To / From Airport, Barcelona
We flew with www.mytravellite.com from Birmingham for £62 including tax. The further you can book in advance the cheaper the tickets will be.
When we got the Barcelona airport, we were told by the information deak that the best way to get into the city centre was by train (taxi's are expensive and the bus takes ages), so we caught the train for about €5 for 9 of us - you couldn't get into Birmingham for that much!!!!
We had to change at Place de Catalunya and take one stop to Universitat (although we could have walked but we weren't sure where to go at first).
If we got stuck we asked the locals or the information desk and although the language barrier was a problem we got there in the end!!
The Aerobus is one of the best ways to get from the airport to center of the city and vice versa.
From Barcelona El Prat Airport:
There will be an Aerobus leaving every 15 minutes in front of each terminal between 6:00am and midnight (approx.) and arrives at Placa Catalunya about 30 minutes later.
To Barcelona El Prat Airport:
There is an Aerobus stop in Placa Catalunya. A bus leaves every 15 minutes from 5:30am-11:15pm M-F, and 6:30am-11:20 Sat-Sun (approx.), and arrives at Barcelona Airport about 30 minutes later.
EUR€3.30 one way, EUR€5.65 round trip. (approx.) - You can pay the busdriver directly - you do not have to purchase a ticket ahead of time.
Getting to and from the airport.
Because of a late incoming flight, and the first time in Barcelona, we decided to go for a taxi journey to our hotel. Our hotel was situated just off La Rambla, and the taxi cost 2,000 pts from the airport, and took about 20 mins. Going back to the airport, we took the Aerobus from Placa de Catalunya (just at the top of La Rambla) which cost approx 500 pts each, and took about 30 mins.
You can take the Metro (subway/underground) around the city. It is reliable and easy, with plenty of stops. Be aware that the cost per journey is 160 pts, but if you need to change to another line, you may need to pay another 160 pts.
If you have plenty of time and energy, I would recommend walking to the necessary places you need to get to. The climate is nice enough to do so, and you get to see the beautiful Spanish streets and buildings as you walk.
Buses also run frequently and are a reliable form of transport.
The public transportation in Barcelona is very good.
From the airport to the city u can either take the train or a special bus which will drive u till the 'Plaza Catalunya' there u can find a tourist place w/ all kinds of info.
When you're coming by plane, you will arrive at the El Prat International Airport. From there it's only 12 km to the city center. Both train and busservices are available from the airport to near downtown locations. 1: Trains: A train runs every 30 mins from 6am-11 pm, depsoting passengers at the main station called Sants. This is sitauted at some distance from most hostals and hotels, but metro trains are availlable from the same building. When you have your hotel'/hostal in the old town (barri gotic) the best Metro station to look for is Licieu. 2. Busses: Busses are availble from 2.30 am-11.10 pm, dropping passengers at the Placa d Espagna, where u can also find a station for metro lines. However, try to avoid taxi's from the airport to the cicy center. First they are very expensive, second: a lot of them are extremely creative in squeezing money out of the naive tourist. If you still insist in taking a cab. then make sure that the meter has been turned back following the last fare. We've had been lucky that we were that attentive! Another advice: - though i admitt it's difficult to do, when you're a first-time visitor - be very attentive during the ride, watch what route the man is taking, for he certainly will try to go to your hotel by a roundabout way, that may well give you a great touristic tour trhrough the city, but you probably would not have asked for!!! Cabs cost about 2500 pts.
Metro: the best way of gettin around. Their layout is similar to the Paris system, and some of the entrances have even imitate their Art Nouveau model. Metrostations are safe and clean. And at some stations, there are still possibilities for that good old 'jumping over the gate', that will save poor (or: avaricious) students, like us again some 70 pts for a ride. You can, if you like to, buy a 1,3, and 5-day pass, good for unlimeted use on all forms of public transport. Their cost ranges from 275-1250 pts (but prices can have changed, the last time i was there was in 1999. Other transprtation: 1. color-coded buses: you will probably use the red ones, that pass through the city center or the blue buses, that ride at night. But try to use the subway: the buses are uncomfortable cause they are mostly overcrowded. 2. Rent-a-car. When you're a first-time visitor, dont even think about it. Barcalona traffic is a hell! The mainstreets of the city have 8 ways, traffic is extremely crowded, noisy and chaotic. Considering the Catalan style of riding cars it may ruin all the great memories you could collect in Barcalona! So, be smart and take the sub!
The easiest way to get to Barcelona is by plane. The airport is outside the city but there are plenty of taxis and a regular train service into the centre.
By far the easiest way to get around Barcelona is by Metro. Buy a T-10 ticket which allows you 10 journeys (so 2 of you can travel 5 times). You can get them at the Metro stations. There are stops at almost all the places you'll want to visit and the trains are clean and frequent.
