How to Get From Barcelona Airport to the City Centre

This post outlines the options available for getting from Barcelona airport to your hotel, hostel or apartment. Which one is best for you depends on several factors including; arrival time, number of people in your party, which part of the city you are staying in and your budget.

Please note that this information refers to Barcelona Airport, also known as Barcelona el Prat or simply BCN (the airport’s IATA location code). Some airlines misleadingly refer to Reus airport and Girona airport as Barcelona Reus and Barcelona Girona. I will write about both of these airports in a separate article since they are NOT in Barcelona.

Tourists at Barcelona airport

Barcelona Terminal T1

By Taxi

A taxi from Barcelona airport to central Barcelona takes about 30 minutes and costs around €30. 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 8pm or on weekends. You can get more information about the tariffs here and here. Check the duration and cost a taxi to your hotel with this online taxi route calculator.

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

Signs at the top of the ramp down to the taxi rank at Barcelona airport

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. In the area behind the barrier you will see a large “TAXI” sign and a door leading to the ramp down to the taxi rank (see photo).

There is normally a uniformed attendant at the bottom of the ramp who will tell you which of the waiting taxis to take.

Terminal 2 Taxi Rank

Terminal 2 is divided into 3 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.

By Aerobus

The blue Aerobuses are a fast shuttle service between the airport and Plaça de Catalunya. Buses depart every 5 or 10 minutes from 5:35am until 1am (Terminal 1) or 6am until 1am (Terminal 2). The fare is €5.90 one-way or €10.20 return.

The journey takes approximately 35 minutes from Barcelona airport to the city centre and there is free Wi-Fi on board 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 at Barcelona T1 terminal

The Airport Bus or “Aerobus”

Tickets can be purchased from the driver (cash only – no large notes), from vending machines at the stops (Airport and Pl. Catalunya only) or online in advance from the Aerobus website. 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. Route maps to and from terminal 1 and terminal 2

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 is 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

There are Aerobus stops directly outside the arrivals hall of Terminal 2 (used by easyJet and Ryanair as well as some other budget airlines)

The Aerobus is NOT covered by TMB tickets or travel cards such as the T10 or Hola Barcelona!.

It is however covered by the Barcelona City Pass which also includes skip the line entry to the Sagrada Familia, and Park Güell as well as the Hop on Hop off tour buses. Find out more

By Train

The train from Barcelona airport to the city centre

The airport train takes aproximately 20 minutes

Trains run every 30 minutes from the train station 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 Train Timetable

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.

A single train ticket from the airport to the city centre costs €4.20 and can’t be used on the metro or buses.

Alternatively you can purchase a Hola BCN! transport pass which gives unlimited travel on the metro, buses, trams and commuter trains within zone 1 (including the airport train and metro).

Donload a FREE Map of Barcelona metro and train stations

To the Train Station from Terminal 1

There is a free shuttle bus which 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 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.

The free airport shuttle bus seen from the escalator at Barcelona T1 airport

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). I recommend you purchase a T10 multi-trip ticket for this journey, here’s why.

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 then 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.

For more information, check the Barcelona Metro/Train/Tram plan here

Going to the Airport

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

By Metro (Underground / Subway)

Sign indicating how to get to the metro station at Barcelona airport terminal 1

Metro station sign at Barcelona airport

The new metro from Barcelona airport opened on February 12th 2016. The new line which is called L9 sud runs from the airport to the university in 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 5am to midnight Monday to Thursday, 5am to 2am on Fridays and non-stop from 5am Saturday to midnight on Sunday.

The airport metro ticket costs €4.60 – Standard single trip metro tickets and the popular T10 travel card CAN NOT be used on the airport metro

The HolaBCN! travel card which offers unlimited travel on the Barcelona metro, bus and tram network from as little as €14.44 for 48 hours (online price), can be used on the airport metro and can be purchased at the ticket machines in the station or in advance online.

The L9 sud metro from Barcelona airport doesn’t connect directly to the city centre 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. Check the metro map here.

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.

By Regular Bus

Colourful signs at Barcelona Airport

Signs above the automatic doors leading down to the bus stops

During the day (from 5am to 11:50pm) bus number 46 runs from both airport terminals to Plaça d’Espanya. Unless you have already purchased a T10 or Hola BCN! ticket, the journey costs €2.20. This is a Little cheaper than the Aerobus but has the disadvantages of being slower, less frequent (2 per hour) and not having as much space for your luggage.

