About Barcelona Airport (BCN)
Officially known as Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport, Spain’s second largest airport serves Barcelona and the surrounding Catalonia region. Our Barcelona Airport guide includes information on terminal facilities, airport contact details, as well as public transport and accommodation options.
There are plans to expand the original airport terminal, as well as add a satellite facility, though no timeline for such work has yet been given.
Airport information desks can be found throughout the airport (tel: +34 902 404 704), at seven locations in Terminal 1 and four points in Terminal 2. Tourist information desks are located in Terminal 1 (tel: +34 933 788 175), on the first floor and Terminal 2 (tel: +34 933 788 149), in arrivals; there is also a hotel information point in Terminal 2’s B concourse.
From Barcelona city centre, take the Barcelona ring road and turn off at the Barcelona-Castelldefels C-31 motorway (which also connects with the Barcelona-Sitges C-32 motorway). From here, turn off at exit 192 to join the airport access road. The total drive time from Barcelona to the airport is approximately 20 minutes.
Transfer between terminals:
A pedestrian walkway links the A, B and C concourses of Terminal 2. A free shuttle bus operates between Terminals 1 and 2, running every four minutes at peak times.
Avenue de l'Aeroport
Barcelona Airport is located 12km (8 miles) southwest of central Barcelona.
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Public transport road:
Bus:The Aerobús (tel: +34 902 100 104; www.aerobusbcn.com) service to Plaça de Catalunya departs from the front of Terminal 1 (journey time: 35 minutes; fare: €5.90). Tickets are purchased on board. Local AMB (tel: +34 902 075 027; www.tmb.cat) buses 46, L77 and N17 depart from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 (concourse B and C), and terminate in various central Barcelona destinations (journey time: 45 minutes; fare: €5.90). There is also a night bus operating at 20-minute intervals from 2200 to 0500.
Taxi:Taxi ranks (tel: +34 932 235 151) are located outside the terminals, the journey time to the city centre is approximately 25-35 minutes and fares start at around €20.
Public transport rail:
Rail:The RENFE (tel: +34 902 320 320; www.renfe.com) R2 suburban train links Barcelona Airport with the city centre, Estació de Franςa and intermediate stops (journey time: around 30-45 minutes; fare: €3.80). The airport railway station is linked to Terminal 2 by a walkway. Free shuttle buses run from Terminal 1 to this station.
Metro: The newly opened Metro line L9 (www.tmb.cat) has stations in both terminals, and links the airport with a number of stops in Barcelona, along with connections to other lines and the main Barcelona rail station; an 'airport ticket' costs €4.50 one-way.
Bank branches can be found in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2's B concourse. ATMs and currency exchange services are available throughout Barcelona Airport.
There is a large choice of restaurants, cafés and bars in the departure and arrival areas of both terminals. Options range from fast-food outlets to sit-down restaurants and tapas bars.
There is a wide range of shops in both terminals, including bookshops, newsagents, fashion outlets and retailers selling branded Barcelona Football Club goods. Duty-free shopping (for passengers leaving the EU) is available in both terminals.
A lost property service (tel: +34 932 596 440) is located in Terminal 1. Several other lost and found offices can be found throughout the airport, operated by the various ground handlers. The left-luggage office in the Terminal 1 lobby area can assist with luggage storage.
Other facilities at Barcelona Airport include a pharmacy, 24-hour medical service, a chapel, tour operators, travel agents, a spa and children's play areas.
Conference and business:
The Business Centre (tel: +34 933 758 600; www.premium-traveller.com) in Terminal 1 contains boardrooms, meeting rooms and a rest area with bedrooms and gym facilities. There are two meeting rooms available for hire (tel: +34 932 971 101) in Terminal 2 (concourse B), with telephone, fax, internet and audiovisual equipment. VIP lounges are located post-security in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Meeting rooms are also available in nearby hotels, including the Hotel Tryp Barcelona Airport (tel: +34 933 781 000; www.melia.com).
Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout Barcelona Airport. There is a mailbox on the ground floor of Terminal 2's B concourse and on floor 3 of Terminal 1, and mobile phone chargers can be hired.
Barcelona Airport has lifts, ramps, escalators, lowered telephones and dedicated disabled toilets. Reserved parking spaces are available for disabled travellers in the airport car parks. There is a free assistance service for passengers with reduced mobility, which passengers can book up to 48 hours in advance. Any passengers who may require additional assistance are advised to contact their airline before travelling.
There are numerous public car parks with capacity for around 20,000 cars at Barcelona Airport. Short-stay parking areas are located directly in front of each terminal – the PA and PC car parks are directly connected to Terminal 2 via air-bridges. The long-stay car park is a short distance from both terminals and is linked via a free,24-hour shuttle bus service. A VIP parking service (tel: +34 93 297 1381), which involves a secured parking area and collection from outside the terminals, is also available.
Car hire companies at Barcelona Airport include: Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. These operators have desks in both terminals.