Barcelona international airport - find out about different terminals of Barcelona Spain airport, using airport shuttles and transfers
The fact that Barcelona airport is positioned really close to the city and Barcelona cruise port makes many a Mediterranean cruiser happy.
Those 18 km of distance can be travelled in 20 to 30 minutes (depending on traffic).
You can find out all about getting to the airport from the cruise port on our page Barcelona El Prat Airport.
If you are flying into Barcelona to join the cruise ship read about the options of getting to the cruise Barcelona Spain airport.
With 35 million passengers that passed through it in 2012 Barcelona airport is the main airport of Catalonia, the second largest airport in Spain and the 32nd busiest in the world.
It also isn't as intimidatingly spread out as airports in other European cities which almost cover the area of a smaller town.
There are two main terminals T1 and T2 which are four kilometers apart but are connected with a free Barcelona airport shuttle.
T2 or Terminal 2 was the main building before 2009 but now it operates mostly the low cost and regional carriers. It has sub-terminals A,B and C.
T1 or Terminal 1 is the new terminal, expanded in 2009 as a result of more passengers, it has 101 gates and operates 70% of flights.
To find out which terminal you need to go to to catch your flight visit Barcelona airport airlines.
There are also some plans to build and additional T1 space called T1S (Terminal Satellite) which would increase the passenger traffic.
The projected increase of 15 million passengers more each year would position the Barcelona airport as one of the top five busiest airports of the world in passenger traffic.
As with all the other bigger airports in the world, at Barcelona International Airport you will have a chance to enjoy restaurants, cafeterias as well as some last minute duty-free shopping.
And I don't know if it was my lucky day but at the last minute check-in a nice lady turned a blind eye to a few kilos extra I had in my luggage.
I'm not saying it will happen to you, too, but it definitely keeps Barcelona International airport in my good books.J