Route Map and Timetable Bus No. 46

Unfortunately the only places that you can purchase a T10 ticket at the airport are the train station at terminal T2 or at the tobacconist in terminal T1.

The Night Bus

If you are on a tight budget and arrive in Barcelona after the trains and Aerobus have stopped then you could take the night bus.

The bus route N16 takes you from T1 and N17 from T2 to the city centre.
The fare is €2.20 and there are buses every 20 minutes.

N17 Route Map and Timetable

I do not recommend the night bus unless you are staying near to Plaça de Catalunya or one of the other stops on route. If you arrive after the Metro has stopped running and have to connect to a second night bus your total journey time could be very long.

When arriving at Barcelona late at night I prefer to spend the extra money on a Taxi.

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.


By Uber or Cabify

Uber and Cabify are not currently operating in Barcelona.

By 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 be waiting 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

By Hire Car

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 the 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 to or 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 Aerobus.
  • Staying anywhere else in the city and without too much luggage? Take the train and/or metro.
  • Arriving late/ in a hurry/  bulky or heavy luggage/ prefer to be dropped right in front of your hotel? Take a Taxi.

Note: All prices and fares mentioned in this post were checked and updated in January 2019.

More information about Barcelona airport here


335 thoughts on “How to Get From Barcelona Airport to the City Centre

  1. Shai

    Hi Richard,

    My t-10 ticket has just run its’ course earlier. Could I purchase a single ticket to get on the Metro and change to the Renfe R2 train to the airport with the same ticket?

    Appreciate the advice.

  2. Aassem

    Thanks for doing this you’ve made our trip a lot easier

    I have a question, how do we combine the ticket from the airport with the t-10 for 1 euro ? (detailed steps if you can please)
    Can we do the same thing on our way back from the city center to the airport ?

    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Aassem,

      To be able to give you detailed instructions I need you to tell me which terminal your flight lands at, what time of day and where will you be staying in Barcelona?

      1. Aassem

        Thank you for being responsive,
        my flight lands at T2
        (I was planing to use the t-10 as my tickets for barcelona then i read in the app that the airport is no longer included in them) we can use google maps for public transports routes we just don’t want to buy airport tickets for 4,6 euros that’s why i was intrigued by the combination that only costs 1 euro added to the t10

        We’re staying at the ibis hotel near la sagrada familia

        1. Richard Post author

          Hi Aassem,

          You can’t use the T-10 on the metro to/from the airport but you CAN use it on the train to/from the airport and on the rest of the metro system.

          The airport train station is at terminal 2. To get to the train station follow the instructions in the section To the Train Station from Terminal 2 above then after you walk down the steps from the covered bridge you will see the entrance to the train station. At the entrance to the station there are ticket machines where you can buy the T-10.

          You can share one T-10 ticket between 2 or more people but you must remember to validate it once per person when travelling (going through the ticket barriers).

          From the airport you take the train to Barcelona Sants (the third stop). From here you change to the metro Line 5.

          To transfer from the train to metro, take the escalator up from the platform. At the top of the escalator turn left and go through the ticket barriers. You are now in the main concourse of the station, you should see a row of ticket windows to your left. Walk straight ahead past the shops (on your right) to the end of the concourse where there are stairs that lead down to metro. You don’t need to leave the station, it’s in the same building. If in doubt ask someone.

          Take the L5 metro (blue on the signs and maps) going in the direction of Vall d’Hebron 5 stops to the Sagrada Familia metro stop.

          Finally. Yes you can do the same thing when returning to the airport. Just reverse the instructions above.

  3. Chloe


    We’re looking to stay at hotel Viladomat, which is the best/easiest whay to get to our hotel from the airport? We’re not sure on the price of taxis there

  4. Metta

    Hi , what is the best way for our group to take ( taxis, bus , train )from BCN airport to Centric Garcia Apartment . Our group has 26 peoples

    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Metta,

      The “best way” is always subjective

      The most comfortable and fastest way would be to grab 5 large 6 seater taxis from the Taxi rank (tell the wardens at the taxi rank that you are travelling together so that they put you in the minivan style taxis). Depending on the time of day and how much luggage you have I estimate that this would cost approximately €175 for all of you (taxis are metered and you pay the price on the meter plus the relevant supplements for airport pickup, luggage etc.).

