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…
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)
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.
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 Go Natural snack 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
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 Go Natural snack 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
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 Go Natural snack 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.
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?
The airport train stops at the following train stations in Barcelona:
- El Prat de Llobregat
- 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
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
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 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 is available in Barcelona, but local bylaws require that you reserve the journey at least 15 minutes before travelling.
Lyft doesn’t currently operate in Barcelona.
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
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.
- 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.
Love your blog. Its been extremely helpful in planning a family vacation. However like many others in this comment thread wonder whats the best option to get from airport to our hotel. Specifically we will be staying at Hotel Barcelona Center later this summer. There will be nine of us with bags, and 2 who are more senior. Do you believe the most convenient and cheaper option would be to hire a private taxi or just grab taxis on arrival.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated !
Thanks for your comment, I’m glad you found the blog helpful.
Pre-booked taxis cost more because they have to come out to the airport empty to meet you.
Because of this, it will be cheaper to just pick up 2 taxis from the taxi rank on arrival. Note; most taxis seat 4 passengers but there are normally larger taxis for up to 6 passengers available at the airport. You just have to ask the taxi marshall who organises the queue at the taxi rank to call you one.
There are always plenty of taxis waiting at the airport and, even at peak times, the queues never take very long.
You say “Tip: If you purchase a T10 multi-trip ticket you can combine the airport train with the metro and bus as one journey for €1.02”
Quick question bout that info though i read through the people’s comments and your answers.
The T10 multi trip ticket is actually a bus and metro ticket; but although cant be used for the L9 Line of the metro, it can be used for the Train ( that would be renfe ? )
I take that it would charge 2 tickets out of 10 for 2 people to travel from the airport; although normally it is one ticket even for 2 people while using the metro/bus at the same time.
I’m going to break your questions down into sections and answer them one at a time.
*The T10 multi trip ticket is actually a bus and metro ticket; but although cant be used for the L9 Line of the metro…*
In fact the T10 can be used for the L9sud, just it can’t be used at the metro stops at the airport. For example, you can use the T10 to go from Zona Universitaria to Mas Blau on the line L9sud but not to either of the metro stops at the airport (Aeroport T1 or Aeroport T2)
*…, it can be used for the Train ( that would be renfe ? ) *
That is correct, the T10 can be used to get to/from the airport using the R2nord RENFE train line.
*I take that it would charge 2 tickets out of 10 for 2 people to travel from the airport…*
That is correct, you have to validate the T10 once per passenger, so if there are 2 of you then you will validate it twice, using up 2 of the 10 journeys.
*… although normally it is one ticket even for 2 people while using the metro/bus at the same time.*
If you share one T10 between 2 passengers you are required to validate it twice (once per passenger) using up 2 of the 10 journeys. This is the same no matter which station.
I hope this helps, if anything’s still unclear just let me know.
Fantastic ! You made it perfectly clear !
Last question ! Since we will be arriving at the T1 terminal, do you consider taking the shuttle bus to the other terminal in order to catch the R2nord the most value for money option ?
I get moneywise is the the cheaper but money is not everything!
Destination would be the Gothic Quarter, close to Liceu metro stop.
You’re absolutely right, most people ask me what is the cheapest way to get from the airport which isn’t always the best value for money.
As you say, you have to choose a balance between price, time taken and convenience.
From terminal 1 to the Liceu, I think that the Aerobus plus metro is a good choice. If you purchase a return ticket for the Aerobus (see article above) plus a T10, it will cost €6.12 each way and should take about 40 minutes which is about 15 minutes faster than catching the L9sud.
Take the Aerobus to Plaça d’Espanya (first stop) then the metro L3 (green line) 4 stops to Liceu (direction Trinitat Nova). The entrance to the metro is near to the Aerobus stop.
You are fantastic! I love what you are doing.
Thanx again ! Bye :)
Hi Richard – I am so glad to have found your website! We only have 24 hours in Barcelona and I’m trying to make the most of our time (factoring in jet lag too!). We arrive at BCN next Saturday May 19 08:00 and need to get to our air BNB at Carrer de Ll’Atlantida near the Beach. Is taxi our best option – there will be 4 of us each with a large Backpack? We’d like to drop our luggage and maybe a two hour nap and then go and see the outside of Familia Sagrada and wander the Las Ramblas/Gothic area – should we get the 10 euro pass for trips on busses and metro to get us around – if a bus is our first transport, can we buy it from the driver? The next morning we will need to get to cruise port – I assume best way is taxi or uber? Thank you so much for any advice! Jo
Firstly, I apologize for not answering sooner but for some reason your comment ended up in the spam folder so I didn’t see it until now!
