Barcelona Airport (GOT) – information and services

Barcelona El Prat Airport is the second largest airport in Spain – here you can learn more about the airport and all services available.

Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN) is the principal international gateway to Barcelona and the wider Catalonia region. Situated just 12 kilometers southwest of the Barcelona city center, BCN is the second-largest airport in Spain and a major hub for both domestic and international flights.

Hub information

BCN serves as a crucial hub, especially for airlines like Vueling, and is a focus city for Ryanair and Iberia. The airport facilitates a wide network of flights and offers extensive connectivity across Spain, including frequent flights to Madrid, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands.

When it comes to international flights, you find a broad range of options throughout Europe and direct services to North and South America, Asia and Africa.

See all airlines operating at BCN Airport

Terminal layout and gates

With continual upgrades, today's Barcelona Airport features modern facilities across two main terminals, T1 and T2, designed to handle over 50 million passengers annually.

  • Terminal 1 (T1): The newer and larger terminal, opened in 2009, handles the majority of international flights. It is segmented into five areas (A-E) that facilitate efficient passenger flow for Schengen and non-Schengen flights.

  • Terminal 2 (T2): Older but functional, T2 is divided into three subsections (T2A, T2B, T2C) and mainly serves domestic flights and some low-cost international carriers.

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The airport in Barcelona receives millions of passengers every year, and is an important hub for both domestic and international flights.

Connecting flights at BCN – luggage handling

Baggage handling at Barcelona El Prat Airport is streamlined to facilitate quick transitions, and depending on your type of connection you will experience either one or the other of the options below.

Single ticket connections

Passengers traveling on a single itinerary have their luggage checked through to the final destination.

Multiple tickets or different airlines

Those booked on separate tickets or traveling with different airlines might need to collect and recheck their baggage, potentially requiring extra time for security checks.

Find the best dining at the airport

BCN offers a variety of dining experiences, and there are options available at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

Dining – Terminal 1

  • Porta Gaig: A refined eatery offering Catalan dishes, located in the Sky Center.

  • Caffe di Fiore: Across T1, serving coffee, pastries, and light meals, perfect for quick bites.

  • Asador del Mar: Offers gourmet meals and quality products, located near the shopping area.

Dining – Terminal 2

  • Ribs: Located in the boarding area is this restaurant that offers a menu of traditional American food.

  • Pans & Company: Known for its sandwiches, available in various locations throughout T2.

Lounges at the airport

If you care to relax a little before your flight, there are a number of different lounges at Barcelona Airport. Here we present some of the options available.

  • Joan Miró Lounge: This lounge is located in Terminal 1 and is accessed by VIP passes, special frequent flyer cards or by purchasing a specific ticket for the lounge.

  • Canudas Lounge: Found in Terminal 2 and offers a relaxed setting for passengers awaiting their flights. Here you find everything from a work and rest area to showers and food/drinks.

Airport hotels at Barcelona El Prat Airport

When it comes to accommodation at the airport, there are a number of different options to choose from. There are also several hotels located in the nearby area.

  • Barcelona Airport Hotel: Directly accessible from T1, this hotel offers premium services and facilities.

  • Best Western Plus Hotel Alfa Aeropuerto: This option is a four star hotel that is located close to the airport and has shuttle services.

  • Salles Hotel Ciutat del Prat: Offers comfortable lodging with additional amenities like a pool and fitness center. The hotel is found about four kilometers from the airport.

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El Prat Airport facts
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Current BCN flights delays

Flight delay status based on 82 observations out of 82 flights between May 21 13:05 and May 21 16:05 (UTC).

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Airlines at El Prat Airport airport

From BCN, you can choose from 79 different airlines to 210 different destinations

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El Prat Airport car rental

If you are in need of a rental car, there are several options at BCN.

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Airport transfer and taxi

Taking a car transfer from El Prat Airport to Barcelona City Centre takes 32 minutes.

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El Prat Airport airport hotels

If you are in need of a good night sleep, before or after you flight, we can help you decide where to stay. Within a distance of 3km we found hotels like Salles Ciutat del Prat Barcelona Airport , BAH Barcelona Airport Hotel and Centre Esplai Albergue

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Transportation to and from the airport

Barcelona Airport is well-connected to the city of Barcelona through various transport methods. Listed below you find some of the most popular options.

  • Metro: The L9 Sud line connects both terminals to the city. A single journey costs approximately €4.60.

  • Bus: The Aerobus service directly connects both terminals with central Barcelona, costing around €5.90 per trip.

  • Taxi: Available outside both terminals, with average fares to the city center around €30, depending on traffic.

  • Ride-sharing: Services like Uber offer convenient alternatives, with variable pricing.

If you prefer, there is also the possibility to choose a car transfer – follow the link to learn more about available options at Barcelona Airport.

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Things to do in Barcelona

Whether you're just passing through or staying in Barcelona, you'll find plenty of fun activities to do after landing at El Prat Airport.

  • Fast Track Sagrada Familia Guided Tour
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  • City Sightseeing Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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  • Montserrat Half-Day Tour with Tapas and Gourmet Wines
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  • The Original Three Countries in One Day: France, Andorra, Spain from Barcelona
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  • Skip the Line: Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia Guided Tour
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