Barcelona Airport is 12 kilometers southwest of the Catalan capital. It is the second busiest airport in Spain, only Madrid is busier. Barcelona processed almost 40 million passengers in 2015. In popular speech it is called 'L'Aeroport del Prat'.
The airport has three terminals: A (international flights), B (domestic flights) and C (primarily for private and shuttle flights). The terminals are connected by walkways.
08820 El Prat de Llobregat
IATA airport code: BCN
ICAO airport code: LEBL
The airport has excellent rail connections with Barcelona via the RENFE train line. Cercanís Train Station is accessible via the walkway between Terminals A and B. Trains leave every half hour and stop by the stations Sants-Estaçio, travel time is 17 minutes, Plaça de Catalunya, 23 minutes, Arc de Triomf, 26 minutes and Clot-Arago, 30 minutes. A ticket for these destinations cost €2.30, and there is a connection to the subway at each station.
Currently there is work being done on a new fast train connection with Barcelona.
Car and bus
The airport is accessible from the ring road around Barcelona, exit Pata Sur, the airport is on the way to Castelldefels (C-31), exit on the highway Barcelona-Sitges (C-32).
The Aerobús A1 leaves every 15 minutes from each terminal to the center of Barcelona (Plaça de Catalunya), a ticket costs €3.60 and this service is managed by Transports Ciutat Comtal-TCC (tel: +34(0)934 156 020). You can find further information on the website for Aerobús (in the options menu scroll all the way down and click on Aerobús).
In Terminals B and C there are also two bus lines that leave Barcelona to other destinations, one bus goes to Figueres, Girona, Lleida, Reus and Tarragona, the other bus goes to Castelldefels, Ribes, Sitges, Rocamar, Roquetes, Vilanova, Cubelles, Cunit, Segur, Calafell and El Vendrell.
Between 22:55 and 4:11 there is a night bus, number 106, to Barcelona.
Car rental - Barcelona Airport
In Terminals B and C on the ground floor you can find counters for car rental companies such as: Avis, Atesa, Alamo, Europcar and Hertz. You can also rent a car in advance using the car rental service EasyTerra provides, they compare the rates of several rental car providers in a single quote.
There are taxi stands at every terminal, the cost for a ride to Plaça d'España in Barcelona is approximately €15.00, and the cost to Sagrada Familia is €21.00. Prices during nights and weekends are a little bit higher, the trip time is about half an hour.
There is a covered parking garage in Terminal C, this is connected to the terminal by a walkway, this is also the case for open-air parking for terminal A. Other open air parking places are by Terminal B. Barcelona has a total of 13,000 parking spaces, and 2,500 are covered. Parking for an hour costs €1.35, and €9.45 for the whole day (more than 8 hours).
There are no hotels at the airport. The closest options are Hotel Ciutat del Prat (tel: +34(0)933 788 333), Hotel Tryp Barcelona Airport (tel: +34(0)933 781 000) and Best Western Hotel Alfa Airport (tel: +34(0)933 362 564). For more hotels and to reserve online you can go to Booking.com, they have a large offering of hotels with great internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
Barcelona Airport provides a vast amount of shops and restaurants. There are Duty Free shops in Terminals A and B, as well as a large number of other shops.
You can leave baggage in the Arrivals Hall in terminal B. Found items can be picked up in the Bloque Técnico building (tel: +34(0)932 983 349).
There are six general information counters in Terminals A and B and two counters especially for tourists. The tourist counters are also accessible by telephone (tel: +34(0)934 784 704) or (tel: +34(0)934 780 565). You can reserve hotel rooms at the counter in Terminal B.
In Terminal B, there are meeting facilities with a total space of 200 m², which can be split into two rooms of 100 m². The rooms have telephone, fax, internet connection, and audiovisual equipment. For reservations (tel: +34(0)932 983 815).
VIP lounges are present in all terminals after Customs control.
There is also a special VIP parking place, you can leave your car behind at the entrance of one of the terminals and a driver will pick up the car and park it. The first two days that your car is in the VIP parking it costs €60.00, and 13 days costs €190.00. For reservations (tel: +34(0)932 971 381).
Barcelona Airport has excellent accessibility for the disabled. There are elevators, moving walkways, wheelchair ramps and accessible bathrooms. Parking spaces are available close to the terminals where there are special large parking places reserved for the disabled.
In Terminals A and B there are banks, money exchange offices, and ATM's. There is a 24 hour medical service, and there are play areas for children. You can find the police in Terminal A (tel: +34(0)932 971 219). The airport has 26 Wi-Fi points for wireless internet, which are clearly indicated by red signs. There is an exposition space in Terminal C where various exhibitions are held.