For 4 people travelling together and only here for 24 hours I think that a taxi is a good choice, especially if you will be jetlagged after a long flight. Split between the 4 of you it works out at about €8 each and will take under half an hour to your apartment near the Barceloneta.
Yes, I think that a T10 ticket will be a good choice for a visit to the Sagrada Familia followed by wandering the gothic quarter (a good plan for such a short visit by the way).
Remember that you can share one T10 between the 4 of you by validating it once per person each time you travel. That way you will probably end up using 8 of the 10 journeys. 4 for the journey from your apartment to the Sagrada Familia and 4 from there to Passeig de Gracia from where you can make your way through the Gothic Quarter back to your apartment by the beach on foot.
You can’t purchase the T10 on the bus. Only at metro & train stations, tram stops and in some tobacconists.
A taxi for the 4 of you to the cruise port the next morning will also be a good choice since the Cruise Bus isn’t covered by the T10 and a taxi shared between the 4 of you will be quite cheap. (More information here).
We are arriving on Sun 6thMay to Barcelona T1.
We have to go to our hotel at Placa Reial. Hotel Roma Reial.
Whats the best travel option for us?
How many people are in your group? A taxi from T1 to this address on a Sunday will cost about €40.
If you haven’t got too much luggage then you could catch the Aerobus to Plaça de Catalunya then walk down La Rambla to Plaça Reial (about a 10 minute walk). The Aerobus costs €5.90 one way or €10.20 return.
To get a bit closer to your hotel using public transport, the El Liceu metro stop (L3) is a 5 minute walk from Plaça Reial. In this case, take the bus to Plaça d’Espanya followed by the metro (4 stops – direction Trinitat Nova) to El Liceu.
I really appreciate all your articles and that fact that you take the time to answer questions. I have a few questions first of all would like to know which train to take out of Terminal 2 to get to Meliá Barcelona Sarrià I am looking on the map with the routes but I am having a hard time figuring it out could you please help? (is it still a good idea to take the train or is metro better for this area?)
I was thinking of going to Villanova to end the trip I see that one of the train routes stops at the airport but when I try to plan the trip with google maps it involves different buses never R2 sud?
Lastly jjust in general for moving around in the city is google maps to be trusted to help determine public transportation (for routes and times) or is there something more reliable?
Thank you so much!!
Thanks for your comment, I’m glad you find the blog useful.
It’s tricky because the nearest metro station is about a ten minute walk from your hotel, there are bus and tram stops nearby. I think that the easiest way to your hotel by public transport will be to take the R2nord train to Barcelona Sants followed by bus number 32 to Josep Tarradellas – Av de Sarrià. Bus route here.
To get from Vilanova to the airport you should take the R2sud from Vilanova I la Geltrú to El Prat de Llobregat then take the R2 nord from there to the airport.
I agree that it’s a bit confusing. The easiest way to understand the differences between the R2, R2nord and R2sud is to take a look at the timetable here.
For public transport within Barcelona, I have found that the app Moovit is better than Google Maps although, to be honest neither is perfect. For commuter trains it’s best to take a look at the train company site here.
Four of us will be arriving at the airport next weekend, each with a carry on and checked bag on wheels. What would be the best transportation from the airport to the hotel called Eric Vokel Sagrada Familia Suites. On the map, that looks to be just north of Sagrada Familia. We are all relatively fit and have no problem walking some if necessary.
The fastest and most convenient way to your apartment will be to take a taxi which will cost around €45 to that location (depending on which terminal you arrive at and the time of day). This includes €1 per piece of checked in luggage which will be added to the fare at the end of the trip (along with €3.10 supplement for the airport pickup).
The cheapest way will be to purchase a T10 ticket and take the train from terminal T2 which will work out at €1.02 per person (you can share one T10 between the 4 of you). Take the train from the airport to Barcelona Sants where you change to the L5 metro (blue line) to Sant Pau | Dos de Maig.
Note, there is a short flight of steps down from the train station concourse at Barcelona Sants to the Metro. If you are travelling with one wheeled suitcase and a small rucksack type hand luggage then this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you mean 2 wheeled suitcases each it could be tricky. When you get to Sant Pau | Dos de Maig, there is a lift up to street level at the Dos de Maig exit but not at the Cartagena exit.
If you want to avoid the steps at Sants (or if you are arriving at T1 and want to save time by not having to take the shuttle bus to terminal T2) you could also take the L9 sud metro from the airport. The T10 isn’t valid on the airport metro and the fare is €4.60 per person.
