Top Tips for Travelling to Barcelona
When planning a trip whether to Barcelona or any other destination there are many different things to consider. Transportation, accommodation, food, drink, attractions, trips…the list is endless and it can feel a bit overwhelming, especially if you are planning it all yourself. Luckily for you, we have a few top tips that will ensure you consider all the most important elements for your dream trip to Barcelona.
These are our top tips:
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If you want to find the best value flights, you need to be as flexible as you can.
If you can travel midweek, this is when you will find the cheapest flights, as most people prefer to travel at the weekend. While you may need to take more holidays from work, you will benefit not just from cheaper tickets, but a quieter airport and resort too!
Flying to less popular airports is also something to consider, whether you want to save money or simply want to explore a bit further afield. For example, instead of flying directly to Barcelona El Prat Airport, you can fly to Girona or Reus. Many budget airlines offer fantastic value flights to these two airports and Girona is a good option if you want to combine visiting the Costa Brava with your stay in Barcelona.
Choosing your airport
There is one main airport in Barcelona, El Prat, but there are also two nearby, Girona and Reus. When choosing which one is best for your trip, there are few things to consider with price and transfer time being the most important.
El Prat de Llobregat Airport
- Metro – direct access to the city centre on the L9 Sud line and costs around €5
- Aero Bus – fastest transfer to the city costing €90
- Taxi – best option for those with lots of luggage and cost between €25 and €35
Girona Costa Brava AirportIf you are looking for cheaper flights or easy access to the Costa Brava Girona Airport is a good option. It is located around 100 km from Barcelona to the north, is a popular airport for budget airlines and a great option if you are looking to save money on transport. The downside is the longer transfer time to get to Barcelona. The main airlines serving this airport are Ryanair and Transavia with many of the transfer options aligning their departure times based on the flight schedule of these airlines. Your transfer options:
- Train – first take a bus or taxi to Girona Train Station then either a regional train taking 90 minutes for €8 or the AVE express train taking just 40 minutes for €17.40
- Bus – Line 602 will take you to Barcelona via Girona, takes 75 minutes (runs every 20 to 25 minutes) and costs around €20
- Taxi – there are fixed fares to Barcelona of €127 during the day and €140 during the night and at weekends and takes about 80 minutes
Reus AirportThis airport is the furthest from Barcelona at 120 km to the south of the city. It is a popular option for those visiting the nearby coastal resorts, such as Salou. It is another hub for budget airlines in the region, including Ryanair, easyJet, Transavia and Jet2.com. For late night flights, make sure to check that your preferred transfer option is available. Your transfer options:
- Bus – the schedule can depend on flight schedules and take around 120 minutes to Barcelona and costs just €3
- Taxi – takes around 80 minutes and costs about €185
Marta is the founder of ForeverBarcelona. She is a passionate tour guide that loves Barcelona and loves writing too. She is the main author of our Blog, and is committed to sharing her knowledge about Barcelona and her best tips with our readers.
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