Travel To and Around Barcelona


How To Get To Barcelona

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By Plane

Barcelona's main airport is called El Prat de Llobregat (often referred to simply as El Prat) and is 16 KM South West of the city center.  It was named the 34th busiest airport in the world in 2014 and handled more than 37 Million passengers. It has a capacity of 55 Million passengers. Direct flights from the following cities are available to El Prat:

Accra
Alicante
Amsterdam
Atlanta
Berlin
Bogota
Bologna
Bordeaux
Bristol
Brussels
Bucharest
Budapest
Cairo
Charlotte
Chicago
Cologne
Copenhagen
Doha
Dubai
Eindhoven
Faro
Florene
Frankfurt
Granada
Ibiza
Istanbul
Jerez De La Frontera
Kiev/Kyiv
Lanzarote
Las Palmas
Leicestershire
Lisbon
London
Luxembourg
Lyon
Madrid
Malaga
Manchester
Menorca
Miami
Milan
Modin
Montreal
Moscow
Munich
Nador
Naples
New York
Nice
Oslo
Palma Mallorca
Paris
Philadelphia
Prague
Puerto del Rosario
Rennes
Riga
Rome
Santander
Sevilla
Split
Stavanger
Stockholm
Stuttgart
Tangier
Tenerife
Thira
Trondheim
Valladolid
Venice
Vienna
Vigo
Warsaw
Zurich

You may also choose to arrive from the following airports near Barcelona: Girona- Costa Brava Airport, Reus- Costa Daurada Airport, and Lleida- Alguaire Airport

By Train

The train to and from the airport (but not trains generally) uses the same ticket system as the Barcelona metro and commuter rail lines. If you have purchased a ten-ride metro card (T-10, available from the machines in any station) you get free transfers from the metro to the bus (or vice versa) if less than 1 hr. 15 min. have passed since you went through the turnstile. Transfers are not included in single ride tickets. The current price for a single ride ticket is 2.15€ and 9.95€ for a T-10. More info about tickets here.

The train has two main stops in Barcelona, one at Passeig de Gracia and one at Sants Station (the main train station). The train runs approximately every half hour on a set schedule (available on the Renfe website) and the trip takes about 25 minutes. Please note that at both stations other trains use the same track as that used by the train to the airport so confirm that you are getting on the right train by checking the electronic sign on the side of the train before entering. There should also be screens in the train showing the destination. The train only stops at Terminal 2 (T2) if your flight leaves from Terminal 1 (T1) you will need to take the shuttle bus from T2 to T1, so factor in an additional 10-15 minutes into your travel time.

Shuttle buses between T1 and T2: are green in color and are free. They run approximately every 10 to 15 minutes.

Private Transfers

Booking an airport transfer is the quickest, most reliable, and easiest way to get from the airport to the city (or vice versa), especially if you are on a tight schedule. We offer a competitively priced airport transfer service to ensure that our conference attendees don’t have to worry that trouble finding a taxi or unexpected delays with public transport will cause them to miss their flight (or be late for their presentations). This is the perfect option if you are unfamiliar with the city or simply want to avoid the hassle (and time) of dealing with the public transport system, waiting in long taxi lines or dragging heavy luggage around the city or the airport as you search for a taxi stand.

Click here to book our airport transfer service and a driver will be waiting to help you with your bags and whisk you away to your destination worry free.

By Car

Barcelona is located 150 km from La Jonquera, the French border. The French motorway network connects to the AP-7, N-II and C-32 Barcelona motorway. You can enter the city via the ring roads or the Avinguda Meridiana which leads to the center.

From the south, if you're entering from the rest of Spain join the AP-7 or C-32 and enter the city via the Avinguda Diagonal.

Travel Distances from some European Cities
Paris: 1035km (643mi)
Lisbon: 1246km (775mi)
Munich: 1368km (850mi)
Zurich: 1060km (658mi)
Berlin: 1864km (1158mi)
Amsterdam: 1544km (959mi)
Vienna: 1800km (1118mi)
Prague: 1715km (1065mi)
Milan: 978km (608mi)
Brussels: 1139km (832mi)
Bordeaux: 635km (295mi)

Boat

Barcelona has become the Mediterranean's foremost cruise ship harbour. It has nine passenger terminals, seven for cruise liners and four for ferries. It has connections with the Balearic Islands and the main Mediterranean harbours. For more information, click here.