      You could pre-book a private transfer by minivan / coach but I think that it would work out more expensive.

      Alternatively, that location is pretty easy to get to by public transport which, apart from being cheaper, would mean that you can all travel together.

      The cheapest option would be to take the airport train from terminal 2 to Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia followed by the green line (L3) metro from there to Fontana. Depending on connections, this would take about 45 minutes, your apartments are a ten minute walk from the metro station.

      If you purchase 3 T-10 travel cards and share them between you (don’t forget to validate them once for each person) it would cost just over €1 per person. If you are arriving at terminal 1 there is a free shuttle bus from T1 to T2 which adds about 10 minutes to the journey.

    2. Metta

      Hi Richard,
      What is the economic way of transportation from Centric Garcia Apartment to La Rambla Street ( for group of 26 peoples) and how to get back from La Rambla Street to Centric Garcia Apartment ? Thank you so much for your previous information. It will help us a lot !
      Best Regards,

      1. Richard Post author

        Hi Metta,

        The most economic way to get from your apartment to La Rambla would be to walk. This would take about half an hour following a very scenic walk along Passeig de Gràcia past some of Barcelona’s most emblematic buildings.

        If you don’t fancy walking so much then you could catch the L3 metro (green line) from the Fontana metro station which is a short walk (5 or 10 minutes) from your hotel and has 3 stations located at different points along the length of Las Ramblas: Plaça de Catalunya, Liceu and Drassanes. With the T-10 pass this would cost €1.02 per person.

        It would make sense to catch the metro to Plaça de Catalunya and then walk the length of La Rambla before catching the metro back to your apartment from Drassanes.

  5. Aura


    I just discovered your blog and it’s very helpfull for those who wants to discover Barcelona. As many in need, I am looking also for your advice: arriving Saturday morning on El Prat Airport, Terminal B (around 9 am), just with a pack bag, I need to get to Calle Consell de Cent, 476, SM Hotel Sant Antoni. Besides the Aerobus, what would be the other/s way/s to get in the city center? I want to buy a T10 (line 1) Card and use it during my 4 days stay. Can I use this card to get to Camp Nou Stadium also ( I am attending a match Sunday evening)? Thanks in advance for your advices.

    Best regards,


    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Aura,

      The cheapest way would be to purchase the T-10 at the airport train station and use it to take the train and metro to your hotel (counts as one of the 10 journeys).

      Take the train from the airport to Barcelona El Clot Aragó train station and then catch the metro from there to Monumental metro station (L2, purple line, 3 stops) which is near your hotel. The metro and train stations at El Clot are connected, there’s no need to leave the station (follow the signs).

      Note that the T-10 is for transport zone 1 not line 1 as you wrote in your comment.

      You can use the T-10 on the metro to Camp Nou, there are 3 metro stops near the stadium. There’s more information about how to get to the ground in this post.

      1. Aura

        Hi Richard,

        Thanks a lot for all the info. Sorry for my mistake, i wanted to write zone 1, not line 1. A lot of info in my head at that moment.
        All the infos will help me a lot!

        Best regards,


        1. Richard Post author

          Hi Aura,

          No need to apologize, I guessed that you probably meant zone 1 but thought that I’d clarify just in case.

          Enjoy your stay in Barcelona and if you have any more questions feel free to ask.

  6. sunil

    Hello Richard,

    We are travelling to Barcelona on 21st dec18 and will reach BCN airport at 9:00am.
    We a family with 2 adults and one 6-year-old Kid.
    It would be great help ,if you could let us know the reasonable and best transport to reach from BCN airport to Ciutat Vella.
    Place where we will be staying: Plaça Reial, 11,Ciutat Vella,08002 Barcelona.


    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Sunil,

      Unfortunately there is a train strike and some political demonstrations planned for the 21st of December.

      So far nothing’s been confirmed but I imagine that there will be less trains running than usual due to the strike and that the political demonstrations will probably block or at least slow traffic entering the city meaning that taxis and buses from the airport could take a very long time.

      Because of these 2 factors I recommend that you take the metro from the airport to your hotel.