Take the L9 metro to Collblanc followed by the L5 to Sant Pau I Dos de Maig. There’s an elevator at Collblanc metro station (or 7 flights of escalators).
You are awesome. Thank you soooo much Richard for this great advise. We will discuss together and choose whether we want to save time/convenience or money.
Thanks for your help and time. 13 of us flying in for the day on a Monday in June from Malaga. We want to see as many of the major sites as possible (hopefully including gothic district), not sure if we should book a tour bus or if any run from the airport directly. Otherwise it looks like the train or metro…not sure where to or if we can pay with our American credit cards for tickets? I’m just a confused Floridian. Thanks :)
Unfortunately none of the open top tour buses routes go out to the airport so you’ll need to get into the city centre first.
I’ve no experience with using US credit cards in Spain myself but have read threads on travel forums where people spoke of having problems.
The most commonly used cards in Europe are Visa and MasterCard.
I guess that the easiest way to avoid possible problems would be to buy your tickets online and pay with PayPal.
You can purchase tickets for the tour buses using PayPal or credit card here (10% discount).
You can also pay for the Aerobus from the airport to the city centre with PayPal here
The Aerobus stop in Plaça de Catalunya is right next to where the tour buses stop.
By the way, just in case you don’t know already, it’s essential to book tickets for the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell in advance.
In fact, since you are quite a large group and are only visiting for 1 day, I’d suggest you book any Gaudi sites that you plan to visit in advance just to be on the safe side.
Another thing to bear in mind when planning your day is that most museums don’t open on Mondays.
Hope this has lessened the confusion somewhat :-)
Hello , next week am travelling to Barcelona , arriving at El Prat T2 at 1305hrs.
How is the easiest way to go to the Hotel which is Ciutadella Barcelona Avenida Marqués de l’Argentera, 4
Thanks in Advanced
The easiest way will be to take a taxi but it’s also very easy to get to that address by train which would be my first choice.
Take the R2Nord train from the airport to Passeig de Gràcia station where you then change to the R2Sud to Barcelona Estació de França. Both trains stop at the same platform in Passeig de Gracia station but you should check the screens to make sure.
Your hotel is less than 100m from the train station. Turn left after leaving the station.
The journey should take about 45 minutes (see timetables linked to in the article). If you are travelling with only hand luggage and your flight arrives on time you should be able to catch the 13:38 train from the airport. If you have checked bags then you will probably end up catching the next train at 14:08.
amazing helpful site
can you advise on best journey route from Airport to Avda Diagonal 205
and then a few days later from Avda Diagonal 205 to Stiges
any help will be much appreciated
The fastest and most convenient way to get from the airport to your hotel would be to take a taxi.
The cheapest way is to use public transport.
For this location, if it was me, and assuming you aren’t arriving after the trains stop running, I’d take the train.
Take the train from the station at terminal 2 to Barcelona el Clot Aragó. From here you can catch the metro L1 (red line) one stop to the Glòries metro stop which is a few metres from your hotel.
If your flight arrives at terminal 1, there’s a free shuttle bus to terminal 2.
When you board the train at the airport try and sit in the rear part of the train. The end nearest to the ticket barriers. That way, when you arrive at Barcelona Clot Aragó you’ll be right near to the escalator / lift up to the vestibule.
The Clot metro stop is connected to the train station.
Coming out of the lift/ off the escalator up from the platform, go through the ticket barriers which are straight in front of you then along the passageway straight ahead. There are a couple of short flights of steps followed by another escalator. Turn right at the top of the escalator and follow the passageway round to the metro station.
Take the L1 metro line in the direction towards Hospital de Bellvitge one stop to Glòries.
When leaving the metro follow the signs towards the Pl de les Glòries Catalanes exit which is the nearest exit to your hotel.
I’d also use the train to get to Sitges.
You can either catch the metro and reverse the journey back to Barcelona el Clot Aragó or, if you’re travelling without too much luggage it would only take about 10 minutes to walk it.
From Barcelona el Clot Aragó you can catch either the R1, R2, R2nord or R11 train to Barcelona Sants (whichever comes first) from where you can catch the R2sud train to Sitges.
The train to Sitges normally departs from either platform 9 or 10 but you should check the screens to make sure.
Really helpful article, thank you.
Do you know roughly how long the Metro journey takes?
We’ll be changing at Collblanc to get to Verdaguer but wondering if the metro will take a long time and if the Aerobus is quicker.
The L9 + L5 should take about 45 minutes to Verdaguer depending on connections and which terminal you arrive at.
