Barcelona El Prat International Airport is located 12 km southwest of Barcelona city center and is the second largest Spanish airport and seventh busiest airport in Europe. The airport is a large hub for low-cost airlines like Vueling and Ryanair and also a main hub for Iberia. Although there are intercontinental flights to the America's and Asia, most flights are European mainly due to the growth of low-cost airlines: Vueling and Ryanair together count for almost half of all passenger traffic.
The airport has three runways and two terminals. The old Terminal 2, with a part dating back to 1968, is now the de facto low-cost terminal, although not airlines here are low-cost airlines. EasyJet uses section 2C while 2B is used by Ryanair and Transavia.
Terminal 1 is the fifth largest terminal in the world and capable of wide-body aircraft like the B747 and A380. This terminal opened in 2009 and handles most of the air traffic. The terminal is split into five modules: Module A is for flights to Madrid; Module B for Schengen flights; Module C for Air Nostrum flights; Module D for Non-Schengen European flights; and Module E for all other international traffic. The terminals are 7 km apart and a free Shuttle Bus (departs every 6 minutes, travel time 12 minutes) travels between the terminals.
Barcelona El Prat International Airport is located 12 km southwest of Barcelona city center.
You can take a bus or train to get into the city.
Express bus: Aerobus is a express shuttle bus connecting the airport with Barcelona city center. Aerobus Line A1 departs and arrives at Terminal 1, while Line A2 departs and arrives at Terminal 2. Departures are about every ten minutes and the ride takes at least an half hour; one-way ticket cost € 6 available at the vending machine.
Train: The airport train station is located next to Terminal 2 section B. The RENFE R2 Nord train line connects the airport to Barcelona city center and its suburbs. One-way ticket is € 5. If you arrive at Terminal 1 though, you would need to take the shuttle bus and walk through Terminal 2 to get to the train station, making the A1 bus to the city a much quicker option.
See for tickets and schedule: buses: aerobusbcn.com .
A taxi into the city would take an half hour and cost about 30 to 40 euro.
All prices quoted here were found in June 2017
Most flights from Barcelona–El Prat Airport are to London and to Amsterdam but there are many more flights to other destinations as well, most of them by Vueling. Every day there are flights to 17 destinations from Barcelona–El Prat Airport. Here are the most popular destinations: