutes to walk from baggage claim to the train station. Terminal 2C is easyJet departures only.

Which Barcelona Train Station?

Upon Arrival

The airport train stops at the following train stations in Barcelona:

  • Aeroport
  • El Prat de Llobregat
  • Bellvitge
  • Barcelona Sants
  • Passeig de Gracia
  • El Clot – Aragó

Which station you should choose when travelling from Barcelona airport to the city centre depends on where you are staying:

Barcelona Sants – This station is close to Plaça Espanya and Montjuic and connects to metro lines L5 and L3. It is also Barcelona’s main train station with AVE, long-distance, middle distance and commuter trains serving all of Spain.

Passeig de Gràcia – This station is the closest to the centre of Barcelona (Plaça de Catalunya and the Gothic Quarter) and connects with metro lines L2, L3 and L4.

El Clot-Aragó – This train station is convenient for Poblenou, Clot and the northernmost part of the Eixample (especially if you plan to take a taxi from the train station to your hotel). It connects with metro lines L1 and L2 and some local train lines.

Going to the Airport

Barcelona El Prat Airport is the last stop on the line – Aeroport


Barcelona Airport Bus

Signs above the automatic doors leading down to the bus stops

From 5 am to 11:50 pm, bus number 46 runs from both airport terminals to Plaça d’Espanya.

Unless you have already purchased a T-casual or Hola Barcelona Travel Card, the journey costs €2.40.

This is slightly cheaper than the Aerobus but has the disadvantages of being slower, less frequent (2 per hour) and not having a dedicated space for luggage.

Route Map and Timetable Bus No. 46

Unfortunately, the only places where you can purchase a T-casual at Barcelona airport are at the train station at terminal T2 or the tobacconist outside terminal T1.

The Night Bus

If you are on a very tight budget and arrive in Barcelona after the metro has stopped running, you could take the night bus.

Bus route N16 takes you from T1 and N17 from T2 to the city centre.

The fare is €2.40, and buses depart every 20 minutes.

N17 Route Map and Timetable >>

I do not recommend the night bus unless you are staying near Plaça de Catalunya or one of the other stops on route. If you have to connect to another night bus, your total journey time could be very long.

Other Public Bus Routes

There are also buses from the airport to Castelldefels, Sant Boi, Sant Joan de Llobregat and  Cornella as well as further afield including Lleida, Tarragona, Tossa de Mar, Roses and Cadaqués.

TMB Website – ALSA – SARFA


Rideshare Apps

Several rideshare companies operate in Barcelona although local bylaws stipulate that you must book the journey from the airport at least fifteen minutes in advance.

Although I do sometimes use ride-hailing apps, when travelling from the airport, it makes more sense to catch a cab from the taxi rank. If you decide to use an app, the driver will normally meet you at one of the following locations:

Terminal 1; at the meeting point in Module C, second floor.

Terminal 2; there are meeting points outside terminal T2B and T2 C buildings.

The driver will normally contact you via the app to confirm the location.

Uber

Uber operates in Barcelona using regular taxis, and you can choose between paying a price that is fixed in advance or the tariff which is shown on the taximeter at the end of the journey.

Cabify

Cabify is available in Barcelona but local bylaws require that you reserve the journey at least 15 minutes before travelling.

Lyft

Lyft doesn’t currently operate in Barcelona.


Private Transfer

If you prefer to have someone waiting for you when your flight arrives, then you may like to pre-arrange a private transfer with Book Taxi Barcelona.

By booking your transfer in advance, you benefit from a fixed fare which is paid up-front via Paypal or credit card. Your driver will then track your flight and wait for you in the arrivals area holding a board with your name on it.

They also offer additional services such as bag drops, children’s booster seats, minibuses and vehicles adapted to carry electric wheelchairs or scooters, as well as private transfers to/from the cruise port and other cities nearby.

Book your private airport transfer online


Car Rental

There are several car hire companies at Barcelona airport including Europcar, Avis and Hertz.

I do not recommend hiring a car to get to your hotel. A car will be of little use during your stay in the city. Even if you plan to spend a night in Barcelona and then leave the next morning, I would still recommend that you pick up your hire car on the day you depart.


Which To Choose?

There is really no single best way to get from the airport to Barcelona city centre.

Which is best for you depends on things like budget, time of arrival, where you will be staying, how many people are travelling in your group, how much luggage you are carrying and personal preference.

