✅ Trip Verified
| Arriving into Barcelona from Madrid on Iberia, we landed at Gate A1, which has a special baggage claim attached to it just for passengers from Madrid. However, there's apparently a rule that your bags only get sent there if you started your journey in Madrid; since I connected through Madrid I was told to walk 10 minutes to the main baggage claim. The bags also took a long time to come out, and it seemed like they were unloading one bag per 30 seconds. None of this was helpful given that I had flown through the night and was extremely jetlagged and sleep deprived. Once through Customs the arrivals area is OK, and it's very easy to get the Aerobus into the city, but I'd recommend waiting for a bus with seats; standing on a bus on the freeway is no fun. I flew out on Vueling a few days later. Taking the Metro to the airport was nice, while it was much slower than the Aerobus, it was also much less crowded and is covered by your Metro Pass if you have one that's good for a specific amount of time, such as a daily pass (though the T-10 pass doesn't work). The check-in staff were mostly absent and rude when found, but that may be Vueling's fault instead of the airport's. Security had reasonable lines, but there are turnstiles that block the entrance to security, and the boarding passes from some airlines apparently don't open the turnstiles (this seemed to affect passengers on Lufthansa and Swiss the most). There were plenty of places to eat and drink once past security; they were expensive, but not unusually so for an airport. The airport does have an outdoor patio past security; unfortunately, the patio is overrun with smokers and there's no hope of getting fresh air over the stench of cigarette smoke. Overall, Barcelona is a decent airport, but it still has a number of issues which need to be ironed out.