Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN)

Josep Tarradellas Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN), also known as Barcelona-El Prat Airport, is the main international airport serving Barcelona, located 15 km from the city centre. It is the second-busiest airport in Spain, welcoming over 49 million passengers a year. Home to around 76 airlines, it is a vital hub for Vueling, Air Europa, Iberia, easyJet, Ryanair, Lufthansa and Air France.

Barcelona Airport Services

Fast Lane

Fast Lane

Barcelona Airport provides a convenient fast lane service for departing passengers, offering expedited access through security checkpoints in both Terminals 1 and 2, to minimise waiting times.


Tickets for the fast lane service can be purchased on-site or booked online and access is valid for seven days from the date of purchase. Prices start from €10.40 for access to either terminal’s fast lane. Some airlines offer the service free of charge, but you’ll need to check with your airline for more information.


*Children up to the age of 5 can access the Fast Lane free of charge when accompanied by adults.

Special Assistance

Special Assistance

Meet & Assist

Meet & Assist

Premium Services

Premium Services

Airport Lounges

Airport Lounges

Free WiFi

Free WiFi

Baggage Services

Baggage Services

Barcelona Airport Parking

There are a few Barcelona Airport parking options, offering varying rates depending on travellers’ needs. Whether you’re going on a long family holiday, a mini-break, or an extended trip, Barcelona Airport parking is convenient for all types of travel.

Turn-up and park prices are not listed on the website, but you’ll find the rates at the entrance of every official airport car park. You can either book online in advance, pay using the Mobile App, or pay at the machines in the car park. Just make sure you check what payment options are available for the car park of your choice.

General (T1 and T2)

5-minute walk to terminal

Ideal for short or mid-stay parking

Rates are charged per minute

Express (T1 and T2)

Terminal forecourt

Drop off and pick up area

Parking is free for the first 10 minutes

Long-stay (T1)

Free shuttle to terminal

Perfect for longer holidays or budget rates

Operates exclusively with online reservations

Preferente (T1)

Immediate access to terminal

Special rates

VIP (T1 and T2)

Drop your car and keys off at the VIP reception and head straight into the terminal


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Terminal Information

Barcelona Airport has two main terminals. Terminal 1 is mostly used for international and Schengen flights, whereas Terminal 2 mostly serves domestic or non-Schengen flights. 


Both terminals provide travellers with information points, currency exchange and cash services, accessible toilets and baby changing rooms, medical services, and Special Assistance help points. You’ll also find a good amount of shops, cafes and restaurants dotted throughout the buildings. You’ll also find several lounges, children’s play areas, and workstations to keep any traveller busy while they wait.


*Barcelona Airport provides a free transport service between the two terminals, departing every 5-10 minutes.

View of Barcelona Airport terminal building, with "Barcelona" written in big white letters and a plane to the left.
Man standing by large windows in Barcelona Airport terminal.
Terminal 1

Terminal 1

Photo of a passenger sitting on a bench in Barcelona Airport's terminal building, with large windows in front.
Terminal 2

Terminal 2

Transport to and from Barcelona Airport

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By train

Hop on the Line R2 North to Barcelona Sants Station in 30 minutes

*Departures every 30 minutes

By metro

Use Line 9 to get to Fira in 20 minutes

*Departure every 5 minutes

By bus

Catch the Aerobus A1 or A2 to Pl. Espanya in 25 minutes

*Departure every 15 minutes

By taxi

Get a Barcelona Airport taxi from the ranks to take you anywhere in Barcelona

Or, for a more personalised experience, pre-book a private transfer with Welcome Pickups

By car

Drive to Barcelona city centre in just 15 minutes

*Trip durations vary depending on your final destination​ and traffic

More connections from Barcelona Airport


The RENFE Suburban Lines operate direct services to Barcelona city centre and other surrounding areas.



Taxis and Private Transfers

Barcelona Airport Hotels

Whether you have a long layover or just need to stay close to the airport, there are a few hotels near Barcelona Airport.
Hotel room with a double bed in the centre, a cornflower blue wall, and a window to the right.


On-site, Terminal 1 – business centre
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Exterior of Barcelona Airport Hotel, with blue skies above.

Barcelona Airport Hotel

5-minute shuttle from terminal
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A beige and grey coloured room with a statement wall behind and a double bed in the centre.

Salles Ciutat del Prat Barcelona Airport

5-minute shuttle from terminal
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Exterior of FrontAir Congress, with grass and garden furniture in front of the main building.

Alexandre Hotel Frontair Congress

10-minute shuttle from terminal
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Exterior of Ibis Budget Hotel, with the hotel logo on the top of the building in red and blue skies above.

Ibis Budget Barcelona Viladecans

10-minute drive from terminal
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Exterior of Sercotel, with a large pool in front of the building and blue skies above.

Sercotel Sant Boi

10-minute drive from terminal
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Practical Information

Opening Hours

Barcelona Airport is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Recommended Arrival Times

Non-Schengen flights: 3 hours

Domestic and Schengen Flights: 2 hours

Airport Codes

Barcelona Airport code: BCN (IATA)


Contact Information

Customer service at +34 617 385 985

General inquiries: +34 902 404 704

Parking: +34 913 211 000

Lost Property: +34 932 596 440, [email protected] 

Special Assistance: +34 913 211 000


Which airport for Barcelona?

There are three airports serving Barcelona, El Prat, Reus, and Girona. However, Barcelona International Airport is the nearest airport to Barcelona city centre, just 15 km away. The other two are located outside of the city around 100 km away.

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