Getting to Barcelona

Barcelona; a metropolitan city, is one of the largest cities of Spain. Being the capital city of Catalonia, there are several modes of transport to choose from, so getting to Barcelona is easy. Depending on your budget, the size of the group travelling and how much time you have, you can easily find a way to travel best suited for your needs.

The city is a transport hub and is home to the Port of Barcelona, which is one of Europe’s leading seaports and busiest European passenger port. There is the main international airport, Barcelona-El Prat, which handles over 35 million passengers per year. Barcelona is also home to a vast motorway network, great for those travelling by car and it has a high speed rail line, which links to France and the rest of Europe.

The city has direct rail connections to major destinations such as Paris, Zurich and Milan. There is also the high speed train from Madrid, the East and the South of Spain, among others, which are popular for travellers who are moving about Spain and not necessarily just visiting the capital city. So, depending on your original destination, there are loads of options. The railway stations and network of train lines allow you to travel to Barcelona and everywhere within the city without problems.

Here’s some information about all the available options to help you decide which type of transport suits you.


Getting to Barcelona by plane is the quickest and most convenient method. Barcelona has a major global airport simply 12 km from the centre of the city, with trips originating from Europe, America and the rest of the globe. There are likewise airport terminals in Girona and Reus with bus links to Barcelona. Over the previous few years, a variety of budget airlines must begun flying to these five destinations from throughout Europe.

There are buses from all three airports to the centre of Barcelona. Barcelona’s main airport also has a train link. For more information about flights and the airport, click here.

Coach & Bus

There are several companies running coaches and buses from across Europe and North Africa to Barcelona. Because of the city’s geographical location, nearly all coach services from the rest of Europe to Spain and Portugal stop here.


Barcelona also has good road links if you prefer to drive yourself. The AP-7/E-15 comes from France (via Perpignan) in the north and from the eastern and southern Spain (via València and Tarragona) in the south. The UAB is right next to this motorway and is signposted.

The C-16/E-9 also comes from France, but further to the west (via Toulouse). The C-16 goes to the centre of Barcelona. To get to the campus, take the C-58 just south of Terrassa and follow the signs for “UAB”.

The AP-2/E-90 comes from central and northern Spain (via Zaragoza and Lleida) and connects with the AP-7 approximately 70km to the south-west of Barcelona.


Getting to Barcelona is now even easier, with the Eurostar and Elipsos Trains, you can leave London St Pancras station in the afternoon, change at Paris in the evening for the luxury of the overnight hotel train and wake up refreshed in Barcelona in the morning – a train to Barcelona couldn’t be easier.