Barcelona Airport is officially known as Josep Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat Airport, previously Barcelona-El Prat and also known as El Prat Airport. This international airport is located 12 km southwest of the center of Barcelona. The lounges in Barcelona are not some of the best Priority Pass lounges in the world, largely because all the lounges in Barcelona airport are 3rd party run, so they are not very exciting. Most do, however, have decent snacks and a great array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Barcelona-El Prat (BCN) is easier to get around compared to airports like Heathrow. Whether this airport is your hub for a Mediterranean cruise departure or your arrival airport for a weekend away, Barcelona airport has awards for being one of Europe’s best Airports.
BCN has two terminals, international passengers usually to touch down and takeoff from Terminal 1, which handles flights operated by members of One World, Star Alliance and Sky Team groups, their associate airlines, and airlines operating intercontinental flights: Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Air Algerie, Air Baltic, Air Canada Rouge, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, Air Nostrum, Alitalia, American Airlines, Arkia Israel Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Croatia Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta Airlines, EgyptAir, El Al, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Joon, KLM, Korean Air, LATAM Airlines, LEVEL, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Rossiya Airlines (flights SU6000-6999), Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, S7 Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Tarom, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, United Airlines and Vueling.
Terminal 2 is used by low-cost European carriers. Terminal T2 B handles, among others, Aer Lingus, Air Arabia Maroc, Air Moldova, Air Serbia, Air Transat, Atlantic Airways, Azur Air, Belavia, Blue Air, Bulgaria Air, Condor, Eurowings, Georgian Airways, Jet2.com, Laudamotion, Luxair, Mahan Air, Norwegian Air, Pakistan International Airlines, Pegasus Air, Rossiya Airlines (flights FV5501-5900), Ryanair, Smartwings, SkyUp Airlines, Sundair, Transavia.com, TUI fly, Ural Airlines, WestJet and Wizz Air. Terminal T2 C is used by easyJet and easyJet Switzerland. Free shuttle buses run between the terminals if you need to transfer.
First Class, business-class, and elite-tier passengers on most airlines may access one of the airport’s five Barcelona airport (BCN) VIP airport club lounges, four located in Terminal T1 and one in Terminal T2. These are Pau Casals lounge, Joan Miró lounge, Colomer lounge, Canudas lounge, and the Sleep&Fly Business center.
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Free Airport Lounge Access
If you have not paid for Business Class or First Class, you can still access a number of brilliant lounges at Barcelona Airport for a fee or for free if you have a Priority Pass. There are four different Priority Pass BCN airport lounges:
- Sala CIP Canudas which is located in Terminal 2, Airside, B Gates, opposite Gates 30-39
- Sala Joan Miro can be found in Terminal 1, Airside, towards Gates D. Non-Schengen flights only
- Sala Pau Casals which is found in Terminal 1, Airside. Schengen and Domestic flights only
- Sala VIP Colomer which is found in Terminal 1, Airside, Barcelona in the Madrid Shuttle Area
The American Express Platinum and Centurion cards come with an unlimited Priority Pass (contact our concierge for a referral for extra free bonus points), or you can apply for a free Amex Gold Card, and you will get two free Lounge Club passes which can be immediately used to get into these Priority Pass lounges to enjoy free drinks (including alcohol) and food.
1. The Joan Miró airport lounge, Terminal 1
There are three lounges located in Terminal 1, one in the European departures from the Schengen international area. For Domestic and Schengen flights, you should arrive at the airport 2 hours before the scheduled departure time. This is probably the best lounge in Barcelona airport if you have the choice.
If you are flying British Airways, you will get access to this third party lounge, The Joan Miró airport lounge, that BA uses in Barcelona airport. It’s after passport control and down the escalator. This lounge is open to Club Europe, plus BAEC Silver and Gold members and a guest on BA flights, but not Vueling.
