Barcelona is a fabulous city to visit for a short weekend break, even when you have children in tow. If the thought of all the logistics involved in travelling with children, from the booking of your flights to Barcelona airport transfers, daunts you, heed our tips on getting to Barcelona Airport with kids. |
Before You Go
There are certain things you should be aware of before you book a flight for your little ones. Most airlines have an excellent service for children, so make sure you are aware of what is on offer before you go. Children under two do not need to pay a full adult price, but if your toddler is almost two and bound to wriggle lots, it might be an idea to book a full price fare anyway, so that they have a seat of their own. If you fly with one of the many budget airlines to Barcelona, this should not work out too expensive.
Children of all ages are entitled to a baggage allowance, and most airlines, including budget options, allow you to bring extra child related items for free, such as buggies, car seats and cots. Buggies can be taken right to the plane on departure, but tend to be unloaded onto the carousel with the other luggage on arrival.
Travelling To Your Departure Airport and Transferring From Barcelona Airport
Transfers run on a private basis are an excellent option for families with young children. You will be collected from your house and taken direct to the departure gates with minimum fuss. If you are flying to Barcelona Airport, transfers can be pre-booked for your onward travel to your hotel or resort. Convenient, reliable and comfortable, Barcelona airport transfers allow you plenty of space for the kids, and there will be no worries about the children disturbing other passengers.
On the Day of Travel
Airports might, on first appearance, not seem particularly child friendly, but many have facilities in place to help manage the kids while waiting for a flight or while in transit. Barcelona airport has services for babies as well as areas where young children can play while they wait. There are indeed several playgrounds in the boarding areas of the two terminals.
In both terminals at Barcelona, there is preferential access through security for families with children (on floor 3 in Terminal 1 and on floor 1 in Terminal 2), so look out for these to avoid hanging around in queues.
To make your passage through the airport even easier, you can take a luggage trolley with a fixed Maxi Cosi seat, which is perfect for the very little ones. You can pick these up from the check-in areas.
Don’t Lose The Kids
Older children might have a habit of running off and exploring, which is completely understandable when they get bored of hanging around. It is a good idea to arrange with them that, should you lose each other, they meet you at a specified point. If you do lose the kids, head to the Information desk and the staff will put out a call on the Tannoy system.
Getting To Barcelona City Centre
There is the option of public transport for getting you and the family from Barcelona Airport to the city centre. You can take a taxi or the Aerobus, which is a service that runs every 5-10 minutes within its hours of operation. It can be taken from outside both terminals, and the two main drop-off points are Plaça Espanya and Plaça de Catalunya. It costs €5.90 one-way.
For hassle free travel into the city, though, Barcelona airport transfers are the best option according to many parents. You are met at arrivals and the driver will help with your bags, load up the vehicle and whisk you to your hotel in no time at all - and let’s face it: when travelling with kids, the less hassle with regards travel, the better!
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for affordable Barcelona Airport transfers, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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