Barcelona Airport, also called ‘El Prat’ is one of the 10 busiest airports in Europe by total passengers per year, including both terminal and transit passengers. Barcelona Airport is located around 13km southwest Barcelona.
In June 2009 a new terminal called T1 was inaugurated in El Prat. T1 is the biggest terminal of the airport and it includes around 550.000 square meters. Designed by Architect Ricardo Bofill Levi (same architect that designed the other Terminal before known as TA, TB, TC now T2). This new terminal responds to a necessity due to annual increase in passengers numbers.
It is estimated that Barcelona airport can accommodate up to 55,000,000 passengers annually.
Both terminals are connected by bus every 6-7 minutes and journeys take 10 minutes. Besides T2 is also connected with Train Station and cars parking .
The whole Airport includes all amenities such as Stores, Restaurants, Car Rental offices, Tourist offices (one at terminal T1 and two at terminal T2 – sectors A and B).
How to get to Barcelona
There are several ways to get to Barcelona:
Aerobus – there are buses every 12-13 minutes that leave from the airport towards Plaza Cataluña or Plaza España in Barcelona, and same for the opposite trip. These buses start approximately from 6 to 24h and is a 40 minutes trip. The ticket, which price is 5,30€ (single) 9,15 (return), can be bought on the same bus. Click here for the Aerobus schedule or contact Aerobus services at 934 156 020)
By Train – Trains leave to the Barcelona Airport (next to T2 sector C) every 30 minutes between 6:00am to 10:00 pm, stopping at the Sants Estació, then at then Plaça Catalunya, later at the Arc de Trionf, and finnally at Clot station. Trains going to the airport operate at 6 until 24h. The fare is 2.25€. Click here for train schedule.
By car: Cars can be rented at the airport. Main car rental companies have desks at the airport. The journey to or from city centre takes between 30 min and 1 hour depending on traffic.
To drive from the airport to the city center, the easiest way is to follow all the signs that point to ‘Centre ciutat’ (city center) going through ‘La Gran Via’. It is quite well indicated so shouldn’t be a problem.
To get back to the Barcelona Airport fom city centre, take the motorway that goes to Castelldefels (C-246) and follow the signs to the airport.
Last option is taking a taxi although price can vary from €25 to 35€ depending basically on traffic and timetable (night turn is more expensive) plus 1€ per each suitcase.
Click here for consulting taxi fares.
Metro: Barcelona is currently working in the construction of a new Metro Line (L9) which will connect Barcelona city with El Prat Barcelona Airport, however, it is still under construction.
Aerial view of T1
Lost and found objects:
Telephone number: (+34) 93 259 64 40 / (+34) 93 298 33 49
At Terminal 2, the department of lost and found objects is located between terminals 2B and 2C in a building called “Bloque Técnico”.
Tips / Suggestions:
It is recommended to use the Train or the Aerobus as they are quick and cheap. Taking a taxi may be expensive as traffic is getting worse and worse in Barcelona.
Left luggage office: There is a left luggage office in the lobby of terminal B, beside the arrivals area. The price for all or part of each 24-hour period is €4.50 for a large locker, €4 for a medium locker and €3 for a small locker. Transfer from the left luggage to the warehouse costs €36 and storage in the warehouse costs €1.80 a day.