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How to Get From El Prat Airport to Barcelona City Center

December 14th, 2019 by Prontopia

When you arrive in a new city, you are often jet-lagged, tired, and a little disoriented. Throw in a language barrier, kids, and heavy luggage, and it can be a challenge to figure out your next steps in your first moments on the ground again. Before you get lost, take a look at these local tips that will help you get from the El Prat airport to Barcelona city center.

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Below are the most popular modes of transportation that will take you to Barcelona’s city center.

Airport Shuttle Bus

The airport shuttle bus starts running at 5am, and it makes different stops depending on where exactly you would like to go. A bus arrives every 5 minutes. It takes 35 minutes to get to Placa Catalunya. It costs 5,60 for a one-way ticket and 10,40 for a 2-way ticket. You can conveniently buy tickets online using your credit card or Paypal. And don’t worry about a printer! Simply show your e-ticket on your to the driver and you’ll be ready to go.

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Like the shuttle bus, the metro also starts running at 5am. You can start on the L1 line and then change as needed. 

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Night Bus

If you arrive late at night, taking the night bus is the perfect option for you. On the night bus, it takes about an hour to get the city center.


This is the most expensive option, but it works well if you’re arriving in the middle of the night and would prefer an option that gets you to your hotel as soon as possible. It costs about 35 euros to take the taxi.

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