What's this? You've landed in Spain, only the airport looks suspiciously small and the taxi driver for Mr. Easy Lee-Confused is nowhere to be seen? The reason that you can't see the sea already is because you're not in Barcelona at all, and - probably certainly because you selected some cheap Ryanair flights - you have touched down at Reus Airport instead!
Actually there's no need to panic. The city of Reus is not only beautiful in it's own right, in case you did want to stop off for a few hours (it's also the birth place of one Antoni Gaudi no less!) but it is just 90km, or 1.5 hours away, from Barcelona by bus, coach or taxi. Not only that but all manner of private airport transfer operators will happily whisk you into town too, so there should be no need to bed down on those stone benches just outside the airport building! Scroll down for more info on getting from Reus to Barcelona below, but for now a few facts about the aeropuerto...
Thanks to the rise of cheap flights, and in particular the wiley ways of Ryanair, Reus Airport now sees almost 2 million passengers pass through its gates each year. Other carriers include Jet2, Thompson, Thomas Cook, Monarch all mainly offering seasonal flights from UK and Irish destinations, such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Cardiff. As well as a gateway to Barcelona many passengers arrive to visit the nearby coastal resorts of Salou, Cambrils and Tarragona as well Spain's largest theme park, Port Aventura.
Getting to/from Reus Airport to/from Barcelona
Regular (albeit not quite as clockwork) buses run between Reus Airport and Barcelona Sants Station, courtesy of private company La Hispano Igualadina. As mentioned journey time is approx. 1.5 hours and the price of a ticket is 13 euros one-way. The buses from the airport are timed to meet flight arrivals, and similarly on the way in from Barcelona they are timed to meet your departing flights. However there are one or two nasty holes in the timetable so check first on their website - www.igualadina.com - otherwise you could be lumped with a very expensive taxi fare! (Although, time permitting, you could try and get the train from Barcelona to either Reus or Tarragona - Sants train station is right next door to Sants bus station - and then take a taxi from there to the airport. Both will be considerably cheaper than a taxi all the way from BCN). Tickets can be brought on the bus at Reus Airport, but for the return journey get to Sants Bus Station 10 or 15 minutes early, as you will need to queue up in the little office and buy one from the front desk. To get to Sants Station itself you can take the Green Line (L3) or the Blue Line (L5) on the metro.
The taxi fare from Reus to Barcelona is pretty hefty at around 170-200 euros! Although not too bad if you are a group of three or four, and they are readily available from the rank just outside the airport building.
Private transfers can be a bit cheaper and more comfortable than grabbing a cab (at least you know the price in advance!). We're just shopping around for a good provider so check back and we'll find someone reliable and affordable to recommend!
It's no problem to travel from the Barcelona Sants Train Station (which is right next to Sants Bus Station) to Reus Train Station or vice versa, however the journey time is still 1.5 hours and then you have to get from the train station to the airport or the other way round... so you're just adding an unnecessary leg to your journey! Also, bizarrely the holes in the bus timetable seem to be mirrored by holes in the train timetable (must be siesta!), so if you do find you've missed your bus your best bet is to take the train to Tarragona where you can get a relatively cheap taxi (25-30 euros) to Reus airport.
Helpful site! I was wondering if you have found any private airport transfer companies yet? We have been quoted. £510 for a group of 10 people (return) I'm not sure if this is a good deal - seams expensive!
reviewed by Issy from United States on Jan.04.2015
I was just havinga heart attack searching for transfers to hotel in Barcelona from Reus Airpot, when I found this website. I think it saved my life ;) Very helpful information. I hope I will catcha a bus as I am arriving to Reus Airport at 21.45 on Saturday. Waiting for more good news/updates.
reviewed by Magda from United Kingdom on Aug.11.2014
This site was very helpful... Hoping to see the update for the train prices from reus to barcelona soon looking to travel the beginning of next month
reviewed by Nicolette Knowles from United Kingdom on Jun.14.2013