The aerobus isn’t the best choice for this location and will take longer.
Need your help pls…
My family 6 of us arriving in airport at 10;15 and were staying O&A apartment.could you tell us what the best to go to our accomodation pls.
A taxi for 6 people to that location will cost about €30. When you get to the taxi rank tell the marshals that there are 6 of you travelling together and they will get you in one of the larger cabs.
Hi! I wil be travelling to Barcelona in June. I will sightseeing with 4 friends for 5 days and will be staying right near the Arc de Triomf. What pass would you recommend?
Thank you in advance!
If you mean sightseeing pass then it depends on your interests and what you plan to do and see while you are here. I suggest you read this post which explains the pros and cons of the 6 most popular sightseeing passes.
If you mean travel pass, my rule of thumb is that if you plan to do 6 journeys or less on public transport per day then the T10 is the best choice.
The only exception would be if you plan to use the airport metro and the train is a better choice for this location.
Staying near to Arc de Triomf for 5 days and assuming you plan your visit logically, you are unlikely to need to use public transport that much (Barcelona’s a great city to explore on foot).
You can share one T10 between the 4 of you and when it runs out buy another as needed.
We are a family of 5 travelling to Barcelona T2c . We need to travel to salou where we are staying . We will take express train at 15.03 from Barcelona sants . Can we purchase ticket for salou in airport train station or at Barcelona sants? We will purchase a 1 zone T10 ticket which should cover us return on the journey back from Sants to aer port . Do u know which platform we need as I believe the sants station is huge
You’re planning to catch the R16 (18057RE) regional express to Salou right?
The R16 normally departs from platform 9 or 10 at Barcelona Sants but you should check the screens on the platform to make sure.
The train from the airport will arrive at either platform 13 or 14.
There’s no need to purchase a separate T10 since you can buy a train ticket to Salou from the ticket machines or at the ticket window at the airport train station. The fare is €8.80 per person one-way.
Since there are 5 of you and you plan to return to Barcelona the cheapest option would be to purchase a Bonotren which is valid for 10 journeys in a period of 90 days and costs €62.75 to Salou and back to the airport.
If buying it from the machines make sure you select the Bonotren Exprés which covers the regional express trains as well as the slower regional trains.
If in doubt ask one of the attendants or buy the ticket at the ticket window.
You can share one bonotren between the 5 of you, just be sure to validate it once per person when you go through the ticket barriers at the train station.
Me and my wife are staying at bcn urban hotel gran rosellon and getting to El Pratt airport on Saturday night at 21.10 can you please let us know the easiest and cheapest way to get to the hotel.
Thanks in advance
The easiest way will be to take a taxi which will cost approximately €30 and take about half an hour.
Cheapest way will be to purchase a T10 travel card (you can share one between the two of you) and take the R2 nord train from BCN terminal 2 to Barcelona Sants followed by the L5 metro to Diagonal which is a 5 minute walk from your hotel.
Hi, Richard. Firstly, a comment to say and thank you for the amazing service that you are providing to visitors to Barcelona!
Visiting Barcelona in mid-August with my 2 daughters (15 and 17 years old) and flying into Barcelona. Staying at Catalonia Atenas, Avenida Meridiana 151 Saint Marti, 06026 Barcelona.
Is it easy to get the train from the airport and what’s the best fare option, please. Thanks,
Yes, it’s easy to get the train from the station at terminal 2 and for this location it would be my forst choice since your hotel is close to Barcelona el Clot Arago train station.
I recommend that you purchase a T10 ticket which costs €10.20 for 10 journeys and can be shared between the 3 of you.
If your flight lands at terminal one then you should catch the free shuttle bus to teminal 2.
Hey mate can you let me know the cheapest route from the airport to Casanova, 13 Eixample 08001 Barcelona Spain on the 11th of april.
The cheapest way to that location will be to catch the number 46 bus from the airport to Plaça d’Espanya followed by th L1 metro 2 stops to Urgell metro stop. If you will be using public transport while you’re in Barcelona then you should purchase a T10 ticket (Either from the tobacconist at terminal 1 or at the train station at terminal 2) in which case the journey works out at €1.02.
A faster but still economical option would be to catch the Aerobus direct from the airport to Sepúlveda/Urgell (second stop) which would cost €5.90.
Hi , My family and I will arrive Barcelona at terminal1 and we stay at Hotel Balmes. Could you please suggest cheapest and way to go to hotel? We will have 3 big luggage with us.
