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How To Get From Barcelona Airport To City Center – All Possible Ways

Last updated on November 6th, 2022 at 11:28 am

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We will write how to get from Barcelona airport to city center. The distance from Prat Barcelona Airport to city center is 15 kilometers. Click here to book online Barcelona Entrance tickets and activities in advance

The travel time from Barcelona airport to city center is around 30 minutes by taxi and metro if you go by bus 40-50 minutes. Read here Barcelona airport to Las Ramblas and Barcelona airport to Sagrada Familia

The cheapest way from Barcelona airport to city center is by bus for €2.40. If you go by Aerobus is €5.90 and the taxi fare will be around €35-40.

You can also rent a car in Barcelona airport or get a private transfer that can be cheaper than a taxi.

SIM CARD AT BARCELONA AIRPORT

I wouldn’t recommend you to buy a sim card at Barcelona airport. If you wish comfort you can buy eSim online and if you aren’t in a hurry just go around phone shops in the city and compare prices to buy the cheapest sim card in Barcelona. Read here Spain sim card for tourist and Spain eSim

You can buy the cheapest eSim in Spain with Airalo eSim Spain prepaid starts at $4 USD with 1 GB data valid for 7 days. (USING DISCOUNT CODE GAMINTRAVELER 10%). And Nomad Spain eSim for $6 USD with 1 GB data valid for 7 days.

Make sure you check Holafly eSim Spain for less than $65 USD with unlimited data internet for 30 days if you use our code GAMINTRAVELER for just $2 USD per day.

Read here Spain travel tipsInstagrammable places in SpainBudget travel in Spain and Most Instagrammable places in Barcelona and how to get from Madrid to Segovia

WHERE TO STAY IN BARCELONA

You can sleep in a dorm room for €15-30. For mid-budget hotels prices start at €60-80 and if you want luxury hotels start from €120.

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BARCELONA AIRPORT TO BARCELONA CITY CENTER

METRO FROM BARCELONA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

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You can go from Barcelona airport to city center by metro from Terminal 1 and 2 easy to find just follow the signs. The metro fare from Barcelona airport to city center is €5.15 and you can buy them from metro machines with cash or credit card.

The metro is running every 5-12 minutes starting at 5 am until midnight. On Fridays the metro finishes is at 2 am and Saturdays is 24 hours. The travel time by metro from Barcelona airport to city center is around 50 minutes.

You will have to get into Line 9 Sud heading to city center and transfer in Zona Universitaria to Line 3 going to Plaza Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia and Diagonal. For sure it will be the best option from Barcelona airport to city by metro if your accommodation is around the metro station and you aren’t bringing so much luggage since you have to transfer.

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AEROBUS FROM BARCELONA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER (BARCELONA AIRPORT BUS)

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The Aerobus from Barcelona airport to the center is the best way if you are coming early morning or at night time. The Aerobus is running every 20-30 minutes starting at 5 am until 1 am. Check Aerobus route and schedule!

The Aerobus going fro Barcelona airport to city center final stop is Plaza Catalunya. The travel time from Barcelona airport to city center is around 30-35 minutes depending on the traffic.

The bus fare is €5.90 and €10.20 if you get a return ticket valid until 14 days. It will be a great option if you are staying around one of the bus stops. You can buy the ticket in the vending machines at the airport, online and from the bus driver in cash.

Aerobus Barcelona Airport Route : Airport – Plaza of España – Gran Via Urgell – Plaza Catalunya

Public Barcelona Airport Bus To City Center

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The Bus Number 46 From Barcelona Airport to Plaza Espanya

The cheapest way from Barcelona airport to city center is by Bus Number 46. The Bus Number 46 is leaving from Terminals 1 and 2 at Barcelona airport going to to Plaza Espanya running every 5-10 minutes from 6 30 am until 11 50 am. Check here Bus Number 46 route and schedule!

The bus fare from Barcelona airport to city center is €2.40. You can go even cheaper to €1 if you buy a T-Casual Card €10.20 with 10 tickets. The bus ticket is valid for 1 hour and 15 minutes if you need to transfer to another bus to get to your final destination.

Bus number 46 will be a great option if you stay around Plaza Espanya and Gran Via. Otherwise you will have to walk or taking bus or metro to final destination in Barcelona city center.

