Don´t Read the other statements if you want to save money.
You have more than one opportuinty to go to the city Barcelona from airport:
AEROBUS, its expensive, cost are currently 4,25 EUROS!!
TRAIN, costs more than 2 EUROS, leaves every 30 min...
TAXI, too expensive.
THE BEST WAY: Take the BUS LINE 46 to PLACE ESPANYA, then take Undergroundtrain oder another bus.
TO the PLACE ESPANYA you will pay only 1,35 EUROS. THATs really cheap and for may people its not neccessary to go to PLACE CATALUNYA..
You can walk from PLACE ESPANYA, for example to Trainstation ROCAFORT at GRAN VIA you take approx. 10 minutes...
You can take the bus (A1 Aerobus) from the airport to Plaça de Catalunya via Plaça d'Espanya : every 12 minutes from 6am to midnight (Mo-Fri) or from 6:30 am (week-end) : 3.45 €. It takes more or less 40 minutes. You can buy your ticket in the bus.
From Plaça de Catalunya, the first bus to the airport is at 05:30 am and the last one at 11.30 pm (from 6:00 am during the week-end)
It is super easy and cheap to get to and from the airport to the center of Barcelona. At the airport is the Aerobus (located outside of baggage claim), which costs 4.05 euros for a ride- we were staying near Plaça Catalunya so we took the bus to the Universitat stop, which is very close to Plaça Catalunya. The ride is only 7 miles or so and takes about 20-30 minutes. Going to the airport we caught the Aerobus at Plaça Catalunya (located on the side across from del Portel de l'Angel)- this goes directly to the airport and cost the same as coming. These buses on both ends are plentiful and I think the most we waited was 10-15 minutes.
Barcelona has an international airport, which you can reach from downtown by train. So if you're flying, your plane will arrive at the airport and then you can take a train (and then the metro) to go anywhere in town. Mind you, the train station is located close to Terminal 2, so if you arrive to Terminal 1 (as it was my case) you will need to take a shuttle to Terminal 2 and then take the train.
However, there is now another option to get to the city center quickly and without having to go through that hassle. They now have a service called Aerobus, a blue bus that takes you directly from the airport to the main centric areas in Barcelona: Plaza Espanya, next to Montjuic hill, and Plaza Catalunya, right in the heart of the city and where the Rambla starts. It's only 5.30 EUR per person for a single ride (2011) and the journey is 30 minutes long, approximately. It's comfortable and convenient, and they even give you a free map of the city. There are buses coming back and forth every 5-10 minutes or so, and every 20 minutes in less busy hours. You can buy the ticket from the driver, from a clerk at their bus stop in Plaza Catalunya or the Airport, or from a vending machine located next to the bus stop (not available in all stops). It runs from 5:30 AM to midnight or even later, depending on the terminal. This bus serves BOTH terminals of the airport, so it has routes A1 and A2. This isn't an issue when going from the airport to the city, but when going back to the airport make sure you take the right bus so you don't end up in the wrong terminal. The clerk at Plaza Catalunya knew which airlines departed from which terminal, so you can also get assistance from these people if you aren't 100% sure where you're departing from. Website provided for more information.
You can also arrive to Barcelona by train, being the main station Barcelona Sants -- this station is connected to the metro system and this is where you will arrive if you take the train from the airport, too.
My Germanwings flight from Cologne arrived at Barcelona El Prat airport. The airport has 3 terminals and is located about 12 km southwest of the city centre. There is a frequent train service between the airport and the city centre. Single ticket: 2,20 EURO (2003).
You can pay anything from £13 to £20 for a taxi from Barcelona Airport to the city centre. But the Aerobus at the stop right next to the cab rank every 5 minutes will ferry you to the main Placa Catalunya for just £2.60 in about 35 minutes.
Airport Terminals (T1 or T2)
You're probably one of many who will be flying Ryan Air into Girona to save some cash. So, you'll also be one of many riding the bus into Barcelona's Estacio Del Nord.
No fear. Once you land in Girona, you'll get in line and purchase your tickets for the bus. Most term the company "BarcelonaBus", but the actual company is called "Sagales". Everyone will be traveling together, so there's little confusion.
It's only sixty miles, or so from Girona to Barcelona. The ride is quiet, scenic and convenient. Brand new buses leave you right downtown at the Estacio Del Nord, and cabs will be waiting at the curb. The price? Well, I believe it was $11Euro or so during my visit. Very reasonable.
Please note: Cab drivers will rip you off. Watch them like a hawk.
