The opening of Terminal 1 (T1) at Barcelona airport doubled the previous operating capacity of the airport and increased its physical size fourfold. Only a few years ago the airport was not particularly impressive considering it was the gateway to Catalonia. However, major improvements to the original terminal and the opening of T1 now makes it undoubtedly the premier international airport in the whole Mediterranean region and an impressive asset to the proud city of Barcelona.
Terminal 1 is the size of more than 80 football pitches, has over 100 boarding gates, nearly 200 check-in counters, over 12,000 parking spaces and an impressive supply of shopping facilities and commercial services including ATMs and internet access.
Barcelona Airport Terminals
When travelling through Barcelona airport be sure to check your booking details to be sure that you know whether you are arriving at/departing from the new Terminal 1 or the original Terminal 2 (T2). Terminal 2 now consists of three areas known as A, B and C so you will need to look on the signs for T2A, T2B and T2C. These areas are very well signposted within the building.
To check which terminal you will be flying into check your booking confirmation or go to the Spanish Airlines Authority website. For information about your airline or for other information once you are in Spain you can call 902-404-704 or send a text message to 7472 with the name of your airline.
Barcelona Airport Transfers
Probably the most common way of travelling into Barcelona city from the airport is on the airport bus (Aerobús) which operates between Barcelona airport and the city centre at Plaça de Catalunya. There are now two different Aerobús services: The A1 Aerobús serves the new Terminal 1 whilst the A2 Aerobús serves the original Terminal 2. There is a free shuttle bus service (Bustransit) connecting the two terminals.
For more comprehensive information including rail links, taxis and private transfers please refer to Barcelona Airport Transfers.
Barcelona Airport Hotels
Strictly speaking there are no hotels located within the immediate Barcelona airport boundaries. The most popular places to stay tend to be near the Barcelona Sants RENFE station and Plaça d’Espanya in the city. These locations offer easy access to the airport by bus, train and taxi. An alternative that I found very good value the last time I had an early flight out of Barcelona is the Sallés Hotel Ciutat del Prat at El Prat de Llobregat which is only a few minutes from the terminals and offers free shuttle buses throughout the day.
For more information about what options are available please refer to Barcelona Airport Hotels.