Click here to book online Barcelona Entrance tickets in advance

Night Bus N17 and N18 From Barcelona Airport to Plaza Catalunya

The Buses N17 (it has more stops) and N18 (faster than N17) are leaving from Terminals 1 and 2 and the final destination is Plaza Catalunya. Check Bus N17 route and schedule and Bus N18 route and schedule!

The buses are starting at 12 30 am every 20 minutes and the total travel time from Barcelona airport to Plaza Catalunya is 40 minutes. The night bus fare is €2.40.

Barcelona Airport Train To City

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If you want to go from Barcelona airport to city center by train. You will find the train at Terminal T2 just walking 5 minutes outside the airport following the signs. Check Barcelona airport train route and schedule!

The trains are starting from Barcelona airport to city center at 6 am until 11 30 pm running every 30 minutes. The travel time from Barcelona airport to city center will take around 30-35 minutes.

The train fare from Barcelona airport to city center is €4.60 for one way. The train from Barcelona airport to city center is stopping at stations Sants Estacio, Passeig de Gracia and El Clot. If you are getting to Terminal 2 is a great option if you are staying near one of the stops if not I consider the waiting time is so long.

Barcelona City Card

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If you buy the Barcelona City Card for €18 you will have included the transportation around the city and going to the airport. You will have free entrance to museums and discounts in tours and activities in Barcelona. It’s totally worth it to buy if you are planning to move around the city.

Click here to get a discount booking online your Barcelona City Card with Klook!

BY TAXI FROM BARCELONA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

If you go from Barcelona airport to city center by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi from Barcelona airport to city center is around 30 minutes.

The taxi fare from Barcelona airport to city center is around €35-40. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and will depend on traffic and your final destination.

CAR RENTAL AT BARCELONA AIRPORT

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There are many options for renting a car in Barcelona’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Barcelona or planning to move around the area. It will take you 30 minutes to get to Barcelona city center from El Prat airport with a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available in the airport.

Click here to get the best deals renting a car in Barcelona!

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM BARCELONA AIRPORT TO BARCELONA CITY CENTER

Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Barcelona. Prices are around €60 and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be €15 per person.

BEST WAY FROM BARCELONA AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN

The best way from Barcelona airport to city center by metro is only 30-40 minutes and for €5.15 is easy to find out the way to your final destination.

If you are getting to Barcelona at night time you will have the Aerobus for almost 24 hours for €5.90 and it will take 30-35 minutes to reach city center. The best way from Barcelona airport to downtown is obviously if we talk about comfort by taxi or airport transfer.

The cheapest way from Barcelona airport to city center is by regular buses for €2.40 especially if you buy 10 tickets will be only €1 for your trip from Barcelona airport to city center. The bus is stopping around Plaza Espanya and Gran Via which is around 20 minutes walking distance from Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas.

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN BARCELONA

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There are many budget options for accommodation in Barcelona. If you are really in a tight budget for accommodation, you can sleep in a dorm room for €15-30. For mid-budget hotels prices start at €60-80 and if you want luxury hotels start from€120.

And there are also AirBnB that cost only €20-40. This budget for accommodation will vary according to how much luxurious you want to be.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN SPAIN BEFORE YOUR TRIP WITH BOOKING.

FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN SPAIN

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You can spend €5-10 in food for a meal. You can try a street food named bocadillo it is a sandwich made with Spanish bread and the cost would be €1.50 you can pair it with coffee or tea for €1.30. You can also try churros, did you know that churros originated in Spain, you can find churros at breakfast time.

There are beer and free tapas especially in Andalucia where you can get your beer and a small snack for €2. If you want to have dinner in a fine restaurant it will cost you €10-20.

BEST TIME TO VISIT IN SPAIN

Spain has four lovely seasons and the loveliest which are spring and fall. In these periods it is considered the best time to visit Spain. Summer might get too hot and winter might get to cold. So from the months of March to May is where Spring falls.

And Fall is in the month of September to November. The season of Spring and Fall is the best time to visit because of is filled with sunshine and tourist will be delighted to stay in the country.

Click here to know more about the weather in Spain.

CASH IN SPAIN

Euro is one of the most known and important currencies all over the world. €1 is equivalent to $1.03. ATMs in Spain is used more often to buy stuff rather to have cash on hand. You can pay with a card almost everywhere bars, hotels and supermarkets.

Click here to know the exchange rate between Euro and your currency!

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is the co-founder of Gamintraveler and a Spanish traveler who has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He is now a full-time digital nomad.

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