Barcelona Airport Subway

Underground Transfers from BCN Airport to Barcelona

The Orange L9 Sud Metro Line from El Prat

Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport isn’t directly connected to the heart of Barcelona via the subway. However, the L9 Sud metro line stops at the airport and heads to the area of Barcelona, offering quick and adequate transfer services for passengers who travel light and don’t mind changing between lines. The orange line stops at both terminals and needs about 32 minutes to reach its destinations in the Catalonian capital.

Our Tip: The L9 Line is divided into L9 Sud and L9 Nord. Nevertheless, only the L9 Sud metro line stops at El Prat Airport.

The L9 Time Schedule from BCN Airport

The L9 line runs on a frequent basis, stopping at the airport train stations every 7 minutes. Its operational hours vary depending on the time of the day and the day of the week. Hence, from Monday to Thursday and on Sundays, the first train leaves the departure station at 5:00 am, while the last one departs at midnight. However, On Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays, there are available routes until 2:00 am. 

Our Tip: On 24 December, the L9 metro line operates until 11:00 pm.

Where are the Metro Stations at Barcelona Airport?

There are two metro stations at BCN Airport, one at each terminal. Hence, whatever terminal you are arriving at, you can easily head to the respective train station to take your train, without the need of transferring between terminals. 

The subway stop of T1 is called Aeroport T1 and is the departure and the final station of the L9 Sud Line. The entrance of the station is to be found on the ground level, near the bus stop. On the other hand, the Aeroport T2 station is situated next to the train station, just outside terminal building 2. There are clear signs inside the airport terminals, which indicate the way to each subway station.

The L9 Sud Tickets from Barcelona Airport

If you are planning on using the subway for your transfer from BCN Airport to Barcelona, then you have three ticket options for your journey:

  • Buying an ordinary airport ticket: This ticket will allow you to travel once from the airport to one of the available metro stations. The price of the airport metro ticket differs from an ordinary metro ticket. Hence, you’ll have to pay 5.15€/6.10$ for a single subway airport ticket.
  • Choosing a type of integrated transport ticket: There are multiple types of integrated transport tickets, depending on your exact needs. However, this alternative is only of your interest if you intend to stay in Barcelona for a long time. 
  • Purchasing a Hola Barcelona Travel Card: The ideal option if you are going to use the Barcelona public transportation system repeatedly. Depending on the duration of your stay, you can buy a card that allows you to travel unlimitedly inside the Barcelona Metropolitan Area for 48, 72, 96 or 120 hours in a row, using any means of your choice. 


Metro tickets are available via the automatic vending machines located at the subway stations. Finally, the Hola Cards can be bought online.

To which Barcelona Subway Station Should you Head?

If the areas of Barceloneta, Barrio Gotico and La Rampla are considered Barcelona’s city center, then the orange metro line L9 doesn’t directly connect El Prat Airport to Barcelona downtown area. However, passengers of L9 Sud can transit from one line to another and reach their final destination quickly and without much hassle.

Therefore, if your final destination is near the districts of Marina and Santa Eulàlia, you can hop off the orange line at Can Tries/Gornal station and hop on the light blue Line 10 Sud. Alternatively, the Torassa Station offers a transit option to the red Line 1 serving the Sants-Montjuïc, Eixample, Ciutat Vella, Sant Martí and Sant Andreu areas. Are you heading to the Sants-Montjuïc, Eixample, Nou Barris or Horta-Guinard areas? Then, disembark from the metro L9 at Collblanc Station and take the blue Line 5. Finally, from the L9 Sud’s final stop at the Zona Universitaria Station, you can change to the green Line 3, which passes through the Les Corts, Sants-Montjuïc, Ciutat Vella, Eixample, Gràcia and Horta-Guinardó districts.

FAQs

Can you get the metro to Barcelona airport?

Barcelona airport is connected to the city via the L9 Sud metro line. The L9 Sud stops at both BCN Terminals and runs approximately every 7 minutes, from 5:00 am to midnight (on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays, it runs until 2:00 am). The metro takes about 32 minutes to reach the final Zona Universitaria Station.

How much is the metro from Barcelona airport to city centre?

A one-way subway ticket from El Prat Airport to the city of Barcelona costs 5.15€/6.10$. However, if you are going to use public transportation for the majority of your transfers, then you should buy a Hola Barcelona Travel Card, whereas if your stay in Barcelona is long, an integrated transport ticket is the most affordable and convenient option for you.

Does Barcelona airport have a metro station?

Barcelona airport has two metro stations, Aeroport 1 and Aeroport 2, located at T1 and T2, respectively. The entrance of Aeroport 1 is to be found at the T1 ground floor close to the bus station, while Aeroport 2 lies next to the airport train station, just outside terminal building 2.