There are plenty of options to get from the airport into the centre of Barcelona. Driving (whether by hire car or taxi) should take around 30 minutes thanks to the excellent highways. The bus will be slightly longer (around 50 minutes due to stopping and pick-ups).
It’s also possible to reach the city by rail via a combination of the RENFE and Metro (underground system) and which we’ll detail further on this page. Note it’s possible to buy a 10-day pass for the Metro from the RENFE terminal (and which is worth the money if you intend to travel by Metro at a later stage).
Hotels near the airport, as well as some of the larger hotels in town, run scheduled shuttle buses between both destinations. It’s worth checking with your hotel to see if this is the case for you.
The AeroCITY service is a shuttle which runs hourly between the airport and your hotel between 7am and 11pm for 16 Euro. Luggage-wise passengers are permitted one piece of hold baggage and one hand luggage. The service must be reserved in advance and confirmation made 48 hours prior to pick-up.
Representatives of the shuttle service wait in the Arrivals Halls of both Terminals One and Two to alert passengers via a large AeroCITY sign. On the return service the driver arranges to meet passengers in the lobby of their hotel.
For 9.95 Euro (return) the express airport bus service - known as Aerobus – can take you in to Barcelona city centre with drop-offs at Placa Espanya or Placa de Catalunya. The Metro nearby goes to the city centre.
The Express bus service runs regularly throughout the day and is the most popular form of transport to and from the airport for tourists. For those returning to catch a flight, the A1 bus takes passengers to Terminal One and the A2 arrives at Terminal Two.
Those not in a hurry to get in to the city centre can jump on the TMB Airport Bus. Also known as the number 46, this bus takes longer because of the frequent stops it makes. It runs from 5am to 15 minutes past midnight.
The Airport’s night bus (also known as number 17), runs from 9.55pm to 4.45am and costs just 2 Euro for a single ticket.
Departing every 30 minutes, the RENFE train service is a 25 minute journey to Barcelona Sants, Passeig de Gracia or Clot. The Metro service runs from there into the city centre.
The train leaves from Terminal Two and a shuttle runs from Terminal One to the station.
There are plenty of taxis at Barcelona Airport so no wait is usually necessary. Most fares are between 25 to 30 Euro with a surcharge for baggage. Taxi ranks can be found at the exit of Terminal One or Two and you’re looking at a journey time of up to 30 minutes (35 minutes from Terminal One).
You can travel privately from the airport to your destination by reserving a private car and driver in advance. It’s available for up to three passengers and costs from 70 Euros one way. The driver waits outside the designated terminal.
There are five car rental companies located in both terminals and located at Arrivals. It’s best to book online in order to secure the best deal.