Passenger guide - Barcelona - El Prat airport (BCN)  9.3

Barcelona - El Prat airport (BCN)

Barcelona-El Prat Airport, opened in 1927, is the most important in Catalonia and the second busiest in the country, behind Madrid Barajas airport. It operates with domestic and international flights to destinations around the globe. It is the base of the company Vueling and the transcontinental flights company Level. Among others, it has 4 daily direct flights to New York (American, United, Delta and Norwegian), 2 to Buenos Aires (Aerolíneas Argentinas and Level) and a route to Dubai, operated with 2 A380, the largest aircraft in the world.

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Number of Terminals - 2 - Terminals 1 and 2, open 24 hours a day. A free shuttle service connects both terminals and the long-term parking area with a frequency of 5-20 minutes.
TERMINAL 1 (Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air Algerie, AirBaltic, Air Canada Rouge, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, Air Nostrum, Alitalia, American Airlines, Arkia, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, BA Cityflyer, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, EgyptAir, El Al, Emirates, Finnair, Iberia, Joon, KLM, Korean Air, LATAM, Level, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SmartWings, Swiss International Air Lines, S7 Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Tarom, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, United Airlines, Vueling).

TERMINAL 2 (Aer Lingus, Air Arabia Maroc, Air Moldova, Air Transat, Azur Air, Belavia, Blue Air, Bulgaria Air, EasyJet, Eurowings, Evelop Airlines, I-Fly,, Luxair, Mahan Air, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Pakistan International Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas, Red Wings Airlines, Rossiya Airlines, Ryanair, Transavia, Travel Service, TUIfly, Ural Airlines, Wizz Air).

Annual passenger traffic: More than 44.1 million passengers went through it in 2016.
Tel: +34 902 404 704 / 913 211 000. There are information desks on levels 1 and 3 of Terminal 1 and on the ground floor and first floor of Terminal 2. Tourist information offices on level 1 of Terminal 1 (Tel +34 933 788 175) and in the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 2 (Tel +34 933 788 149).


The airport is located 3 km (2 miles) away from the Port of Barcelona, 12 km (8 miles) to the southwest of the city centre.

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Bus - Several lines are available to downtown Barcelona, nearby cities and different locations throughout Catalonia and Andorra. The easiest way to get to the city centre is via the express services A1 and A2 from Aerobús (Tel +34 902 100 104). These run to Plaça Catalunya from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, respectively, with frequencies of 5-10 minutes between 5:35 am and 1:00 am, a journey time of 35 min. and a fare of €5.90. Intermediate stops include Plaça Espanya, Gran Vía-Urgell and Plaça Universitat.

Train - Line R2 Norte from Renfe (Tel +34 902 320 320) leaves from in front of Terminal 2. It operates from 5:42 am to 11:38 pm, with a frequency of 30 minutes, and travels to El Prat de Llobregat (7 min.), Barcelona-Sants (20 min.), Barcelona-Passeig de Gràcia (27 min.) and Granollers Centre (58 min.) The trip to the city centre has a fare of €2.50. Other stops include Sant Andreu Comtal, La Llagosta, Montmeló, Cardedeu, Sant Celoni, Gualba and Maçanet-Massanes.

Metro - TMB (Tel +34 932 987 000) operates line L9 Sud, that links the airport with Zona Universitària, stopping at Collblanc, Torrassa, Can Tries/Gornal, Europa/Fira, Parc Logístic, Mercabarna, Les Moreres, El Prat Estació, Cèntric, Parc Nou and Mas Blau. It leaves from 5:00 am to 0:00 am and tickets have a cost of €4.50.

Taxi - Ranks are found opposite the Arrivals area of Terminal 1, the Corredor Barcelona-Madrid, and concourses A, B and C of Terminal 2. Travel time to Barcelona city centre is 20-30 minutes. More information: Tel +34 932 235 151.


Car rental offices are located in the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 1 and concourse B of Terminal 2.

