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Getting to Barcelona Airport by Public Transport

Written by Daniella

Getting to the airport from Barcelona, ​​or moving from the airport to the Catalan capital, is very simple. You have several options, from renting a private car, to taking public transport. With all kinds of options for transport, ShBarcelona will focus on how you can get to the airport by public transport today. Next time you are travelling, you do not have to depend on family or friends anymore for arriving at the airport on time.

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From and to the airport by public transport

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Barcelona airport is one of the busiest airports in Spain, although Madrid is at the top of the list. Millions of passengers travel through airports daily, whether they are tourists, inhabitants of the city or inhabitants of the autonomous region. The name of the airport has been changed to the Airport Barcelona Josep Tarradellas – El Prat very recently, and not without some controversy. The airport is located between the municipalities of El Prat, Viladecans and Sant Boi de Llobregat, and all of these towns belong to the Baix Llobregat region, in the province of Barcelona. It is located approximately 19 km from the center of the city of Barcelona. To get to the airport from Barcelona, ​​you can consider various means of transport and we will specify them below. First of let’s discuss taking the train. Barcelona airport is connected to Barcelona city through the R4 line of Cercanías de RENFE. This line stops at various locations in the Catalan capital, such as the Sants Station and the Paseo de Gracia train stop. The trains run every 30 minutes and you can find the railway in front of the terminal T2B. Look for the signage to direct you.

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Another way to get to the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona – El Prat airport is by bus. There are 6 bus lines specifically, three during the day and three during the night. The daytime line is 46, which can be taken at Plaza de España in Barcelona, and the line connects this important square in the Catalan capital with terminals T1 and T2. You can also opt for line A1, which connects Plaza Cataluña with Terminal T1, and line A2, which connects Plaza Cataluña and Terminal A2. These Aerobuses (A1 and A2) will get you to the airport during the day. (Be sure to check your boarding pass which terminal you leave from, because travelling between terminals can be a nightmare!) Regarding the night lines, two of them connect Plaça Catalunya with the different terminals. Line N16, which brings you to T2 and N17, which brings you to T1. Worth mentioning is that the N17 is also available from the Ronda Universidad, bringing you to both terminals, T1 and T2. The metro has line 9 that connects the Ciudad Condal with terminal T1 at the airport. Although it has been opened not too long ago, there are already some modifications to improve passenger experiences, such as finishing the line that will connect the suburban with the terminal T2. Finally, a taxi service is also very important for commuting between the airport and Barcelona. At the time of writing this article, Uber and Cabify are not driving their taxis in Barcelona, due to discrepancies in the regulation of their activity.

What means of transportation do you use to go to the airport?

About the author


Daniella enjoys everything the city of Barcelona has to offer. She writes, translates and loves discovering Catalonia and its beautiful nature.

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