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Barcelona Girona Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Barcelona Girona Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Security woke us up at 3am and told us to move to the other part of the building.  -Julian and Mayumi

GRO Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Barcelona Girona Airport.

What to Expect

Girona Airport (code: GRO) consists of a small, two-level terminal building with 11 gates, a few restaurants and cafes, and a convenience/news store. At the time of this update, one restaurant is open 24 hours a day on the Landside, this could be seasonal hours only. WiFi is available to help pass the time and there are outlets to charge mobile devices. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Sleeping in Girona Airport

Barcelona Girona hosts a lot of overnight sleeper as many passengers reportedly choose to sleep in the airport to catch early morning flights. Reviewers note that the seating is uncomfortable and includes armrests, which leads many people to sleep on the floor. However, security wakens floor sleepers at 5:00AM as this is against the rules during the airport’s regular opening hours. While the overhead announcements are turned off during the night, the vending machines are described as loud. The airport’s air conditioning makes for chilly temperatures. Given the previous descriptions, travellers planning an overnight sleep at this airport should consider bringing travel mat or sleeping bag, and earplugs/noice-cancelling headphones. Explore our guide to sleeping in Barcelona Girona Airport or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below.

Covid-19 Update

Some airport reviews and tips in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Girona Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Girona Airport:

With Covid restrictions constantly changing, we recommend that you confirm shuttle availability prior to booking and/or prior to your arrival.

  • Hotel Vilobi – 3 minute walk to the airport.  No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Salles Hotel – No airport shuttle. Day use rooms are available. » Check Rates

For more options hotels near Girona Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

At the time of this update there were no pay-per-use lounges available at Barcelona Girona Airport.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free unlimited WiFi is available at Barcelona Girona Airport. Connect to the “Airport Free Wifi Aena” network. Type freewifi.aena.es in your browser and then confirm.  Log in with your email, Facebook or LinkedIn account.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by Caixabank and Santander, are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Floor 0, Check-In Area.

Duty Free – Costa Brava Duty Free offers duty-free shopping on Floor 1, airside. Opens 2 hrs 30 minutes before flight. The other stores in the airport (also Airside) are WH Smith convenience store and Sunglass Hut (Airside).

Family Services 

  • Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. Locations: Airside, Floor 1, Boarding Area (2 locations).
  • Strollers – Families who have checked in their children’s strollers, can use a free stroller once they have passed through the security checkpoints and are in the boarding area.  Locations: Floor 1, Boarding Area, past the security checkpoints.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, all concessions operate dependent on flight schedules. Food options include: Burger King • La Pausa • Lavazza. Vending machines can be found at Check-In, Arrivals, and Baggage Claim areas.

Information Desk – Location: Landside, Floor 0, Check-in Hall. Hours: unknown

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Wrapping – TrueStar Securebag heavy-duty luggage wrapping is available on Floor 0, landside, in the Check-In area.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us mobile charging is available. (October 2019)

Police – Location: Floor 0, Arrivals.

Postal Service – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. Location: Landside, Floor 0.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Smoking Area – There are three outdoor terraces in the boarding area (airside) on P1.

Tax Refund – All foreigners or Spanish citizens not residing in Spain or in a European Union country who are travelling to a third country are entitled to a Value Added Tax (VAT) refund on their purchases in Spain. To get the refund they must have their “Tax Free” cheques stamped at Customs. This can be done in the airport, in the check-in area. For help finding the office where the process is carried out, please go to the airport’s Information Desk, also in the check-in area.

Airport Hours

In March 2018, a reader let us know that the airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

Barcelona Girona airport is served by the following airlines: Enter Air • Jet2 • Ryanair • Smartwings • Transavia • TUI Airways • TUI FLY Belgium.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

The Barcelona Girona Airport is well connected to the bus system. Whether you are looking for a local bus to get you the centre of Girona or you need a shuttle bus to the Barcelona El Prat Airport to catch another flight, the airport provides many options. For fares, routes and schedule information, visit the Barcelona Girona Airport website.

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include Dollar • Firefly • Goldcar • Interrent • Thrifty. Location: P0, near arrivals.

Hotel Shuttles

At the time of this update we were unable to find any hotels that provide an airport shuttle.  See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxis

Taxis are available in the ground transportation area, just outside of the Arrivals Hall. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. For more information visit the Barcelona Girona Airport website.

Last updated: 2022-10-28

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.