Girona Airport Guide
Girona Airport (GRO) is approximately 90 klm (55 miles) North East of Barcelona and has now become a perfect low cost gateway to the Costa Brava. The airport has become more popular over the last few years due to the many low cost airlines that now service the airport and has also become a cheap alternative for travellers wanting to reach the city of Barcelona. Since the airport opened in 1967, it has seen a steady growth in passenger traffic and now has over 3 million passengers passing through it each year.
Due to its strategic location in the centre of the Girona Province, the airport is also an ideal destination for travellers wishing to take a longer more relaxing holiday in one of the coastal resorts on the Costa Brava such as: Tossa de Mar & Lloret de Mar or skiing breaks in the Pyrenees or French Alps. Girona airport is only 100klms (62 miles) from the historic city of Perpignan, which also makes the airport a popular choice for passengers wishing to explore the city.
Although many of the low cost airlines advertise Girona airport or ‘Gerona’ airport as ‘Barcelona’, it is in fact approximately 90 klms from Barcelona itself and it takes at least 1hr 20 mins to get to Barcelona by bus. However, due to the fact that many of the low cost airlines do advertise the airport as ‘Girona Barcelona Airport’, there are several transfer options in place that make reach Barcelona from Girona airport very easy and cheap.
The historic Medieval city of Girona is only 20-25 minutes away from the airport and is well worth a visit if you have a few hours spare. The old Medieval city and its wonderful buildings, architecture and ancient streets will allow you to explore for hours and then enjoy a well deserved drink in one of the many charming cafe bars that line the streets.
Girona Airport Code
The official IATA code for Girona airport is: GRO
The Official ICAO code is: LEGE
Getting To And From Girona Airport
There are many different ways you can get to and from Girona airport and obviously it depends on personal preference, your budget and the number of people traveling in your party as to which form of transfer you choose. It also depends on where your final destination may be and the time of your arrival or departure. Getting from Girona airport to the city of Girona itself is very easy and there is a public bus service that runs to and from the airport on a regular throughout the day.
Transfers To And From Girona Airport To Barcelona
The ground support at the airport is generally quite good and there are many forms of transport in place to accommodate passengers with their requirements and onward travel. The following, is a list of the more popular forms of transfer available from Girona Costa Brava airport.
The A7 motorway is only 5klm away from the airport , providing easy access to reached your required destination by road.
Bus Transfer: The Girona airport bus is the easiest and cheapest way to get from the airport to Girona, Barcelona and other towns and resorts on the Costa Brava, especially if you are traveling alone. You can catch the buses from outside the arrivals hall. The buses that run to the various destinations are usually scheduled to co-inside with the flight times of many of the airlines that service the airport. There is generally no problem with queuing or overcrowding and you can buy a ticket from the ticket office or buy a ticket from the driver on the bus.
Buses run to and from the airport and provide a regular service to the nearby city of Girona which is approximately 15-20 klm away. From Girona, you can also catch a bus to the centre of Bracelona.
Girona Airpoirt Bus To Barcelona
One of the more popular transfer destination from the airport is to the centre of Barcelona. If you are flying into Girona airport with Ryanair, you will have no problem connecting with one of the regular bus/coach services that run between the airport and Barcelona. For every Ryanair flight that arrives in Girona, there is a generally a bus/coach that will be waiting to transfer you to Barcelona. Using the coach transfer, is probably the cheapest and easiest way to get to the centre of Barcelona and the journey time is approximately 1hour and 20 minutes depending on traffic.
Obviously, a large number of passengers who arrive at the airport are wanting to reach Barcelona and the cheapest way and a popular choice with many passengers to get to Barcelona from Girona airport is by bus.
Car Hire: Car hire is a very popular choice with passengers at Girona. There are many advantages of hiring a car from the airport as, it provides quick and safe transfer to and from the airport, as well as providing you with transport for the duration of your stay.
There are a couple of car hire companies that operate from inside the airport terminal building and I have provided a link to a webpage that lists several car hire companies that consistently offer the best deals on car hire from Girona Airport. Obviously, you can try elsewhere but you are sure to find a deal to suit your budget and needs, by following the link below.
To find the best deals on car hire, please click on the following link: Car Rental From Girona Airport
Shuttle: There are several companies that offer shuttle service from the airport. The cost of the shuttle service, will depend on your final destination. The prices vary as to where you wish to go and these services will generally drop you off and collect you from your hotel.
Private Transfer: Private transfers are available from the airport and these are generally the most expensive option of transfer to and from the airport.
Taxi Girona Airport
Taxis operate from outside the main arrivals building. If you are wishing to take a taxi to the centre of Barcelona, it will be very expensive. Always ask how much the fare will be before you enter the taxi, doing this will allow you to decide whether you wish to go ahead with the fare and save you be charged more than you should be.
You can take a taxi from the airport to the centre of Barcelona and it will probably cost you 150 euros each way. So, a round trip can be somewhere in the region of 300 euros (an expensive trip!). I would strongly recommend hiring a car, especially if there are a few of you that can share the cost, simply because it will be much cheaper than paying for a taxi and then you at least will have transport for the duration of your holiday.