Travelling to or from Barcelona? You have three airports to choose from. What's the main difference? Like many European cities, low cost flights operate to airports further from the city. In the case of Barcelona these are quite a bit further away! Barcelona only really has one central airport, Barcelona airports. The other two, Girona and Reus are much further away with a lengthy transfer needed.
With this city, it is very important to think through and factor in all the costs (flight, accommodation, transfer) when choosing your airline, flight time and airport. Those cheap flights on offer may not be so cheap when you add it all up!
We summarise for you all the information you need for Barcelona - no matter which airport you are using!
Options for getting Barcelona's center from the airport and vice versa
|Distance from central Barcelona||17 km = 10.5 miles||94 km = 58 miles 103 km = 64 miles (Girona center)||106 km = 66 miles|
|Public transport general operating hours||24/7; Aerobus: 5-00:30; TMB Line 46: 4:50 23:50; Lines N17 and N16: 21:55 4:45; TMB Metro L9 Sud: 5 midnight.||From 5 to 23:45; Barcelona bus: 5 (4:15 on Sunday) 23:45; RENFE trains (from Girona center): 6:10 21:55.||From 5:35 to 21:20; Hispano Igualadina: 17:15 (January 2018); RENFE trains (from Reus center): 5:35 21:20.|
|Aerobus - Express Bus Service||Terminal 1 - A1 Line Terminal 2 - A2 Line Average travel time to city center (Placa Catalunya) - 35 minutes; Fares: 5.9 € single ride; 10.2 € return ride (valid 15 days); T10 ticket (10 metro, train and bus journeys): 9.95€.||N/A||N/A|
|TMB (Metropolitan Transport of Barcelona) buses||Terminal 1 and 2 - Line number 46; Nighttime service (21:55 4:45) - Terminal 1 - line N17; Terminal 2 - line N16; Average travel time to city center (Placa Espanya) - 35 minutes; Fare: 2.15 € single ride; T10 ticket (10 metro, train and bus journeys): 9.95€.||N/A||N/A|
|RENFE trains||Terminals 1 and 2 - R2 Nord line; average travel time to city center (El Clot) - 25 minutes; Fares: 4.1€ single ride; T10 ticket (10 metro, train and bus journeys): 9.95 €.||From Girona center to Barcelona center (Sants); average travel time - between 40 minutes and half an hour; transfer from Girona Airport to Girona center by bus: 30 minutes; Fares between Girona and Barcelona: from 10€ to 30€, depending on traveling time; Fares between Girona and Girona Airport: 20€.||From Reus center to Barcelona center (Sants); average travel time - 2 hours; transfer from Reus Airport to Reus center by bus: 10 minutes; Fares between Reus and Barcelona: 9.55€; Fares between Reus and Reus Airport by bus: 1.25€.|
|TMB Metro||Terminals 1 and 2 - L9 Sud line; Average travel time to the city (Europa/Fira) - 25 minutes; Fares: 4.5€ single ride price.||N/A||N/A|
|Barcelona Bus||N/A||Terminal 1 - line 604; average travel time to Barcelona (Main Bus Terminal in the city center) - 1 hour and 10 minutes; Fares: 16€ single ride; 25€ return ride;||N/A|
|Hispano Igualadina bus service||N/A||N/A||Bus departs outside of the arrivals area; average travel time to Barcelona (Main Bus Station) - 1 hour and 30 minutes; Fares: 12€ single ride; 22€ return ride; Bus transfers are coordinated with flight timetables.|
|Taxi / Cab Services||Prices range between 30€ and 35€ to the city center; Traveling time is usually between 20 and 30 minutes.||Prices are around 120€ from Girona Airport to the center of Barcelona. Traveling time is about an hour and 10 minutes.||Prices from Reus Airport to Barcelona are up to 200€; traveling time are around an hour and half.|
|On demand taxis||Uber N/A||Uber N/A||Uber on demand; fares from Reus Airport to Barcelona center is around 80€.|
Which airport is most suitable for me?