      Take the L9 sud metro from the airport to Zona Universitaria (14 stops) then take the L3 (11 stops) to Liceu. Your hotel is a short walk from the metro station (300m).

      Apart from messing up transport, you don’t need to be too concerned about the demonstrations, they happen quite often at the moment and are normally peaceful and well organized. Apart from making the journey from the airport to the hotel a bit slower than usual, they shouldn’t affect your holiday.

      As soon as I have more information about the demonstrations and strike I’ll share it via my twitter account @BCNLowdown

      If you have any questions / concerns feel free to ask.

  7. Natalie

    Hi Richard,

    We are flying into BCN at 9am local time in 10 days and staying at Catedral Bas Apartments, with 3 large suitcases, stroller, 2 adults, 8-yr old and 23-month old. Could you please advise the best method to get into town? We weren’t planning on dragging along a car seat, is that required? Also, reception doesn’t open until 10am and we can only leave our luggage their to wait for 3pm check-in anyway. Thank you.

    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Natalie,

      Normally for that location I’d recommend the Aerobus which stops a 5 minute walk from your apartment. The bus has space for pushchairs / wheelchairs with a seat-belt to restrain them.

      However, I think that for 2 adults with 3 large suitcases, an eight year old and a small child in a stroller this is going to be out of the question right?

      Which takes us on to the next option, taking a taxi. For journeys in urban areas, children are allowed to travel in taxis without a booster seat or car seat.

      So no, from a legal point of view, a car seat isn’t required. Having said that, despite the fact that the journey from the airport to the city centre is considered urban, it’s along a busy 3 lane highway.

      It’s up to you but personally I wouldn’t travel with a child which wasn’t properly (safely) secured.

      There are plenty of larger taxis at the airport which will have enough room for you and your luggage and some of them have integral booster seats and ISOFIX connectors. However, it’s unlikely that there you’ll find one with a seat for your smaller child (you could ask one of the taxi marshals).

      If you don’t want to bring a seat with you for your smaller child, I think that your best choice will be to book a private transfer. It’ll be more expensive but you’ll be able to book a vehicle with a child seat for your youngest child and a booster seat (if needed) for your older child.

  8. Visitor 1

    Hi Richard

    Would you know the best method of getting from the airport to the abba garden hotel via public transport.

    Also I am hoping to take a hop on hop off bus on the first day we arrive. Would you know the best method of public transport that could take me to the starting location of the hop on hop off bus tour.

    Thanks so much for all your prenvious information. It is really helpful ☺

    1. Richard Post author

      Hi “Visitor 1”,

      There are no direct public transport routes from the airport to Hotel Abba Garden and if I were you (especially if there are several of you travelling together) I’d probably take a taxi which would take about 15 minutes.

      The most direct route that I’ve found using public transport would be to take the L77 bus from the airport to Av. Barcelona Rius i Taulet followed by the number 78 to Parc de Cervantes. This will take about an hour and 20 minutes. I’ve not taken this route myself but looking at the bus timings it seems like your best bet.

      The starting point of the Hop On Hop Off buses is Plaça de Catalunya in the centre of downtown Barcelona but you don’t have to catch the bus from there. You can start and finish from everywhere you choose along the routes.

      If you purchase your tickets online here, you benefit from a 2 Euro discount and can catch the Hop On Hop Off bus from the stop next to Palau Reial which is fairly near to your hotel. Route map here.

      To get from your hotel to the centre of Barcelona, you can either catch the number 63 bus from Parc de Cervantes to Plaça de la Universitat or catch the L3 metro from Zona Universitaria to Plaça de Catalunya.

    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Carl,

      If I were you I’d take the train from the airport to Barcelona Sants train station followed by the L5 metro (blue line) to Sagrada Familia.

      If you purchase a T-10 travel pass this will cost €1.02 and should take about 45 minutes.

  9. Domenico

    Dear Richard,

    Thanks for the effort in keeping this thread alive and posting useful infos. I have a question here:
    We are a family of 4 and have to travel to EL-PRAT on Tuesday from Sant Pau | Dos de Maig metro station. Could You kindly tell me if the T10 card is a valid option to travel to the airport. I currently see people posting that one needs to buy the relatively expensive airport ticket than the T-10 ticket to get to the airport.
    Is it true that one needs to swipe the card while coming out of the metro station at the airport terminal ?

