Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Barcelona Airport

Barcelona International Airport, also known as El Prat, is the main airport serving Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It is located 10 km away from the centre of Barcelona, in El Prat de Llobregat.

The airport is the largest in Catalonia and Spain's second largest behind Madrid Barajas International Airport. It is a main hub for Vueling Airlines and Clickair, and a focus city for Spanair, Air Europa and Iberia Airlines (until spring 2008). The airport mainly serves domestic, European and North African destinations, but Singapore Airlines offers destinations in Asia . US Airways, American Airlines (beginning May 1, 2008), Continental airlines and Delta Airlines in the United States. Aeroloneas Argentinas, Aeromexico and Avianca also offers non-stop destinations to Central America/South America. The airport is undergoing expansion with the construction of a new south terminal, expected to be finished in 2009.

How to get to the city center from the Airport

From Barcelona Airport, you can take the train, a shuttle bus or a taxi to reach the city. The best option is to take the taxi. Costing between 20 and 25 euros and, if you are a group of 3 or more, is the most economical. The other option is to take the “Aerobus” (blue bus). The bus arrives at “Plaça Catalunya” one of the most well-known plazas in the city.


A Taxi offers a low-cost and convenient way to get to the city centre - the fare is around 25 euros and the journey takes around 25 - 30 mins (depending on traffic). The best option if you are a group of 3 or more.

The aerobus service is a shuttle bus service that links Barcelona airport to the city centre. This service runs every 15 min's as follows: You can catch the Aerobus from the airport and you have stops either at Placa Espana or Placa de Cataluna in the city centre. From there you can catch the metro.

Monday - Friday
Barcelona Airport to Plaza Catalunya - 06:00 to 24:00
Plaza Catalunya to Barcelona Airport - 05:30 to 23:15

Weekends, festivals and public holidays
Barcelona Airport to Plaza Catalunya - 06:30 to 24:00
Plaza Catalunya to Barcelona Airport - 06:00 to 23:20
Ticket Price 3.90 Euros for a single

The RENFE train will take you from Barcelona airport to the city centre where you can change for the metro system at either Barcelona Sants (Sants Estacio) or Passeig de Gracia stations. Tickets 2.60 euros. Journey time is about 25 minutes.

Car Hire
Cheap car hire is available from Barcelona airport terminal B. This page lists all the main car hire rental companies at Barcelona airport with contact information.

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