Generally speaking:

  • Staying near Plaça de Catalunya, Plaça de la Universitat or Plaça de Espanya? Take the Aerobús.
  • Staying anywhere else in the city and without too much luggage? Take the train and/or metro.
  • Arriving late at night/in a hurry/bulky or heavy luggage/prefer to be dropped right in front of your hotel? Take a Taxi.

All prices and fares mentioned in this post were checked and updated in February 2023.

More information about Barcelona airport here

If you have any questions, let me know in the comments section below.

How to get from Barcelona Airport to Sants?

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Q: Can you tell me how I can get from Barcelona airport to Sants station where our accommodation is located. How difficult is it?

A: Getting from Barcelona Airport to Sants Station is easy. You just need to take the RENFE train at Barcelona Airport and get off at Estació de Sants (also known as Barcelona Sants), the journey lasts approximately 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can buy a T-Casual pass that gives you 10 metro rides and use it for the rest of your trip. The T-Casual pass expires one month after the end of the calendar year in which it was purchased. Another alternative is to purchase the Hola Barcelona Travel Pass, which can be used to travel on public transport that is prepaid for the duration of your stay in Barcelona.

Click here to find out more about the Hola Barcelona Card, which gives you unlimited travel on Barcelona’s public transport.

Barcelona Airport Train Station Terminal 2

Ticket prices for RENFE trains
Single ticket:
€4.60


Click to book private transport from Barcelona Sants Train Station


station, as it is far away. Read more about this in the article on transfers.

Transport options from Barcelona airport to the city center
Barcelona Sants station neighborhood guide
Barcelona Metro and T-Casual pass.
Transport and discount card Barcelona Card


Map showing exact location of Barcelona Sants

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Centro Comercial Arenas de Barcelona
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 373–385

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Plaça del Center metro station

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How long does it take to travel from Sants train station to Barcelona airport?

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Q: How long does it take me to get from Sants Train Station (Sants Station) to Barcelona Airport? I arrive at 11:00 at Barcelona Sants station and my flight leaves at 13:15. Can I get there?

A: I’ve prepared a complete breakdown of the time it takes to complete all the stages of this path, so you can see for yourself if you make it or not.

Train transfer from Barcelona Sants Station (Sants Station) to Barcelona Airport Terminal 2B takes only 20 minutes by RENFE train. However, additional time costs must be included in your calculations:

1. Maximum waiting time for a train to Barcelona Airport from Sants Station (Sants Station). You can wait up to 30 minutes for a train.

2. Duration of RENFE train transfer to Barcelona Airport. It’s about 20 minutes.

3. Time to get to the desired terminal at the airport. Be aware that there are 2 terminals at Barcelona Airport. Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. If your flight departs from Terminal 2B, then you do not need extra time to reach the check-in desks, because the RENFE train arrives right at Terminal 2B. If your flight departs from Terminal 2A or Terminal 2C, you should allow approximately 10 minutes to walk to the check-in desks.

If your flight departs from Terminal 1, you need extra time to transfer from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 using the free airport shuttle. This trip takes only 5 minutes, but keep in mind that the shuttle will still have to wait. Thus, we recommend that you allow at least 30 minutes for the transfer from T2 to T1, so as not to be late.

4. In addition, check-in for a flight ends a certain time before departure. Different airlines have different times, so you will need to clarify this question. If you are flying far, then check-in usually takes place two hours before departure. On shorter domestic flights, some airlines require you to check in one hour before departure.

Considering all this, you can calculate whether you have enough time to get to the airport on the RENFE train from Barcelona Sants station (Sants station).


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If you find yourself unable to get to the airport with the RENFE train, your best bet is to take a taxi from Barcelona Sants Station (Sants Station) to the airport. Right in front of the station there is a taxi rank where there are a lot of cars. The advantage of a taxi is that you will be taken directly to the terminal you need. From there, you can walk to the check-in counters in a few minutes. A taxi ride will only take 20 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic.


Map showing exact location of Barcelona Sants

station

Parking Mercat Hostafrancs

Brick Hotel Barcelona

Hotel Acta Azul

Caledonian Inn

Hotel Catalonia Barcelona

B Hotel Barcelona

Hotel Sant’Angelo

Hotel AC Sants Barcelona

NH Forum Hotel

Hotel Acta Antibes

Hotel Abba Sants

Hotel Barcelona Sants

Hotel Nobu

Catalonia Roma Hotel

Abbot Hotel

Hotel h20 Itaca

Hotel Expo Barcelona

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Park Joan Miró
Carrer d’Arago, 2

Plaza España

Centro Comercial Arenas de Barcelona
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 373–385

Enteca metro station

Plaça del Center metro station

Tarragona Metro Station

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