    Many Thanks,

    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Domenico,

      The airport ticket is only needed if you will be taking the L9 metro to the airport. As you say, you need to validate your ticket at the exit from the airport metro station.

      On the other hand, if you take the train then you can use the T-10.

      From Sant Pau Dos de Maig you should take the L5 (blue line) to Sants Estació followed by the R2 nord train to the airport T2. In addition to being cheaper than taking the L9 metro, it is also usually slightly faster.

      If your flight departs from terminal 1, there is a free shuttle bus from terminal 2 to terminal one (more info in the article above).

  10. Ivy

    We’re arriving in Barcelona on December 24th at around 11 am. We need to go to Urgell metro station- Is the Aerobus our best option? Thank you!

    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Ivy,

      Yes, the Aerobus would be my choice for this location. The Urgell metro station is next to the second stop on the Aerobus route.

      The other public transport options take longer because they’re not direct so you have to change lines.

    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Greg,

      Which terminal will you be arriving at?

      If you arrive at terminal 2 then you could take the airport train to Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia and then the L4 metro (yellow line) 2 stops to Verdaguer metro stop which is a 2 minute walk from that address.

      From terminal 1 then you’d need to catch the free shuttle bus to terminal 2 then do as above.

      If you purchase a T-10 travel card this will cost just €1.02

  11. Theresa Raymont

    Hi. We are flying into Barcelona airport on Mon 24 mid day. I have looked at transport. We are staying at Hotel Rec near arc de triomf. We are going to take the aerobus from T2 to Placa de Catalunya and then walk 15 mins to our Hotel. Would this be ok? We have chosen this as it seems we don’t have to change onto metro or train. We do not mind the walk! This seems the simplest as I can’t find a train or bus that takes us straight to arc de triomf. Also mid way through the week we are moving on to Sitges, which is the easiest route for us from hotel rec?
    Thank you

    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Theresa,

      As you’ve already worked out, there’s no direct route by public transport from the airport to your hotel without changing.

      As you say, if you don’t want to change trains then the Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya takes you the closest that you will get. If you haven’t got too much luggage then it’s quite a nice walk and easy to find your way.

      The way which I normally recommend from terminal 2 to Arc de Triomf using public transport is to catch the R2 Nord train from the airport to Barcelona Sants and then catch another train from there to Arc de Triomf. Train lines R1, R3 and R4 all stop at Arc de Triomf so you just need to catch whichever arrives first.

      To get from your hotel to Sitges you also need to change at Barcelona Sants. Take the train from Arc de Triomf to Barcelona Sants (lines R1, R3 or R4) and then The R2S from Sants to Sitges.

  12. Kelly Macchiarelli


    Great info found it very useful. Just a question as me and my husband arrive in Barcelona on 21st December and leave 24th December, will there be different running times on these dates with it being so close to Christmas?

    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Kelly,

      Based on previous years:

      The 22nd and 23rd public transport will run to the normal weekend schedule (less frequent than during the week).

      The 24th will be normal service during the day but will wind down and finish earlier than usual so that staff can be at home with their family. Unlike the UK, the big Christmas meal here is eaten in the evening on Christmas Eve.

      Bear in mind that lots of people will be traveling home to be with their families at this time so, to be on the safe side, you should allow more time than usual.

  13. Arun

    Hi Richard,

    I will be taking Ryan Air from Brussels to Barcelona BCN airport and will reach there at 11:00 AM on 22 Sep and my return flight is at 6:15 AM on 24th September Monday morning. My stay is near Liceu metro.
    Can you please advise what is best way to reach my hotel on 22nd and back to the airport early in the morning around 4:30 AM on 24th.


    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Arun,

      Since you are flying with Ryanair, I’m assuming that you will be arriving at terminal 2 right?

      If so, on arrival I’d take the R2 Nord train from the airport train station to Passeig de Gràcia followed by the L3 metro (green line) 2 stops to the Liceu metro station.

      For the return trip, arriving at the airport at 4:30 am, I recommend you take a taxi. If you want to use public transport then you could catch the night bus N16 from Plaça Catalunya to terminal 2 or N17 to terminal 1.

  14. Angela Fox

    Hello Richard, I am arriving on 4 September at 1745 at Terminal 2C, Barcelona Airport. I will be staying at the Hotel EuroPark, Eixample District. Can you please advise the best route/ticket to use. Many thanks.

