Barcelona Airport Services

All the services available in the airport

Departures area



Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat airport has two large terminal buildings: T1 and T2. The airport allocates airlines to terminals, regardless of the destination of the flight.

At the moment, due to operational reorganisation to meet the needs imposed by the covid-19 health crisis, the airlines operate at terminals T1, T2A and T2B. Terminal T2C is closed. At Terminal T2 all airlines check in at T2B. Check with your airline where you must go once you arrive at the airport.

You should arrive at the airport with enough time to avoid unexpected problems. The general rule is:

  • Non-Schengen flights: 3 hours before the scheduled departure time.
  • Domestic and Schengen flights: 2 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Most airlines allow passengers to check in online on their website prior to travelling to the airport. You will receive your boarding pass when checking in, allowing you to proceed directly to the security checkpoints if you are travelling with carry-on luggage only.

Remember to print off all your travel documents (e-ticket, boarding pass, etc.). Please note that some airlines charge a fee to reissue boarding passes at the airport.

With mobile online check-in, you can check in and receive your boarding pass on your mobile device via email, SMS or mobile applications. If you do not have to check in you can go straight to the security checkpoint


Automatic check-in machines

On the check-in level of Terminal T1 , the airport offers a number of self check-in machines for flights with Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France-KLM, American Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Delta Airlines, British Airways, Egyptair, Iberia, Korean Air, LEVEL, Lufthansa, LATAM, Royal Air Maroc, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines and Vueling.

There are also automatic check-in machines for passengers in transit, located in the connecting walkway on floor 2 (Air France-KLM and Lufthansa) and in boarding area B (Air France-KLM).


Security checks

All passengers must go through the security checkpoint to get to the boarding area. They must pass through a metal detector and their carry-on luggage and other objects (coats, jackets, mobile phones, keys) must pass through an X-ray machine. Accepted liquids and electronic equipment without a cover must be removed from the carry-on luggage. To ensure items and small articles in particular pass through the scan, passengers must place them in the special trays put at their disposal.

Passengers will be asked for their boarding pass before they go through the security checkpoint.

The airport has special access in terminal T1 for people with reduced mobility, prams and pushchairs, and crew.

Both terminals have a Fast Lane which airlines can use for their preferential passengers.


Passport Control

If the destination of your flight is a non-Schengen country, you must go through document control.

The basic travel document is a passport, although you can travel to some countries with a National ID card (DNI). Some countries also require a visa, vaccination certificate, passport valid for 6 months after the date of arrival, etc. Check with your airline.



Please check the information screens to find your boarding gate. Please pay attention to these screens because Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport does not make PA system announcements about boarding gates or changes made to existing gates.

The Barcelona-El Prat boarding area includes a large shopping area where special offers and discounts are available in the duty free shops and well-known fashion, accessories, electronics, sports, gifts and toy outlets. Enjoy a varied, carefully selected offer of cafés and restaurants and relax in our VIP lounges. The entire shopping area has a number of information screens on which you can check the boarding gate for your flight at any time.

At the boarding gate, you must show the airline personnel documentation to prove your identity. Please ask your airline about valid documentation to present to their personnel.