|How close to Barcelona's center and main tourist attractions?||Barcelona Airport is close to the city regardless of chosen transportation option. Each means of transport operating to the city center (Placa Espanya, Placa Catalunya) is within walking distance of major points of interests (Casa Batllo, Cathedral, Casa Mila, Basilica of Santa Maria). Only metro is slightly further (Europa/Fira). You can reach most of Barcelona's top attractions within an hour from Barcelona Airport.||Girona Airport is located farther to the northeast from Barcelona and is an inconvenient option if your flight arrives late. In that case, you can stay overnight around the airport or in Girona (16 km away), or break the bank for transfer to Barcelona. The main bus and train stations in Barcelona are a short ride away by public transportation from major tourist attractions (Casa Batllo, Cathedral, Casa Mila, Basilica of Santa Maria). You'll need up to 2:30 hours on average to reach the main attractions from Girona Airport.||Reus Airport is the least favorable option for most travellers since transfer options are scarce and transfer times longer when compared to alternative airports. Additional limiting factor is few destinations Reus Airport serves. The main bus and train stations in Barcelona are a short ride away by public transportation from major tourist attractions (Casa Batllo, Cathedral, Casa Mila, Basilica of Santa Maria). You'll need up to 3 hours on average to reach the main attractions from Reus Airport.|
|Cost factor||The main airport of Barcelona features the highest flight fares, the widest range of transfer options to the city and the largest concentration of hotels of various categories. Barcelona Airport serves more international destinations than other nearby airports and the cheapest taxi transfers to the city. Nearby hotels are more expensive than around Reus Airport, while hotels around Girona Airport may be either cheaper or pricier.||The medium distanced airport from Barcelona, Girona Airport is a more convenient option for budget travellers, given that they don't need to stay overnight near the airport. Low cost airlines operate to Girona Airport. Hence, average fares are cheaper when compared to Barcelona Airport. However, transfer options to Barcelona are more expensive, as well as hotels around Girona Airport when compared to hotels around Barcelona,||Reus Airport serves a few destinations and least transfer options to Barcelona and the longest travelling times. Convenient and reasonably priced hotels and accommodation can be found in the airport's vicinity. A few low cost airlines operate to Reus Airport, offering affordable flight fares. Transfer fares to Barcelona are reasonable, given the overall distance. Offered hotel rates are cheaper in regard to other Barcelona airports.|
|Airport delays||Occasional delays do occur, but it's nothing rampant. Average security & immigration delays: low; Average flight arrival delays: low.||Occasional delays do occur, but it's nothing rampant. Average security & immigration delays: low; Average flight arrival delays: low.||Occasional delays do occur, but it's nothing rampant. Average security & immigration delays: low; Average flight arrival delays: low.|
Flight fares Prices taken on 1-3-2018 (searched on 20.1.2018)
|Flights between Barcelona Airport and European destinations can be booked for up to 200€.||Flights between Girona Airport and European destinations can be booked for up to 40€.||Flights between Reus Airport and European destinations can be booked for up to 50€.|
Car hire Prices taken for the 1-3-2018 7-3-2018 period (searched on 20.1.2018).