The cheapest way from the airport T1 to Hotel Balmes at Carrer de Mallorca 216 is to take the train and purchase a T1 travel pass which costs just €10.20 and can be shared between up to 10 people. You just need to ensure that you validate the ticket once per person at the barriers at the train station. Purchase the T10 ticket from the ticket machines at the train station. The machines accept cash and credit cards.
Take the free shuttle bus from Terminal 1 to terminal 2. Walk over the footbridge to the airport train station. From here you catch the R2 Nord train to Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia train station. Your hotel is a 10-minute walk from the train station.
If you haven’t got too much luggage and don’t mind walking for about 10 minutes from the train station to your hotel. Then the train from terminal 2 to Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia would be the cheapest (purchase a T10 ticket which costs €10.20 for 10 journeys)
If your flight lands on time and you are travelling with hand luggage you should be able to catch the train that departs from T2 at 20:08 and arrives at Passeig de Gracia at 20:36. If you have checked luggage then you will probably end up catching the next train which departs at 20:38.
Alternatively you could catch the Aerobus to Plaça de la Universitat. This costs €5.90 and takes about the same length of time but has the advantage that buses depart every 5 minutes. It also takes about 10 minutes to walk from Plaça de la Universitat to your hotel.
If you have large luggage or don’t fancy walking then you could take a taxi for the final stage of the journey. Alternatively a Taxi from the airport will cost about €30.
Really useful information – thank you.
Please can you let me know the best way to get from the airport to Carrer de Valencia 08011. I’m arriving at T2 at about 19.30 on a Thursday evening?
Could you tell me the exact address or name of your hotel please? The 08011 in the address you gave is a post code and crosses the entire Eixample Esquerra neighbourhood.
Thanks Richard. It’s number 198 Carrer de Valencia
Hi Richard, great to see your blog and and all of your replies. I am going to Barcelona next week and trying to figure out how to get to my apartment which is Carrer de l’Art, Catalunya 08041. I have googled as well but couldn’t find any help.
Thanks for your help!
The cheapest way to your apartment will be to purchase a T10 travel pass and take the train followed by the metro.
The 08041 postcode includes numbers 1 to 100 of Carrer de l’Art.
Depending on the exact location of your apartment then the nearest metro stops will be either Maragall or Guinardó Hospital de Sant Pau stations on the L4 (yellow) metro line or Congrés on the L5 (blue line).
To get to your apartment:
Catch the R2 nord train from the airport terminal 2 to Barcelona Passeig Gràcia then cha, ge to the metro L4 to whichever of the two stations on L4 mentioned above is nearest to your apartment.
Alternatively, you could catch the train to Barcelona Sants and then catch the metro L5 from there to Congrés.
The most convenient way to this location will be to take a taxi which should cost around €45.
Hi I’m going to Barcelona in August with myou family,how do I get from barcelona airport to rambla catalunya 08007
The 08007 post code includes pretty much all of Rambla de Catalunya. Any address on Rambla de Catalunya is fairly close to Barcelona Passeig de Gracia train station so the cheapest way to get to your hotel would be to purchase a T10 ticket and take the train. This will cost just €1.02 per person.
Depending on what time you will be arriving, a taxi to this address will cost around €32 which is pretty reasonable when shared between a family of 4 or 5.
Thanks for your helpful blog!! What is the quickest or cheapest way to get to tetuan metro station?
The quickest way to get from the airport to Tetuan metro station is to take a taxi.
The cheapest way is to take the R2 Nord train from T2 to Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia then the L2 metro from there to Tetuan. If you purchase a T10 travel card at the train station this will cost just €1.02. The T10 is valid for 10 jorneys and allows to transfer from train to metro as one journey.
Taxi will take about half an hour, train and metro will depend on how lucky you are with connections since the trains depart every 30 minutes. If you arrive at terminal 1 there is a free airport shuttle bus from T1 to T2.
Hi, there is a group of 4 of us who are flying into Barcelona and have accommodation booked at Travel lodge El Poblenou.
We are taking part in the Marathon on March 8th.
What is the best way to get to our accommodation and to collect our runner’s number?
If it was me, to that hotel location with a group of 4 I’d take a taxi.
It will cost about €35 which works out at about 8€ per person.
I guess you need to pick up your numbers from the Fira de Barcelona. Right?
To get there from your hotel, take the yellow metro line L4 from Llacuna to Urquinaona and then the red line L1 from there to Plaça d’Espanya.
Fira de Barcelona is next to Plaça d’Espanya.
