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Barcelona Barcelona Airport vs Girona Airport vs Reus Airport

Overview of Barcelona Airports

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!

Barcelona Airport

Girona Airport

Reus Airpor

Options for reaching 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 2017); 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 for the 1.4. 7.4.17. period (searched on 20.1.17.) 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 1.4. 7.4.17. period (searched on 20.1.17.). 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€.
Hotel costs per night from 1.4. 2.4.17. (searched on 20.1.17.) 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.
Airport facilities
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.
Car Hire
Operating 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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Tourist information
Barcelona Attractions Compare Barcelona City Pass vs Barcelona Card vs iVenture Card vs Articket vs Express Card Compare Hop on Hop off Bus Tours   Barcelona City Tour (Gray Line) vs Barcelona Bus Turistic
Official airport website http://www.barcelona airport.com/ http://www.girona airport.net/ http://www.reus airport.es/
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