|Budget cars (Fiat 500, Opel Adam, Ford Ka): 35€ 262€; Intermediate cars (Peugeot 3008, Citroen C4, BMW2): 90€ 495€; Premium cars (Mercedes C, Audi A6, BMW5): 371€ 580€.||Budget cars (Fiat 500, Opel Adam, Ford Ka): 48€ 449€; Intermediate cars (Toyota Avensis, Skoda Octavia, Audi 4): 122€ 495€; Premium cars (Mercedes E Class, Audi A6): 535€.||Budget cars (Fiat 500, Peugeot 107, Fiat Panda): 65€ 449€; Compact cars (Renault Megane, Vw Golf, Opel Astra): 70€ 539€; Estate cars (Renault Clio, Ford Focus Estate): 89€ 764€.|
|Car Hire companies||Hertz (T2), Europcar (T1), Avis (T2), National Atesa (T2), Sixt (T1), Enterprise (T1), Autoclick (T2), InterRent (T2), Centauro (T2), ACE (T2).||AurigaCrown, Atesa, EURO Car Hire, Goldcar, Avis, Hertz, Firefly Car Rental, Europcar.||Europcar, Budget, Firefly Car Rental, InterRent, AurigaCrown.|
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Hotel costs per night from 1-04-2018 to 2-04-2018(searched on 20.1.2018)
|3 star B&B Hotel Viladecans 60€: 4 star Hotel Gava Mar 100€.||3 star B&B Hotel Girona 53€: 4 star Hotel Mas Sola 99€; Approximately same hotel costs compared to hotels near Barcelona Airport.||3 star Casablanca Playa 56€: 4 star Mas Gallau 73€; 5% 25% cheaper than hotels near Barcelona Airport.|
|Shopping||Accessorize, Adidas, Desigual, Etam, Zara, Crystal, Story Store.||Aldeasa the Shop, Divers, Express Shop.||Aldeasa, Divers.|
|Eating & drinking||Sibarium Delicatessen, Chocolate Factory, La Farga, Onza.||Caffriccio, Food Gallery, Subway, McDonald's, Medas.||La Pausa, Bier Garden.|
|Lounges||Aena's Pau Casal Lounge (T1), Aena's Miro Lounge (T1), Colomer (VIP) Lounge (T1), Canudas (VIP) Lounge (T2).||Premier Club.||N/A|
|Wi Fi||Terminals 1 and 2; free Wi Fi usage up to 30 minutes; additional hour costs 9€; 24 hour Wi Fi use costs 15€; you get passwords on prepaid cards.||Free unlimited Wi Fi is available at Girona Airport - SSID:Airport_Free_Wifi_AENA, kubiwireless network.||Free unlimited Wi Fi is available at Reus Airport - SSID:Airport_Free_Wifi_AENA, kubiwireless network.|
|Terminal information. How many? How to transfer? Min. connection time.||Airport has 2 terminals (T1 and T2); transfers between terminals are provided by free shuttle buses; transfers between the terminals last between 10 and 15 minutes.||Airport has 1 terminal.||Airport has 1 terminal.|
|Currency exchange & cash points||La Caixa exchange offices are located at T1 and T2.||Bureau de Change and ATMs are available.||ATMs in arrivals and departures halls.|
|Important phone numbers||112 - All general emergencies; 061 - Medical emergencies; 080 - Fire service; 088 - Police.||972 186 600 - General Information.||+34 97 777 9843 - First Aid.|
|Major airlines and destinations|
|Major operating airlines||Air France, Aeroflot, Emirates, Iberia, Lufthansa, Qatar Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Ryan Air, Wizz Air, Vueling, Turkish Airlines, Singapore Airlines, British Airways.||Ryan Air, Spanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Wizz Air, BMI Airways||Ryan Air, Jet2.com, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Transavia.|
|Major destinations||Madrid, New York, Paris, Prague, London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Bogota, Munich, Doha, Florence, Istanbul, Lisbon, Moscow.||Madrid, Stockholm, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Budapest, Edinburgh, Milan, Rome, Mallorca, Brussels, Birmingham.||Eindhoven, London.|
|Official airport website||http://www.barcelona airport.com/||http://www.girona airport.net/||http://www.reus airport.es/|
Barcelona airport is the closest of three airports serving the city, located just 10.5 miles away. Girona airport is further from central Barcelona at 58 miles while Reus is the furthest from the city centre located 66 miles away. Compare airport distances and transfer times to the center of Barcelona by public transport below.
