The RENFE web page timetables are split into three. Bird Long Distance, Middle Distance and Commuter. If for example you cannot find your station required in one page, try another. The Bahn.de site may also help. Be aware that not all Spanish travel ticket offices accept bank cards . Girona was cash only. Also the ticket offices that accept bank cards may also wish to see your passport.
Girona train station is on the line from Barcelona Sants served by local trains every hour. Also there is the high speed train service to Paris etc with the change of train at Figures Vilafant. . I took the 09-29 with the guaranted conexion at Figures Vilafant to Paris arrived 15-53 on time. I found the bahn.de website , much easier than the RENFE one. If you are over 60 you can buy a Tarjeta Dorada ticket for 5-15 euro,it has your passport number on it,and is valid a year,it is about the size of a bank card . It gives discount in Spain of 25% at least.
EVERYONE WHO IS VISITING GIRONA ASK ME ABOUT:
HOW TO GO TO BCN FROM GIRONA AIRPORT???
1) YOU HAVE A DIRECT BUS TO BCN AT GIRONA AIRPORT (RYANAIR BUS).
IT IS A BUS THAT LEAVES AFTER EVERY FLIGHT ARRIVAL.
Buy tickets at the exit, as the airport is very small it is very easy.
YOU'LL ARRIVE AT BCN, AT PASSEIG DE SANT JOAN (central bus station).
THERE YOU CAN TAKE THE METRO (stop Arc de Triomf).
COST -> 8,70 Euros one way
http://www.ryanair.com -> check destinations -> Barcelona/ Girona -> GETTING AROUND
Other transportation from this airport:
2) IF YOU WANT TO DO A VISIT TO GIRONA:
TAKE A BUS TO GIRONA INSTEAD (RYANAIR BUS). It takes only 20 minuts. Stops at the bus station which is at the side of the train station, Renfe. It is a taxi stop there.
LATER YOU CAN TAKE A TRAIN TO BCN, FIGUERES, … FROM THIS STATION (every hour you have a train to Bcn).
www.renfe.es -> timetables
CHECK WHICH DAY OF THE WEEK THEY WORK. IT IS DIFFERENT TIMETABLE DURING WEEK DAYS OR WEEKENDS. ON SUNDAYS YOU HAVE LESS TRAINS. ALSO CHECK TYPE OF TRAIN.
COST APROX: 6 Euros.
3) TAXI TO GIRONA. Good if your hotel is outside of Girona city for exemple Novotel.
4) BUSES DIRECT TO THE COAST (L'ESTARTIT, BLANES,...)
5) RENT A CAR AT GIRONA'S AIRPORT.
Good option to visit other areas, like Costa Brava, Baix Empordà, …
Barcelona is approximately 90 kms from Girona Airport. You can take a direct bus to Barcelona from the bus station situated on your right as soon as you exit Girona Airport. If you are travelling by Ryan Air, you will be happy to know that there are direct buses that leave for Barcelona a few minutes after any Ryan Air flight. This means that you will never have to spend the night at the airport.
It normally takes an hour and 15 minutes to get to Barcelona. The bus will stop you at Estació del Nord in Barcelona. Buses cost approximately 12 euros one way or 21 euros with return. Tickets may be bought outside Girona Airport.
If you have booked a hotel close to Plaça de Catalunya, I suggest you make things easier for yourself and take a taxi rather than trying to find your way to the hotel, especially if you're carrying around your luggage. Be careful.. Barcelona is very well known for pick pocketing. Taking a taxi to the Plaça de Catalunya area will cost you approximately 15 euros.
As I got impression, trains at least Catalunian region are quite comfortable and fast. We have used train connecting Girona and Barcelona. The trip length is about 80-90 minutes and cost about 6-7 euros, depends on company (Catalunya Express or Regional Delta). Other train services cost much more.
It is about 1 hour break between each each train departure. At first we tried to use bus to go to Barcelona, but that was quite problematic, even to find place where Barcelona direction buses stop. Schedule for Monday seemed to be quite far-between.
It is possible easily to explore Girona on foot. The center is relatively small, no need of any public transportation. The main sights are in old and new town. Old part of city is famous due to its Cathedral, Sant Feliu church, medieval defensive system, and many other places. If you pass to new town you could see square of Catalunya, Independence and Constitution squares, also big Devesa park.
As it was a first day to feel the heat of Spain (~+33C at daytime), walking was a bit exhausted. At midday looked like all people are somewhere in hidden from heat.