    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Angela,

      For that location, I’d take the R2 nord train from the airport to Passeig de Gràcia followed by the L4 metro (yellow line) one stop to the Girona metro stop which is one block away from your hotel.

      If you purchase a T-10 travel pass from the ticket machines at the airport train station this will cost just €1.02.

      To get to the train station from terminal 2C go straight ahead as you leave the terminal building then follow the signs to the footbridge at T2B which takes you to the train station.

      Note that, although your ticket says T2C, you may end up arriving at T2B anyway which is a shorter walk. It takes about 5 minutes to walk from T2B to the train station or 10 minutes from T2C. Trains depart every 30 minutes at **:08 and **:38

  15. Paul

    Hi, Richard. We plan to take the R2 Nord train from terminal 2 to the Passeig de Gracia station as our hotel is right on the Passeig de Gracia. Do you know if there’s a lift to the street level at the Passeig de Gracia train station?
    Thank you.

  16. Jerry Y

    Hello Richard,

    Thank you in advance for your help/reply.

    I arrive in BCN Terminal 1. How do I use Metro to get from the airport to Barceloneta station? Based on the Metro map, looks like I have to first take the “dark” Yellow Metro to the “dark” Blue Metro to the Red Metro and finally to the Yellow Metro. Is that correct?

    Thank you again.


    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Jerry,

      Not quite, there are 2 options, both of which involve 2 changes (instead of 3 as you described above). Both options take about an hour.

      Option 1:

      Take the L9 sud metro (orange) from the airport to Torrassa where you change to the L1 (red) line to Urquinaona metro where you change to the L4 (yellow) metro to Barceloneta.

      Option 2:

      Take the L9 sud (orange) metro to Collblanc where you change to the L5 (blue) metro line to Verdaguer where you change to the L4 (yellow) metro to Barceloneta.

  17. Sydney

    Hi Richard,
    we are 6 people 3 adults and 3 kids travelling to Bracelona on 6 august, flight landing at 21:05 pm.
    the place we will be staying is Jaume Giralt, Barcelona, 5, 4, 2, Barcelona, Spain.
    what would you suggest us taking a taxi or any other mode of transport.

    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Sydney,

      I think that a taxi would be a good choice for you and your family. There are normally plenty of 7 seater taxis available at the airport. The cost at that time of day for six people will be about €40.

  18. Catalina

    Hi Richard!

    Greetings from warm Bucharest:)
    We leave in almost a month to Barcelona.

    Can you please, help us with details regarding how to get from El Prat Airport to Sunotel Aston (Paris, 101, Eixample, 08029)?
    From Moovit seems like there is no direct subway to Hospital Clinic station, which the hotels mention as being close to them.

    Is there any direct subway or we need to go by bus also, not just subway?

    All the best,

  19. Garry singh

    Hi Richard,

    I am going to land in Barcelona this Thursday and terminal 2. I have read your post and would like to thank you for putting all this information on here for everyone. If you are free and can tell me what’s the best way and cheapest way for 7 adults to get from the airport to gran via de Corte Catalanes 558. And from there to teatre Victoria. Mind you we land at 19.00pm.

    Thank you in advance for your help


    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Garry,

      The cheapest way (and also a pretty good way) to get to that location would be to take the train from the station at terminal 2.

      If you purchase one T-10 ticket from the machines at the station the journey will cost just €1.02 per person.

      Take the R2 Nord train from the airport to Passeig de Gràcia then the metro L2 (purple line) one stop from Passeig de Gràcia to the Universitat metro stop. From here it’s a short walk (2 blocks) to your hotel/apartment.

      To get to the Theatre, take the metro L2 2 stops to Paral.lel which is right next to the theatre.

    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Paul,

      I think that Vueling flights normally land at terminal 1 so you should first catch the free shuttle bus from terminal 1 to terminal 2.

      Once at terminal 2, walk over the bridge to the train station and take the R2nord train to Barcelona el Clot Aragó train station. Here yo transfer to the R1 northbound to Santa Susanna.

      The train from the airport arrives at platform 2, the train to Santa Susanna departs from platform 4.