Distance to Central Barcelona:
Barcelona Airport: 10.5 miles / 17 km
Girona Airport: 58 miles / 94 km& 103 km = 64 miles (Girona center)
Reus Airport: 66 miles / 106 km
Barcelona Airport to the Central Barcelona Journey Times:
By Bus (TMB & Aero Buses): 35 minutes
By Train (R2 Nord line & L9 Sud line): 25 minutes
By Taxi: 20-30 minutes
Girona Airport to Central Barcelona Journey Times:
By Bus: 70 minutes
By Train (Bus + Train): 70-80 minutes
By Taxi: 70 minutes
Reus Airport to Central Barcelona Journey Times:
By Bus: 90 minutes
By Train: 120 minutes
By Taxi: 90 minutes
Deciding which airport is best to fly greatly depends on the destination you are departing from, the airport and airline also determines which airport you will arrive in into Barcelona.
Barcelona airport is the closest to the city centre and it is the primary airport serving the city. The airport is at a strategic position where travellers can visit all the top attractions for sightseeing pleasures such as the Sagrada Família, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, Park Güell, La Rambla, Parc de la Ciutadella, Port Vell, Gothic Quarter, Camp Nou, Port of Barcelona, Barcelona, FC Barcelona Museum, Plaça dels Països Catalans, and many more. It offers short and long haul flights to many destinations across the world. It is a larger airport compared to the other two with airlines such as Air France, Emirates, Lufthansa, Qatar Airlines, Ryan Air, Wizz Air, British Airways and many others. This airport is perfect for business travellers on a limited time who have to stay close to the city centre and tourists from international destinations across the world. It has direct train links to the city centre with a journey time of 25 minutes. Route buses and metro takes 35 minutes, while taxis take 20-30 minutes, these are convenient means for passenger transfer with a lot of luggage and/or travelling with young kids to central Barcelona.
Girona airport is the alternative port for air travel in the city after Barcelona Airport. It is a bit further away from the city centre and is served by a number of airlines including Ryan Air, Spanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Wizz Air, BMI Airways and many other airlines that handle mostly seasonal flights. It is a smaller airport that handles less flights and it lacks some facilities like airport lounges, which is just 1 available currently. The airport does not have a direct train station linking the city, the closest train station is RENFE (Spanish Railway) located in Girona centre, this will be inconveniencing for travellers with a lot of luggage and/or young children. Girona airport has good bus links to central Barcelona which is the best option to travell for passengers with a lot of luggage, it takes 70 minutes for the trip. The airport is also close enough for tourists flying into the city for sightseeing purposes.
Reus Airport on the other hand is the furthest away from the city centre with journey times of about 2 hours to central Barcelona by train and 1 hour 30 minutes by bus which is highly inconvenient for travellers as there is no direct train station from the airport to the city centre. It does not have an airport lounge for passengers, its transport links are scarce and takes too long to central Barcelona. This airport is served by a few airlines including Ryan Air, Jet2.com, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Transavia and other airlines for seasonal flights to limited destinations in Europe. Reus airport is very far from the top attractions in the city centre and is not suitable for business travellers, but tourists who would like to start their tour from this airport to Barcelona city centre can use this airport.
Barcelona airport to so many extent, is better than Girona and Reus airports, it has fast public transport services which takes less time compared to the other airports. It benefits from the fast TMB buses and trains, Metro, RENFE trains, and more for passenger transfers from the airport to the city centre. It is the largest of the three airports and handles more flights with many airlines serving the airport, so passengers have a lot of destinations and airlines to use. As the primary airport serving Barcelona, you will experience longer queues, larger crowd and some flight delays than at the other airports. The fastest public transport (RENFE &TMB Metro trains) take 25 minutes to Barcelona centre. Most business travellers and tourists will likely use this airport because of it proximity to the city centre and all its top attractions.
