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Barcelona Airport Shuttle & Private Transportation Services

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Airport Shuttle Services from Barcelona Airport

There are three shuttle options available to get you from the Barcelona El Prat Airport to the city centre of Barcelona. There is a dedicated airport bus line, named the Aerobus, as well as a public bus and two night buses. The public buses are the cheapest option, only 2.15€ per ticket but they take the longest too, around 60 minutes. The Aerobus is a little pricier at 5.90€ but has a much quicker travel time of 35 minutes. Public buses depart regularly - between every 20 and 30 minutes but the Aerobus is more frequent, between every 5-10 minutes.

Barcelona airport AeroBus waiting on the platform

Aerobus to Pl. Catalunya

The Aerobus is the fastest shuttle method to get to the city centre. With departure times every 5 minutes during peak hours, it is also the most convenient of the options. There are two lines, A1 and A2 which operate in Terminal 1 and 2 respectively. There are most frequent at Terminal 1 however. The Aerobus takes you to Pl. Catalunya in the city centre which is a great area for sightseeing, eating and catching the sights. The bus also stops at Pl. Espanya, Gran Via-Urgell and Pl. Universidad.

Trip Duration
40 Min
Availability 05:00am - 01:00am
The bus timetable is always the same, 365 days a year despite holidays and weekends.

Bus 46 to Pl. Catalunya

The public bus from the airport to Pl. Catalunya runs between terminals 1 and 2 before stopping at various points along the route to the city. The stops are convenient transport stops to take metros or buses from. The bus only operates within daytime hours, however the night buses have the same ending point and are available outside of the public bus operation hours. It is always best to leave extra time for your travel as traffic can affect the journey time.

Trip Duration
60 Min
Availability 05:30am - 11:50pm

Night Buses N16 & N17 to Pl. Catalunya

The nightbus or 'Nitbus' system to Pl. Catalunya is best for those travelling very early or late as the cost is cheap and the route length bearable, if not a little long. The night buses stop regularly and therefore can have many desirable stop points along the route should you need to get off along the way for further transportation. The downside to public buses is that there are not always suitable luggage spaces available as they are not designated airport shuttles.

Trip Duration
50 Min
Availability 10:00pm - 05:00am
The N16 runs from 11:30pm to 05:00am.
The nightbus is only available from Terminal 1


Convenience and Availability

Although there are multiple transport options to get you from the airport, the local buses can be long and troublesome if traffic is involved. As well as this, they have multiple stops. The best option is the Aerobus shuttle, despite it being a little pricier, the journey time is almost halved by this method. You will need to be aware that you will have to take a night bus after day hours which can mean long wait times too.

Barcelona Airport Shuttle ticket information

Tickets are available for purchase in advance online for the Aerobus, however they are available to purchase on the bus also. Tickets (unless they are multiple journey) are available for other buses on the bus, in cash.

You can purchase a 'T10' ticket which covers both public buses and trains/metros for up to 10 journeys from ticketing booths at the airport.

Where to catch your Barcelona Airport Shuttle

The Aerobus leaves from both Terminals 1 and 2, whereas the night bus and bus line 46 will only leave from Terminal 1. All bus stops are located outside of the arrivals hall. Following the signs for 'buses and taxis' out of the airport, you will be led underneath the terminal building to the stop for the Aerobus and other bus lines.

There will always be a bus available to catch at the airport, whether day or night you can be sure to find one.

Barcelona Airport Shuttle to Hotel

Although there are multiple options of transport to the city centre, they are not extremely varied and do not provide door to door service like a taxi or private ride. This can be problematic for those with lots of luggage as it could mean a change of transport or walking; adding extra time and cost to your journey.

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Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Barcelona airport to city?

A taxi from Barcelona El Prat Airport does not have a flat fee, so any charges will be on the taxi meter rate and therefore are subject to variation. Things like public holidays or night-time transfers may incur extra fees. You can expect to pay around 35 - 40€ for the journey. Bear in mind that there is a starting fee of 20€ from the airport.

Is there a train from Barcelona airport to city?

There are train and metro services available from Barcelona Airport. The train is the best option to reach other stations for onward transportation within Barcelona and beyond. The train is located at Terminal 2 and the cost is 4€.

Is there a Welcome Barcelona airport taxi from BCN airport to the city centre?

Of course there is! Traveling into the city with a Welcome taxi is the ideal transfer. If you are in a rush, and want to avoid the busy airport crowds, hiring a Barcelona airport taxi is the best option. Is the fastest and most convenient option especially if you have children with you or many luggage's.

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