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Reus Airport to Barcelona Transfer Options

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Here’s a cold fact: the 100 km trip from Reus airport to Barcelona isn’t too convenient.

That said, if you’ve lived in a big city like London or New York a 90 minute airport trip is the rule rather than the exception and the ‘dreaded’ Reus Barcelona transfer isn’t all that bad.

You just have to know what you’re doing.

1 – Reus Airport to Barcelona by bus
2 – Reus Airport to Barcelona by train
2 – Reus Airport to Barcelona private transfer
3 – Reus Airport to Barcelona by taxi
4 – Barcelona to Reus Airport by bus
5 – Barcelona to Reus Airport by train
2 – Barcelona to Reus Airport private transfer
6 – Barcelona to Reus Airport by taxi
7 – Reus city information

Reus Airport to Barcelona by Bus

This convenient bus (which some call the ‘Ryanair bus’) is found outside the arrivals gate.

Barcelona transfer tickets cannot be bought online so look for the Hispano Igualadina sign in the terminal – you’ll be able to grab your tickets at their ticket office or on board the bus.

Buses are timed to leave with arrivals: check the July bus timetable on the Hispano Igualadina website.

Journey time: 90 minutes.

Ticket prices: €16.00 (€28.00 return).

The bus arrives at Barcelona Sants station and from here it’s an easy metro or taxi to your lodging.

There’s also a stop at Maria Cristina metro station so if your hotel or hostel is on the green line you should get off there.

Reus Airport to Barcelona Train

First off, there is no direct train. This option involves first taking a bus or taxi from Reus Airport to Reus train station. I only recommend it if you want to see Reus or visit the brilliant Gaudi Centre.

Train via Bus

To get from Reus Airport to Reus train station take the number 50 bus outside the terminal (every 20 minutes between 8:00 and 20:05) – from here you’re free to explore the city before your train to Barcelona Sants.

Journey time: 1 hour 43 minutes up to 2 hours.

Single ticket: €3.00 (bus 50) + €9.55 (train) = €12.55.

Return ticket: €6.00 (bus 50) + €19.10 (train) = €25.10.

Trains leave once or twice an hour but make sure you check the schedule here.

Train via Taxi

If you’re going from Reus Airport to Barcelona by train you can save time taking a taxi – if you’re willing to spend more money. In fact, after 20:05 this is your only option to get from Reus Airport to Reus train station.

The trip is approximately ten kilometers and should take about 30 minutes depending on traffic. Simply grab your Reus taxi outside the arrivals terminal.

Price: €20.00.

Reus Airport to Barcelona Private Transfer

If you’re travelling with a group of 12 or more people it’s a wise choice to book a private transfer service that will take you from the terminal to your accommodation.

I suggest grabbing a quote on the Suntransfer website for the best prices.

An example: if there are 8 adults, 3 children, and 1 infant the cost of a transfer from the Reus airport to central Barcelona and vice versa costs around €222.40 euros (€18.53 pp each way).

Suntransfer also has car seats for kids up to 4.

Reus Airport to Barcelona Taxi

Any Reus transfer to Barcelona in a big group benefits from the quickness of taking a taxi.

The 106 km journey from Reus airport to Plaça de Catalunya in optimal traffic conditions takes 78 minutes but expect it to take a bit longer during peak periods. Again, the taxi stand is just outside arrivals.

Make sure to talk to the driver about baggage and night surcharges to avoid nasty surprises, though the official blue-striped taxis won’t rip you off and comfortably fit 4 people with luggage.

Can’t find one outside? Call +34 97 734 5050.

Price: €150.00-€180.00.

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Barcelona to Reus Airport Bus

To grab your Reus bus from Barcelona head to Sants bus station. It’s right by Barcelona Sants train station so you can get to your bus by metro: the green line (L3) and blue line (L5) stop here.

Buy your tickets at the Hispano Igualadina window at Sants Station (no online purchase).

When exiting Sants take a right if you’re on the Mcdonald’s side or a left at the main entrance (a big square with the Torre Catalunya) and walk about 50 metres for the Barcelona Reus bus. Allow about 30 minutes to get to Sants from anywhere central.