If you want to pick up your number on the way to your hotel then take the Aerobus or the number 46 bus from the airport to Plaça d’Espanya pick up the numbers and then catch the metro as above but reverse the route ;-)
This post was very useful. I have a flight from Barcelona T2 (Ryanair) at 10 but i arrive in the city to Barcelona Nord at 6 30 with luggage however I would prefer to not pay for a taxi.
Have you any advice for the most direct way to get from Barcelona Nord to the airport?
The most direct way by public transport from the Estació del Nord bus station to BCN terminal T2 is to take the train.
The Estació del Nord bus station is next to the Arc de Triomf train station and metro stop. There are trains every few minutes (lines R1, R3 and R4) which will take you to Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia train station. From here you catch the R2 nord train to the airport.
Assuming that your bus arrives on time you should arrive at the airport train station at 7:26 (Check the train timetables links in the article above).
Your website is quite a good place if someone want to travel Barcelona. I have got pretty good idea about Barcelona city today. It will be really helpful for me if you could give me direction from the airport terminal 2B to my apartment Passeig Zona Franca, 156, 2-1-ED (easiest and cheapest).
Thank you very much for your effort
The easiest way will be to take a Taxi to your apartment which will cost you around €20.
Assuming that you are arriving during the day the cheapest way will be to catch bus number 46 from the airport to Gran Via – Radi followed by the V3 to Pg. Zona Franca – Foneria.
Thank you for such a helpful post, you really did a great job explaining the whole transportation sectors.
I would love to have more details or advice if you please.
I will travel with my husband to barcelona in 7th feb. and stay for 4 days.
– What is the best way to transport from BCN El Prat to ( 84 Rambla de Catalunya, 08008 Barcelona ) Ona hotels mosaic.
– Do you advice me to buy a single way ticket from the airport, and T10 for the days of stay , and does the T10 cover the 4 days? I think the farthest attraction that we want to visit is camp nou, and then we will leave from sants station on a Renfe train to madrid
Thank you in advance :))
The best way depends on your priorities and also what time you arrive and which airport terminal.
The most convenient will be a taxi which will cost approximately €30 to that location.
Assuming that you’re arriving during the day (please check the timetables linked to in the article above) public transport will obviously be cheaper but take longer.
The cheapest public transport option would be to purchase a T10 at the airport train station (at terminal T2) and catch the train to Passeig de Gràcia train station which is a 5 minute walk from your hotel. This will cost €1.02 per person and would be my choice from terminal 2. You only need to purchase one T10 and share it between you.
If you are arriving at T1 then you could catch the free shuttle bus to terminal T2 and then catch the train as above.
However, it would be faster to catch the Aerobus directly from Terminal 1 to Plaça de Catalunya (also about a 5 minute walk from your hotel). This will cost you €5.90 and by the time you factor in the fact that the trains only run every half hour plus the shuttle between terminals will save you somewhere between 15 and 45 minutes approx.
Re. the T10, if you will be taking the train from the airport then you should buy the 1 zone T10 at the airport train station and use it all the time you are here. If taking the Aerobus then you will need to purchase a separate ticket for this since it isn’t covered by the T10 (more info in the article).
The T10 is valid for 10 combined journeys and there’s no time limit (if you purchase one today and didn’t use all 10 journeys then it will still be valid until Feb 2019!)
If you have already purchased your train ticket to Madrid from the RENFE website then it should include a code which entitles you to a free train ticket from Passeig de Gràcia to Sants station. More information about this in this post.
Yes it includes a code but i didn’t realize that its a free journey to sants station thank you for explaining this :))
Sants station and sants estacio are the same station or different ones ?
And could you help me to find the best way to reach la roca village with a reasonable transport price
Estació means station in Catalan. In practice, the train station is called Barcelona Sants and the metro stop at the train station is called Sants Estació. They’re both the same building.
To get to La Roca Village by public transport you can either take one of the so-called shopping buses which run from Passeig de Gràcia or catch a R2 train to Granollers Centre and then the L51 bus.
Hello There Richard.
I see you are doing such a great job helpin people finding in Barcelona.
Your blog post is very helpful to. But I would love to have some more detail help with my transportation from the airport BCN El Prat to Well And Come Hotel at adress Carrer de Girona, 158, 08037 Barcelona, Spanien.
We are just stayin for the weekend, this friday afternoon to sunday morning. I would love to know If I can use the T10 for the whole weekend since im just doin the tourist thing which I guess are in Zone 1, most of them.
I’m glad you’ve found the post useful.
The T10 ticket entitles you to 10 journeys and isn’t limited by number of days (if you purchase one this Friday it will be valid until early 2019). You can share one T10 between up to 10 people. The one zone T10, which costs €10.20, will cover the train from the airport and will get you to the sights within Barcelona.
