It was a long flight, you are probably tired and jet-lagged, a bit disoriented after arriving to the Barcelona-El Prat airport for the first time. And now… how do you get to your hotel?
Here are 5 plans worth taking into account:
Taxi. There are lots of taxis waiting outside the arrivals terminal. A ride to or from the Prat airport is around 25-30 euro plus the fee per suitcase. Expect the ride to take around 20-30min.
Aerobus. Blue bus departing the airport terminals every 15min., connecting both airport terminals with Plaça Catalunya in 45min. From there, you can take taxis or subway to get to your hotel.
Rodalies trains. Departing every thirty minutes or so, from the station in Terminal 2 (free shuttles available from Terminal 1). It takes 30min to enter the city, and the trains stop in Sants Estació and Passeig de Gràcia.
Private transfers. If you don’t want to have to deal with non-English speaking taxi drivers (or too smart ones that will take the longest way to your hotel so the meter gets higher than it’d be), booking a private transfer is a more expensive but very convenient idea. Make sure that the company you choose uses only professional fully licensed and insured drivers with SP plate vehicles (SP stands for Servicio Público – Public Service)
Start your tour right at the airport! If you are landing in the morning, it is very likely that your hotel room or apartment won’t be available until noon or later. Why would you waste your precious first hours in Barcelona lying in the coaches of the lobby when you could be starting to get familiar with our city? We can send a driver to pick you up at the terminal and then our guides will join you at the entrance of the city for a relaxed city overview ending at the hotel (or apartment or cruiseship). Starting your stay in Barcelona with a great tour starting at the airport is a very smart way to get in town.
What about you? How do you usually get to your hotel after landing? Share your tips here and leave a comment below!