Get the most out of your Spanish Grand Prix weekend by staying in central Barcelona. Here’s the best ways to get to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, plus general advice on getting around in the Catalan capital.
- With hundreds of daily flights offered by both flag carriers and budget airlines, Barcelona International Airport (BCN) is the largest and most convenient airport to fly into for the Spanish Grand Prix. Also known as El Prat after the town where it is located, BCN is a hub for several European airlines (Air Europa, EasyJet, Norwegian, Ryanair) and also has regular long-haul flights to North and South America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
- Interested in combining your Grand Prix trip with a beach holiday at one of the resorts on the Costa Brava? Girona-Costa Brava Airport (GRO) has regular charter and budget flights to many parts of Europe, and is also a Ryanair hub.
How to get to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya?
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is located next to the town of Montmeló, some 30km northeast of Barcelona’s city centre. The most popular way to get to the circuit is to take the train, but there’s also organised bus services on Grand Prix weekend. You can also drive yourself or take a taxi. Here’s some more information:
- By train: the closest station to the circuit is Montmeló, which is located on the Renfe R2 and R2 Nord lines. Take the train from Sants Estacio, Passeig de Gracia or El Clot in the direction of Granollers or Saint Celoni. The trip from central Barcelona should take around 40 minutes and tickets cost about €4 return. After arriving in Montmeló, you can walk to the circuit in around 30-45 minutes or take a local bus or taxi.
- By bus: Sagalés operates regular bus services from Estació del Nord to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on race weekend. The trip takes around 45 minutes and costs approximately €15 return each day. More information about 2019 services will be available closer to the race.
- By car: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is located close to several major highways and has plenty of (paid) parking, so driving yourself to the circuit is another option, especially if you are staying on the Costa Brava.
- By taxi or ride sharing: a taxi or Uber from the centre of Barcelona to the circuit should set you back around €40-60 each way. Traffic can be a factor on race day, but is not as bad as at many other circuits. The best place to get a taxi at the end of the day is near the Paddock Entrance at the top of the circuit, between Gates 1 and 7.
- By F1 Experiences: booked your hotel with F1 Experiences? Daily transfers to and from the circuit are included with your package.
How to get around in Barcelona?
- Airport to the city: trains run from the Aeropuerto station at BCN Terminal 2 to Sant, Passeig de Gracia and Clot stations in the city centre; the trip takes about 30 minutes and costs about €3 each way. It’s also possible to get a direct train from the airport to the circuit (Montmeló) in just under an hour. Aerobus also runs a regular service from the airport to Plaza Catalunya for around €6 each way, while a taxi or Uber from the airport to central Barcelona will set you back €30-40.
- Metro: Barcelona’s Metro is extensive, cheap and efficient (download a map here). If you are planning to use it regularly during your visit, it pays to get Hola BCN travel card for unlimited rides over 2, 3, 4 or 5 days (from €15-35), but be aware that this will not get you to the circuit; a separate ticket for the regional train to Montmeló is required. Another option is to buy a T10 card, which gives you ten single trips for just €10.
- Taxis and ride sharing: official black and yellow Barcelona taxis are also a good option, though make sure the driver uses the meter. Uber also operates in Barcelona.
F1 Experiences offers select grandstands and hospitality in the Champions Club or Formula 1 Paddock Club at the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix on 9-12 May. Official Ticket Packages also include exclusive additional benefits getting you closer than ever before to Formula 1, including a Drive the Track Tour, Insider Access to the F1 Paddock and opportunities to meet current and legendary F1 drivers!