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If you are planning to fly to/from Barcelona El Prat Airport, check out our tips on what’s the best way to travel between the airport and the city centre. It’s always good to know, what’s the most convenient way to get to your destination. You can also find some data on the Barcelona El Prat Airport facilities and some local tips on the airport itself.
Barcelona is a city known as the home of architect Antoni Gaudí and the inimitable Barcelona F.C., with their tiki-taka soccer style. It is also a city well served by a modern transport system. It has a comprehensive metro service with 160 stops and 12 lines. The city also has 100 coach lines that cover the whole of the city, and two independent tram networks. Reaching into the surrounding areas of the city, there is a good suburban rail network, the Rodalies. All this makes getting from the city centre out to Barcelona El Prat Airport easy and straightforward.
There are three main public transport options for getting out to Barcelona El Prat Airport from Barcelona city centre. Since 2016, it’s been possible to take the metro out to the airport by catching the L9 Sud to El Prat Estació. This line is currently under construction with the two ends not yet connected, so to catch this train from the city centre it is necessary to take one of the other metro lines, like the L1, out to Torrassa, where the L9S can be boarded. The other rail service from the city centre to the airport is the R2 suburban railway service, which runs north south through the city out to the airport. It is also possible to get the coach out to the airport, which is served by the A1 express coach line, otherwise known as the Aerocoach. This can be boarded at various points around the city centre. If desired, a taxi service is also available.
It’s around 16-kilometers from the city centre to the airport. By taxi, the journey takes anywhere between 25 and 45 minutes, although in very bad traffic it may take longer. Catching the R2 suburban railway is the fastest way to make the journey. The train can be boarded from various stations in the city, but going from the central Passeig de Gràcia to the airport with the R2 takes just 18 minutes. Because it’s necessary to change metro lines, it takes a little longer to get the metro out to the airport, with an overall journey time from, for example, Universitat metro, to the airport, of half an hour. The A1 coach from Plaça de Catalunya takes the longest time, but it is still relatively brisk, taking just under 40 minutes to get to terminal 1 at Barcelona El Prat Airport.
Barcelona El Prat Airport has a good selection of boutique shops, including Burberry, Mango and Adolfo Dominquez. It is not so easy to buy food to prepare yourself at the airport, although there are several Sibarium delicatessens and the Airport Market, where passengers can buy snacks. There are, however, plenty of restaurants and cafés at the airport. Available cafés include Eat., Caffe di Fiore, Coofe and Starbucks, while there are restaurants like Tapa Tapa, Piscolabis and MásQMenos for travellers looking for a sit-down meal. There is a free assistance service for passengers that have reduced mobility which can be booked up until 2.5 hours before arrival on the airport’s website.
Most routes mentioned here are fully accessible for those with limited mobility. All of Barcelona’s coaches are adapted for wheelchairs with low-floors and retractable boarding ramps. The tram network has been given Universal Accessibility Certification, and tram doors are both at platform level and wide enough to comfortably accommodate wheelchairs or scooters. In every carriage, there is also a designated wheelchair area. Apart from 14 stations, all 159 metro stations on the Barcelona network are fully accessible including the one at the airport, with elevators between platforms and street level. All city centre Rodalies stations, including the R2 line, have elevators and are accessible. The third coach of each Rodalies train is usually step-free.
Locals usually take the R2 line from the city centre, as it is fast and easy to use. Because all stations on that line have elevators, it is also easy to take on heavy luggage. The best ticket to get is the Hola BCN day ticket, which is about €7 a day (as of October 2019). This gives passengers unlimited use of tram, coach, suburban trains and the metro. The best bit about this ticket is that the metro ride to the airport is included, which would otherwise cost around €10 for a round-trip (as of October 2019).