Salou is a tourist resort to the South of Barcelona. It is a short distance (10 kilometres) from the town of Tarragona. Despite its small size it offers a direct coach from Barcelona Airport - probably due to its popularity with tourists. These instructions are for travelling from Barcelona Airport to Salou. If you wish to travel directly from Barcelona, check our page on Transfer from Barcelona to Salou.
This page covers the various options for transferring from Barcelona Airport to the centre of Salou. Options include train, coach, bus and taxi.
There is a minibus service that operates between Barcelona airport (both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) and Salou. You will need to ensure to reserve this service online before your trip.
|Barcelona Sants Station|
There are no direct trains from Barcelona Airport to Salou. Therefore, it is necessary to take a train into the centre of Barcelona to head out towards the south of Catalunya.
Take the Barcelona Airport Train - The C2 to Estacio Sants. 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.
At Estacio Sants you will need to change. There are an abundance of trains that run from Estacio Sants to Salou - some of these are regional and some of these are national. The trains vary in journey time - some stopping at many stations and some direct.
For more information on taking a train from Barcelona to Salou check our page on Transfer from Barcelona to Salou.
When looking at the various train options you will note that some are more expensive than others. The regional train tickets will work out cheaper than those that are long distance and international. Look out for the train that travels to Port Aventura and on to Cambrils for a cheaper option.
There is a coach that goes from Barcelona Airport to Salou. The Empresa Plana.The coach starts at T2 and continues on to T1 before heading to Salou. The bus times vary depending on the day of the week. From Monday to Friday there are five buses per day. On Saturdays there are three buses per day. On Sundays and Holidays there are four buses per day.
For more information on timetables and ticket prices, check the Empresa Plana Webite. The website is not particularly simple to use. from the home page click on 'Bus Timetable'. From here you will be broughtto a page with a 'Route Search' - key in 'Salou' here. You will be given a large list of rout options to choose from - choose the first route option from 'Aeroport de Barcelona' - the timetable will appear as a pdf document so you will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader to view this document which you can obtain free online at www.adobe.com.
It is possible to reserve a ticket prior to your arrival at the airport.
Empresa Plana Ticket Line
Tel: +34 97 735 4445
There is a direct coach from Barcelona Airport to Salou (see above). There is no TMB bus that runs from Barcelona to Salou. You can take the Aerobus - The Barcelona Airport Express Bus which has a stop at 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 the train to Salou (see above for more details).
The distance from Barcelona Airport to Salou is approximately 100 km. This will take about 1 hour and 20 minutes in a taxi, costing around €200.00.
Salou is a popular summer destination. If you are planning to head there straight from the airport you are most likely to want to catch the direct coach. During the summer months this will probably get booked up very quickly, so whilst you are making all of your holiday arrangements it will help to book your place on this bus. If you would prefer to spend some time in Barcelona city centre before heading to Salou, the trains are regular and travel from various Barcelona Stations (including Passeig de Gràcia and Estacio França). Transfer from Barcelona Airport to Salou is simple and convenient.