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Travelling to Barcelona

Plane

The Barcelona airport (code BCN), with several terminals, is located 16 kilometers south of the city and is also known as Barcelona-El Prat. Barcelona can also be reached by transport links from other regional airports, including Girona, Reus and Lleida -Alguaire.

Metro line L9 Sud links Airport terminals T1 and T2 with the city of Barcelona every 7 minutes. There are three stations where you can change to other lines in the metro network: Torrassa (L1), Collblanc (L5) and Zona Universitària (L3). The journey by metro from the airport to Barcelona takes 32 minutes and costs EUR 4.50.

The Aerobus is the direct bus from Barcelona Airport, El Prat, to Barcelona city center. It is approximately a 35 minute trip that will cost you EUR 5.90. Bus 46 is approximately a 40 minute trip to Plaça de Catalunya, and will cost you EUR 2.50.

By taxi it is approximately 20 minutes to Plaça de Catalunya, and will cost you around EUR 20. However, traffic can be dense in the city center and it might take much longer to reach your destination.


Another option is the nearby Girona Airport. There are several options to go from Girona Airport to Barcelona:

  • Buses: Check the bus line from Sagalés (listed on this same page)
  • Train: There are two options, by AVE (High speed train) and by Regional Train.
  • AVE Train: Passengers can reach Barcelona city from Girona (Train Station).
    Travel time Girona – Barcelona: 40 minutes.
  • Regional Train: Line R11 connects Girona with Barcelona (Sants Station).
  • Taxi: Passengers may call a taxi to reach Barcelona city from Girona airport if there are no taxicabs on the taxi rank. Phone: +34 872 975 000.
    The travel should cost around €130-€140.
    Estimated time: 1 hour.
More details about the Girona Airport can be found here: https://www.girona-airport.net/transport.php

Train

Barcelona has direct railway links with a number of important cities, including Paris, Zurich and Milan, and the high-speed train runs to Madrid, southern and eastern Spain. The city’s major railway stations and metropolitan rail network ensure you can travel to Barcelona and anywhere by train without any difficulties.

Car

Barcelona is well connected and has a large amount of car parks. The motorway and road network will take you anywhere in the city by car although it’s worth bearing in mind that traffic can be heavy at the main entry points of Barcelona during rush hour.

Bus

The bus station in Barcelona that has the most national and international connections is Barcelona Nord Bus Station. Buses also depart from Barcelona Sants station and other areas of the city.
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