Barcelona is served by two airports, one in the southern suburbs of the city and the other at Girona, This second airport, often referred to as 'Girona Barcelona Airport', is situated to the south of the city of Girona and about 100 kilometers to the north west of Barcelona and caters largely for the cheaper flights.
Barcelona Airport is sometimes referred to as 'Barcelona International Airport' or 'Barcelona El Prat'. It is a main hub for Vueling Airlines, and a focus city for Air Europa and Iberia Airlines. The airport mainly serves domestic, European and North African destinations, with a few minor flights to Southeast Asia, Latin America and North America. The shuttle service between this airport and Madrid was until recently the world's busiest route, with nearly 800 flights a week, until the introduction of the high-speed train on this route.
There are currently two terminals at the airport with terminal 2 having its own commuter train station on the 'Nord Line', which runs from the Macanet-Massanes station, with major stops at Barcelona Sants railway station and the fairly central Passeig de Gracia railway station to provide transfer to the Barcelona Metro system. Passengers for Terminal 1 should take a connecting bus from the train station to Terminal 1. As part of the major expansion above, a new railway station will be built nearby, connecting the airport to the Spanish AVE high-speed railway network, and Line 9 of the Barcelona Metro.
The TMB bus service has a route 46 which currently runs every 16 minutes from Placa Espanya. A scheduled private bus line (Aerobus) from Placa Catalunya, stops at Urgell and Placa d'Espanya. Taxis are available at each terminal. The
C-32B highway connects the airport to a main traffic interchange between Barcelona's Ronda de Dalt beltway and major motorways.
Girona (Gerona) Barcelona Airport
Please note that Girona is sometimes spelt with an "e" as in 'Gerona'. Both names are correct, one name is in Spanish and the other is in Catalan.
In addition to flights arriving to and from many destinations, there are currently about a dozen airlines based at Girona Airport, and they provide flights to and from - Aarhus, Alghero, Birmingham, Brussels, Budapest, Cagliari, Dublin, Edinburgh , Frankfurt, Glasgow, Lanzarote, London Luton, London Stansted, Madrid, Mallorca, Manchester, Marrakech, Milan, Newcastle, Paris Beauvais, Paris Orly, Rome, Stockholm, Tenerife. These destinations are subject to change. The latest list can be found on the Airport's web site - http://www.barcelona-girona-airport.com/Flight-destinations.
The airlines based at the airport are - BMI Airways, Centralwings, Jetairfly, My Travel, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Fly, Transavia, Transavia France, Wizzair.
From Girona Airport to Barcelona by car -
Driving from Girona Airport into Barcelona will take about 1 hour 20 mins, and is a very straight forward journey. The distance is about 100km along the AP7 motorway. The AP7 is a toll motorway - and is much easier than taking the 'ordinary' road.
From Girona Airport to Barcelona by taxi - A taxi to Barcelona from the airport is not recommended as the current cost from Girona Airport to Barcelona is about 120 euros, plus an extra charge for luggage. Call +34 97 220 3377 for more information on the Taxi service.
From Girona Airport to Barcelona by bus - The Barcelona Bus is the easiest and cheapest way to travel between Girona airport and Barcelona city centre. Although the company is not owned by Ryanair, its timetables are tailored the coincide with the arrivals and departures of Ryanair flights, because Ryanair is the major airline at the airport.
The bus goes directly from the airport to 'Barcelona Estacio Nord', (Barcelona´s main bus station), which is just a five minutes walk from the metro stop 'Arc de Triomf' (red line 1). Journey time is approximately 1 hour 10 minutes, A single ticket costs about 12 Euros, and a return about 21 Euros. Tickets cannot be bought in advance.
A timetable for the Girona Airport - Barcelona bus service is available HERE.
From Girona Airport by Train There is a train service from city centre Girona to city centre Barcelona. To use this mode of transport, you will need to get from Girona Airport to Girona city centre by either bus or taxi, and you should allow about a half an hour for this journey. Train times can be found HERE.