Barcelona International Airport - BCN

Barcelona, Spain (ES)

Getting around the airport

Most flights leave from Terminal 1

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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Getting into Barcelona

Fast and cost effective by train

Traffic in Barcelona is notoriously heavy, so the train is your best option to get into the city. 


The RENFE R2 train runs from the airport every 30 minutes to the central stations of Estacio Sants (for trains to many other parts of Spain), Passeig de Gràcia and El Clot stations from 05:42-23:38. Journey time is 20-25 minutes.

When returning from Barcelona, make sure you take the 'R2 Nord' train, as the R2 doesn't go to the airport.

If you're travelling with a lot of luggage, a taxi may be a better option for you, as trains can be full and there's limited space for bags.

Cost: EUR 4.10 one-way (buy a 4-zone ticket)
Tip: Buy a T10 ticket for EUR 9.95 and get 10 journeys on Barcelona's metro, bus and tram systems, as well as the RENFE train (unfortunately not valid for the airport)
Buying tickets: There are ticket machines, displaying several languages, on the right hand side as you enter the station. Be sure to buy the T10 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 20-40 minutes, depending on traffic. Make sure to queue at a taxi rank, waiting until you are offered a taxi by a person in a hi-vis jacket. Flagging down taxis are not allowed. You may find yourself having to pay supplementary fees for things like large luggage, more than four people in a seven-seater, and drop-off or pick-up at Estacio Sants.

Cost: Around EUR 30 to central Barcelona, a fixed fee of EUR 39 to port area (minimum fare of EUR 20, so beware if you're staying near the airport)
Location: Taxi ranks outside Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 (at Areas A, B and C)

Airport bus

Aerobus (with free Wi-Fi) 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 01:00. Journey time is around 35 minutes.

Cost: EUR 5.90 single, EUR 10.20 return (within 15 days)
Buying tickets: On the bus (cash), at ticket vending machines inside the terminal (Visa or MasterCard) or online (
Location: One stop outside Terminals 1 and three stops outside Terminal 2 (Areas A, B and C)

Local buses

For a cheap and cheerful route into the city or surrounding areas, you can take lines 46, L77, L99, PR1, PR2 and PR3 and the night buses, N16 and N17. Check the Barcelona airport site ( for times and routes. 

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Car rental

Lowest price guaranteed

All of the car rental companies sit together in a row in each terminal, so they're easy to find. As Barcelona Airport is relatively small, the companies have cars that can be picked up within walking distance of the office.

Go to Terminal 1, Floor 1 (ground floor), arrivals hall, before security, and you can choose from:

  • Sixt Open 24 hours. Tel. 902 491 616
  • Avis Opening hours Mon to Sat, 7:00 to 0:30; Sun, 7:00 to 24:00. Tel. 902 108 495
  • Europcar Opening hours 7:00am to 11:59pm. Tel. 935 292 730
  • Hertz  Opening hours 7:00 to 24:00. Tel. 902 011 959
  • Enterprise Opening hours 7:00 to 24:00. Tel. 935 219 095

Note: car rental companies describe airports as 'Premium Pick Up Points', and so add 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'll provide you with a list of car rental companies in Barcelona itself.

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Aqua Urban spa

Wellness at the airport

If you feel the need to relax before heading into the city or in between flights, we recommend a stop at the Aqua Urban spa in the M3-M4 promenade.

The spa offers a variety of treatments including massage, facials, body treatments, hydrotherapy, manicures and even hairdressing. If you’re pressed for time, take advantage of their Wellness Express menu which includes quick treatments that last between 10 and 25 minutes.

Location: Terminal 1, after security, Departures, Floor 1, opposite Pau Casals and Joan Miró lounages

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Keep your receipts

VAT refund

All foreigners and Spanish citizens residing outside of the European Union are entitled to a Value Added Tax refund at the end of their trip in Spain. We recommend keeping your receipts from any purchases over EUR 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 to 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.

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Catalunya Meeting Rooms

Do business in professional surroundings

For a professional place to work or videoconference with a client while travelling – or to host an exhibition, conference or press conference – we recommend heading to the Catalunya meeting rooms. 

The area is divided into two meeting rooms, each measuring 100 square metres. You'll have access to fax machines and photocopiers, and multimedia system devices if necessary. Reserve in advance by emailing or calling +34 932 971 101.

Location: Terminal 2, after security, Floor 1

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Mostly in Terminal 1

Available VIP-Lounges:

  • Pau Casals Terminal 1, floor 2, boarding area. Opening hours: 05:00 to 22:15.
  • Joan Miró Terminal 1, floor 2, boarding area. Opening hours: 06:00 to 23:30. Reserved for passengers travelling to Non-Schengen countries.
  • Colomer Terminal 1, floor 1, Barcelona-Madrid air corridor for air shuttle passengers, Opening hours: 06:00 to 22:00. 
  • Canudas Terminal 2, floor 1, boarding area, Module M3. Opening hours: 06:30 to 22:30. 
  • Business Centre Terminal 1, floor 1. With fitness area, rest units and offices.

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.

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Car rental

Lowest price guaranteed

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.

In Terminal 2, head to Area B, Floor 0 to find:

  • Hertz Opening hours 07:00-00:00. Tel. 902 011 959
  • Europcar Opening hours 07:00-23:59. Tel. 935 292 710
  • Enterprise Opening hours 07:00-23:00. Tel. 935 219 095
  • Avis Opening hours Mon-Sat 07:00-00:30; Sun 07:00-00:00. Tel. 902 108 495
  • Sixt Opening hours 07:00-0:00. Tel. 902 491 616

Please 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.

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Power outlets

Mostly in Terminal 1

Lounges: The VIP-Lounges offer plenty of power outlets. Check out our section on 'Lounges'.

In public spaces: There are 12 mobile phone charging 'vending machine' type units distributed throughout the two terminals. They have six boxes with four types of connectors to charge different electronic devices. There are nine in Terminal 1 and three in Terminal 2.

Terminal 1, Sky Centre
Terminal 1, Boarding Area B
Terminal 2B, Floor 1/M3
Terminal 2C, Floor 1/M1

Of the nine stations installed in Terminal 1, seven are located near the food court and two at the beginning of the ‘sword’ (enclosed glass terminal). The Terminal 2 stations are distributed between modules 1 and 3.

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Business Centre

El Prat Business Centre in Terminal B

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 1, level 1
Opening hours: 24 hours

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