Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN) Information
(Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)
Located on the south-western side of Barcelona and approximately 12 km / 7.5 miles from the city centre, this busy airport is based within the neighbouring municipality of El Prat de Llobregat and is just a short distance from the Spanish Mediterranean coastline.
Barcelona El Prat Airport is currently the second-largest and second-busiest of all the air facilities in Spain, and ranks just outside of the world's top 30, handling in the region of two and a half million passengers every single month. Right next-door is the collection of nature reserves and special protected areas named the Natural Areas of the Llobregat Delta, or in Spanish, the 'Espais Naturals del Delta de Llobregat'. The Laguna del Remolar is also nearby, as is the lengthy beachfront of Can Camins, while to the south-west is the popular seaside city of Vilanova i la Geltru, which can be reached in around 30 minutes.
Barcelona Airport (BCN)
Address: Edificio Bloque Tecnico, El Prat de Llobregat, 08820, Spain
Tel: +39 02 748 5220
Barcelona Airport was built in El Prat de Llobregat during the 1920s, when the city was a far less popular destination for tourists and holidays. Over the years it has been expanded to cope with the increasing traffic and passenger demands. The majority of the flights connect either Spanish or European destinations.
Barcelona Airport (BCN) Guide
The following modern terminals were opened as recently as 2009 and serve a large number of airlines, being connected by transit buses. The principal airlines include:
- Terminal 1 - Air Berlin, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, American Airlines, British Airways, Helitt Lineas Aéreas, Iberia Regional, Scandinavian Airlines and Vueling Airlines
- Terminal 2 - Aer Lingus, Air Transat, Bmibaby, EasyJet, Jet2.com, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair and Wizz Air
- Bureau de change
- 24-hour cash machines (ATMs) and banking facilities (La Caixa)
- Restaurants, cafés and bars, including the Caffe di Fiore, Dehesa Santa Maria, Gambrinus, the Grill Terracotta, Haagen Dazs, La Pausa, Lizarrán, McDonald's, Medas Beer, the Medas Grill, Pans and Company, and Portagaig
- Duty free shopping is available in Terminals A and B. Shops include Accessorize, Adolfo Dominguez, Aldeasa (Duty Free), Cottet Sol, Desigual, Divers-Sibarium, the Express Shop (Duty Free), Ferrari, La Mallorquina, La Sabatería, Thinking Barcelona, Travel Mate, Tuc Tuc and United Labels
- Car hire companies - including Avis, Europcar, Hertz, National Atesa and Sixt
- Terminal B has a dedicated meeting room
- Short- and long-term parking is available with spaces for around 25,000 cars. Terminal C is directly connected to a car park
- Special facilities for disabled passengers
- Tour operators (Iberojet, Mundosenior, Politours, Pullmantur and Soltour), a travel agency (Viajes El Corte Inglés), VIP lounges and information services
The city centre can be reached by using the Barcelona Ring Road or the C-31 Castelldefels dual carriageway, which ultimately connects the C-32 Barcelona / Sitges road. Driving into central Barcelona should take in the region of 15 minutes.
Regular 'Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona' bus transport links El Prat Airport with various parts of the city, including the centrally located Placa d'Espanya. Scheduled 'Aerobus' services are also to hand and run between the Placa Catalunya, stopping at both the Urgell metro station and the Placa d'Espanya along the way. These services operate from Monday to Friday between 05:30 and 23:00, and on Saturday and Sunday from 06:00 to 23:30.
There are also night buses available and these operate when the main Aerobus A1 service is not running. Shuttles are another transport option and connect the Renfe Cercanias station at Terminal 2.
Taxis are plentiful at Barcelona Airport and ranks are to be found situated outside of both the terminals. There is a list of current taxi fares displayed inside the airport, close to the baggage reclamation area, which provides potential taxi passengers with a clear indication of cost. Extra supplements for baggage are usually applicable.
Trains and Metro
Terminal 2 features is very own commuter train station, operated by Rodalies Barcelona and named the Estacion de Cercanias Renfe. The line begins at the Macanet Massanes train station and connects both the stations of Barcelona Sants and Passeig de Gràcia, offering convenient transfers to the Metro network. Trains operate roughly twice an hour, beginning early in the morning and running until late at night. Of note, by train, a journey into the centre will take around 20 minutes.