If you’re going to be joining us for our Girona bike tour, there’s a good chance that you’ll pass through Barcelona at some point. For many, the Barcelona airport is the gateway to arrive on the European continent since its airport offers excellent connections worldwide. The city of Barcelona is also a fantastic destination in its own right and probably deserves a couple of days of your time either before or after your bike tour. Therefore, we’d like to offer some suggestions on getting to and from the airport to Barcelona’s city center.
There are several different ways to travel to/from the Barcelona Airport (BCN) and downtown Barcelona, but we’d like to recommend the 4 below:
- Taxi: the fare is about $40 with an additional fee for numerous or oversized bags (i.e. bikes). Allow at least 30 to 45 minutes for the journey, depending on traffic.
- Private Shuttle: This is one of several private shuttle services that costs about $100 per vehicle. Groups of 2-4 may travel for the same rate (confirm this with company when booking). You can book online at: www.barcelona-airport-transfers.com. Be sure to book in advance and also mention you have a bike (fees may apply). Allow 30 to 45 minutes for this trip.
- Aerobus: This express bus provides service from select locations in Barcelona to Barcelona Airport. Buses leave about every 5 to 10 minutes with the fare costing about $8. Tickets can be purchased from the driver, when you board the bus. Allow 45 minutes for the journey. www.aerobusbcn.com.
- Public Bus Number 46: While the most economical option, this is not recommended if you have a lot of bags or a bike case. However if you do not have many bags this may be an option for you. To/From the airport, the fare will cost approximately $2 and take 45 to 50 minutes. Additionally, if you have or plan to purchase the “Barcelona Card” (a $10 discount card for visitors that allows reduced fares at some Barcelona museums and unlimited public transport), the journey to/from the airport is included in the price of the card.
Please Note: there is also a train that connects Terminal 2b with central Barcelona. If you arrive in Terminal 1, you’ll have to take a shuttle to Terminal 2 and then catch the train from there. This, along with the additional time that it takes to make this transfer is why the train doesn’t not make our list of recommended options. All of the options above are available from both Terminals 1 and 2.