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Getting from Barcelona Airport to Sants Train Station

There are two available transportation methods from Barcelona El Prat airport to Sants Train Station, which is the main train station in Barcelona. The first and fastest option is to hire a Barcelona airport taxi. Trips to the train station are fixed at 30€ – 35€ and the required travel time under light traffic is around 15 minutes. The second and most practical choice is the RENFE train, which needs 20 minutes from the airport to the Sants Train Station for just 4.20€.

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Train €8.40 20min 17:30–23:30

How to get from Barcelona airport to Sants Train Station by taxi

All legally operating Barcelona taxis from the ranks of El Prat airport are black and yellow along with their taxi roof signs. In addition, all drivers are obliged to have their licenses on clear display. Regular fares to Sants Train Station are fixed at 35€, while it takes around 15 minutes to arrive to the train station. Taxi services from the airport are available 24/7.

Taxi fare from Barcelona airport to Sants Train Station

Fares to Sants Train Station are usually fixed at 30€ from Terminal 1 and 35€ from terminal 2. The price is further affected by factors such as: +3.10€ after 8:00pm and on bank holidays and +3.40€ for special larger vehicles.

*You can always check if taxi companies offer a fixed price if you book your Barcelona airport taxi in advance.



Trip Duration

15 Min.

*Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis at Barcelona Airport are available throughout the day .

Where do I get it from?

Barcelona taxi ranks are present in both terminal 1 and terminal 2 of the airport. Once you get out of the luggage claim area, clear signs will help you reach each corresponding rank. Exiting through the main gates of each terminal airport staff will guide you to an available vehicle.


Taxis in Barcelona offer the most comfortable travel method to Sants Train Station since travelers get to relax in a private vehicle while their belongings are safely stored. Moreover, there are no waiting times, instead drop-offs, at your exact location.

Editor’s Note

Rates are subject to alterations, due to constant seasonal and governmental changes. Rates are always visible in the window of a vehicle.

Useful Tips

All surcharges are clearly displayed on a window sticker on the windows at the back of the cab. The minimum charge for a taxi from the airport is 20€.

How to get from Barcelona airport to Sants Train Station by train

The train option is considered the most practical travel choice, mainly due to the low ticket cost and regular availability throughout the day. The price for a single one way ticket is 4.20€ and it takes 20 minutes from the airport to Sants train station.

How much is the train from Barcelona airport to Sants Train Station?

The price for a single one way ticket is 4.20€. Tickets can be purchased from the airport ticket counter or from one of the RENFE ticket machines, which can be located around the arrivals hall and at the airport’s train station.



Trip Duration

20 Min.

Waiting time for a RENFE train is 30 Minutes.

Value for Money

The RENFE train is available from 5:30am to 11:30pm.

Where do I get it from?

The platforms for the RENFE trains are located on the T2B sector of the airport, across the street of the main airport building. If you are arriving into Terminal 1, a shuttle bus will take you from outside of the terminal to the train station entrance.


The train ticket is inexpensive, making it the preferred transport option for travellers from Barcelona airport to the Sants train station. In addition, the train carriages offer plenty of storage space for luggage, along with extra amenities.

Editor’s Note

Travelers staying in Barcelona are encouraged to purchase the Barcelona card which provides access to all means of transportation within the district of greater Barcelona.

Useful Tips

The airport train station is located at Terminal 2. If you land at another terminal, a shuttle bus is available and will take you directly to the Barcelona Airport station.
WiFi and AC are among the amenities available on trains.
You can also buy your tickets in advance on the RENFE website if you are confident of your travel times.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Barcelona. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Barcelona Airport to Sants Train Station?

The average fixed taxi fare from Barcelona Airport to Sants Train Station is 35€. Factors, such as the time of the day and type of vehicle can further affect the taxi fares.

How much is a train ticket from Barcelona Airport to Sants Train Station?

Regular one way train tickets cost 4.20€ for adults. Tickets can be purchased online, from the ticket counter or from one of the airport ticket machines.

How far is it from Barcelona Airport to Sants Train Station?

The total distance from Barcelona Airport to Sants Train Station is 15 km. The total trip with a car usually takes around 15 minutes.

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