Stuck on a Barcelona layover at the Barcelona International Airport also known as El Prat Airport (BCN)? The Barcelona airport is the second largest in Spain and a frequent stop for many on a layover. It is a main hub for Spanair and Vueling Airlines, and is located roughly 10 km (6.2 mi) from Barcelona which makes the city an accessible destination for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Barcelona layover, click here for useful tips.
There’s plenty to do for those stuck on a Barcelona layover and unable to leave the airport. There are plenty of services including airport shops (including duty free), food and restaurants, banking, financial services, prayer rooms, meeting rooms, tax refund in Terminal 2A and more.
In Terminal 1, departure area, you can find Imaginarium meeting points with more than 1,000 different types of fun and educational designed for children age 0 to 8.
Travelers with WiFi laptops or PDAs will now be able to enjoy wireless Internet access at Barcelona Airport, provided by the concession granted to the Temporary Joint Venture, Kibiwireless-Comunitel-Vodafone. For assistance, contact the technical service on telephone 902 195 788 or E-mail [email protected].
The El Prat airport also offers a number of VIP lounges that you can enjoy during your Barcelona layover, including the Colomer VIP Lounge, Joan Miró VIP Lounge, Pau Casals VIP Lounge and the Salvador Dalí VIP Lounge (932 971 035).
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest during your Barcelona layover, there are many hotels near the airport to choose from where you can store your luggage, rest, shower and relax during your stopover. For a full list of Barcelona hotels at varying price points, click here.
If you decide to leave the Barcelona airport during your layover, there are many transportation options. You can take the taxis from the arrival area (for more info call check the link or call 932 235 151, extension 2158), take the bus T1 or T2 or hop on the train (Renfe Line 2 suburban train) – for more information, click here.
Layover Guide’s Suggestion Of Things To Do On A Barcelona Layover:
If you want to see the sights in a short period of time, a tour might be your best bets. There are tons to choose from including sightseeing tours, day cruises, Skip the Line tours to the most popular sights, walking and biking tours, food tours, nightlife, and lots more!
Another fantastic attraction of Barcelona, the Parc Guell was also designed by Gaudi. It’s a beautiful and intricate garden of stairs, sculptures and viaducts, and was named a monument of world interest by UNESCO (Bus 24, 25, 31, or 74. Metro; line 3. Lesseps Station, then follow the street signs.)
Las Ramblas is in the center of old Barcelona and runs from the Placa de Catalunya, a squarein the center of the city full of shops and restaurants, down to the Columbus monument on the waterfront. Keep your guard up and bags and wallets close (especially when eating) as there are lots of pickpockets around.
Temple de la Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia, formally known as Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, is the work of surrealist architect Antonio Gaudi and a must-see in Barcelona. He was said to have spent 40 years building this structure and was considered his passion. (Metro: Line 2 or 5 Station: SagradaFamilia)
Casa Mila, La Pedrera
The Casa Mila was commissioned by Pere Mila and his wife, and built by Gaudí between 1906 and 1910. Temporary exhibits are regularly held on the first floor, the furnished apartment, and don’t miss the exquisite roof and views.
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