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Going to and from the airport using public transport

There is a wide variety of public transport options for going to or from the airport. However, they vary widely in convenience, efficiency, and schedule, so plan your trip accordingly. In particular, if you have a very early or very late flight your options are more limited and the best course of action might be an airport transfer. To check which public transport options are available from the airport to the venue or your hotel, click here. The address of the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya and Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I (Headquarter Hotel), venue of ISTM 2017, is Avda. Diagonal, 661-671 · Barcelona (Spain).

The public bus (TMB) to the airport uses the same ticket system as the Barcelona metro and commuter rail lines. If you have purchased a ten-ride metro card (T-10, available from the machines in any station) you get free transfers from the metro to the bus (or vice versa) if less than 1 hr. 15 min. have passed since you went through the turnstile. Transfers are not included in single ride tickets. The current price for a single ride ticket is 2.15€ and 9.95€ for a T-10. More info about ticket here.

During the day you can take the line 46 bus to get to the airport. The starting point for this line is in Plaza España and the trip takes approximately 50 minutes, with stops at both Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2 (T2). Please note that this line only runs during the day, until midnight, after which time the normal city buses cease to run. More information, including a route map, can be found here.

After midnight (and in some locations, 10 pm), the nocturnal bus system (NitBus) starts up. The N17 line, with its starting point in Plaza Cataluña, offers late night service both to and from the airport, with stops at both T1 and T2. The trip lasts approximately 60 minutes and buses leave every 20 minutes or so. More information, including a schedule and route map, can be found here

Is a privately operated bus company solely dedicated to transporting visitors to and from the airport. Buses leave from Plaza Cataluña or from the airport (El Prat), with separate lines for each terminal (T1 and T2). The trip is about 35 minutes (but plan for extra time if you are traveling during rush hour) and buses run approximately every 5-10 minutes 365 days a year. However, buses do not run 24 hours a day, so be sure to check the schedule (click here) if your flight leaves early in the morning or late at night. Prices: 5.90€ one way, 10.20€ round trip.

There are two lines:
View Aerobus lines

- Terminal 1 → A1
- Terminal 2 → A2 

The train to the airport (but not trains generally) uses the same ticket system as the Barcelona metro and commuter rail lines. If you have purchased a ten-ride metro card (T-10, available from the machines in any station) you get free transfers from the metro to the bus (or vice versa) if less than 1 hr. 15 min. have passed since you went through the turnstile. Transfers are not included in single ride tickets. The current price for a single ride ticket is 2.15€ and 9.95€ for a T-10. More info about tickets here



The train has two main stops in Barcelona, one at Passeig de Gracia and one at Sants Station (the main train station). The train runs approximately every half hour on a set schedule (available on the Renfe website) and the trip takes about 25 minutes. Please note that at both stations other trains use the same track as that used by the train to the airport so confirm that you are getting on the right train by checking the electronic sign on the side of the train before entering. There should also be screens in the train showing the destination. The train only stops at Terminal 2 (T2) if your flight leaves from Terminal 1 (T1) you will need to take the shuttle bus from T2 to T1, so factor in an additional 10-15 minutes into your travel time.

Shuttle buses between T1 and T2: are green in color and are free. They run approximately every 10 to 15 minutes.


If you are thinking of taking a taxi, we suggest booking our airport transfer service by clicking here. However, if you prefer to take a yellow cab there are taxi stands available in both airport terminals. In the Barcelona city center there are a number of taxi stands and yellow cabs can also be hailed directly on the street.


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Getting Around in Town

Barcelona and its metropolitan area have a wide range of public transport and sightseeing transport options. There are different ticket types so that you can get to where you want to go in Barcelona easily and conveniently.

Public Transit (Local Buses)

Plan your route using the Transporte Metropolitano de Barcelona (TMB) website by clicking here. Note that you can also search by bus stop code.
You can also download the TMB Maps app for your phone or tablet (iOS or Android).

Metro (TMB)

Plan your route using the Transporte Metropolitano de Barcelona (TMB) website by clicking here.
You can also download the TMB Maps app for your phone or tablet (iOS or Android).

Tram

Plan your route using the TRAM website by clicking here.

Taxi

There are 11,000 taxis in the city which can be easily identified by their yellow and black livery. A green light on the taxi roof indicates its availability

Cycling

An original and different means of transport to discover the city. Barcelona has fully integrated cycle lanes and you can cycle through the city's open spaces and parks. For more information click here.