Avis/Budget (Tel +34 902 108 495 - Monday to Saturday from 7:00 am to 0:30 am, Sunday from 7:00 am to 0:00 am)
Enterprise (Tel +34 935 219 095 - 7:00 am to 0:00 am)
Europcar (Tel +34 935 292 710 / 730 - 7:00 am to 0:00 am)
Goldcar (Tel +34 902 119 726 - 24 hours a day)
Hertz (Tel +34 902 011 959 - 7:00 am to 0:00 am)
Sixt (Tel +34 902 491 616 - 24 hours a day)


The airport has banks (7:30 am to 10:00 pm), ATMs, currency exchange bureaus, postboxes, VIP lounges, charging stations, public telephones and free Wi-Fi access. There are business centers on level 1 of Terminal 1 and in the Cargoparc building, while meeting rooms are available on the first floor of Terminal 2.

Food and Drinks- There are numerous restaurants, coffee shops, fast food outlets and bars throughout both terminals. Caffé di Fiore and Lizarrán are open 24 hours a day.
Shopping- Duty-free shops in the Departures area of both terminals. There are also multi-stores and retailers selling sweets, cosmetics, tobacco, jewellery, fashion and accessories, press, sport goods, electronics, gifts, toys.
Baggage- Luggage trolleys available at the parking lots, baggage reclaim area, Departures Halls and the terminal exits. Porter service (Tel +34 662 165 738). Secure wrapping on level 3 of Terminal 1 and the ground floor of Terminal 2 (Tel +34 800 1260 0086). Luggage storage in the intermodal hall of Terminal 1, 24 hours a day (Tel +34 932 971 213) and the check-in hall of Terminal 2 (Tel +34 932 971 272), from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. Lost and found office on the lower level of Terminal 1, from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm (Tel +34 932 596 440).
Other Services- Travel agencies, children's play areas, gas station, prayer rooms, medical service, pharmacies, spas, lottery.


There are covered and outdoor car parks for short and long stays, with security staff 24 hours a day. Next to both terminals there are also free and unguarded lots for motorcycles. Rates and reservations

Parking General T1 - For stays of up to 4 days, directly connected to Terminal 1.
Parking en superficie T1 - Roofed and uncovered bays linked to Terminal 1 through a walkway.
Parking Terminal 2 - Across from concourses A, B and C, 2 min. away from the terminal, with covered and uncovered spaces.
Parking de larga estancia - Covered and outdoor spaces for long stays, with complimentary shuttle service around the clock every 15-20 minutes (3-5 min. trip).
Parking Terminal de aviación corporativa - Situated 7 min. away from the corporate aviation terminal.
Parking VIP - The closest to the Departures Hall, with valet parking service (Tel +34 932 971 381).


Facilities include reserved parking spaces, elevators, moving walkways, ramps, automatic doors, embossed text and Braille signage, adapted restrooms and telephones, accessible counters. Personnel with knowledge of the language for the hearing impaired and bus lines equipped for the transport of passengers with reduced movility are available. Most airlines offer escort services for unaccompanied minors between 5 and 12 years old, from the check-in process to their destination.


On level 1 of Terminal 1 there are private suites from Air Rooms (Tel +34 933 758 600). Some accommodations inside the city operate shuttle buses to and from the airport. TRYP Barcelona Aeropuerto Hotel (Tel +34 933 781 000), Barcelona Airport Hotel (Tel +34 933 783 200), Sallés Hotels Ciutat del Prat (Tel +34 933 788 333), Best Western Hotel Alfa Aeropuerto (Tel +34 933 362 564), FrontAir Congress (Tel +34 936 369 480), Centre Esplai Hostel (Tel +34 934 747 474), Motel Punt 14 (Tel +34 936 330 284), AC Hotel Gavà Mar (Tel +34 936 451 510), Hostal Cal Siles (Tel +34 933 791 287).

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