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Getting from Barcelona Airport to Tarragona

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How to get from Barcelona Airport to Tarragona

There are two transport options when traveling from Barcelona airport to Tarragona; train or taxi. The quickest but most expensive option is taking a Barcelona airport taxi. The fare is charged using a taximeter but will be approximately 175€. Journey time is 1hr 10 min. The cheaper option is to take the public train. As there are no direct trains to Tarragona, the total journey time is 1hr 30min, and the cost is 2.50€. Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Barcelona at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.


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I used Welcome Pickups twice. On time and english speaking drivers.

Tarragona beach, Barcelona

Comparison of the options

Taxi €175 130min 24/7
Welcome Pickups €175 130min 24/7
A trusted, professional driver will pick you up at the gate right on time. Excellent reviews, flat price, no hidden fees, flexible cancellation.
Train €19 90min 04:45–22:30


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How to get from Barcelona airport to Tarragona by taxi

The most comfortable way to travel from Barcelona airport to Tarragona is by hiring a Barcelona airport taxi. Journey time is just over an hour, and it is the only direct transfer option.

Taxis in Barcelona aren't charged at a flat rate, instead, they use a taximeter to calculate the fare. The approximate cost from Barcelona airport to Tarragona is 175€.

Taxi fare from Barcelona airport to Tarragona

There's no flat rate fee from Barcelona airport to Tarragona, instead, the journey will be charged using a taximeter calculated by distance. The estimated price for the journey is 175€, although prices at night (20:00 - 8:00) and during holidays may be higher.

*Avoid negotiating a fixed price with the local drivers by just pre-booking your Barcelona airport transfer.

Taxi prices
Day time
Night time
€ 140
€ 155
2h 10 min
€ 137
€ 149
2h 20 min
€ 135
€ 155
2h 25 min
€ 135
€ 155
2h 30 min
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Taking a taxi from Barcelona airport to Tarragona is the only direct transfer option. It may be more expensive than other modes of transport, but you can sit back and relax knowing all your belongings are safe during your journey.

Editor’s Note

After a long flight all you wan too do is get to your accommodation, and with a taxi you can get there with the least hassle. However, the price of a taxi to Tarragona isn't cheap. If you are on a budget you may wish to use a different transfer option.

Useful Tips

Taxis in Barcelona can fit up to 4 people with 3 pieces of luggage.
Let your driver know you are aware of the basic fee.
Be sure to check your taximeter has been reset before leaving in your taxi.
The price of your fare may increase during nighttime operating hours (20:00 - 8:00).

How to get from Barcelona airport to Tarragona by train

There is no direct train from Barcelona airport to Tarragona, you will have to make a change in the city centre. Take the R2 Nord train from Terminal 2 and get off at the Estacio Sants stop. From there you can take any number of trains to Tarragona, including; Catalunya Express, the Regional Express, the Mare Nostrum, Alaris, Talgo and Euromed.

The total journey time is around 1 and a half hours, and the cost is 2.50€

How much is the train from Barcelona airport to Tarragona?

The R2 Nord costs 2.50€ for a one-way ticket into the centre. The price of your ticket from the centre of Barcelona to Tarragona will depend on which train company you choose to use from there.



Trip Duration

1hr 30min

Average waiting time is around 30 minutes.

Value for money

The R2 Nord runs from 04:45 until 22:30

Where do I get it from?

The R2 Nord train is located in the train station at Terminal 2. If you land in Terminal 1, you will need to take the free airport shuttle bus to Terminal 2 and follow the signposts.


As there is no direct train from Barcelona airport to Tarragona, it's not a very convenient transfer option. The journey time is very long, and it can be unsafe to travel with many luggage items on the train.

Editor’s Note

If you wish to learn more about the cities rail network, or are travelling on a budget, then this is a great transfer option for you. However, if you are travelling with a lot of luggage, you may wish to use a more secure mode of transport.

Useful Tips

There is no train after 22:30.
Be sure to purchase your ticket before entering the train to avoid a fine.
Keep an eye on your belongings while on the train.
There is a free airport shuttle that will take you from Terminal 1 to the Terminal 2 train station.

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Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Barcelona. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How much does taxi cost from Barcelona airport to Tarragona?

There is no flat rate fee for the journey from Barcelona airport to Tarragona. The taxis are charged using a taximeter, and the approximate cost is 140€.

How long does it take to get from the Barcelona airport to Tarragona?

In light traffic it will take around 1 hour by car or taxi. However, public transportation options can take much longer.

How much is the train from Barcelona airport to Tarragona?

The cost of the R2 Nord train from Barcelona airpot to the city centre is 2.50€. However, you will then need to change to another line to reach Tarragona. The cost of this journey will depend on the company you choose to travel with.

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