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Barcelona - Getting There

Barcelona's El Prat airport is Spain's second largest airport with three terminals and over 26 million passengers passing through each year. It is situated 18 km south west of the city in the suburb of El Prat de Llobregat. It is a main hub for internal flights operated by Iberia and Spanair. It also has flights to and from Europe and North Africa, Singapore Airlines flies to destinations in Asia, and there are other flights to and from the USA and South America. A flight to London takes around 2 and a half hours, 8 hours to New York and 20 hours to Singapore.

Taxi ranks are outside all terminals and can take you to the city from the airport for around 15 euros. There are a number of bus routes form the airport to several stops in the city of Barcelona and throughout Catalunya and Andorra. For a list of routes, fares and contact details visit here.

Further details about the airport can be found here.

Barcelona is now on the network of the national train service provider Renfe's high speed train service, AVE, meaning Madrid is now just 2 and a half hours away by train and costing between 70 and 120 euros, depending on the day and time. This service has proved so popular that the number of flights between the two cities has been produced as people are preferring to take the train.

There is also a network of local train services, called Cercanias, which links towns and villages throughout Catalunya. Full details can be found at Renfe's website www.renfe.es.

If travelling by road, Madrid is 623 km away on the A-2 motorway, about a 6 and a half hour drive, whilst Valencia is 350 km away, over 3 and a half hours by car.

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