Getting There

| January 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Getting There & Around

International and domestic flights

El Prat Airport:

This is 2nd biggest airport in Spain (preceded by Madrid Adolfo Suarez) and both major international airlines and a few low cost operators serve the Catalan capital. This is the best option, as the airport is only half an hour drive from the city.

 

Taking a taxi into the city will cost about €40.00, while if you are travelling on a budget opt for the Aerobus shuttle. It runs every 10 minutes, from 6.00am until 1.00am and only costs €5.90. The buses are adapted for persons with reduced mobility. Free WiFi and USB chargers are at your disposal on the bus.

Getting to the Aerobus stop from T1: follow the bus signage located above. Do not turn right to go downstairs. Pass the information desk and continue straight. Follow the sign on the information panel above and turn right. From here on follow the “Aerobus” sign. Take the elevator or the escalator to go downstairs. The stop will be on your right. You can get tickets from the vending machine located in the area, from the receptionist or from the bus driver directly.

Getting to the Aerobus stop from T2: upon exiting go directly outside through the revolving doors. Turn left and walk approx. 100 meters (330 ft), past the blue Aerobus digital information panel, until you reach the bus stop and with its ticket vending machine. You can buy your ticket also from the receptionist or the bus driver directly.
Aerobus stops in Barcelona: Plaça Catalunya, Sepúlveda-Urgell, Plaça Espanya, Gran Vía-Urgell, and Plaça Universitat.

You can also take a cercanías train from T2 into the city. There are shuttle buses that connect T1 and T2.

The metro serves both T1 and T2 – with the stations “Aeroport T1” and “Aeroport T2” respectively. The metro ticket is €4.60 (and is free of charge with the purchase of your Hola BCN! Travel Card, see “Getting Around Barcelona”) and the journey takes about 30 minutes.

You can rely on Google Maps to find the most efficient itinerary depending on your address in Barcelona.


Other Airport Options:

The other two airports in the region are Reus and Girona-Costa Brava. They are both located within 1 hour and 20 minute drive to the center of Barcelona.

Girona-Costa Brava is served by international charter and low cost companies, as well as Reus. Weigh the pros and cons before you choose to fly to one of those. If you have budgeted in some extra time during your stay, Girona is a beautiful medieval city to visit and is also not far from the spectacular rocky Costa Brava beaches.

 

Train and bus information

Spain boasts a large network of high speed trains, so should you opt for flying in to another major city, like Madrid or Malaga, it may work out just fine. Make sure to check the train schedule in advance. Tickets can be purchased up to 120 days prior to the travel date.

If you live in Europe you can also travel to Barcelona by train.

Another way of getting to Barcelona is by car. Barcelona is located not far from the French border – within a 2.5 hour drive from the French city of Perpignan.

 

Taxi and public transport

 

Taxi

There is no Uber in Barcelona (or in Spain in general) due to the law restrictions. City taxis are plentiful however. Make sure the driver always uses a meter. Barcelona traffic gets heavy at peak hours. If you want to arrive punctually somewhere within the city, always factor in an extra 10-20 minutes depending on the distance.

 

Public Transport

Hola BCN! Travel Card allows for limitless use of public transport (including the return trip from the airport and back, on the metro).

 

Car rental:

Car rental is cheap in Spain and the largest choice of car rental offices are located at the El Prat airport and Sants train station. Beware that the cheapest companies tend to charge extra fees in addition to what’s quoted online. The most professional and transparent company is Sixt.

Bike rental:

The city´s bike rental system is destined towards locals only: the membership is on an annual basis and the membership card needs to be ordered 10 days in advance and arrives via postal service.
But tourists can rent a bike from one of the dozens of bike rental shops available throughout the city. Barcelona, as any large city, is unfortunately notorious for light street crime. Do not leave your bike unattended, even for a short while.

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