We took direct flight Vilnius – Girona airport and back with already bankrupted Lithuanian flight company Star1. Girona-Costa Brava airport is widely used by cheap flight companies as Ryanair.
Airport is about 10 kilometers away from Girona city centre. It is possible to take bus to centre for about 5 euros. Tourists mostly use Girona airport for reaching Barcelona. It is about 92 kilometers away from Girona airport, most buses Girona airport - Barcelona departs and arrives according to Ryanair flights schedule.
Dear leics thanks for your help !! . . yes im travelling with ryanair so i'd better be there at around 5am !! Thought that since its early in the morning there will be no queues but it seems im mistaken !!! . . What about walking to the bus station from the hotel is that safe to do it for the 4am bus?? im still considering to take a taxi but wanted to have another option.
From the city they departure every hour and it is best that you check with the tourist office, because these things change soon much. But 2010 they leave from the Centralstation in Girona to the airport.
You will find buses all the time from the airport in Girona to Barcelona. You buy the ticket in a little building beside the buses. When you get out from the airport building, you turn right and then you will see the sign for buses to Barcelona. You will see the little house they sell tickets from and then the bus is just beside there. No problems at all to find the buses. The buses go fast and they are in Barcelona after 70 minutes or something like that. When I bought my oneway ticket 2010 it costed 12 euros. It was cheaper to buy bothways, but I planned to go from Barcelona and then stay one day in Girona and take the bus from there to the airport. That is why I never bought both ways.
I must say renting a car at SOL-MAR Car Hire was an excellent deal! I had been browsing on internet to get a car at Girona Airport and got to SOL-MAR website "by accidence".
So: We got a completely new car (with less than 450 km!!!) for eight days for € 95! We paid maybe some € 20-25 more for the insurance but still - getting a new car for over a week for less than € 120! Incredible!
Another useful information: You can pay by cash!
And: No fees for drivers under 25 (I remember once I had to pay @ EuropCar some €20-30 extra for not being 25 or 26 years old).
Each 60 minutes there is a bus going from Girona - Costa Brava Airport to Girona city (12 km apart). The buses start to drive at 4:30 and depart each 60 minutes (5:30, 6:30 ... 22:30, 23:30) until 0:30.
The bus arrives at Girona Bus Station at Placa Jaume Vicens Vives.
One-way ticket for a half-hour drive costs € 2,30, but If you plan to go back home from Girona airport I recommend you to buy return ticket which costs € 4,40.
I landed few times at Girona - Costa Brava Airport . It's one of the smallest international airports I've been to, but it's quite nice as while landing you have spectacular view of Banyoles lake and Girona city (12 km away from the airport). And, when the weather is good, also of the Catalan Pyrenees.
The aiport is being more and more busy as Ryan Air flyes there from all over Europe (info at www.ryanair.com).
From Girona - Costa Brava Airport you have direct bus connections to both, Girona Center and Barcelona (info at www.sagales.com).
I have just returned from Tossa de Mar and there are only 2 buses every day to and from Girona Airport. We got the same time flight as you are doing and got a cab to Girona (24 euros). Despite telling the hotel we were staying at that we would be arriving after midnight and them telling us it was open 24 hours, they were closed when we arrived and not answering the phone so we had to treck around for 2 hours trying to find another one within our budget.d
From Girona Airport to Lloret the bus times are: 9.30am, 11.00, 13.00,14.30,15.15,18.00,20.30, 22.30.
The same bus goes on to Tossa at 9.30 or 14.30 which isn't much use to you (8 euros single per person). There may be later buses direct from Girona itself to Lloret but only one daily to Tossa ( 18.30).
If you get to Lloret there are buses every 15 mins to Tossa during the day, Tossa is prettier, less brash and has really great food. Let me know if you want any recommendations because there isn't a Tossa page available on this site at the moment.
Maybe you could stay over in a hotel near the airport when you arrive and head off early morning if you are not interested in seeing Girona and its surrounds.
Girona is definitely a walkable city. You can see everything in the old town like this so just get lost in the small alleys. There some signs that will navigate you towards the main sights (museums, churches etc). I didn’t have to use them but I’ve read that there are lockers at the train station so I want to explore Girona in some hours you can leave your heavy luggages there.
A funny way to stroll through the attractions of Girona is the small Toot Toot train, a touristic but probably easy way to go up and down the Old City.
Of course you can take a taxi for areas outside the old town (if you hotel is far from the Old Town).