Journey time: 90 minutes.

Ticket prices: €15.50 (€24.00 return).

Departure schedules can be found on the Hispano Igualadina website.

Barcelona to Reus Airport Train

Again, this is not optimal as it takes at least 30 minutes longer than the bus journey, but if you’re looking to visit Reus first before your flight this is a great option.

Take the RENFE train that runs twice an hour from Barcelona Sants to Reus train station. From here you can take bus number 50 to Reus Airport or take a taxi (€20.00).

Journey time: Over 2 hours.

Single ticket: €3.00 (bus 50) + €9.55 (train) = €12.55.

Return ticket: €6.00 (bus 50) + €19.10 (train) = €25.10.

Train schedules can be found here.

Reus Airport to Barcelona Private Transfer

If you’re travelling with a group of 12 or more people it’s a wise choice to book a private transfer service that will take you from the terminal to your accommodation.

I suggest grabbing a quote on the Suntransfer website for the best prices.

An example: if there are 8 adults, 3 children, and 1 infant the cost of a transfer from central Barcelona to Reus airport and vice versa costs around €222.40 euros (€18.53 pp each way).

Suntransfer also has car seats for kids up to 4.

Barcelona to Reus Airport Taxi

This is a great option if you’re travelling in a large group or simply don’t have a minute to spare.

The journey from Barcelona to Reus Airport is over 100 km so don’t expect it to be cheap, but you can save €10.00-€20.00 already by calling your taxi to a south eastern part of the city.

If you’ve got rides left on your discount transport passes why not take a trip south and grab your taxi from a place like l’Hospitalet or El Prat?

Journey time: 80-100 minutes.

Price: €150.00-€180.00.

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Reus General Information

This up and coming airport serves nearly 2 million passengers a year, the majority which are sunseekers from northern European cities like London, Manchester, Dublin, Birmingham, Edinburgh and more.

It’s about 8 km away from Tarragona and striking distance to beach resorts like Salou and Cambrils. It’s also super close to one of Europe’s largest theme parks PortAventura.

The city of 104,000 is famous for being the birthplace of wonder architect Antoni Gaudi.

Today it’s an important wine producer and rock-climbing spot.

Get at Me in the Comments Below

If you’ve still got the Reus Barcelona transfer blues make sure you get after me with your flight times, Barcelona hotel location, and any worries you have in the comments below.

Also – if you’ve already made the trip and have any tips on how to make your trip from Reus airport to Barcelona any easier I would greatly appreciate it as I’m always trying to improve the blog.

