The airports of Barcelona, which allow you to easily reach the capital of Catalonia, are two: the El Prat airport and the Girona – Costa Brava one. The main Barcelona airport is the first one, the bigger one and nearest to the city centre.
Barcelona El Prat Airport, also known as "Barcelona International Airport", is located far about 10 km from the city, in the city of El Prat de Llobregat. The airport serves mainly national and European flights but there are also intercontinental routes, such as those provided by airlines Delta Airlines and Singapore Airlines, reaching destinations in Asia and United States. El Prat airport is the main hub of Vueling and Clickair local airlines (now united in a single company, Vueling). Recently completed, the day 16 of June 2009 has been inaugurated the new terminal, the Terminal 1. Work of the Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill, the new Terminal 1 extends for 500.000 square meters hosting 101 new gates, 166 check-in desks, 70 between commercial activities, bars and restaurants and an ample parking with 12,000 places. The connections from El Prat airport to the Barcelona centre are frequent at any time of day and night via train or special bus to the central Plaza Catalunya. The price is 4 or 5 euro, the trip lasts about 20 minutes.
Girona – Costa Brava Airport is the second airport of Barcelona but it is located a bit far from the city. Girona is a small Catalan town of about 80,000 inhabitants, famous for tourism reasons thanks to a very beautiful cathedral and other interesting cultural attractions. It takes about 70 minutes by bus to reach Barcelona (it's far about 100 km), up to the bus station "Estacio 'del Norte". The bus return ticket for the connection from the airport to the city costs about 20 euro, 12 for just one trip. Girona's airport is famous for being served by low cost airline Ryan Air, offering the possibility to reach the main European cities. This is one of the continental Airports with the annual highest growth rate of the passengers number and its reputation is constantly rising. For some continental connections, Ryan Air uses another small airport, the third Barcelona airport, the Reus one, located in the south of the Catalan region.
Barcelona is very well connected by flights to the rest of Europe. Barcelona El Prat Airport is probably the most convenient and fast but if you can save with Ryan Air, you may also flight from Girona.