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Barcelona-El Prat Airport is located 15 kilometers southwest of downtown and 3 kilometers from the port. It has two passenger terminals and it is the second airport with the most traffic in Spain. Park with Parkimeter and forget about your car!
The Barcelona-El Prat International Airport is located 15 kilometers southwest of Barcelona, just 6 meters above sea level. The airport is situated between the municipalities of El Prat de Llobregat, Viladecans, and Sant Boi. It is commonly referred to as the Prat Airport, although in 2011 its official name was changed to Barcelona-El Prat Airport. The airport is identified by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) code 'BCN' and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) code 'LEBL'. ENAIRE (formerly known as AENA) owns and operates this airport, managing almost all Spanish airports.
You can reach the airport from the center of Barcelona in just a few minutes using public or private transportation.
The characteristic black and yellow taxis of Barcelona offer their service to and from Barcelona Airport 24 hours a day, with stops at all terminals. The journey from the airport to the center of Barcelona usually takes between 20 and 40 minutes, depending mainly on the traffic conditions.
The cost of the taxi service depends on the departure terminal and the destination within the city. It also varies depending on whether it is daytime, nighttime, or a holiday. The fare usually ranges from €25 to €30, but there is a flat rate of €39 for trips between the airport and the cruise terminal. Taxis usually accommodate 4 passengers and may charge extra for pets, luggage, etc. If you require a special taxi for persons with disabilities or need more seats, you should inquire beforehand and possibly inform the chosen taxi company to arrange it in advance.
The Aerobús is a fast and convenient option to reach the airport. It departs from Gran Vía, Plaza España, Fira, or Plaza Cataluña, and the cost is €10 round trip per person. Keep in mind that if you are traveling with 4 people, it may be cheaper to take a taxi. However, if you need transportation for 7 people, you can request a 7-seater taxi. You can buy your Aerobús tickets online.
There are two Aerobús lines (blue buses): A1 and A2, which go to terminals T1 and T2 respectively. Buses run every 5, 10, or 20 minutes depending on the time of day and the terminal, and the service operates 24 hours a day. This is one of the most comfortable, fast, and widely used means of transportation for tourists traveling between Barcelona Airport and the city center.
The Aerobús stops from the airport to the city are:
The cheapest option to access the airport from the city, especially if you are coming from Sants, Plaza Cataluña (the center of Barcelona), or Sagrera, is using Renfe Cercanías (in Catalan: Rodalies). The famous T-10 metro card of Barcelona can be used to reach the airport. Note that the names of the public transport cards have changed; if you purchase your ticket from a machine, you should look for the option "T-casual" instead of T10, which was the previous name. Be careful because the prices for RENFE tickets are not the same. Furthermore, the Renfe suburban train will take you to the end of the line, which is located at T2. From there, you will need to use shuttle buses to reach your flight terminal if it is not T2.
Since 2016, the Barcelona metro has reached the airport, with stops at both T1 and T2. This is the best option for traveling to Fira Barcelona, El Prat, l'Hospitalet, or the University Zone. However, if you are going to the center of Barcelona, you will need to transfer and will likely take longer to arrive.
Keep in mind: if you pay for a single ticket or use the T-10 (now T-casual), T-escolar, or T-2 Comerç cards, you will need to pay a €4.5 surcharge. Since this surcharge is aimed at tourists, if you live in Barcelona and have a pass such as T-usual or T-jove, you will not have to pay the surcharge.
If you are visiting Barcelona with the Barcelona Card, your journey will be free!
In addition to the Aerobús, several Barcelona (or metropolitan) buses go to the airport:
There are also night buses with stops at El Prat Airport:
The most convenient way to get to the airport, especially if you are coming from somewhere far from the center of Barcelona, is by car.
From the city center, access is very fast, either from the ring roads (Ronda de Dalt, Ronda del Mig - Plaza Cerdà - or Ronda Litoral) or from Gran Vía (through Plaza España / Fira de Barcelona). On a traffic-free day, it takes about 10 minutes from Plaza España or 20 minutes from Plaza Cataluña. However, if there is heavy traffic, it may take over an hour from Plaza Cataluña.
To reach the airport from the south of Barcelona (Castelldefels, Sitges, Vilanova, Tarragona, Vendrell, etc.), the fastest route is the C-32 motorway (also known as Pau Casals), which bypasses all the coastal towns. The C-32 is a toll road with a cost of about €3 (depending on the access point). You can also access the south without tolls via the national road N-340 to El Vendrell and then take the C-31 (Coast of Garraf or Autovía de Castelldefels).
From the north of Barcelona, the most common and fastest option is to take Ronda de Dalt from the accesses of different highways (A-2, B-23, A-7, etc.).