Happy travels 🙂

53 comments
  • March 28, 2022 at 4:54 pm
    CL
    Hi Ash, we are looking to take the bus to Reus before taking the train to Barcelona Sants. May I know how to purchase bus tickets for the bus 50? Do they sell the tickets at the airport? Thanks!
    • March 29, 2022 at 6:07 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi CL, Yes indeed, if I recall correctly they sell them at the news agent in the airport, though I have always bought my tickets directly aboard. Your choice :)
  • March 28, 2022 at 4:39 pm
    Hugo
    Hi Ash, I'm landing in Reus Airport this Saturday (2nd April) at 15:15 - I've been trying to buy the Reus Airport - Barcelona Bus tickets from their website but I haven't been able to. I'd like to know if there are any buses to Barcelona that depart after the time I arrive? Thanks! If not, I've also been checking the rail connection but it seems like the only train that can be booked online at RENFE is at 8pm - but there are many greyed-out trains that can't be booked online -- is it easy to buy those tickets in person? Thanks!
    • March 29, 2022 at 6:05 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Hugo, Unofortunately due to the airport being pretty dead they are running them very infrequently, and you won't find one at your time on the Saturday. You'll need to get into Reus with the 50 bus and then grab the train. About these regional ones they are usually not put on sale online. I wouldn't worry about a sell out or anything. Once you get to the station you should be able to get tickets for the 1730 and be on your way. You can grab them at any of the machines, which have instructions in English naturally. Apologies it's a bit of a pain to get in! Let's hope tourism opens up a bit more so we have easier options. Cheers,
  • March 21, 2022 at 12:34 pm
    Maisie
    Hello, I’m landing in Reus at 9pm on a Tuesday in June. Do you know if buses are running at that time from the airport? Thanks!
    • March 21, 2022 at 4:57 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello Maisie, As of now there are no buses running direct to Barcelona from the airport at that time, though this is due to it being low season (and still because tourism hasn't recovered) - I would check back in May when they launch the new summer schedules :) Fingers crossed tourism comes back so we can have some more options! Cheers,
  • March 5, 2022 at 9:37 pm
    jacob
    Hello, i am travelling reus airport from Dublin along with family on 27th march 2022, we will be arriving on 12.50 and returning to Ireland 30th march 12.10. We are planning to stay in Barcelona city just wondering if any bus available will travel to Barcelona and return on the time I mentioned above. If so can I book in advance please let me know. As I am traveling with kids, I just want to know in advance.thanks
    • March 8, 2022 at 7:01 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Jacob, Apologies if I can't talk in absolutes but with COVID throwing a spanner in everything we can't really be sure what info online is true or not. According to the Igualada/Monbus website there are multiple buses departing on the Sunday of arrival though all in the late afternoon, so you'd have to wait a bit. Here's the link: https://www.monbus.es/media/file/globalfiles/61f3f3c56c767.pdf ('diumenge' is Sunday) As for the way back it looks like the only bus gets there too late. I would get in touch with this bus service via their email or social media following the instructions here: https://www.monbus.es/en/news/369/timetables-of-services-in-cataluna/ They will be able to tell you with more certainty. Usually they have more services to cover every flight but with COVID times it's limited :( If there's no way to take the bus you'll unfortunately have to grab the train using the instructions above. Please let me know if you have any more questions :) Cheers,
  • February 16, 2022 at 12:36 pm
    Emma Walsh
    Hi I am going to salou In may and am lookin to go to Barcelona for 1 night on a Sunday the earliest train is at 3 from wat I can make out wat times are the buses thanks so reus to Barcelona
    • February 16, 2022 at 2:06 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Emma, Not sure where you're getting your info from, but I'm seeing multiple trains on Sundays in May. I would suggest this over the bus which is slow and infrequent. Please check this link with your dates: https://www.renfe.com/es/en/travel/prepare-your-trip/timetables And let me know! Cheers,
  • February 4, 2022 at 12:37 pm
    Michael
    Hi, I wonder if you know if the train/bus timetables are more regular during June? I need to get to Reus Airport from Barcelona for a 12:25 flight on 13th June. Currently my only options seems to be the train from Barcelona Sants at 9:03AM, that arrives at Reus at 10:27AM. Then I think I would need to get a taxi from the station to the airport (assuming taxis are easily available from the station). It seems like this should be just about ok, but is cutting it a bit close for comfort. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
    • February 4, 2022 at 3:01 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Michael, Indeed, it's usually in mid May or early June that they increase the frequency of these trains. I wouldn't take any train schedule seriously in February, especially during COVID times where it seems like they change monthly. I'd recommend the bus but looks like you're going on Monday and as of now that bus schedule is extremely limited in the mornings except on weekends. My advice would be check back for the trains and bus schedules in early June to be sure. Wish I could give you something more concrete but such is life during COVID :( Cheers,
      • February 14, 2022 at 3:46 pm
        Michael
