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I am travelling back to my country from Venice, Italy next month, and I have a 8 hour lay over from 11h to 19h at El Prat airport in Barcelona, Spain.

My First question : Do the airline company automatically transfer my luggage the next flight (since is the same company) Or do I have to grab my luggage and go again through customs and airport-security? if so, is there any luggage storage available?

My Second question : if the airline company automatically transfer my luggage the next flight (hopefully) is it possible to go outside the airport and what are the tourist attractions that I can visit during the 8 hour window?

I did some research and i found that there is three affordable options : Aérobus, public Bus, and the train, but it's my first time in Barcelona and I don't have a good estimate on the transportation time.

I have to mention also that the flight is assured by the same Company (Vueling) and I do have multi-entry Schengen visa.

  • Are both flights on the same ticket? – CMaster Jun 16 '16 at 14:47
  • yes, the both are in the same ticket – TheCluelessGuy Jun 16 '16 at 15:08
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1) Yes, Vueling transfer the luggage automatically for connecting flights according to question 7 in their customer service FAQ.

2) Yes, you should be able to get out of the airport and into the city. (You could do this even without a multi-entry Schengen visa, as you're not leaving Schengen in going from Italy to Spain.) All of those transport methods work, and they all take 30 - 40 minutes, so the best one depends on where you're going in the city. I would probably take the Aérobus as it goes directly from Terminal 1 (where Vueling operate from) to Plaza Cataluña (at the top of Las Ramblas, within easy walking distance of most of the sights).

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