Barcelona El Prat Airport, also known simply as Barcelona Airport, is an international airport situated approximately 12km southwest of the centre of Barcelona. The airport lies in the municipalities of El Prat de Llobregat (from which the terminal takes its name), Viladecans, and Saint Boi. It is the main airport of Catalonia, and saw 37 million passengers go through its doors in 2014.
When visiting Barcelona El Prat Airport you’ll find that there are two terminals. Terminal 1 is the main terminal and was built in 2009, while Terminal 2 is mainly unused these days, except for some low-cost carriers who run flights to and from this part of the airport. There is a free shuttle bus that takes passengers between the terminals 24 hours a day. This trip takes around 10 minutes, and the service operates every 4-20 minutes, depending on the time of day or night.
At Barcelona Airport, travellers have a large range of facilities to utilise. The terminal has at least 50 stores (including duty-free outlets), ATMs, currency exchange counters, baggage trolleys and storage, a children’s play area, tourism information points, mobile phone charging stations, and a wide variety of restaurants, bars and cafes. The terminals also boast free Wi-Fi and a number of internet access points.
· Driving: The airport in Barcelona has parking available, which means you can drive your own car and park on site if you’d like. Alternatively, if you book a flight to Barcelona and need to have a car available for your stay, you can hire a rental vehicle online.
· Buses: Local bus services operate to and from downtown Barcelona as well as various other areas. They run around every 20 to 30 minutes. There are also Express services which go every 5 to 10 minutes, plus some medium and long distance coaches which service towns outside of Barcelona. Furthermore, shuttle buses operate between the airport and many hotels in the city.
· Trains: In the near future the high-speed AVE train will start servicing Barcelona Airport. For now, the long-awaited Metro launched earlier this year. The L9 service goes to downtown Barcelona and runs about every 7 minutes, while the R2 train line runs between Barcelona and other cities every 30 minutes or so.
· Taxi: If you would prefer to use a taxi on the day of your flight to or from Barcelona, you’ll find that many cabs run between the city and the airport. Taxis operate 24 hours per day, and there are cab ranks at both terminals. Trips take between 20 and 40 minutes on average.
This information is correct as of July 2016.