Barcelona traffic is notoriously heavy, so the train is your best option into the city. The RENFE C2 train runs from the airport every 30 minutes to the central stations of Estacio Sants, Passeig de Gracia and El Clot stations from 05:42-23:38. Journey time is 20-25 minutes.
Cost: EUR 4.10
Tip: Buy a T-10 ticket for EUR 9.95 and get 10 journeys on Barcelona's metro, bus and tram systems, as well as the RENFE train
Buying tickets: There are ticket machines on the right-hand-side as you enter the station. Be sure to buy the T-10 from the machine marked ATM (Autoritat del Transport Metropolità) and not the RENFE machine
Location: Terminal 2, Area B, take the same set of escalators that lead to departures and cross a covered bridge across the main road (if you arrive in Terminal 1, take the free shuttle bus to Terminal 2, taking 10-15 minutes)
The journey into Barcelona takes around 15 minutes and should cost around EUR 30, depending on where in the city you want to go. Avoid any drivers who try and charge you for extra luggage or tack on any supplementary fees.
Location: Taxi ranks outside both terminals
Cost: Around EUR 30
Aerobus (with free WiFi) is also a good option and can drop you off at key locations throughout the city, including Plaza Catalunya, Gran Via-Urgell, Plaza Universidad and Plaza España. Buses leave every five to 10 minutes from 05:35 to 01:05.
Journey time is around 35 minutes.
Cost: EUR 5.90 single, EUR 10.20 return
Buying tickets: On the bus (cash) or at ticket vending machines inside the terminal (Visa or MasterCard)
Location: Outside Terminals 1 and 2
Barcelona-El Prat airport is the largest of three airports in the Barcelona area (the others are Girona and Reus) and serves most international flights. It lies 13km south-west of Barcelona city.
There are two terminals, 4km apart. Terminal 1 is the newest and largest, serving 70% of the flights and with a good choice of restaurants and other facilities. Terminal 2 is a lot smaller, serving low-cost and some regional airlines, and offers far fewer food and leisure options. It is divided into Areas A, B and C.
The train station is in Terminal 2. Be aware that you need to budget extra time to get to there if you arrive at Terminal 1.
How to get between terminals
There's a free, green shuttle bus running between the terminals every 6-7 minutes, 24 hours a day.
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La FCBotiga is the official club store of the FC Barcelona where you can find all the merchandising in the club's colours.
Terminal 1, floor 1, arrivals, landside
Terminal 1, floor 1, departures, airside
Terminal 2, floor 1, departures M3, airside
Opening hours from 6:30 - 21:30.
The Chocolat Factory offers a different chocolate experience—you’ll find everything from vases to bouquets of flowers fashioned out of high-quality chocolate.
Terminal 1, airside, Floor 1 Departures, Boarding Area B
Terminal 2, airside, Floor 1 Departures, Boarding Area U
All of the car rental companies sit together in a row in each terminal, so they are easy to find. As Barcelona Airport is relatively small, the companies have cars that can be picked up within walking distance of the office.
Terminal 1, located at floor 1 (ground floor), arrivals hall, landside, with five different companies showing up:
It is important to remember that car rental companies describe airports as 'Premium Pick Up Points'. This means that there is a surcharge for picking your rental car up from the airport. On arrival at the airport, if you head to the Tourist Information Desk they will provide you with a list of car rental companies in Barcelona itself.
Foodies will love this high-class restaurant that serves a variety of eating options. Porta Gaig is headed by noted Catalan chef Carles Gaig who owns two restaurants in Barcelona. You’ll find rustic classics like roasted chicken, croquettes, pata negra, and veal.
It’s the perfect place for a business lunch or treating yourself to a good meal.
Terminal 2, Level 3, landside
Hours: 12:00-17:00 Mon-Fri
Mamma Mia is one of the airport’s newest dining options. Enjoy one of their original pizzas, fresh pasta cooked in front of you, or paninis while you wait for your flight.
Terminal 1, airside, Floor 1 Departures, Sky Centre
All foreigners and Spanish citizens residing outside of the European Union are entitled to a Value Added Tax refund at the end of their in Spain. We recommend keeping your receipts from any purchases over €90.15 made while in the city so you can receive your VAT refund.
You must fill out a form declaring the objects purchased and be prepared to show the Guardia Civil all of the items declared. After visiting the Guardia Civil you may bring your stamped invoice the VAT refund locations.
Locations are: to La Caixa (open 7:30 to 22:00), Global Blue (Floor 1 office open 6:00 to 21:30 for Schengen departures; Floor 3 open 7:00 to 12:00 for international departures) or Global Exchange (open 24 hours) to receive the refund.
Be aware that you may only exchange Global Blue invoices in those offices.
The BAH is located just a few kilometres away from the El-Prat airport. With prices starting at EUR 71.50 per night you’ll be pleased to stay at this modern and convenient hotel. Up-to-the-minute flight information is displayed in the lobby and amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, and a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport.
We recommend relaxing with cocktails and tapas at Alabastro Bar, which features a virtual pianist.
If you have a layover with enough time to visit the city, you definitely don’t want to be weighed down by your bags. To see Barcelona without carrying around all your possessions, we recommend using Terminal 1’s luggage storage facilities where you can securely leave your items.
The storage space is located on Level 2, next to the lost property office.
The luggage storage costs EUR 6 for the first 2 hours and EUR 10 for every 24-hours thereafter per item. The office is open 24 hours.
Access to VIP-Lounges except Business Center: Holders of associated airline business class tickets and club cards or admission charge: Adults EUR 25.50 / Children EUR 13.
Barcelona is one of the pickpocketing capitals of the world. Many travellers have reported having items stolen when going to and from the airport. This also applies to the trains connecting to airport transports.
Be vigilant and never leave your bag unattended.
The VIP-Lounges offer usual power outlets, check benefit "Lounges".
Electronic device charging - There are 12 mobile phone charging units distributed throughout the two terminals, 9 in Terminal1 and 3 in Terminal2. These vending machines have 6 boxes each time with four types of connectors to charge the battery of electronic devices.
Locations: Two units in Terminal 1, Sky Centre. Terminal 1, Boarding Area B. Terminal 2B, Floor 1/M3. Terminal 2C - Floor 1/M1.
Of the 9 stations installed in Terminal 1, 7 are located near the food court and 2 at the beginning of the ‘sword’ (enclosed glass terminal). The Terminal 2 stations are distributed between modules 1 and 3.
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Terminal 1, airside, Floor 1 Departures, Sky Centre
Showers are available in the Lounges Pau Casals, Joan Miró and Business centre (for more information view the benefit "Lounges") and in the air rooms of the airport hotel, Terminal 1, floor 1.
Terminal 1 is a shopper’s paradise, offering plenty of shops if you need to do some last minute shopping. We recommend Thinking Barcelona for unique Catalan products that represent the culture of Barcelona and the province of Catalunya.
For wonderful textiles, check out La Mallorquina for locally crafted quilts, towels, and the like.
For a professional place to work or teleconference with a client, head to the well-equipped business centre. The centre offers waiting rooms, lounges with workstations, and internet. There are also meeting rooms and company offices. You will also have access to a restaurant, wellness centre, and VIP accommodation rooms.
Location: Terminal 2
Opening hours: 24-hr
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