Skip to content

Travelling to Barcelona

Before planning your trip if you are coming from outside Spain please check the Spanish Covid Certificate checker

You can travel to Barcelona by airplane, boat, train, bus or car.

By Airplane To Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN)

Barcelona-El Prat Airport has connections to many cities of the world. For more detailed information about the airport check Barcelona-El Prat Airport website. Barcelona-El Prat airport is a best destination instead of Girona-Costa Brava or Reus-Tarragona, because both airports are at 100 km away from Barcelona.

From the airport you can travel to the city:

By metro (subway)

L9 South line connects Airport (T1 and T2) with other metro lines. From/to the airport you need an special metro ticket (€5.15 single journey). Operating hours:

By train

R2 Nord (North) line connects Airport (only T2) with other suburban train and metro lines. There is a 24-hour free shuttle service between terminals. Main train stations in Barcelona are: Barcelona-Sants and Barcelona-Passeig de Gràcia. More information: Price: from Airport (T2) to Barcelona-Sants or Barcelona-Passeig de Gràcia you need a 1 zone ticket (€2.40). But will be more convenient a T-casual card with 10 journeys (metro, bus, tram or train) from €11.35 for 1 zone (Barcelona metropolitan area).

By bus

Aerobus A1 (from Airport T1 to Plaça Catalunya) and Aerobus A2 (from Airport T2 to Plaça Catalunya). Price €5.90 one way Line 46 from Airport to Plaça Espanya. 1 zone ticket (€2.40) or T-casual (10 journeys from €11.35 for 1 zone. Line N19 (night bus) from Airport to Plaça de Catalunya (Ronda Universitat).

By taxi

The total cost depends on your destination (there are day/night/weekend/holidays fares). There is also a supplement for airport and luggage. A typical ride from/to Airport to/from city center can be estimated between €40-€60.

By Sea

There are Sea links between Barcelona and:

- Balearic Islands (,,
- Italy: Genoa (Liguria) (, Civitaveccia or Porto
  Torres (Sardegna) ( 
- Morocco: Nador or Tangier (

By Train

Barcelona’s Main Train Station (“Barcelona-Sants”) is the main hub for all national and international trains. There are high-speed trains to Madrid (2h30m) and Paris (6h30m), but also to other national and international cities.

From there you can continue using subway lines or urban and suburban trains.

We suggest to take a look at Seat61 website (

By bus

Barcelona is reachable by quite some bus companies, like Flixbus and Eurolines.

We have a central bus station at Barcelona Nord Bus Station. There are bus routes to Barcelona from many national cities and several european countries (France, Andorra, Italy, Romania, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Ukraine) and Morocco. More information:

By Car

Inbound from:

West, A-2 or AP-2 direction Barcelona
North, take AP-7/E-15 direction Barcelona.  
South, take AP-7/E-15 direction Barcelona.

There are tolls in some highways (C-16 and C-32). Be aware of the speed limits. Parking your car will be quite difficult, but there are some car parks where you can park your car for a few euros.