How to travel to Barcelona by air

Barcelona – El Prat Airport

13 km from the center of Barcelona

The Barcelona – El Prat Airport is at the forefront of airport services and design, and is one of the world’s most modern and well-equipped passenger air terminals.

The airport is located in the town of Prat le Llogbregat, which sits 12 km southwest of the city, and is easily reached by car via the Castelldefels thruway or on public transportation. The airport has two terminals: the more modern T1, and T2, serving over 50 million air passengers a year.

The new terminal, T1, opened in 2009. Designed by architect Ricardo Bofill, it features a truly unique design and when seen from bird’s eye view, resembles a bird’s beak. Inside, its security area is nimbler, and the baggage check-in and pick-up processes are automated in a technically advanced way that makes these and other aspects of air travel easier and more efficient.

Terminal T1 is also home to over 80 shops, restaurants, and places to sit back and relax, including spa, gym, hair salon, massage parlor, and six VIP rooms. You’ll also find 5 car rental offices, 11,000 parking spots, a host of banking services, and a plethora of ATMS.

Terminal T2 is divided into three different zones: T2A, T2B, and T2C. T2C is reserved for the Barcelona – Madrid air corridor and also serves private and charter flights.

Both terminals are connected by a free shuttle bus (Bustransit) and by the rail station El Prat. Travel time between the terminals takes about 10 minutes.


Aerobus is the official bus shuttle service that connects the Barcelona – El Prat Airport (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) to the city center at Plaza Catalunya. The ride takes about 35 minutes and stops at various strategic points in the city, including Plaza España, Gran Via-Urgell, Plaza Universidad. It runs 365 days a year, with departures every 5-10 minutes.

Aerobus operates two lines: A1, with service to Terminal T1, and A2, serving T2. Both lines leave from Plaza Catalunya and follow pretty much the same route to El Prat.

Both shuttle buses can accommodate persons with limited mobility, and are equipped with ample room for luggage and all the services and amenities to make your ride comfortable.

Girona Airport

Located 100 km north of Barcelona

The Girona Airport opened in 1967. In the 70s, it saw a boom in passenger air travel, owing mostly to charter flights organized in the summer season.

Located 15 km outside of Girona, the airport offers good connections to Barcelona and to points along the Costa Brava or the Pyrenees.

Today, it mostly serves private charter flights, as well as the airline companies Ryanair and Pobeda Airlines. The idea is to make the Girona airport the second most popular in Catalonia, and number one in the south of France.

Reus Airport

Located 108 km south of Barcelona

Aquest aeroport està situat a 3 km de Reus i a 13 km de Tarragona. Fundat el 1935 per iniciativa de l'Aero Club de Reus (RAC), va tenir usos militars durant la Guerra Civil. El 1957, Reus es va obrir al trànsit aeri nacional i en els anys 60, van començar a generalitzar-se els vols xàrter. El 1998, l'exèrcit traspassa la propietat i els usos a Aena, ens nacional gestora dels aeroports.

Des d'aquesta data, l'aeroport de Reus està dedicat a un ús exclusivament civil. El 2003 van començar a operar companyies de baix cost (principalment, Ryanair), potenciant l'aeroport de la Costa Daurada, especialment per la seva proximitat als principals nuclis turístics com Cambrils o Salou i el parc temàtic de Port Aventura.

A prop de l'aeroport de Reus també opera l'escola de pilots, el Centre d'Estudis Superiors d'Aviació (CESDA), adscrit a la Universitat Rovira i Virgili.