Arriving in Barcelona
- Trains - Trains to Barcelona arrive at Estacio de Sants train station which is connected to Barcelona’s metro system. Metro lines 3 and 5 connect Estacio de Sants to Barcelona’s city center. the H7, V7, 27, 32, 78, 109 and 115 buses also connect the train station with the city center. Short distance Rodalies trains also connect various stations in Barcelona and are often the most convenient way to travel around the city.
- Bus - Buses to Barcelona arrive at Estacio del Nord approximately 2 kilometers or a 20 minute walk away from the city center. Alternatively, the Arc de Triomf metro station’s L1 line and the number 54 bus connect Estacio del Nord with Barcelona’s city center. Rodalies trains R1, R3 and R5 also depart from the bus station for the city center approximately every 12 minutes.
- Flight - Flights to Barcelona land at El-Prat Airport. The airport is connected to Barcelona’s city center by a 20-minute journey on the R2 train, which costs just €2.15 per ticket. Alternatively, travelers can also take the number 46 bus to Pl. Espanya, where the convergence of metro lines 1 and 3 make it easy to reach most destinations in Barcelona. If your flight to Barcelona arrives at night, the N16 and N17 night buses connect Barcelona El-Prat’s terminals with the city center. Taxis are also available in front of each terminal 24 hours a day. Taxis take approximately 20-40 minutes to reach Barcelona’s city center, while prices vary depending upon traffic, luggage, and final destination.
- Aerobus Airport Shuttle: Travel from El-Prat airport to Barcelona's city center
- You can purchase Aerobus tickets with Omio before you arrive in Barcelona
- Aerobus travels from the airport to Plaça de Catalunya in 35 minutes
- Stops include: Sepúlveda-Urgell, Plaça de Espanya, Gran Via-Urgell, and Plaça Universitat
Traveling around Barcelona
While Barcelona is too large a city to explore entirely by foot, most of the historical city center is pedestrianized. It is possible to drive anywhere in Barcelona except the city center; however, given the limited parking spaces and long rush hours it is not the best way to experience the city. Barcelona’s public transport system is considered one of the best in the world, with 8 metro and 180 bus lines allowing travelers to reach almost any corner of the city. Alternatively, cycling is an extremely popular way to travel around Barcelona, with bike lanes on most major city streets.