Only pay 1 Euro for your Airport transfer to Barcelona

Traveling on a budget can be difficult sometimes. When you fly into a city, you need to get from the airport to the centre. Often your options are a pricy taxi ride or an airport express bus for a hefty fee. Luckily, I found a super cheap, easy and fast option to travel from Barcelona Airport to the City Centre for less than 1 Euro. That’s right, for less than 1 Euro per person; you can travel directly into the city centre of Barcelona from El Prat Airport. No transfers, no haggling with cab drivers or any other nuisances. Traveling to Barcelona soon? Want to know how to spend only 1 Euro on your ride to the town?

Traveling from the airport into the city centre can be expensive. Do you want to travel from Barcelona Airport to the city centre for under 1 Euro? Read how I've done it and how you can do it too!!

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El Prat Barcelona Airport

The Airport of Barcelona, El Prat, is situated in the South West of the city of Barcelona. It is only 12 kilometres (7 miles) from the city and El Prat is the main airport for Barcelona. Its IATA code is BCN and El Prat has 2 terminals. T1 and T2 which have a bus connecting the two of them and from each terminal to the city centre. There are other airport around Barcelona, Girona and Reus. Each are situated 120 km (75 miles) away from Barcelona and are mainly serviced by European Low Cost Airlines. This post is solely about El Prat Barcelona Airport and how to travel from the airport to the city centre of Barcelona.

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Traveling from the airport into the city centre can be expensive. Do you want to travel from Barcelona Airport to the city centre for under 1 Euro? Read how I've done it and how you can do it too!!
Barcelona El Prat Aiport

Taxi

The most expensive option to Travel from Barcelona Airport to the city centre is to take a taxi. A cab ride to the centre of Barcelona will cost you around €29. If you’re traveling with more people or can find a few peeps to share the ride, you might spend less per person.

Traveling from the airport into the city centre can be expensive. Do you want to travel from Barcelona Airport to the city centre for under 1 Euro? Read how I've done it and how you can do it too!!
Taking a taxi can be expensive

Barcelona Card

If you plan on visiting a lot of sites in Barcelona, you might want to consider buying the Barcelona Card*. This cards grands you a discount to various sites in the site, but also unlimited public transport. You can already have a 2-day pass from €20,00 and if you buy it before you leave home, you can use it to travel from Barcelona Airport to the city centre.

Need unlimited travel? Consider the Hola Barcelona Transport card.*

Aerobus- Airport Express Buss

The Aerobus* is the Barcelona Airport Express Bus which connects the terminals T1 and T2 with the city centre of Barcelona. You can travel to either Plaça d’Espanya or Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona. A single ticket costs €5,90. You can buy a return ticket for €10,20. The journey will take you around 25 to 35 minutes, depending on your destination and the traffic on the way. There is free Wi-Fi on board and enough room to store your luggage.

Metro

Since February 2016 the direct metro to El Prat Barcelona Airport is up and running. The L9 Metro will take you from the airport to the centre of Barcelona. Depending on your final destination, you might need to transfer to another metro line. Tickets are €4,50 and you need to buy a special “Airport ticket” as other tickets or discount cards are not valid for the journey to and from the Airport.

Renfe Train

You can also take the train to travel from Barcelona Airport to the city centre. The Spanish railroads are named Renfe, and the train R2 will take you every 30 minutes to the centre of Barcelona. Stops are station Clot, Passeig de Gràcia, or Barcelona Sants Estacio. A ticket to Passeig de Gràcia will cost you €4,10 for a single journey. If you wish to travel further per metro after this, you need to buy another ticket.

Traveling from the airport into the city centre can be expensive. Do you want to travel from Barcelona Airport to the city centre for under 1 Euro? Read how I've done it and how you can do it too!!
Take the train to the centre

TMB Airport bus 46 to city centre

Besides the Aerobus Airport bus*, there is also a regular city bus running from the Barcelona Airport to the city centre. The bus number is 46 and you can catch it outside the terminal. The bus is frequent and depending on the traffic, it will bring you within 30 to 40 minutes to Plaça d’Espanya. TMB bus 46 tickets can be purchases on the bus for €2,15 one way. Space for your luggage is limited but this is a good option to travel from Barcelona Airport to the city centre of Barcelona.

Traveling from the airport into the city centre can be expensive. Do you want to travel from Barcelona Airport to the city centre for under 1 Euro? Read how I've done it and how you can do it too!!
Plaça de España where the Aerobus and the TMB bus 46 stop

Travel from Barcelona Airport to the City Centre for under 1 Euro

As you can see, the prices decrease as we get further into this post. But even the cheapest option is more than €1 for the TMB bus 46. So how did I pay less than 1 Euro for my travel from Barcelona Airport to the city centre? And can you do it too?

The answer is YES! You too can pay less than €1 for your airport fare. How?

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T-10 Barcelona Transport Card

That is the magic word. The T10 pass is your cheapest option. This card allows you to travel on bus, metro (not the airport one) and railway. You get 10 journeys on this card for the price of €9,95

For the people who are bad at math: that is €0,95 per journey. Less than 1 Euro for a journey on the bus, metro or train inside the Barcelona city area. With this card, you can take the TMB bus 46 and travel from Barcelona Airport to the city centre for less than 1 Euro. You can also use it on the train from the airport. Unfortunately you cannot use it on the metro running from the airport to town.

But, this T10 card gives you the opportunity to travel via bus or train from the Barcelona El Prat airport to the city! For less than 1 Euro. I was amazed at this option and had already calculated 21 euros for a return journey for 2 people into our travel budget.

Traveling from the airport into the city centre can be expensive. Do you want to travel from Barcelona Airport to the city centre for under 1 Euro? Read how I've done it and how you can do it too!!
The T10 Barcelona Public transport card

But I found the T10 to be much cheaper. Even if you do not use all the 10 journeys on this card, it’s still cheaper than the Aerobus. You can use it for multiple persons; you just have to validate it more times. So if you’re traveling with a family of 4, you buy the T10 card once and validate the ticket 4 times. That’s €3,80 for a whole family traveling from the Airport to Barcelona.

You can buy the T10 card at tobacco shops on the airport or at the entrance of the Renfe Railway station at the Airport. You can use the card until the prices change again (once per year usual). I found this really the best budget option. Not only was it cheap, but also hassle free. It was fast as we arrived into the city under 30 minutes and we didn’t have to wait long for the bus to arrive. The journey back to the Airport was even smoother with no people on the bus and we were dropped off at the departures within 20 minutes!

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Cheapest way to travel from Barcelona Airport to the City Centre

As you can see, the cheapest way to travel from El Prat Airport to the Barcelona City is to buy the T10 transport card and travel by regular bus or train into the city centre. This helped me save a huge amount on my travel budget which I got to spend on other things like tapas and entrance fees to Park Guell.

Did you go to Barcelona? How did you travel from the airport to the city? What did you find the best or cheapest way? Please share in the comment section below.

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10 Comments

  1. Lyn

    Thank you for the tip. We are a family of four traveling to Barcelona in March 2017. If the prices usually go up in February would you recommend waiting until we get to the airport and buy a T10 card from a smoke shop in the airport? Cheers

  2. I like how you broke everything down and even highlighted the different options that are available on the T10 card. Always great to save money on things like transport so you can splurge on Tapas!

  3. Hi Naomi! Thanks so much for this post, it’s very useful! I didn’t know about the card, I’ve always taken the train and payed full price. I will definitely buy a T10 card on my next Barcelona visit. Do you know if it has an expiry date?

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