Metro (subway): fast and cheap from the airport to downtown Barcelona
Here you will find the most important information about the metro connection “El Prat Airport → Barcelona” and tips for buying tickets. This will save you time, money and stress after arrival.
Metro stops directly at El Prat Airport?
El Prat Airport is directly connected to Barcelona’s modern and well-developed metro network. There is a dedicated stop of the metro line “L9 Sud” in Terminal 1 (inside the building) and in Terminal 2 (outside the building). Both stops are easy to find.
The metro connection to El Prat Airport went into operation in 2012. Therefore, there is nothing about this metro line in older guidebooks or websites.
The line “L9 Sud” has a total of 15 metro stations. If your destination is not directly at one of these stations, you can change directly to three other lines (L1, L5, L10) via line L9. This way you can reach almost all important destinations in Barcelona with only one change.
Network map with stops & metro lines:
Ticket prices: How much does a metro ride from the airport to the city center cost?
The standard tickets (one-way ticket, 10 ticket T-Casual) of Barcelona Metro are NOT valid for a metro ride to and from the airport.
For the ride, you have to buy an extra ticket (airport ticket). This costs 5.15 euros (one way) or 10.30 euros for the round trip.
Save money when buying a ticket
Day ticket “Hola Barcelona Travel Card” – popular with air passengers
If you also want to use local transport during your stay in Barcelona, then the day ticket “Hola BCN” is interesting. The card is also called “Hola Barcelona Travel Card”.
Day ticket “Hola BCN” saves time & money
Due to the high price for the “Airport Ticket” of the Metro, many visitors therefore buy the cheap day ticket “Hola BCN”.
- This day ticket is valid for the metro ride to and from the airport. So you save the 10.30 Euro for the “Airport Ticket”.
- This card also gives you unlimited access to the metro, city bus (TMB), tram, commuter train (FGC, Zone 1), regional train (Rodalies de Catalunya, Zone 1) and the Montjuïc funicular.
- You can purchase this day pass with a validity period of 2-5 days.
One ticket to use the local transport of the four different operating companies saves time and stress when buying tickets. No standing in line at ticket machines, no fumbling with small change…
Tip: Buy the Hola BCN day ticket online before you travel at no extra charge.
Currently (as of 2021) the Hola BCN! Card costs per person when purchased on site:
2 days /48h validity: 16.30 Euro
3 days / 72h validity: 23.70 Euro
4 days / 96h validity: 30.80 Euro
5 days /120h validity: 38 Euro
So you don’t have to deal with buying tickets and ticket machines after a flight.
Hola BCN Card or Metro Tickets? We did the math…
What is the cheaper alternative for a weekend trip to Barcelona, for example? Day ticket “Hola BCN” or classic metro tickets?
If you take the bus, suburban train, cable car or metro only 2-3 times per day on a 3-day trip in addition to the airport transfer by metro, you will travel much cheaper with the day pass “HolaBCN”. If you use the local transport more often, the savings will of course be even greater.
This is mainly due to the fact that with the “HolaBCN” card, you can ride the airport line of the metro for free. One-way tickets, 10-trip tickets (T-10, T-Casual) are not valid here.
We have not included the “saved” vacation time that you don’t have to spend standing in line at ticket machines, buying tickets, etc.
Travel times and duration of the metro airport line
The metro line “L9 Sud” runs every 3-8 minutes, depending on the time of day. This means little waiting time at the metro stops at the airport. The duration of the trip depends on your destination. The metro reaches the final stop of the line “Zona Universitaria” in 31 minutes travel time. Other downtown stations can be reached in about 30 minutes.
The big advantage of the metro compared to cab, bus & Co: The duration of the trip is much more predictable or constant, because it is not dependent on traffic or possible traffic jams on the roads.
What are the operating hours of the Barcelona Metro?
Closing time is
during the week (Monday to Thursday): midnight
Fridays: 2 a.m.
On holidays / Christmas there are special regulations.
Metro stops of the airport line L9 Sud
The metro line “L9 Sud” which has two stops at the terminal buildings T1 and T2, has a total of 15 stops:
- Aeroport T1 (Airport Terminal 1)
- Aeroport T2 (Airport Terminal 2)
- Mas Blau
- Parc Nou
- El Prat Estació
- Les Moreres, Mercabarna
- Parc Logístic
Europa |Fira – change to L8 with connection to the stop “Espanya – Plaça d’Espanya”
- Can Tries | Gornal
- Torrassa – change to L1 with connection to the stops “Catalunya – Barcelona-Catalunya train station” and “Glòries – Torre Glòries”
- Zona Universitària.