If you are staying on or near the Ramblas, there are plenty of things you can walk to. The Barri Gotic is easy to get lost in but you are never far from the main street so don't panic - just enjoy the sights.
El Prat de LLobregat, Barcelona's airport, is 12 km away from the centre of Barcelona. You can get to the city in three ways:
By Bus (Aerobus): It takes about 30-40 min. The stops are (in this order): Plaza España, Gran Vía/Comte d'Urgell, Plaza Universidad and Plaza Cataluña.
By train. It takes 25 min. (It stops in Sants Station, Plaza Catalunya Station, Arc de Triomf Station and Clot-Arago Station)
By taxi: of course, the more expensive solution.
The best way to get around Barcelona is by the metro (underground). It's fast and easy to use.
When you arrive to Barcelona's airport and you don't want rent a car...What to do? Take the 'aerobus'! A bus from the airport that stop in Barcelona's Downtown. Every 30 minutes you can board an aerobus at the airport or Plaça Catalunya. Tickets are sold in the bus (price only 500 pesetas!), luggage compartment inside, low deck with no steps: no tired!, electronic ramp and aisles adapted to accommodate wheelchairs: Great!, air conditioning and background music...WOW!
Which terminal should you go to?
Terminal A: Adria Airways, Aeroflot, Air Algerie, Air France, Air Littoral, Air Malta, Alitalia, British Midland, Crossair, Cubana de Aviación, Czech Airlines, Delta Airlines, Easyjet, Egyptair, Gandalf Airlines, Go fly LTD, Icelandair, Istambul Airlines, Khalifa Airways, KLM, Luxair, Malev, Meridiana SPA, Polympic, Portugalia, Regional Airlines Sabena, Swissair, TAP, Transavia Holland, Tunis Air, Turkish Airlines, VASP, Virgin Airline...
Terminal C: Iberia (puente aéreo: to Madrid) and General Aviation
Terminal B: Other companies
One have some different ways to arrive to Barcelona.
From the airport: Train; there's a train every 30 minutes, from early hour in the morning to later in the night. Check timetables and prices here
Also the bus is a good solution, there is one every 15 minutes and it stops in Sants Station, Plaça Universitat and Plaça Catalunya. Price: 550ESP
Taxi: Normally bus run is about 2500-3500ESP depending on where of the city you take it, and if you have luggage(taxi driver can add 200ESP per suitcase).
The easiest way to move around is by Metro.
Barcelona has 5 metro lines and FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya) MAP
There are some different kind of tickets one can get depending on each one needs. T-10, T-Day, 3-dies, 5-dies, Bus+metro+Aerobus,... it's your choice!
By air: The Barcelona airport is in 'El Prat de Llobregat', 12km southwest of the city. A train connects the airport with the railway station, Estació de Sants, every 30mins and the ride last about half an hour. A bus service is also available from the Plaça de Calalunya, departing every 15 mins.
El aeropuerto de Barcelona está situado a 12 km de la ciudad, en el Prat de Llobregat. Se puede acceder a él por la autovía de Castelldefels o mediante transporte público.
Airport of Barcelona is placed at 11 km from Barcelona city center aprox...
Term A is for all foreigns companies (Alitalia, Delta..)
Term B is for domestic companies (Iberia, Spanair)
Term C is for the Air Shuttle besides Madrid and Barcelona
Once in Airport Arrivals you can choose different kind of transportation for arrive to BCN
By RENFEthe ticket costs 2.10 Euro and you must go down in Sants Station, Catalunya, Clot, Arc de Triomf, depend where you have your lodge
Frequency: each 30 min
Shuttle takes 20 min aprox
From 6:08 until 22:08 min
By Aerobus, a little bit expensive than Renfe.
From Pl. Cataunya Mon. to Fri: 5:30h. to 22:15
Sat & holidays : 6 h. to 22:20 h.
Every 15 min.
Journey: 30 min. aprox.
Stops: Pl. Catalunya, Estació de Sants, Pl. d'Espanya, Aeropuerto: Term. A, B, C. 3 Euro
Or by Taxi, of course , the most expensive way
My favourite route into Barcelona from the airport, is to take the local train service, which runs very efficiently and very cheaply, to the Placa Da Catalunya, passing the various neighbourhoods on it's route. I like to be a voyeaur and I loved to look at the various high-rise estates on my journey in, and sharing the journey with the local inhabitants.
Without doubt, the excellent Metro system, which is logical, simple and air-conditioned!
If you arrive by plane, you may take the bus or the train.
The bus is called the aerobús and will take you the the Plaça Catalunya.
The train will take you to the Sants train station.