Your hotel is centrally located, if you want to use the T10 to get there, the cheapest option, then you should catch the train from the station at terminal T2 to Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia station and from there catch the L3 metro (yellow line) 3 stops to Girona metro station.
If your flight arrives at T1 then you will need to catch the free shuttle bus between the terminals. There’s more information about the airport shuttle bus in the article above.
The fastest way would be to catch a taxi which should take about 25 minutes to this location and cost just over €30. However in my experience on Friday afternoons from about 5pm onwards there is normally heavy traffic entering Barcelona on the road from the airport which means that the taxi could take a bit longer and cost a bit more.
Hi my husband and i are arriving in Barcelona airport Saturday morning and need to get to Estacio de franca. please can you kindly advise me what ticket to buy, how much it will cost. by looking at posts it looks as if we will need to get R2 Nord to Passeig de Gracia station and then R2sud train to Estacio de franca?
look forward to hearing from you. trying to ascertain the cost difference between a train and a taxi
The train is a good choice for getting to the area around the Estació de França and you are correct about the route and where to change trains.
The only exception would be if you arrive extremely early since there is a train which departs the airport T2 at 5:42 am and stops at the Barcelona Estació de Franca train station, no need to change. Don’t forget that if your flight arrives at BCN terminal 1 you will need to catch the free shuttle bus to terminal 2.
The T10 is a good choice: 10 trips on public transport for just €10.20. One ticket can be sahred between the two of you and the entire journey from the airport to the Estació de França(including changing trains) counts as one trip. This means that the journey would cost a total of €2.04 for the two of you.
A taxi to this location (depending on which terminal you arrive at and how early) will cost about €30.
Thank you so very much for this informative and very detailed post. My spouse and I are arriving in BCN this weekend and definitely planning to take advantage of T10.
We are staying at May Ramblas Hotel (Carrer del Cardenal Casanyas, 8 Barcelona), just curious what stop we need to get off the train/bus to get to the hotel?
The nearest metro stop to your hotel is Liceu on the L3 (green line)
I’m arriving in a few weeks (midweek ) and am staying in Carrer Juntade Comerc ( near Liceu ). Can you pls tell me the best option. The cheaper the better if possible. We’re in no rush as our flight arrives after 9am (Ryanair) but I don’t know what terminal.
Thanking you in advance
Word of warning about Ryanair…
There is only one airport at Barcelona which is Barcelona – El Prat (IATA code BCN), however Ryanair use some kind of “flexible geography” and describe Reus airport and Girona airport (both of which are about 100km from Barcelona) as Barcelona – Reus and Barcelona – Girona.
Hopefully you are flying to Barcelona – El Prat where Ryanair flights normally land at terminal 2.
Assuming that you will be using public transport to get around Barcelona while you’re here, the cheapest way will be to purchase a T10 (10 journeys for €10.20) and take the train from the airport to Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia train station and then take the metro (L4 – green line) to Liceu metro station (2 stops).
Hi, thanks for this helpful post! I have got to know three different type of cards. T10, Hola Barcelona Transport Pass and Barcelona Card.
We have an upcoming trip to Barcelona. Can you tell me the most economy way to go from Terminal 1 Barcelona–El Prat Airport to Pla de Palau 19 Barcelona, Spain, 08002 Barcelona? The flight will arrive at 2pm. What train or bus shall we take? Does T10 cover it?
Thanks a lot!
The easiest way to get to that location using a T10 will be to catch the free shuttle bus from terminal one to terminal 2 and then catch the R2 Nord train from the airport train station to Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia train station followed by the R2 sud train from there to Barcelona Estació de França.
I think that both trains stop at the same platform at Passeig de Gràcia train station but you should check the display screens on the platform just in case.
The address you gave is a short walk from the train station.
What is the station name of the airport? I’m trying to figure out what direction of R2 Nord train shall we take? Is Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia station and Barcelona Estació de França just 1 stop from each other via R2 sud train? Thank you!
The train station at the airport is called Aeroport.
You need to take the R2 nord towards Sant Celoni. You can’t go wrong because tha airport is the end of the line and all trains stop at Passeig de Gràcia.
Yes Estació de França is the next stop.
Remember that since your flight arrives at BCN T1 you’ll need to catch the free shuttle bus from Terminal 1 TO Terminal 2, details in the article above.
Thank you so much Richard! I have written down all the information and will take it with me.
You’re welcome, have a great trip!
