Girona is a small city in the North East of Catalunya. It is located approximately 100 kilometres from Barcelona. Fortunately there is a coach that leaves directly from Barcelona Airport to Girona three times a day. If your flight does not coincide with any of these buses, you also have the option to catch a train - although you will first need to travel in to Barcelona to catch this.
This page covers the various options for transferring from Barcelona Airport Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2 (T2) to the centre of Girona. Options include train, coach, bus, car and taxi. It is important to note that Girona has its own airport. However, this page will deal with transfer to the city of Girona itself, rather than the airport. For details on how to travel from Barcelona airport to Girona airport, see our Guide to Transfer from Barcelona Airport to Girona Airport.
There are no direct trains from Barcelona Airport to Girona. Therefore, it is necessary to take a train into the centre of Barcelona to head out towards Northern Catalunya.
Take the Barcelona Airport Train Guide to the Barcelona Airport Train - The C2 to Estacio Sants. At Estacio Sants you will need to change.
If you are arriving into Terminal 1 (T1) you will not be able to walk straight to the train station, as it is 4km away. You will need to take a shuttle bus from outside the terminal.
There are numerous trains travelling from Estacio Sants to Girona - approximately three every hour. On average the journey lasts about 1 hour 20 minutes. Check the Renfe Website for the train times.
It is worth travelling on the local trains rather than the national ones as the train tickets are cheaper - approximately €7.40 rather the €20.00. Look for trains with names such as Catalunya Express and Regional rather than Costa Brava and Talgo.
There is a coach that leaves directly from Barcelona Airport and goes to the centre of Girona - the Rápid aeroport Bus provided by the ALSA bus company.
The coach starts at T2 and continues on to T1 before heading to Girona. The journey lasts 1hour 50 minutes from T2 and 1 hour 35 minutes from T1. There are only three coaches that run each day - one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the late evening. It is possible to buy both a single and a return ticket - €21.85 and the return is approximately €39.40.
For information on exact times and prices, check the Official ALSA Website.
If you definitely want to catch the coach to Girona, it is worth booking your ticket in advance from the ALSA website (see above). As there are only three coaches each day, these are likely to get filled up very quickly.
|Barcelona Sants Station|
There is no direct public bus service from Barcelona Airport to Girona - only a direct privately operated coach service (see above). It is necessary to head towards the Barcelona city centre first and then take a coach or train from there. You can travel to the city centre either on the Aerobus - Barcelona Airport Express Bus then get off at the Plaça Espanya stop. From Plaça Espanya you can take the metro two stops on the green line to Estacio Sants. Alternatively you can take the RENFE train from Barcelona airport and get off at Estacio Sants. From Estacio Sants you can take both the train and the coach to Girona (see above for more details).
The distance from Barcelona Airport to Girona is approximately 90 km. This will take about one hour in a taxi, costing around €180.00.
If there are a group of you travelling to Girona it may work out nearly as cheap to take a taxi there as to wait for the coach. A single journey in the coach costs approximately €21.85. If there are four people travelling in a taxi this will cost approximately the same price and may be a lot more convenient if the coaches are not running close to the time of your flight arrival.
Travelling from Barcelona Airport to Girona is quite simple. First check whether the coach from the airport is running when you arrive. However, if not, a train journey from Barcelona city centre runs on a regular basis and is, in fact, cheaper than the coach. Remember, if you need to travel to Girona Airport - this is outside of Girona's town centre and will require an extra journey - see our Guide to Transfer from Barcelona Airport to Girona Airport for more details.