Travel to Barcelona & the Camp Nou
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Getting There & Away
Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain, and is therefore a major transportation hub.
Barcelona International Airport (BCN) is, appropriately, Spain’s second-largest airport. It’s about 10km from the city center of Barcelona, and because it’s physically located in a city called El Prat de Llobregat, the airport itself is also sometimes called El Prat. Barcelona’s airport is a hub for Vueling Airlines and Clickair – and Spanair, Air Europa and Iberia all have busy flight schedules to and from Barcelona. The busiest air shuttle route in the world connects Barcelona to the country’s largest airport in Madrid, so if you can get to Madrid more easily, then getting to Barcelona is a breeze from there. You can get a taxi from the airport, but the cheaper option is to take the RENFE train. It runs every half-hour or so from the airport into the city center, and a one-way ticket is under €3.
Some of Europe’s budget airlines, including Ryanair, fly into Girona and Reus instead of Barcelona (although the itinerary will say Barcelona), but these cities are around 100km from Barcelona. It’s not a great deal time-wise, but if you’ve got more time than money that’s something to consider. Should you fly into Girona, you can get a bus to Barcelona – a one-way ticket is €12, and the trip takes about an hour and ten minutes. From Reus, you can get a combination of a train and a bus into Barcelona – the train is just under €7 and the bus is €2, and the trip is about 1.5 hours.
There are two large train stations in Barcelona – Barcelona-Sants and Barcelona-Estacio de Franca. Between the two you’ll find regular daily connections to cities in France, including Nice, and elsewhere in Spain. There’s a new high-speed train connecting Madrid and Barcelona that takes between 2.5-3.5 hours.
From the Barcelona International Airport, head northeast on C-32B (otherwise known as Carretera a l’Aeroport. Stay on this road until it merges with C-32 (also called Autopista de Pau Casals and then Ronda de Dalt). You’ll continue on this road for just under 6km, and then take the 11-Diagonal toward Les Corts. Turn slightly right at Avinguda Diagonal, and then right at Avinguda del Doctor Maranon. When you reach the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Carrer d’Aristides Maillol. The Camp Nou will be ahead on your right.