        Thank you for the reply! Good to know that the frequency should be updated. I ended up booking a flight that leaves at 17:05 so that we have a bit more time to get to the airport. Hopefully there will be a suitable bus, and otherwise hopefully the later flight should mean the train and bus is a good backup.
        • February 16, 2022 at 1:59 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Thanks for the reply yourself :) Hopefully all works as planned, let me know if you need any more advice!
  • August 25, 2021 at 2:25 pm
    Bianca Bonugli de Lima Amancio
    Hi There, Thank you for your advices. Could you please tell me where can I buy the Barcelona to Reus Airport Bus. It is not clear. as the website hyperliked does not provide a purchase option. Another point, what is about this weekend night? I would like to schedule a walk tour with you on sunday. what do you recommmend?
    • August 26, 2021 at 3:38 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Bianca, Indeed, the website appears to be down but I have received no word from either company that these tickets have been discontinued. It feels like a server issue, and in fact on the Reus Airport website it still lists this as a valid option. When you arrive in Barcelona I would head to Sants Estacio because that is where the bus leaves from. You should be able to buy tickets at the windows there at the Igualadina or Monbus locations. Also... about the walking tour... how many guests are you looking for? We need a minimum of two guests to run a tour. If this is the case I can send a message to our guide and get back to you with particulars/booking link if he is free :) Unfortunately due to a downturn in visits during COVID we haven't been able to run consistent tours... but where there is a will there is a way! Please let me know,
  • February 10, 2020 at 6:40 pm
    Mark
    Hi i have booked fly for my family 2+2 on 04 May on Reus we should be at 07.40 PM we need to get to hotel Novotel Barcelona in town centre. It want be easy to get there but cuold you syggest the best option?
    • February 11, 2020 at 12:25 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Mark, If your plane lands on time you can use the bus + train (explained above) option but if you're a bit late (after 20:05) you'll need to get a taxi to the Reus train station and then grab the train from there. Other than this you're looking at a private transfer which will be very expensive! Cheers, Ash
      • February 15, 2020 at 10:56 pm
        Mark
        Ok, thanks for honest answer. I am a bit warry about trains schedule after 8:00 p.m. I cant find any train from Reus to Barcelona after that hour? What is te ticket pricw per adult and children? I have alternative private transport directly from Reus airport to Novotel Barxelona but for 4 ppl have to pay 80 EUR
        • February 17, 2020 at 10:48 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Mark, Without knowing your exact arrival date I can't tell you (there are more trains in summer for example) but I would put your dates in here: http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/horarios.html There are trains well into the evening until at least 9:20 even in low season. Tickets are €9.55 one way. For 4 people you'll be paying €40.00-€50.00 so if you don't mind forking out the €80.00 it's not the worst decision if you're tight on time. Cheers, Ash
  • January 19, 2020 at 8:32 pm
    james mitchell
    Hello, Firstly, great information. I am bringing out 25-30 chaps around the 5th-7th June 2020. We probably won't do much other than drink, am I correct in thinking El Gotico is the best areas for stag bars and restaurants? When I search online the gothic element of that area seems to dominate rather than the bars?? If this is the best area where do you suggest to stay?, (I would like more than a hostel but nothing fancy!). We will probably go to the beach for 1/2 a day on the Saturday morning before drinking again and if I'm correct you suggest that is 40 mins walk from El Gotico? I am struggling to get return flights on Sunday that aren't 7:30am or 22:15pm! If we come during the week days will the nightlife and vibe be as good? Thank you for your help, Kind regards, James.
    • January 20, 2020 at 9:20 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi James, Thanks for writing! First of all you're correct: the Gothic Quarter is by far the best area for drinking/bar crawls and this type of thing. I actually have an article dedicated to stag dos in Barcelona where you'll get all sorts of tips. I do suggest staying there as well if you're looking to be in the thick of the party... but if not, if you're looking for a bit more peace and quiet you could also pick a hotel in the nearby Born area which will be more quiet and night yet still close to the action. The beach is about a 40 minute walk from the Gothic Quarter, yes. As for vibe... during the week it won't be as good as weekends naturally, but in June you'll be good pretty much any day. There is something going on almost every night so don't worry :) Ash
  • July 8, 2019 at 10:45 pm
    lorraine
    We are landing at Reus airport 14th July '19 from Manchester at 20.50pm. We are hoping to get the bus, looking at the timetable for La Hispano Igualadina there doesn't seem at arrivals for Manchester flight? Also I have read the bus stops out the Marina Cristina metro L3 green our hotel on this line. Not sure if you could clarify this? Many thanks
    • July 9, 2019 at 10:47 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Lorraine, According to this pdf there is a bus that leaves at 22:30, which isn't optimal but at least you've got the option. Unfortunately since there aren't many Sunday arrivals they have to stagger the buses even more. Last I checked (and I can't find otherwise) it stopped at Maria Cristina... though keep in mind that Sants is also on the green line, which may even be closer to your lodging since it's more central. Ash
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