Arriving in Barcelona
Airport using public transport
There is a wide variety of public transport options for going to or from the airport. However, they vary widely in convenience, efficiency, and schedule, so plan your trip accordingly. In particular, if you have a very early or very late flight your options are more limited and the best course of action might be an airport transfer. To check which public transport options are available from the airport to the venue or your hotel, click here. The address of the World Trade Center, venue of IAMM 2018, is Moll de Barcelona, s/n, Edifici Est 1ª Planta, 08039 Barcelona
• The public bus (TMB) to the airport uses the same ticket system as the Barcelona metro and commuter rail lines. If you have purchased a ten-ride metro card (T-10, available from the machines in any station) you get free transfers from the metro to the bus (or vice versa) if less than 1 hr. 15 min. have passed since you went through the turnstile. Transfers are not included in single ride tickets. The current price for a single ride ticket is 2.20€ and 10.20€ for a T-10. More info about tickets here.
• During the day you can take the line 46 bus to get to the airport. The starting point for this line is in Plaza España and the trip takes approximately 50 minutes, with stops at both Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2 (T2). Please note that this line only runs during the day, until midnight, after which time the normal city buses cease to run. More information, including a route map, can be found here.
• After midnight (and in some locations, 10 pm), the nocturnal bus system (NitBus) starts up. The N17 line, with its starting point in Plaza Cataluña, offers late night service both to and from the airport, with stops at both T1 and T2. The trip lasts approximately 60 minutes and buses leave every 20 minutes or so.
• The Aerobus is a privately operated bus company solely dedicated to transporting visitors to and from the airport. Buses leave from Plaza Cataluña or from the airport (El Prat), with separate lines for each terminal (T1 and T2). The trip is about 35 minutes (but plan for extra time if you are traveling during rush hour) and buses run approximately every 5-10 minutes 365 days a year. However, buses do not run 24 hours a day, so be sure to check the schedule (click here) if your flight leaves early in the morning or late at night. Prices: 4,60 € one way.
• The train to the airport (but not trains generally) uses the same ticket system as the Barcelona metro and commuter rail lines. If you have purchased a ten-ride metro card (T-10, available from the machines in any station) you get free transfers from the metro to the bus (or vice versa) if less than 1 hr. 15 min. have passed since you went through the turnstile. Transfers are not included in single ride tickets. The current price for a single ride ticket is 2.20€ and 10.20€ for a T-10. More info about tickets here
• The train has two main stops in Barcelona, one at Passeig de Gracia and one at Sants Station (the main train station). The train runs approximately every half hour on a set schedule (available on the Renfe website) and the trip takes about 25 minutes. Please note that at both stations other trains use the same track as that used by the train to the airport so confirm that you are getting on the right train by checking the electronic sign on the side of the train before entering. There should also be screens in the train showing the destination. The train only stops at Terminal 2 (T2) if your flight leaves from Terminal 1 (T1) you will need to take the shuttle bus from T2 to T1, so factor in an additional 10-15 minutes into your travel time.
• Shuttle buses between T1 and T2: are green in color and are free. They run approximately every 10 to 15 minutes.
• If you are thinking of taking a tax, there are taxi stands available in both airport terminals. In the Barcelona city center there are a number of taxi stands and yellow cabs can also be hailed directly on the street.