      Note, not all R1 trains go as far as Santa Susanna. If you find that you’re on one of the trains which terminate at Calella, Arenys de Mar or Mataró just wait there for the next train which goes further north. Trains which stop at Santa Sussana will have a final destination of Maçanet or Portbou.

  20. Saul Arcos

    Hi Richard,
    How about from The airport, terminal 2 to Hotel Santa Marta, Carrer del general Castanos # 14. Two adults will arrive at 4 pm. We are ok taking public transportation and walking carrying baggage.

    Thank you,


    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Saul,

      For that address, the best option is to take the train. If you purchase a T-10 travel pass from the machines at the airport train station it works out at just €1.02 each and takes about 45 minutes.

      Catch the R2 Nord from the airport to Barcelona Sants (3rd stop), then transfer to the R2 Sud to Barcelona Estació de França (2nd stop). Your hotel is about 100m from the Estaió de França train station.

  21. Marina

    Hi Richard, what about Novotel on avenida Diagonal, barcelona city? From BCN 4 adults and 4 kids 7-12yo. Thanks!

    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Marina,

      The cheapest way would be to purchase a T-10 travel pass (one can be shared between the 8 of you) and catch the R2 Nord train from terminal 2 to Barcelona El Clot Aragó train station then take the metro line 1 (red line) one stop to the Glòries metro station which is a few metres from your hotel.

      When you arrive at the Glòries metro station, it’s best to take the Pl de les Glòries Catalans exit because it’s slightly closer to your hotel.

      When boarding the train at the airport, try and sit at the rear of the train (the end nearsest to the ticket barrier) because the escalators and lifts at Barcelona el Clot Aragó train station are at this end of the platform.

      The metro station is connected to the train station. After you exit the ticket barriers at the train station, you will see 2 short flights of stairs (3 steps each) followed by an escalator. At the top of the escalator, turn right and follow the passage to the metro station. There are also ramps and lifts if needed.

  22. Rachael

    I am wondering which is the best mode of transport to get to the Gothic Quarter form the airport?

    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Rachael,

      It really depends on where you will be staying in the Gothic Quater.

      In order to be able to give the best possible answer I need you to tell me:

      The name / address of your hotel or hostel.
      Which terminal your flight lands at.
      What time of day you will arrive.
      How many people are you travelling with.
      Are you OK with walking a bit and carrying your luggage?

  23. Joanne


    We are going to be staying in Mataro (Hotel Atenea Port Barcelona) and are trying to figure out the best method of transport. I have read that we can take trains (transfer at Barcelona Saints) or take an Aerobus + R1. Would you recommend one over the other? Also, do you need to validate train tickets the way you need to in Italy?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Richard Post author

      Hi Joanne,

      I recommend that you catch the R2 Nord train from the airport to Barcelona El Clot Aragó train station (2 stops after Barcelona Sants) and then change trains there to the R1 to Mataró.

      It’s more convenient to transfer at El Clot Aragó because it’s a smaller station than Sants.

      The train from the airport arrives at platform 2, you then just need to go up the escalator to the vestibule then down the stairs to platform 4 where the trains depart to Mataró.

      There are also elevators so you don’t need to struggle with your bags. All R1 and RG1 trains heading north from platform 4 stop at Mataró.

      Upon arrival at Mataró, turn left as you leave the station. At the end of the train station building, there are some stairs which lead down to a subway (underpass). At the bottom of the stairs, turn back on yourself and follow the tunnel which leads beneath the train tracks towards the beach. At the end of the tunnel take the right-hand set of stairs up to street level. Facing the port / out to sea, you will see the hotel Atenea to your right about 30m away. You can’t miss it.

      Lastly, yes you need to validate your ticket at the barriers at the airport train station and then again when you exit the station at Mataró.

      1. Joanne

        Wow, thank you for the detailed directions! I had emailed the hotel and not gotten a response. :-P

        I’m sure I’ll have more questions as I go through your wonderful blog. Thanks again!

          1. Joanne

            Hi Richard,

            We leave in a few days for our trip and I was going through some info regarding the train tickets and wanted to clarify, am I able to purchase a T10 Zone 3 and use it for the route above?

            Thanks in advance!

            1. Richard Post author

              Hi Joanne,

              Yes, you can purchase a 3 zone T-10 from the ticket machines at the airport train station and use it for the route described above.


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