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Airports in Barcelona

Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN)


Barcelona International Airport (BCN) is generally known as El Prat Airport. It is located 8 miles (12km) outside Barcelona and is the second-largest airport in Spain. The airport caters well for foreign tourists and local passengers alike, with a great selection of shops and duty-free items. Most flights to and from El Prat Airport serve European (and some north African) destinations. The terminal is easy to navigate, and the staff at the airport are always willing to help. Architecture is one of Barcelona's greatest cultural assets and, to prepare for the treasures that lie in wait in the city, travellers can first admire the architecture of El Prat Airport, which was designed by Ricardo Bofill, the man behind the Cartier head office and L'Arsenal Metz in Paris, the National Theatre of Catalunya, and the Shiseido building in Tokyo.


The airport is located seven miles (12km) southwest of central Barcelona.

Getting to the city

The Aerobus service goes to and from Placa de Catalunya every five to 15 minutes, dropping off at locations along the way. Trains run from the airport to various stations in the city centre every 30 minutes; the airport station is located near Terminal 2. There are taxi ranks outside the airport terminals; taxis are metered. The journey time by road or rail is between 20 and 30 minutes.


GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).


Tel: +34 (0)902 404 704.

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Barcelona Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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