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Barcelona Airport (BCN)

The Barcelona Airport El Prat is the main airport of the city and the airport location is around 17km (11 miles) from the hub of the city. It being Spain’s second largest airport as well as the largest airport of the Mediterranean coast is what it’s mostly recognized for.

Barcelona Airport
Barcelona Airport
In 2015 it was recorded that the airport flew over forty thousand passengers that year. The Barcelona airport has three stations, and is connected through a series of walkways, Terminal A for International flights, Terminal B for Domestic flights and Terminal C for mainly private and shuttle flights.A run down the short history of the airport was that, El Remolar in 1916 was the first airport but due it not having the prospects needed for expansion and other developments, a new airport was established two years later, in 1918 at El Prat. Commercial flights with a proper schedule began in the year 1927 the first one being to the Cuatro Vientos Airport of Madrid. Barcelona airport was used as one of the headquarters of LAPE throughout the Second Spanish Republic somewhere between the years of 1931 to 1939.

Barcelona, located on the Mediterranean sea in the northeast of Spain, is the richest and most cosmopolitan city in Spain. It is modern, pulsing with energy, art, music, festivals and life, and has an incredibly unique culture. On its doorstep are plunging cliffs, gorgeous beach towns and fresh seafood.

Barcelona airport is the second busiest airport in Spain with nearly 53 million  passengers.

Barcelona-El Prat operates from 1916 and is located 25 minutes by car from the centre of Barcelona .

Transportation options to and from the airport are plentiful. Taxis, shuttles, buses and trains go back and forth. The trip takes about 40 minutes in either direction.

Airport Summary

Airport Names: Josep Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat Airport, Aeropuerto Josep Tarradellas, Barcelona–El Prat Aeroport ,Josep Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat

IATA airport code: BCN

ICAO airport code: LEBL

Operator: AENA


Serves: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Location: El Prat de Llobregat

Focus city for:

  • Air Europa
  • EasyJet
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle
  • Ryanair

Facilities and Services

Barcelona’s airport is the second busiest in Spain and across its two terminals it has a good range of facilities for people traveling through, including:

  • Wide range of shops and duty free shopping
  • Restaurants, cafeterias and other food and drink options
  • Wellness and spa facilities for relaxation
  • Five VIP lounges, with four in Terminal 1 and one in Terminal 2
  • Fast Lane security passes available for quicker pre-boarding checks
  • Assistance for passengers with disabilities or other special needs
  • Unlimited free basic wi-fi
  • ATMs and currency exchange facilities
  • Medical assistance if necessary

Lost And Found

Location: Terminal 1 on Floor 0
Opening Hours: Every day from 8am to 10pm
Phone: 932 596 440
Email: objetosperdidosbcn[@]

Airport Situation

Barcelona-El Prat Airport is the second largest in Spain, and is located 17 kilometres southwest of the city of Barcelona in the El Prat de Llobregat municipality.


Bus: A large range of intercity and metropolitan buses are available for destinations in Barcelona, as well as neighboring towns with fares varying based on the final destination.

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Taxi: Many taxis service Terminals 1 and 2, and travelers can expect to pay roughly €30 for a 30-minute drive to the city center.

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Train: Passengers have several options to take the train to and from the airport, with the Metro subway system’s line 9, L9 Sud, providing connections to several stops. Alternatively, the above-ground train service’s R2 North Line connects the airport to Barcelona and other towns in Catalonia.

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Car Rental: Car rentals are available at the airport from six different companies: Hertz, Europcar, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Avis, Sixt and Goldcar Rental.

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Barcelona Airport Terminals

The airport features two main terminals.

Terminal 1 is the largest with an investment value of €1.26 billion and can process roughly 33 million passengers per year.

Terminal 2 is the oldest part of the airport, and primarily is the hub for low-cost airlines

BCN International Connections

Barcelona-El Prat airport is a hub for travel to many destinations around the world, both for short-haul flights and long-haul flights. BCN airport currently has 174 international connections, including Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the United States, and many more.

BCN Airport Passengers

Barcelona-El Prat airport has experienced a significant growth in passenger numbers in the last decade. In 1995 it had 11,727,814 passengers, which grew to 44,154,693 passengers in 2016, and the airport is expected to see even more passengers in 2017.

Part of the reason for the airport’s growth was the construction of a third runaway in September 2004 and an expansion of the main runway, which increased the amount of flights, passengers, and cargo that the airport can handle per hour.

Its busiest routes in Spain for the year of 2019 include: Madrid-Barajas with 2,569,295 Passengers and Palma de Mallorca Airport with 2,172,796 passengers.


Barcelona is a very popular spot for tourists, and the airport is close enough to the city that it is the first airport of choice for people visiting Barcelona, whether they are on short-haul flights from other European destinations or from further overseas.

Dozens of airlines from around the world service Barcelona as a top destination for tourists, ranging from Air China and Air Europe to Turkish Airlines and United Airlines, highlighting how globally popular the airport and city are to leisure travelers.


Address: 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
Opening Hours‎: ‎Every day from 8am to 10pm

  • Telephone: +34 (0) 932 983 838
  • Fax: +34 (0) 932 983 737
  • Email: bcninformacion[@]

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