The Definitive Guide to Barcelona’s “El Prat” Airport

The International Airport of Barcelona, also known as “El Prat,” is located around 13 km in the south-west of the city’s centre. It is the busiest airport in Barcelona due to the fact that it’s closest to the main touristic spots, and it has more than 30 million fliers every year. If you are currently in-between flights or know that you will be landing at the airport anytime soon, here is what you should know about the facilities of the airport.

What Can Passengers Expect

When it comes to construction, El Prat has two terminals: T1 and T2. T1 has been recently constructed, being modern, brand new and very easy to navigate regardless if the destination flight is European or international. T2 has been there for a while, and it’s divided into three different sections: 2A, 2B, and 2C. At the moment, only 2B and 2C are used for low-cost carriers.

There are several spots in the airports where you have free WiFi. One of them is the main airport connection “kubiwireless,” but there are other 26 connections spread across the airport in restaurants, lounges or meeting rooms.

Sleeping Arrangements

Generally, the staff at the airport is known to be tolerant with passengers who have to spend the night and try to sleep. However, there were instances where travelers reported that they had been woken up by security so that they could check their ticket and passport.

Since seats are pretty utilitarian and cold, with armrests on most of the chair lined around, they are not very convenient if your purpose is to line down. The floor is also tiled in most spots, with very few carpeted places, so you might want to bring a comforter or something for warmth if you want to sleep. Upstairs in T1 has been reported to be the most comfortable place to sleep since the light is not as strong. However, if you want to stretch, you’ll only be able to do that if you go to the third floor. You can also purchase a pass in the lounge area since it’s packed with more comfortable relaxation spots.

For those who want uninterrupted sleep, there are several private rooms in T1, but also hotels that are as close as 3 minutes from the airport.


To get to and from the airport, you can rent a car, catch a bus, take advantage of hotel shuttles, take a train or grab a taxi outside the airport. At the same time, you can also take advantage of private Barcelona airport taxi, which can be booked beforehand. That way, the driver will be waiting for you at the terminal, ready to take you wherever you wish to go. You’ll be spared having to wait in line for cabs, and you will not have to risk overpaying for a ride. Some private taxis are cheap and efficient enough to make your holiday seem successful. Also, regardless if you come in small or large families, there is always a type of car that is always the right size for you.