Now, to get to the airport in the middle of the day on the way back home was very easy to use the airport bus service that leaves downtown in the center of the city. Just remember to check out which terminal you need to select the right bus line.
the airport of Barcelona (Aeroport Internacional El Prat) is connected with a so called "aerobus" with the central places of Barcelona. The ticket costs 3,75 Euro (april 2006) and the bus brings you in around 20 minutes from airport to plaza catalunya, the west end of "Las Ramblas". It passes by the "Gran Via" and has some few stops, one of them in plaza d? Espanya. The way from plaza Catalunya may take a bit longer, but still less than half an hour, although for sure it all depends on traffic as well. The busses pass by between every 10 to 20 minutes. As they are quite well frecuentated, you better calculate some waiting time, often you can?t get the first bus because of too many travellers.
The bus offers enough space for your luggage.
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.
If like us you fly Ryanair to Girona airport, look for the Sagales bus counter, right next to the baggage carousel. A return ticket to Barcelona was EUR22. The bus sits right outside the airport: load your cases onto the bus then hand your ticket to the driver as you board, he swipes it in a machine and hands it back (you need it for the return trip!). The journey (at 6pm) to Barcelona Estacio del Nord took 75 minutes, while the return trip (at 3pm) took 65 mins. Estacio del Nord is adjacent to Arc de Triomf metro station, and there are taxis all around. NB there is no toilet on the bus.
We used the RENFE train service from the Airport (Aeropuerto station is about 5 minutes walk from the main entrance of the airport using a moving walkway) to transfer to the centre of Barcelona. We didn't have to wait too long for it, as there is a train every thirty minutes, although, once it arrived, it quickly became crowded with passengers and their luggage.
The train passed through some nice areas on the way, so the journey was enjoyable. Once in the town, The train stops at Barcelona Sants (also called Sants estacion), Placa de Catalunya and Arc de Triomf stations, from each of which it is possible to transfer to the Metro, enabling most people to connect directly with a line that would take them straight to the stop they wanted to reach, without requiring a further change. The tickets cost only a few Euros.
The connection with the metro was not hard to find, as the station had clear colour coded signs, in a variety of languages but it was rather a long walk, involving several staircases, which were not so easy to climb with our cases, at the busy time we had arrived. The metro trains were also quite busy but there was plenty of room available for standing passengers and for our luggage too.
There is a clear printable map available on the website listed, which shows the metro and other connecting public transport services, including the trains from the airport.
From Barcelona airport to city center, there are many options: Taxi, Shuttlebus, Train.
It costs us 36 Euros to get Selva de Mar (about 35 minutes journey). It's a bit out of city center where the international conference center locates. 25-30 Euros to get downtown I suppose. There will be an additional surcharge 1 Euro for the each bag you're carrying.
Barcelona taxis are black and yellow, the drivers we met are all friendly helpful and zealous.
*Shuttle bus -- Aerobus:
Aerobus runs every 15 mins in its operation hours (see official website for the timetable):
The bus will drop you at Placa Espana or Placa de Cataluna in the city center where you can catch the metro. There are 12 of metro and Tram lines running in Barcelona which are Metro L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, L6, L7, L8 and Tram T1, T2, T3, T4. It's very convenient to transit.
here is the metro map:
RENFE train runs about every 30 mins to the city centre from airport (Aeropuerto). Approximately 25 minutes journey. You shall get off at either Barcelona Sants or Passeig de Gracia to catch on the metro system.
Aerobus gives a constant transport to and fro the airport every 10 minutes from 5:30am to 00:30am every day.
Cheap at 5.30 euro. Tickets can be purchased from vending machines or from the drivers.
Leaves from Pl. Catalunya in the centre of the city
Arriving at BCN Airport, you have several possibilities to get to the city center:
-> by TRAIN : get out of the airport building and at the level of terminal C you will see a bridge that looks a little bit like a train passing over the street to the other side. Take the lift up there, cross over, buy a ticket at the machines and take the train to Estación Sants or Plaza Catalunya.
-> by AIRPORT BUS : The AEROBUS is a blue bus that stops in all terminals (A, B and C). The bus stations are right at the exit of the arrival halls at the different gates. For schedule, exact itinerary and price check out http://www.bcn.es/turisme/english/turisme/mobilitat/ser_tra_hom11.htm
The main stops are at Plaza Espana, Urgell, Plaza Catalunya.
-> by REGULAR BUS nr. 46 : this is a bus line of the ordinary bus transportation system of the city. The advantage is that it is the cheapest (you can use the T-10 ticket, see my info on bus/metro transportation in Barcelona). The disadvantage is that these busses don't have specific luggage store compartments like the aerobus. This bus stops at Terminal B, at least this was so in JAN 2008.
-> by TAXI : if you want to travel in comfort and style, take the taxi. It is still affordable in Barcelona!