Hi Richard, one more question. I estimated we would run out of T10 ticket on the day before we leave. In another word, we only need 1 more ticket each (two of us) on the day to go to the airport. Can we buy a single ticket (Euro $2.20 each I believe) for each to go to the airport from the Hotel? Will single ticket work on R2 sud and connect to R2 Nord? Thanks!
A single train ticket from Estaçió de França to Barcelona airport costs €4.20 each. This blog post explains why.
On the other hand, you don’t need to buy a T10 ticket each. The T10 is a multi-person ticket meaning that you can share one between the two of you. You just need to validate the ticket once per person. So the first person inserts the ticket in the barrier, goes through and then passes the ticket back to the second person to use.
Hi Richard, if I am to take the same R2 Sud and R2 nord from hotel to the airport, can I use single ticket @ €2.2? I will buy T10 ticket to share between the two of us. But I calculated and think we will finish all 10 trips. The last day when we leave to airport, we won’t have any left. That’s why I’m thinking to by a single ticket which costs about 2.2 euro. Thanks!
A single train ticket to the airport costs €4.20 not €2.20 because the airport train station is in RENFE zone 4.
So can I use a T10 ticket to go to airport from hotel via R2 sud and R2 Nord? I will buy single ticket to use on metro the day before we leave and safe the last two trips on the T10 tickets to go to airport. Thanks!
The T10 can be used for trains, buses, metro and trams.
Plus the T10 is issued by TMB instead of RENFE and the airport is in zone 1 of the TMB map meaning that you only need the 1 zone T10.
We will be arriving 9th Feburary at 14:25 from Luton to T2 and going to Calle Balmes, Eixample, 08006 Barcelona. There is 13 of us what is the best/cheapest option?
Carrer de Balmes is quite a long road and unfortunately post codes in Barcelona also cover quite large areas. If you let me know the name / address of your hotel I’ll give you more exact details of how to get there.
Arriving at T2 the cheapest way will be to take the train (line R2 nord) from the airport to Passeig de Gràcia train station and then (depending on the exact location of your accommodation) either walk or catch the metro (same station) from there to your hotel.
The cheapest way is to buy two 1 zone T10 tickets and share them between the 13 of you. T10s can be purchased from the ticket machines at the airport train station, they currently cost €10.20.
You then need to pass the ticket(s) through the ticket barriers once per person. Using up 13 of the 20 journeys (effectively spending €13.26 to get 13 people from the airport to your hotel).
I’m staying at Carrer de Cartagena at will reach the airport around 15:00 on Monday. Which mode of transportation best suits me?
Which mode of transport will suit you best will largely depend on how you priortize speed and convenience over economy.
A taxi will be the fastest way and will cost approximately €35 to that location.
Public transport would take about an hour (depending on how lucky you are with connections, which terminal your flight lands at and where on C/ Cartagena your hotel is located).
If you purchase a T10 travel pass this would cost just over €1 alternatively if you are going to use public transport a lot during your stay it might be worthwhile buying a Hola Barcelona Travel Pass (more information in the post above).
Personally arriving at BCN at 15:00 I’d use public transport.
There are 2 metro stops near to C/ Cartagena, each is on a different line and which is best will depend on where your hotel is located.
If you’re staying near to the Hospital de Sant Pau end of the road then you should catch the R2 train from the airport (the train station is at BCN terminal 2) to Barcelona Sants and then take the L5 metro from there to the Sant Pau I Dos de Maig metro stop.
If you are staying at the other end of C/ Cartagena (the end closest to Gran Vía) then you should take the train to Barcelona El Clot Arago then take the metro L2 from there to the Encants metro station.
If your flight will be landing at terminal 1 then there is a free shuttle bus between terminals (more about this in the post above).
Note: If your flight lands at terminal 1 it may be slightly quicker to catch the L9 sud metro from the airport. I don’t normally recommend the L9 because for most destinations it’s generally quite slow and isn’t covered by the T10 ticket. It is however covered by other passes such as Hola BCN and the Barcelona Cards so if you are going to purchase one of these passes and are landing at terminal 1 it will probably save you a little time.
I’m arriving tomorrow with my partner and we going to Guardia, 13, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona. What is the quickest and best transport to get there?
The quickest way will be to take a taxi which will cost approximately €30.
Hi I’m arriving with my wife and daughter at about 5 pm on Thursday on T2 and my hotel is in mollins de Rei. I know I can take R2 nord to Barcelona Saints and then R1 to mollins de rei right?
What type of ticket would we need? My daughter is 2 so free. T10 is for zone 1 only so it won’t right?
You can purchase a 2 zone T10 from the ticket machines at the station for €19.60.