Girona Airport, or more commonly known as Costa Brava airport (GRO) is the second most important airport in Barcelona area. It is situated 13 kilometers from the city centre of Girona and 92 kilometres from Barcelona. Due to its proximity Girona airport is considered an alternative airport of Barcelona El Prat. The airport is very well connected to southern France and the rest of the Pyrenees. Approximately 2,7 million passengers annually passes through this airport and the most important company operating is Ryanair.
To Girona – Bus line nr.604 by Sagalés operates in accordance with the Ryanair flights schedules and run to the Girona bus station. The journey takes about 20-30 mins, depending on traffic and the bus fare price is 2,15€.
To Barcelona – also by Sagalés company, the buses depart approx. 30 mins after each Ryanair’s flight arrival. The journey takes around 1 hour and 20 min and the bus stops at the North Station in Barcelona (near the Arc de Triomphe). Single ticket is 16€ and return is 25€. (see timetable)
Train: To reach Barcelona, you should first take shuttle bus to Girona station, and from there you can either reach it by:
- AVE/AVANT high speed trains – direct lines, the journey last around 40 mins, and the ticket price is 15€; the trains run 11-12 times a day each
- Regional Train (line R11) – although cheaper (6€ for one-way ticket), it has a lot of stops, and it takes approximately 1 hour to get to Barcelona; this line runs 12 times a day, the first one departs at 6:38 and the last one at 20:38.
Taxi services: Passengers with a lot of luggage should consider getting a taxi. The taxi from Girona airport to Barcelona will cost you between 130 and 140€, and the journey will take around an hour.
If you need to go to Girona centre, the taxi will cost your around 25-30€ (15 mins of journey)
Transfer: If you are more comfortable having your own taxi, then get yourself a private taxi or minivan if you are travelling in a bigger group of people and we advise you to book them in advance.
Renting a car at Girona airport: Those who want to avoid public transport but consider taxis too expensive, car rental companies like Avis, Europcar and InterRent offer their services in the airport area. To avoid being left without the car, book them online.
Renting a bus at Girona airport: If you are travelling with a large group of people, you might consider renting a bus prior to your arrival. That way you can also visit the region or some other cities in Spain without thinking about the public transport. Contact one of the rental companies in the area and they will advise you on the pick up locations at the airport.
From GRO to Lloret de Mar: To get to Lloret de Mar take direct bus line nr. 605 operated by Sarfa. The journey lasts around 30 mins or more, especially during the summer season. The price of one-way ticket is 10€. From GRO departs at 13:00 and from Lloret de Mar at 16:00.
From GRO to Lleida: The bus from Girona Airport to Lleida is provided by TEISA Eixbus company and the ticket costs 24,80€. Departs 5 times a day from Girona (city) and stops at the airport.
From GRO to Andorra: The company Novatel has a bus line from the Girona airport to Andorra and the bus runs on Friday and Sunday. One-way ticket costs 33€ (56€ for return ticket).
FAQ – bus and transport from Girona airport
Q: I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
A: That will not be a problem since bus lines are in accordance with Ryanair flight. In case you are flying with some other company, you can get yourself a taxi or a transfer to be more safe.
Q: I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?
A: Yes, there are two hotels in the proximity of Girona airport:
- Hotel Vilobi (2*) – 400m from the airport; free Wi-Fi
- Salles Hotel Aeroport de Girona (4*) – 15 mins walk from the airport; free Wi-Fi and parking, outdoor pool
Q: I would like to spend one day in Girona/Barcelona in between flights. Is that possible?
A: Well, it depends if you wish to visit Girona city centre or Barcelona. If you wish to visit Girona, that will be fine, since the bus takes 15 min to Girona, and the city is not that big. On the other hand, one day in Barcelona is not enough. NOTE: There are no luggage storage facilities at the airport but there are lockers available at Girona train station.
Q: I am continuing my journey outside Girona. Are there any direct lines from the airport to other cities?
A: Sure thing. There are several direct lines from Girona airport to other nearby cities, like Blanes, Figueres, Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar and Perpignan (FR). To reach other, bigger cities, you should first take the shuttle bus to Girona station. Check the most popular bus routes from Girona on getbybus.com, e.g. Girona to Toulouse, Girona to Bordeaux, etc.
Q: Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my transfer?
A: Yes, there is an exchange office and ATMs (Caixabank and Santander) at the ground floor of the airport, working 24/7, but it would be better to exchange the money before the trip and have some euros on you since the rate will be a lot higher on the spot and no currency other than euro is accepted.