Getting To Barcelona

Barcelona, a metropolitan city, is one of the largest cities of Spain. Getting to Barcelona, the capital city of Catalonia, is made easy thanks to the various different modes of transport available. Which mode of transport you opt for will depend entirely on your budget, size of your group and how quickly you need to reach Barcelona.

The city is a transport hub. It is home to the Port of Barcelona, which is one of Europe’s leading seaports and busiest European passenger port. The main international airport, Barcelona-El Prat, handles over 35 million passengers per year. Barcelona is home to a well maintained motorway network too. Ideal for those wishing to hire a vehicle and travel here by road. There is also a reliable, 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. This is a popular choice 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.


Getting to Barcelona by plane is the quickest and most convenient method. Barcelona has a major global airport 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 central Barcelona. Barcelona’s main airport, Barcelona-El Prat, also has a train link. Book discounted flights to Barcelona!

Coach & Bus

There are several coach companies that regularly run services to and from Barcelona. It’s possible to book a ticket to and from the city to a whole variety of destinations within Europe. Because of the city’s geographical location, nearly all coach services from other parts of Europe to Spain and Portugal stop here.


Barcelona has excellent road links if you would prefer to hire a car and drive yourself. The AP-7/E-15 comes from France (via Perpignan) in the north and continues all the way down Spain’s eastern coast via València and Tarragona. This is one of the most popular motorways in the country. The C-16/E-9 also comes from France, but further to the west, via Toulouse. The C-16 runs right into the heart of Barcelona. Another option, the AP-2/E-90 comes from central and northern Spain, via Zaragoza and Lleida. It connects with the AP-7 approximately 70km to the south-west of Barcelona.


Getting to Barcelona by train is noweasier than ever. With companies such as Eurostar and Elipsos Trains, it’s possible to leave the UK and arrive in Barcelona the following morning. Simply hop on a train from London St Pancras station to Paris in the afternoon. Once in Paris, transfer onto an luxury overnight train which will have you in Barcelona by the morning. It really is as easy as that.