Recently (2018), this lounge underwent an upgrade, and the food options are now particularly good with a chicken casserole, salads, cold meats, cheeses, pizza, noodles, soup, and good puddings. On the drinks side, there are free-pour wines (including 3 Cavas), a fridgeful of beers, and soft drinks. This lounge can, however, get very busy, which results in feelings of chaos with plates and cups left about.
If you are flying out of BCN via the Schengen area, you will not be flying out on Delta, but on one of the other SkyTeam carriers BUT it’s worth knowing that if you hold Delta premium elite lounge benefit, this will be honored, no matter in which cabin you are booked.
2. Sala Joan Miro, Terminal 1
The second lounge is for international departures, the non-Schengen international lounge. For Non-Schengen flights, you should arrive at the airport around 3 hours before the scheduled departure time.
If you are flying to the US on Delta or similar (or returning back to America) in Business or First Class, your lounge will be in this area for flights departing to the USA. You will get access to the Miro Lounge. Other Skyteam Member Airlines still honors lounge access for Skyteam Elite+ members even if you are not flying out in Business.
This airport lounge is like a Skyclub lounge, but with better drinks. It’s not a great lounge, but not that bad, a little tatty around the edges, largely because all the lounges in Barcelona airport are 3rd party run. It has a small selection of pastries, yogurts, juices, coffee, tea, and a range of alcoholic drinks.
3. Sala VIP Colomer lounge, Terminal 1
The third lounge is largely used for Barcelona-Madrid shuttle and domestic flight gates. Sala VIP Colomeris found in Terminal 1, Airside, Barcelona airport. This is, again, a third-party lounge, but Iberia is the main airline using it. The lounge is accessible to Iberia business class passengers as well as Iberia Plus Gold and Platinum and Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members. The lounge is also accessible to premium passengers of Vueling and Air Europa.
It has lots of black sofa seats and nice views of the planes, but it is not noteworthy. Food-wise, there are sandwiches, pastries, and snacks like nuts and crisps, but nothing that you would class as “a meal”, just light bites to go with drinks. The selection of alcoholic drinks is extensive with spirits, beer, red and white wine, and sparkling wine.
4. Sala CIP Canudas lounge, Terminal 2
There is an additional lounge in Terminal 2. The Sala CIP Canudas airport lounge can be found in Terminal 2, Airside, B Gates, opposite Gates 30-39. If you are flying out of this terminal, you are likely to be flying with Ryanair.
This lounge is fairly unappealing with yellow walls but plenty of space. It is one big room with sofas and a buffet. The seats are spaced out, and the drinks options are extensive with plenty of cans and bottles and also alcohol, including an array of spirits. Food is pre-prepared sandwiches and bread, cold cuts, salads, and crisps. It is enough to fill you up, but you will be picking around these snacky foods rather than indulging in fine dining in this lounge!
4. Sleep&Fly Business Centre, Terminal 1
The BCN Sleep&Fly Business Centre offers multi-service rooms with offices and multipurpose rooms, a Meet & Greet service.
For events, it has 2 multipurpose rooms of 110 m2 and 240 m2. Three offices of 30 m2 each. Use of Premium Lounge.
Air Rooms: Nine resting units of 20-25 m2 and a Junior Suite of 35 m2, all with full bathroom, minibar, television, Wi-Fi, safe, with complementary services such as Fast Track, Meet & Assist, luggage transport, tax-free or fitness area, among others.
This lounge is not a Priority Pass lounge.
From the airport, the fastest way into town is by taxi or Uber on the ground level of Terminal 1 and costs around €30 EUR ($33 USD) for the 30-minute drive. The Aerobús is cheaper, which departs every few minutes during the hours of 5:35 am, and 1:05 am, which deposits passengers at the centrally located Plaça Catalunya. Tickets cost €5.90 EUR (about $7 USD) one-way, and the ride takes about 35 minutes. There is no metro between the city center and the airport, but there is a train station located a five-minute walk from Terminal 2, with trains departing for Passeig de Gracia station every 30 minutes. At €3 EUR (about $3 USD), it’s the cheapest option, and the trip takes around 30 minutes.
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