At the airport, you will find the official AENA parking, although its prices are higher than those of other parking services you can reserve online. There are basically three options for parking at the airport:
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Barcelona-El Prat Airport offers both domestic and international flights. Every year, new routes are inaugurated from this airport, which is continuously growing. In 2017, from Barcelona, you can fly directly to the following destinations: A Coruña, Alborg, Alicante, Almería, Amberes, Amman, Amsterdam, Argel, Asturias, Atenas, Badajoz, Banjul, Bari, Basel-Mulhouse, Pekin, Belfast, Bergen, Berlin, Berlin, Bilbao, Billund, Birminghan, Bogota, Bolonia, Boston, Braunschweig, Brest, Brindisi, Bristol, Bruselas, Bruselas, Bucarest, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Burdeos, Cagliari, Cardiff, Casablanca, Catania, Fontanarossa, Chisinau, Cluj, Colonia, Copenhague, Krakow, Craiova, Dakar, Dubai, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Dusseldorf, Nottingham, Edimburgo, Eindhoven, El Cairo, Estambul, Estambul, Estocolmo, Estocolmo, Faro, Fez, Filadelfia, Florencia, Frankfurt, Fuerteventura, Gdansk, Genova, Ginebra, Glasgow, Glasgow, Gotemburgo, Gran Canaria, Granada, Doha, Hamburgo, Hannover, Helsinki, Iasi, Ibiza, Islamabad, Jerez De La Frontera, Catowice, Reykjavik, Kiev, Kiev, Santa Cruz De La Palma, Lahore, Lanzarote, Leeds, Leon, Lille, Lima, Lisboa, Liverpool, Londres, Londres, Londres, Londres, Luxemburgo, Lyon, Funchal, Madrid, Malaga, Malta, Manchester, Marrakech, Marsella, Menorca, Miami, Milan, Milan, Milan, Minsk, Montreal, Moscú, Munich, Nador, Nantes, Nápoles, Newark, Newcastle, Niza, Nueva York, Nuremberg, Olbia, Ostende, Oporto, Oran, Oslo, Palermo, Palma De Mallorca, Paris, Paris, Paris, Florence, Ponta Delgada, Poznan, Praga, Rennes, Riga, Roma, Rotterdam, San Sebastian, Santander, Santiago De Compostela, Thira, São Paulo, Sevilla, Singapur, Skopje, Sofia, Southend, Split, San Petersburgo, Stavanger, Stuttgart, Tanger, Tel Aviv Yafo, Tenerife, Tenerife, Timisoara, Toronto, Toulouse, Venecia, Trieste, Trondheim, Túnez, Turin, Valencia, Valladolid, Varsovia, Varsovia, Venecia, Viena, Vigo, Vilnius, Zagreb y Zurich.
With 44,154,693 passengers in 2016, Barcelona El Prat Airport is the second-largest airport in Spain, after Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, and the tenth in the list of European airports for 2015.
According to the 2015 World Airport Awards by the English consulting firm Skytrax, it is ranked 27th among the best airports in the world.
Barcelona El Prat Airport currently has two terminals: T1 and T2. The previous terminals A, B, C form the current terminal T2 (T2A, T2B, T2C).
There is a free shuttle service between terminals that connects T1 with T2 with stops at the airport: Terminal T1, Floor 3, Departures, Terminal T1, Floor 0, Arrivals, Terminal T2 B, Departures, Terminal T2 C (outer roadway).
The shuttle service operates from 8:00 to 20:00 h, every 4 minutes; from 5:00 to 8:00 and from 20:00 to 00:00, every 7 minutes; and from 00:00 to 5:00 h, approximately every 20 minutes.
The following airlines operate in Terminal 1: Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air Algerie, Air Baltic, Air Berlin, Air Canada Rouge, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, Air Nostrum, Alitalia, American Airlines, Arkia Israeli Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, BA Cityflyer, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, EgyptAir, El Al Israel Airlines, Emirates, Finnair, Iberia, Israir, KLM, Korean Air, LATAM Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Niki Luftfahrt, Qatar Airways, Rossiya-Russian Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, S7 Airlines, TAP Portugal, Tarom, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, United Airlines, and Vueling.
The following airlines operate in Terminal 2: Aer Lingus, Air Arabia, Maroc, Air Moldavia, Air Transat, Azerbaijan Airlines, Azores Airlines, Azur Air, Azur Air Ukraine, Belavia, Blue Air, Bulgaria Air, Easyjet, Easyjet Switzerland, Eurowings, Evelop, FlyOne, Germanwings, Icelandair, Jet2.com, Luxair, Monarch Airlines, Nordavia, NordStar Airlines, Nordwind Airlines, Norwegian, Pakistan International Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Primera Air, Royal Flight, Ryanair, SmartWings, Transavia.com, TUI fly Belgium, Ural Airlines, Vim Airlines, Windrose Airlines, Wizz Air, and WOW air.
There are different types of parking at airports, which is why the price can vary. The VIP parking is the least economical option, followed by parking with shuttle and valet services. On the other hand, the most economical option is parking in the long-stay parking lot, due to its distance from the airport.
If you are only coming to drop someone off at the airport, you can park your car in the express parking lot, which is initially free for a short period of time, but other rates apply afterwards.
The rates for the different parking options are as follows:
These prices may vary, and it is recommended to verify them before your arrival at the airport. Additionally, if you need to park for several days or weeks, it is advisable to look for offers and promotions from private parking services near the airport.
The fastest and most comfortable way to park in the airport. The driver will be waiting for you at the scheduled time at the terminal. At your return, call the driver, who will deliver your car to you.
The cheapest option: free 5-15 minutes transfer to the terminal. A free shuttle will bring you from the parking lot to the terminal and back when you return.
The official parking inside the airport facilities. It is normally at walking distance from the terminal, but cheaper long stay parkings sometimes require short transfers.
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