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Barcelona Getting There, Spain

By plane:

Barcelona's International Airport (BCN) is located 12 km south of the city. The airport connects Barcelona with all Spanish airports, many European cities and some intercontinental destinations, like New York.

Connections with Barcelona:

  • In train with destination Sants and Plaza de Calalunya train station. Hours: every day from 5:38 a.m. to 10:11 p.m.; the trip takes around 20 min.
  • By bus with Aerobús, which goes to Plaça de Catalunya via Pl. de España, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes and Pl. Universidad. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6:00 a.m.-midnight, Sat. and holidays 6:30 a.m.-midnight. Every 12 minutes.
  • Nighttime bus: bus no. 17 runs once an hour from 10:05 p.m. to 5:05 a.m.


In addition to Barcelona's airport, there are two minor airports used by low cost airlines, with flights to various European destinations.

Girona - Costa Brava Airport

Information: Aena Tel. +34.972.186.606 100 km north of Barcelona, direct connection by Barcelona Bus buses (Tel. +34 932 320 459)

Reus - Costa Daurada Airport

Information: Aena Tel. +34.977.779.832 108 km south of Barcelona, direct connection by Hispano Igualadina buses (Tel. +34 933 396 364)

By train:

Barcelona is connected with the rest of Spain by an efficient railway network and also has direct connections with foreign destinations including Paris, Zurich and Milan.

The main train station is Barcelona Sants, in Plaza Països Catalans, where international, national and regional trains depart from. The second station is Estación de França in Av. Marquès de l’Argentera. The AVE high speed line is in the process of being completed, which will provide fast connections to Madrid.

Information and reservations: Tel. 934 901 122

By bus:

There are many possibilities for reaching Barcelona by bus. The main station for national and international buses is Barcelona-Nord.

Tel. +34.902.303.222

By car:

Barcelona is located 150 km from the French border, 350 km from Valencia and around 600 km from Madrid or Bilbao. Access to the city is simplified by a dense network of Autopistas (toll highways) and Autovias (free).

From France the quickest way is to take Autopista AP7 and take C33 near Barcelona to your destination.

From Madrid, Zaragoza or Bilbao take Autopista AP2 and near Vilafranca del Penedès continue on AP7 until your destination. To enter the city take Avinguda Diagonal.

From Valencia take AP7 until your destination.

By ship:

There is regular service to and from the Balearic Islands from the harbor of Barcelona as well as direct ferry connections with Genoa (Grandi Navi Veloci) and Rome (Grimaldi Ferries).

The companies which sail to the Balearic Islands:

Trasmediterránea: Tel. 902 454 645

Balearia: Tel. 902 160 180

Iscomar: Tel. 902 119 128


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