The small airport in Lleida, Spain features great budget flights from around Europe. While it might not be your number one European destination, Lleida has a surprising number of things to do for such a small city. The capital city of Lleida province, and one of the oldest towns in Catalonia (where they speak Catalan), the city is named Lerida in Spanish. A great place for those on a budget, Lleida offers lots of fun within city limits, throughout the province, or via an easy, cheap bus ride, train ride, or flight.
Barcelona is perhaps the most obvious destination to visit from Lleida, with its direct train and the many, many sights to see there. But if you have been to Barcelona before, why not consider one of the smaller destinations on this page?
The direct buses from Lleida to Barcelona airport make a great alternative departure point for your trip to Lleida if you manage to get cheaper flights from there.
How to Get to Barcelona From Lleida
The train from Lleida to Barcelona takes about an hour and can cost anywhere from about €20 to €40. Tickets vary in price considerably even though the journey time is the same. If you are not going to book online, look up the times online and make sure you get the cheaper ticket. Trains from Barcelona to Lleida depart from Barcelona Sants station.
Buses from Barcelona to Lleida cost about €20 and take about 2 hours. Buses from Barcelona to Lleida depart from Barcelona Nord station.
There are also buses direct to Barcelona airport from Lleida. ALSA bus company runs buses direct from Barcelona Airport to Lleida. Tickets cost around €20 and travel time is between 2.5 and 3.5 hours.
The 180 kilometers drive from Barcelona to Lleida takes about 2 hours, traveling mainly on the AP-7 and AP-2 roads. Note: AP roads are toll roads.
The 170 kilometers from Barcelona Airport to Lleida should take about 1 hour and 45 minutes by car along Spanish roads E-90 and LL-12. Note that some of these are toll roads.
Logroño is one of the easiest day trips to take from Lleida. The capital of the Rioja wine region is a great place to sample Spain's fantastic reds. But even better, it is now a fantastic city for tapas, known locally as pinchos.
Furthermore, it is a good stepping stone for continuing your journey to San Sebastian and Bilbao in the Basque Country.
How to Get to Logroño
Although there are no buses, there are regular trains to Logroño throughout the day. Travel times start at around 2.5 hours.
San Sebastian and Bilbao
The Basque Country is the most popular destination in northern Spain. Though connections are exactly better from Madrid, Lleida is still a good option for visiting San Sebastian and Bilbao.
Consider stopping in Logroño along the way (see above).
Best Way to Get to the Basque Country From Lleida
The best way to get to the Basque Country is the train to San Sebastian, which takes around 4.5 hours. You can then easily visit Bilbao as a day trip from San Sebastian.
If you'd prefer to go to Bilbao, there are overnight buses and a few trains during the day. The train is cheaper and takes roughly the same amount of time (about 6 hours).
Andorra and the Pyrenees
Do you ski? The Pyrenees have some of the best slopes in Europe and with regular buses from Lleida, it's a great place to visit.
How to Get From Lleida to Andorra
There are no trains, but there are buses from Lleida to Andorra. The bus takes about 2.5 hours and costs under €20.
It takes about 2.5 hours to drive the 150 kilometers from Lleida to Andorra.
Other popular destinations in the Pyrenees include the following. Most are best accessed by car.
- Baqueira-Beret (Catalan Pyrenees): 166 kilometers in about 2.5 hours.
- Formigal (Aragon Pyrenees): 207 kilometers in about 3 hours and 15 mins.
- Vall de Nuria (Catalan Pyrenees): 213 kilometers in about 3 hours.
- Masella (Catalan Pyrenees): 203 kilometers in about 2 hours and 45 minutes.
- St Lary Soulan (French Pyrenees): 187 kilometers in 3 hours.
- Piau-Engaly (French Pyrenees): 181 kilometers in 3 hours.
- Peyragudes (French Pyrenees): 207 kilometers in 3 hours.
- Val de Louron (French Pyrenees): 206 kilometers in 3 hours.
- Tourmalet (French Pyrenees): 238 kilometers in about 3 hours and 45 minutes.
Zaragoza's main appeal, if you're visiting Lleida, is that it is so close. If you don't want to spend too much time traveling, the impressive cathedrals (yes, plural!) of Zaragoza are worth a visit.
How to Get to Zaragoza From Lleida
There are regular trains throughout the day, taking around 45 minutes. There are a few buses, which are a little cheaper, but they depart at awkward times.
Girona, with its Jewish heritage, and Figueres (famous for the Dali Museum) are popular, smaller destinations in Catalonia, but the lack of direct transportation makes them slightly less attractive to visit from Lleida.
How to Get From Lleida to Girona
There is no train or bus from Lleida to Girona. You can get there via Barcelona, however. It takes about 2.5 hours to drive from Lleida to Girona. Note that some of the roads are toll roads.
The capital of Spain is also served by direct trains straight from Lleida, making it another great place to visit. But train tickets are quite expensive, so you'd probably be better off flying straight to Madrid from your home country than visiting from Lleida.
How to Get From Lleida to Madrid
Trains from Lleida to Madrid take 2 hours and cost about €80. This is Spain's high-speed AVE train.
The bus from Lleida to Madrid takes about 6 or 7 hours and costs approximately €25.
It takes approximately 5 hours to drive the 450 kilometers from Lleida to Madrid. Note that some of the roads are toll roads.