La Sagrada Família is one of the most popular top attractions in Barcelona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a large uncompleted Roman Catholic church which was designed by Antoni Gaudí a renowned Catalan architect. It is located 17.4 km away from the airport and takes only 30 minutes using the fast RENFE train from the airport for abut €1- €7 while buses charge about €2-€20 for the 33 minutes trip. Alternatively, you can use a taxi for about €26-€32 and the trip takes just 16 minutes. Other attractions to see in the city includes Park Güell, La Rambla, Barcelona, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, Gothic Quarter, Barcelona, Montjuïc, Plaça de Catalunya, Mercado de La Boqueria, La Barceloneta, Picasso Museum, Cathedral of Barcelona, Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, Ciutadella Park, Palau de la Música Catalana, Plaça d'Espanya, Barcelona, Tibidabo, Passeig de Gràcia, Camp Nou, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Güell Palace, Poble Espanyol, Tibidabo Amusement Park, Columbus Monument, Barcelona, El Raval, Plaça Reial, Montjuïc Castle, Arco de Triunfo de Barcelona, Gaudí House Museum, Aquarium Barcelona, Port Vell, Montserrat, Laberint d'Horta Park, Port of Barcelona, La Ribera, Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Barcelona Zoo, El Poblenou, CosmoCaixa Barcelona, Port Olímpic, and many more.
From Barcelona Airport by:
Train (RENFE): €4.1single - http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/cercanias/barcelona/index.html Train runs every 30 minutes daily.
Bus (AeroBus):€10.2 return (valid 15 days)–http://www.aerobusbcn.com/Bus runs every 15 minutes from 5-00 am -00:30 daily.
Taxi: €30 - €35–http://www.taxidebarcelona.net/Available 24/7.
Uber:€24 -€35 - https://www.uber.com/en-IN/fare-estimate/Available on demand.
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From Girona Airport by:
Train (Bus + RENFE):€10 - €30 - http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/cercanias/barcelona/index.html Train runs every hour from 6:10 - 21:55.
Bus (line 604):€25return -https://www.sagales.com/enBus runs 4 times daily from 05:00- 23:45.
Taxi: €120 – http://www.girotaxi.com/?lang=CAAvailable 24/7.
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From Reus Airport by:
Train (Taxi + RENFE):€10 - €30 - http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/index.html Train runs every 30 minutes from 5:35 to 21:55.
Bus (line 604):€22return -http://www.igualadina.com/index.php?idioma=engBus runs 3 times dailylast bus leaves by 17:15.
Taxi: €200 –http://www.taxi-tarragona.com/Available 24/7.
Uber:€80 - https://www.uber.com/en-IN/fare-estimate/Available on demand.
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Hotel prices can vary greatly depending on how far in advance you book, the demand for rooms, and which hotel you book but the prices below will give you a rough idea and you can do further research and hotel booking at http://www.tripindicator.com/hotel.html
Barcelona Airport Hotels:€60 per night
Girona Airport Hotels: From €53per night
Reus Airport Hotels: From €56 per night
All of the airports mentioned offer competitive prices and a range of cars to suit your needs. Prices are based on the type of car, driver age, length of hire, and demand but you can get a rough idea for each airport below.
Barcelona Airport Car Rental:
Budget Cars:< (Fiat 500, Opel Adam, Ford Ka etc) €35per week
Intermediate Cars:(Peugeot 3008, Citroen C4, BMW2 etc) €90 per week
Premium cars (Mercedes C, Audi A6, BMW5):€371per week
Compare prices here - http://www.tripindicator.com/car-hire/barcelona-airport.html
Girona Airport Car Rental:
Budget Cars: (Fiat 500, Opel Adam, Ford Ka etc) €48per week
Intermediate Cars: (Toyota Avensis, Skoda Octavia, Audi 4 etc) €122per week
Premium cars (Mercedes E Class, Audi A6): €535per week
Compare Prices here -http://www.tripindicator.com/car-hire/girona-airport.html
Reus Airport Car Rental:
Budget Cars: (Fiat 500, Peugeot 107, Fiat Panda etc) €65 per week
Compact Cars:(Renault Megane, Vw Golf, Opel Astra etc) €70 per week
Estate cars (Renault Clio, Ford Focus Estate): €89 per week
Compare Prices here - http://www.tripindicator.com/car-hire/reus.html
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