Capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain, Barcelona is one of Europe’s most important cities in terms of tourism and commerce. Barcelona is the 7th most populated city in the European Union and is home to Spain’s second busiest airport. Serving 40 million passengers annually, Barcelona Airport is one of the major factors that contributes to the city’s tourism economy. The airport is easily accessible from the city, which has undergone significant transformations since the 1900’s.
You can easily get to the airport using the rail system from the Old City, Barceloneta, or Sagrada Familia, which is one of the city’s most important monuments. By transferring to the Barcelona Sants Station, which is 7 stops from Catalunya Square, and 5 stops from Sagrada Familia, you can get on the 30-minute long train to the airport. Barcelona has been using metro and railway networks for urban transportation since the 1920’s. There is a transfer point located between each rail line. Thus, you can get from locations outside of the city and within the city to the airport without having to deal with above ground traffic.
Catalunya Square, a few minutes walking distance from the districts of Ciutat Vella, Barceloneta and El Raval, is the departure point for the Aerobus buses that provide transportation to the airport. The bus lines A1 and A2 provide transportation to the airport during the day; the trip takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour. At night the N16 and N17 bus lines provide transportation to the airport.
These buses operate between 5 am and 12:30 am. During peak hours these buses run every 5 minutes. The fare for these buses is cheaper than taking a taxi.
Another convenient mode of transportation to the get to Barcelona Airport, which is located 12 km from central Barcelona, is by taxi.
However, transportation from central locations in the city, especially if you’re traveling alone, can be quite expensive.
Driving from the city center or coastal areas to Barcelona Airport takes around 20 minutes. To get to the airport all you have to do is follow the wide and long avenue Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes. Once you pass the bridge over Llobregat River you will enter the Castelldefels area and the road will continue to the airport access road. The airport is divided into 2 buildings; Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The airport stands out for its passenger capacity and parking capacity. The airport contains indoor and outdoor parking lots and has a total car park capacity of 19,000 vehicles.
Barcelona is a popular tourist destination, particularly for those coming from Northern Europe. Barcelona Airport, also known as Barcelona-El Prat Airport, offers a total of 42 restaurants, cafes, and pubs to ensure passengers have a pleasant time while at the airport.
Barcelona Airport also offers tax-free shopping services at the Duty Free shops. The airport also features free wireless internet connection and has an area dedicated to exhibitions and performances.
The city of Boston is renowned for being home to Harvard University, the University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and world famous health care institutions. The city hosts thousands of patients, researchers, and students from all over the world. The only international airport in the city is the General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, also referred to as Logan International Airport. Logan International Airport is located 5.6 km from the city center, which you can get to by ferry as a transportation alternative.
The Silver Line 1 bus service departs from the ground floor and runs every 8 minutes. This bus provides transportation to the city center in about 20 minutes. The SL1 bus provides transportation to the South Station, located in the city. You can transfer to the Red Line metro from this station. This station is also a 5-10 minutes walking distance to many museums and the Boston Public Garden and Theater District. Other buses that provide transportation to the city include buses 459 and 449. These buses depart from Terminal C and provide transportation to the Summer St. stop, which is about 10 minutes away from the city center.
Although the airport isn’t directly served by rail there is an Airport Station along the Blue Line. You can get to this station via the airport shuttle services. The metro from the Airport Station to State Street Station, which is located below The Old State House, takes 20 minutes. In addition, by taking the SL1 line to the last stop on the bus 171 route you can connect to the Red Line. This metro line provides transportation to Harvard University, Harvard Museum of Natural History, and Cambridge.
Another transportation alternative to get to the city center is by ferry via the Logan Dock. The Massport Route 66 provide shuttle services between the dock and airport terminals. If you would like to walk to the dock, it is 10 minutes from the airport on foot. You can get to Long Wharf dock in the city center by ferry in 18 minutes. During the day the ferry runs every 40 minutes to 1 hour. The fare for the ferry is more affordable than other transportation alternatives.
Taxis from the airport provide transportation to the city via the tunnel that passes under the Boston Canal. Taxis are readily available at the terminal exit. Since the airport is located close to the city center the taxi fare is reasonable. This fare is higher if you are going to Harvard University.
Renting a car at Logan Airport is a convenient way to get to the city center. You can rent a car from the Rental Car Center. Rental car companies that you can choose from include Alamo, Avis, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty. Once you leave the airport you will go through the tunnel that passes under the Boston Canal, then you can get to the city center via Congress Street and Congress Bridge. If you use the tunnel that is located more to the west then you will exit at Haymarket Square. You can get to the city center from this square by connecting to Merrimac St. It takes about 10 minutes to get to the city center from Logan airport by car, using both tunnels.