You didn’t think the holiday would be all sun and sangria did you?
An unfortunate part of traveling to Barcelona’s second airport in Girona is that it’s 64 miles from Barcelona city centre – at a 1 hour 20 minute trip that’s almost as long as a flight from many major European cities!
That said, getting from Girona Airport to Barcelona is easy if you’ve got the information to do it.
Girona Airport to Barcelona
The only direct option is the Girona airport bus run by Sagales (also called Barcelona Bus).
A one-way ticket costs €16.00 (round-trip €25.00).
You can get the tickets directly at the airport after lining up in the terminal but it’s strongly recommended to book in advance to ensure you get the first available bus – the convenience of having your ticket ready on your smart phone saves a ton of stress.
You can buy your Girona Barcelona bus tickets in advance online using the button below:
Girona Airport Bus Hours
There is a bus for every flight but to make sure you can double-check the times here:
Children under 4 can take the Sagales airport bus for free as long as they’re carried in the arms of their parents – children over 5 must pay regular seat prices.
For more information you can speak to their English speaking operator at +34 90 213 0014.
Unfortunately there is no direct train.
What you can do is take a taxi (about €30.00) or city bus 605 into central Girona and hop on a Barcelona-bound train at Riudellots Station. The train stops at all major Barcelona stops like Passeig de Gracia, Sants Estacio etc.
This is only recommended if you’re interested in checking out Girona.
From the Girona train station you can easily reach the picturesque historic centre. There you have the ever-interesting Cinema Museum, a fascinating Jewish Quarter, and the historic Monastery Sant Pere de Rodes.
Regional trains from Girona to Barcelona can take up to 2 hours while high speed AVE trains take only 39 minutes – prices range from €8.40 – €52.80.
Train timetables can be found here.
Getting a taxi is the most expensive and quickest option. The 90 km journey using Plaça de Catalunya as an end point will take about 65 minutes under optimal traffic conditions.
The estimated taxi fare is €140.00.
If you’re travelling in a big group this is certainly an option. Also, if you’re staying in the northwest of the city (closer to Girona) it’ll be a bit cheaper so that’s something to consider.
Otherwise, unless you’re made of money I suggest using the cash at one of Barcelona’s best restaurants instead.
Like most airports you’ll find car hire options at Girona.
This is a great option for those wanting to explore those only-reachable-by-car portions of the Costa Brava. If you’re heading directly into transport-friendly Barcelona however this is far from ideal.
6 rental companies are stationed at Girona Airport and you can find more information here.
Barcelona to Girona Airport
The Girona airport bus leaves Barcelona from the Estaciò del Norte bus station – a few meters from Arc de Triomf metro station (red line L1). It’s about 10 minutes walking from anywhere in the Born neighbourhood.
Go into the station and watch the departure boards – the bus will be either Sagales or Barcelona Bus.
Buses usually depart from bays 28 and 29.
The journey takes about 75 minutes.
A one way ticket costs €16.00.
It’s strongly recommended to buy your tickets in advance online to avoid fighting for limited bus spots at the bus terminal. Having your ticket already on your phone is super convenient and ensures you get your seat.
Tourists usually buy their Girona airport bus tickets at Ticketbar:
Like the transfer into the city there is also an outgoing bus corresponding with every departure.
If you’ve been informed that your flight is delayed don’t worry, you’ll be able to redeem your same tickets for a later date without any hassle in changing it up.
There is no direct train from Barcelona to Girona airport – this means you’ll need to take a train to the city of Girona and then organise secondary transport to the airport.
This is only recommended if you’re interested in seeing the city of Girona.
Both Regional and High Speed AVE trains are available for Barcelona to Girona – the high speed trains (taking about 40 minutes) must be caught from Sants Estacio while regional trains (taking upwards of 2 hours) can be caught at other major Barcelona stations.
AVE trains can be reserved in advance online while the Regional trains must be bought at the station.
Prices range from €8.40 – €52.80.
Train timetables can be found here.
The same rules apply here as the original trip into Barcelona.
The 90 km journey using Plaça de Catalunya as a starting point takes about 65 minutes under optimal traffic conditions – but make sure you leave some time for the unforeseen.
If you’re leaving from Barcelona to Girona Airport for a flight during peak traffic hours book your taxi about 3.5 hours before takeoff.
One more option that will save you about 10% on your trip is to take Spain’s Uber-like service Cabify. The estimated price from Plaça de Catalunya is about €125.00.
The best part of all? Signing up through my portal gives you an automatic €6.00 discount on your first trip. Update 21/10/17: Cabify has suspended this offer while they plan a new first rider discount, but I still suggest signing up for the convenience without the discount.
To get yourself signed up to Spain’s top private driver service click the button below:
Here you won’t find the baggage and airport supplements present in regular taxis and the trip itself costs less per km.
They also treat you with a complimentary bottle of water, allow you to select music and temperature in advance via the app, and are often friendlier than traditional cabbies.
Why Girona Airport?
If given the choice it’s always best to fly into Barcelona’s El Prat airport – it’s much closer to the city centre and there are way more airport transfer options.
I only suggest using Girona Airport to Barcelona in the following situations:
- You’re going to the Costa Brava first.
- Seeing Girona is an important part of your Barcelona holiday itinerary.
- You get a great deal on a flight (return transport from Girona itself runs about €30.00).
- It’s your only option.
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