Getting to BARCELONA

Barcelona’s El Prat Airport is one of the most modern in all of Europe and is just 30 minutes from the city centre. The centre of the city is easy to cover on foot. Taxis are plentiful and reasonably priced. The metro is efficient and for those who want to keep fit, try the Bici, bicycles you can rent and drop off at various locations across the city.

El Prat Airport

El Prat Airport is approximately 20 minutes journey time from the centre of Barcelona. The airport is quite large with some great restaurants and shopping.

Barcelona Taxi

There is never a shortage of taxi;’s at Barcelona airport, although sometimes queues can be long.

OUR GUIDE TO GETTING AROUND AND GETTING TO BARCELONA

Barcelona International Airport (IATA: BCN, ICAO: LEBL), also known as El Prat, is a major transport hub and fields flights from all over Europe and beyond. There are three terminals, A, B and C, all within fairly easy walking distance of each other. Terminal A is the main new terminal and is used by almost all of the airlines. Terminal B, the former old airport is now used almost exclusively as a base by Ryanair.

The airport is only about 10 km away from the city center. Taxis are supposed to use a zone chart for trips into the city, but rarely do, and you can expect to pay up to €25.

A cheaper and often faster option is the half-hourly RENFE suburban train calling at Sants (20 minutes), Passeig de Gràcia (25 minutes) and Estació de França (30 minutes) in the city centre. A single ticket is about €2.20, but an under-advertised fact is that you can use the T-10 ticket (€6.90 for ten trips, including all bus and metro transfers made within 75 minutes) instead. You can buy a T-10 from the ticket vending machine at the airport station.

Alternatively, the Aerobús A1 line stops outside all terminal buildings and travels along Gran Via to Plaça Catalunya. Buses depart every 6-9 minutes, the published journey time is 35 minutes (although can take considerably longer during rush hour) and costs €3.90 one-way. Aerobuses stop running at midnight, but you can catch a Nit Bus night bus service instead.

OTHER AIRPORTS

Girona Airport
Some low-cost carriers, notably Ryanair, use the airports in Girona, nearly 100km to the north, or Reus, around the same distance to the south, instead. The Barcelona Bus service runs a shuttle bus from Estació del Nord in Barcelona to Girona Airport and this ties in with various flight times. A one-way ticket costs €12 and a return ticket costs €21. The journey takes approximately one hour and ten minutes.

Reus Airport
For Reus airport, the easiest way is to take the train from Barcelona Sants station to Reus and then the local bus to the airport. The train costs €6.45 and then the bus costs €2. This takes roughly an hour and a half.

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Getting around Barcelona

The best way to see Barcelona is by taking the Tourist Bus! There are more exotic ways to travel too, from Electric Scooter to Vintage Tram!

Barcelona Aerobus

The Aerobus operates between El Prat airport and the city of Barcelona stopping at multiple points along its route.

Barcelona Metro

Barcelona’s metro system is quite extensive and can get you to almost all parts of the city. Stations can get quite hot during the peak Summer months.

Tramvia Blau

The Tramvia Blau, which dates from 1901, is the survivor of the old Barcelona. It runs 1,276 metres up to the foot of the Tibidabo funicular, past Modernista and Noucentista buildings that give way to nature and stunning views of the city.

Bus Turistic Barcelona

The Bus Turistic has two main routes to choose from and is the easiest way to see all of the city’s attractions and architecture.

 METRO

The metro can take you to many places. A one-journey ticket cost €1.50, so it’s probably best to buy a multiperson 10-ride ticket for €6.90 (called a T-10) or a personal 50-ride monthly ticket for €27.55. These tickets are also valid on the buses and trams. [3]. 1- to 5-day public transport tickets are available which allow unlimited travel on the metro and bus networks (€9.6 for two days). These are excellent value. Be sure to look after them well as bent or damaged cards will not be read by the ticket machines (such cards can be replaced at one of TMB’s customer service centers).

We recommend you purchase the Barcelona Card in advance, which features unlimited free travel on public transport and free admission and discounts at around 100 visitor attractions. The card is available for purchase for periods of between 2 and 5 days, costing €24 for a 2-day card and €34 for a 5-day card.

TOURIST BUS BARCELONA, BUS TURISTIC

The Bus Turístic links all of the Barcelona tourist sites you could possibly want to visit. It has three routes, including a northbound and a southbound line which leave from opposite sides of the Plaça de Catalunya. You can buy tickets valid for one day (€19) or two consecutive days (€23). You can book the Bus Turistic in advance saving both time and money. Tickets start from EUR 24 and offer unlimited travel for 24 hours.

EXOTIC TRANSPORT

Tramvia Blau is a an old tram (beginning of the 20th century) connects Av. Tibidabo metro station and Funicular station at the foot of Tibidabo. Costs: 3.10 Euro for two-way trip.

Book Tours & Cars in Advance & Save!

If you want to save time then book your tickets for museums, shows and more in advance. You can also book scenic bus tours and guided tours to all of the major sights with our partner.

Recommended Hotels in Barcelona

We recommend that you stay in the Eixample area where possible. Its close to everything – all the gay bars and clubs and the city’s main attractions.

Hotel Cram
Stylish- Perfect Location

Hotel Cram

Right in the heart of the gay district with rooftop pool, great service and a warm welcome every time.

H10 Metropolitan
Great chill out pool

2 minutes’ walk from Paseo de Gracia Avenue, with its boutique and designer fashion stores.

Hotel Palace GL
Old World Charm

Hotel Palace Barcelona

Hotels like this are rare in the city. Opulence abounds! Great location close to all of the bars and clubs.

Catalonia Plaza
Great Vlaue for money

Catalonia Plaza

Perfect location right in the heart of the city with sun terrace and spa. Books out often so grab a deal now!

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