Many tourists to Barcelona and Catalunya also factor in a trip to the South of France. Catalunya shares its border with the South East of France. It is approximately 150 kilometres from Barcelona to Perpignan. Transfer links from Barcelona Airport to Perpignan are not particularly simple - with no direct public transport available from the airport. There is only one direct train from Barcelona city centre to Perpignan daily - potentially making coaches or car rental more viable options.
This page covers the various options for transferring from Barcelona Airport to the centre of Perpignan. Options include train, coach, bus, car and taxi.
|Barcelona Airport Train Station|
There are no direct trains from Barcelona Airport to Perpignan. Therefore, it is necessary to take a train into the centre of Barcelona to head out towards France.
Take 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.
The journey to Perpignan from Barcelona can be very complicated. There are very few direct trains from Estacio Sants to Perpignan. Different train companies operate within both France and Spain.
The only train company that runs directly from Barcelona to Perpignan is Talgo. There is generally one train per day that is scheduled to do this journey. To find out the time of this train it is necessary to go to the Renfe website and search the journey from Barcelona to Port Bou. On the list of journeys provided, look for the Type of Train listed as 'Catalan Talgo'.
If your flight does not coincide with one of the Talgo trains, it will be necessary to take an indirect route from Estacio Sants to Perpignan. Check the renfe website for trains for Port Bou or Cerbere. This train journey lasts approximately 2 - 3 hours, depending on how many stops there are. There are normally two trains every hour. From Port Bou or Cerbere, check the Rail Europe website for connecting trains to Perpignan. The connecting trains take about 40 minutes and run twice an hour.
Possible Stops on Train Journey form Barcelona Airport to Perpignan:
Barcelona Airport > Estacio Sants > Port Bou OR Cerbere > Perpignan
There is no coach directly from Barcelona Airport to Perpignan. You will have to go into the centre of Barcelona to catch a coach - from either Estacio Sants or Barcelona Nord. Eurolines coaches run from twice a day from both coach stations.
If you are coming from the airport, it is easiest to catch the Barcelona Airport Train - The C2 to Estacio Sants (see above for how to get to the train station from T1). This is a twenty-minute journey and trains run twice an hour. Barcelona Sants coach station is located directly outside the train station - to the left of the main entrance when exiting. Check the Eurolines Website for the times of the trains and the prices.
The journey lasts 3 - 4 hours and the regularity of the coaches vary depending on the day.
|Barcelona Sants Station|
There is no direct bus from Barcelona Airport to Perpignan. It is necessary to head towards the city centre and take a coach or train from there. The Aerobus Airport Express Bus travels to Plaça Espanya. From Plaça Espanya you can take the green line of the Metro two stops to Estacio Sants. From Estacio Sants you can take both the train and the coach to Perpignan (see above for more details).
The distance from Barcelona Airport to Perpignan is approximately 150 km. This will take about two hours in a taxi, costing around €300.00.
If there are a group of you travelling to Perpignan from Barcelona Airport, it may be worth hiring a car. The coastal drive is very pretty. You could also save time and money as direct trains are rare and if you split the price of car rental and petrol this may prove cheaper than individual coach tickets.
Travelling from Barcelona Airport to Perpignan is not particularly simple. However, if you plan in advance and weigh up the pros and cons of the various transport options you can find the most affordable and convenient route for you.