Q: I am trying to decide which airport to use to fly to Barcelona, Girona, Reus or Barcelona Airport? Can you tell me how much a taxi to the city centre would cost from each one, how far each airport is from the city centre and what advantages there are to flying to each airport so I can make a decision.
A: Making your decision which airport to fly to depends on several factors. The first is cost, the second is time and the third factor is what you want to see.
Barcelona International Airport is the nearest airport to Barcelona city centre. It is 13 km South West of the city centre. A taxi would cost around €25.00 to Barcelona centre and will take you about 20 minutes travel time. You can also catch the RENFE train which takes about 25 minutes or the Aerobus express bus service which takes about 25 minutes.
RENFE Train Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €4.60
Aerobus Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €5.90
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Girona Airport is 103 km North East of Barcelona. It would take just over 1 hour by taxi to travel to Barcelona city centre. Alternatively you can catch the Barcelona Bus which will take you to Barcelona centre in about 1hr 10 minutes. One of the advantages of flying to Girona is that you could catch the train to see the Dalí Museum in Figueres, since it is close by, and then catch the train to Barcelona centre. Girona centre also offers an interesting half day visit. For more information on Girona I recommend you visit our sister site Girona-tourist-guide.com
Taxi fare: €130.00
Barcelona Bus Ticket Prices
Single ticket : €16.00 - €25.00
Taxi fare: €160.00
Reus and Girona are quiet towns but are also quite interesting for a short visit. They are good places to escape to for a while if you want somewhere peaceful and quiet, but they do not have anywhere near the same level of tourist attractions that Barcelona has. The other advantages of flying into Reus and Girona are that many of the budget airlines preferentially fly to these airports which means you may be able to obtain a cheap airfare, but bear in mind the additional cost for a transfer from the airport to Barcelona and the additional time needed for this. If your main aim is to visit Barcelona city only, then, it is probably best and more comfortable to fly directly to Barcelona Airport.