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Tips for traveling to Barcelona and Cataloniaís cities

Flying is certainly the fastest, easiest and often the cheapest way to get to the capital of Catalonia. The flight from London to Barcelona is about two hours. Barcelona is served by three airports: Barcelona (El Prat de Llobregat), Girona and Reus. Here you can find out how to most easily get from there to the city of Barcelona.

Nevertheless cars or trains are frequently used means of transportation in order to get to Barcelona. Here you will find some good advice, as well.

If you would you like to travel from the airport to places in Catalonia, for example Blanes, Lloret de Mar, or Sitges, you can find useful information, about how going there by public transportation works best, on this site.

Arrival via the airport in Barcelona

Arrival via the airport in Barcelona

Barcelona‚Äôs airport - El Prat de Llobregat, or just "BCN" ‚Äď is about 15 kilometers outside of the city. There are several possibilities for a transfer from the airport to the inner city available: the Aerobus, the buses 46 and N17, by train, by taxi or private transfer.

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Arrival to Barcelona via Girona airport

Arrival to Barcelona via Girona airport

The airport "Girona - Costa Brava" (GRO) is located about 80 kilometers from Barcelona. Girona is primarily a hub for Ryanair. From Girona you can easily travel with a shuttle bus to Barcelona in about 70 minutes.

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Arrival to Barcelona via Reus airport

Arrival to Barcelona via Reus airport

Reus airport is located about 85 kilometers southwest of Barcelona. Reus is the second minor airport besides Girona that is also served by so-called "low cost airlines." For travelers from Central Europe the connections are mainly Ryanair. They offers flights from D√ľsseldorf, Frankfurt / Hahn and Memmingen in Germany, from Brussels in Belgium and Eindhoven in Holland. There is currently no connection to Reus from Austria and Switzerland.

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Arrival to Barcelona by car

Arrival to Barcelona by car

You can reach Barcelona by car via three toll motorways. A ring road leads around the city, which merges into the motorways. In comparison to the city centre you can usually progress quite well on the ring road itself. However during rush hour there is also regular congestion at the hubs, eg Plaça de les Glòries.

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Journey to the ferry and cruise port of Barcelona

Getting to the ferry and cruise port

Barcelona is a major ferry terminal for routes to Genoa, Ibiza and Mallorca. It is also the main port for cruise ships in the Mediterranean: for example, the ships of the Aida, or RoyalCaribbean MSC Cruises begin their trip into the Mediterranean from here. The piers of ferries and cruise ships are in close proximity to the city centre, the port begins immediately at the end of the Rambla.

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Getting to the cities in Catalonia

Getting to the cities in Catalonia

Here we describe how to get to destinations throughout Catalonia from Barcelona and from Barcelona Airport El Prat de Llobregat as well as Girona airport. By public transport you can travel quite easyly and conveniently to Lloret de Mar, Girona, Sitges, Castelldefels, Montserrat, Tossa de Mar and many other places. If you are you traveling by car, our tips will surely help you.

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Taking the train to Barcelona

Taking the train to Barcelona

By train you will arrive in Barcelona at Sants Estacó Station. Here you will find information on how to get from there to the city centre.

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Tips for arrival and departure

Transfers to the city center
From Barcelona Airport to the city centre (Plaça Catalunya) you should schedule about 45-60 minutes, depending on transportation and waiting time. From Girona Airport is about 1:30 hours.

By car in Barcelona
We advise urgently not to drive car in the city centre. It is stressful, parking is scarce and often expensive. In contrast, the public transport is reliable, convenient and affordable.

Sspecific recommendations
If you make only a short stay in Barcelona, you can get an exciting overview with the Bus Turístic. Conveniently flexible you are with the Barcelona Card or BCN Hola! Ticket.

Transport zone 1
This includes the entire city and the airport and the vast majority of attractions in the scope of the Barcelona Card and BCN Hola! Ticket.


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