Barcelona's excellent transport system includes the metro, buses, trains, funiculars and cable cars; tickets for all (except night buses) are transferable across the system. The metro is the fastest and most efficient way to get around the city, except during the rush hour when it becomes very crowded. The bus network is extensive and is easy to master with a transport map. Night buses take over from about 10pm to 6am. During summer the hop-on hop-off Bus Turistic links all the main sights and tourist destinations. Taxis are plentiful and inexpensive and are a good option especially late at night, but charge extra for a number of things. Uber and Cabify are also options. Hiring a car is unnecessary and frustrating within the city, but can be useful if planning daytrips beyond its limits.
The airport is located seven miles (12km) southwest of central Barcelona.
Barcelona Airport (BCN)
LocationThe airport is located seven miles (12km) southwest of central Barcelona.
Getting to the city
The Aerobus service goes to and from Placa de Catalunya every five to 15 minutes, dropping off at locations along the way. Trains run from the airport to various stations in the city centre every 30 minutes; the airport station is located near Terminal 2. There are taxi ranks outside the airport terminals; taxis are metered. The journey time by road or rail is between 20 and 30 minutes.
TimeGMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).
Car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.
There are taxi stands at every terminal at El Prat Barcelona Airport. Avoid touts and unlicensed taxis. Prices are steeper at night and on the weekends.
Transfer between terminals
A free shuttle bus connects the two terminals.
Facilities at the airport include ATMs, currency exchange facilities, banks, shops (including duty-free), a children's play area, VIP lounges, bars, and restaurants. Disabled facilities are good.
Both terminals at El Prat Airport have their own dedicated parking garages (T1 and T2). There is also a long-stay parking lot connected to the terminals by a free shuttle bus.