I thought the buses were cheap in Spain but the train was even cheaper! Modern, fast and efficient trains run from Blanes straight through to Barcelona. The cost of a return journey from Blanes to Calella is around half an hour travel time - was 2.70 euros return journey!
If you are unsure of your destination station just look at the LCD screen and listen out for the audio announcement but make sure you know the Spanish name!!
If you want to visit some of the coves and nearby resorts a boat trip maybe an option for you. The boats we saw departed from Fennals beach and was going to the harbour at Blanes. The boats sail every thirty minutes from 9.15 to 17.40 at a cost of 12 euros return just a bit on the expensive side - maybe this is why we took the bus - we saw a lot more of our surroundings for a fraction of the price.
We were going to Calella and had to take a bus to Blanes to connect with the train station. Oops we took the wrong bus but this did gave me my first glimpse of lovely Blanes. After some relaxing time exploring the beach and old town we caught another bus which took us to the bus station proper which connects to the railway station. This mistake cost us a little extra but the bus fares on the local buses are so cheap - the twenty minute trip cost 1.30 euros (single) and then the onward journey of fifteen minutes was 1.10 euros (single) The local buses are clean and efficient with a regular and prompt timetable. The link below has a section on the timings and destinations if like me you want to escape from Lloret!
We flew from Aberdeen on a three hour flight to Barcelona. The flights are offered from this airport from Spring through to the end of October. Globespan is a no frills airline - food and drinks are available to buy on board but overpriced so we just take our own soft drinks and snacks in our hand luggage. The early morning flight was smooth with no problems - I had my usual window seat where I could view the landscape below and capture some pictures to keep me entertained. After years of restrictions on early and night flights it was a pleasure to travel from my home regional airport without the added journey from Glasgow or Edinburgh.
When trying to travel from Lloret to Barecelona by bus, beware that time tables may only give you a rule-of thumb orientation about when to expect your bus.
Information about fares and departure times of buses is generally not very good, and the closest you can get to a concise information on buses to different locations from lloret is at the tourist office inside the provisional bus terminal building (marked with a blue "i"). Here you will get a leaflet which aggregates the arrrivals and departures from different locations.
When going to Barcelona by SARFA bus company, really the only positive thing to be said is that it is relatively quick (around 57 minutes for the trip) which is to say, when and if you happen to catch the bus.
Buses go seldom (no more than 4-5 departures daily with the last return from Barcelona at 19:45h), cost around double of what you would spend when going to Blanes station by bus and from there to Barcelona by train, and the service by drivers is deplorable.
When trying to pay at the driver's, he will reject with a "no tickite, no tripe". Of course, it would be asking too much of Catalan hospitality and of him to indicate the ticketing office, a mere 20 metres away.
You may not drink beverages, and seat numbers are assigned. That, unlike important service information, the bus drivers will make sure to let you know in a mixture of rude talk and infantile vocabulary.
Nonetheless, as a time saver, you could consider to travel one way (e.g. in the morning) from Lloret to Barcelona by bus.
Your return could be by train (e.g. from Placa Catalunya direction Macanet-Massanes, watch the departure lists on TV screens), get off at Blanes and change to local bus to Lloret in front of the station building at Blanes. Make sure to depart from Barcelona no later than around 21:15, else you will miss the last bus from Blanes to Lloret.
SARFA charge you around 7.80 EUR (bad service included) while going by train will cost you around 1.20 EUR (bus) and 3.80 (train) one way.
Very nice possibility for travelling by boats is in Costa Brava. There are many routs down the coast side. I used Dofijet boats.
Ticket costs from7 till 9 EUR (depends on terminus). It is both directions ticket. For example from LLoret de Mar till Blanes and from Blanes till Loret de Mar. Booking offices are near the beach and you can find it without problem.
The best places are on the second floor of the boat.
Gerona is the nearest airport for Lloret. Journey time by coach is about three quarters of an hour. i went with Thomsons and the scenery and the 'on board' rep give you your first glimse of Spain.
I was staying at Malgrat de Mar and hired a car to visit Lloret.
This picture was taken from the departue lounge. You could still smoke in there in those days, I don't know about now.
Take the orange SARFA bus from the main bus station in Lloret to go direct to Barcelona. It's a one hour trip.
Buy your tickets to Barcelona and for your return. It costs about E9.60 each way. Best get there early as it books up fast.
There are two stations in Barcelona, central and North. Both are very good for the tourist. We ended up going to the North - it is right next to the metro system so very handy for getting round the city.
The bus stations are well looked after and have cafes and toilets available.
when traveling from loret to barcelona dont waste time on trains or various buses-----------phone resort hopper --they are a bus company that return you to both places for about 20 euros per person-thet have a company in birmingham---------seriously -no sweat
good luck rob from wales
I m a French guy going to Lloret every summer by palne the cheapest and easiest way to get to my hotel been booking through barcelonatransfers.com, they are a local company there, offering shuttle and private transfers 24 hours a day. They have their own reps in both airports to help us if we need and indicate our bus on departure they sent to me a pick up time and point to hotel reception.
We have been coming to the Costa Brava for many years and used many different transfer companies however, I found a new one this year called Barcelonatransfers.com. Their website is really easy to use when booking and gives all the information on what to do/where to go on your arrival in Spain. Airport reps immediately recognisable and very helpful as was the driver of the coach. Will certainly be using this way of booking my transfers in furtuer. Thank you BarcelonaTransfers.