How to Get to Tarragona from Barcelona, Reus and Madrid

Visit the Roman ruins!

Tarragona
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Tarragona is a popular day trip from Barcelona, particularly for its Roman ruins. Though there is an airport very close to Tarragona (Reus Airport) and the main Barcelona airport is closer to Tarragona than Barcelona city is, public transport connections are actually best from Barcelona city center to Tarragona.

How to Get from Barcelona to Tarragona

  • Historic Train For summer 2014 there was a 1960s train running the route from Barcelona to Tarragona, known as the Tarranco Talgo. It will probably run again in subsequent years. 
  • Standard Train The train from Sants station in Barcelona to Tarragona costs under 7€. Check Spanish Train Times & Prices. There is a bus, but the train is better (and no more expensive).
  • High-Speed Train Takes 30 minutes and costs around 30 euros.
  • Guided Tour You can take a guided tour of Tarragona, combining it with half a day in Sitges.

How to Get from Reus Airport to Tarragona

There is a bus, run by Hispano Igualadina, directly from Reus airport to Tarragona. However, the buses are very infrequent, running just three or four times a day. Your best bet from Reus airport to Tarragona is to take a taxi (under 30€) or a bus to Reus town center and then a bus to Tarragona, neither of which is ideal. You really are better off going from Barcelona city center.

How to Get from Barcelona Airport to Tarragona

There is a bus, run by Bus Plana, from Barcelona Airport to Tarragona but it is cheaper and just as quick too from Barcelona city center by train.

How to Get from Madrid to Tarragona

The direct high-speed train from Madrid to Tarragona takes just over two hours and costs around 45 euros.

Hotels in Tarragona

For hotels in Tarragona, try Venere.com.

What to See in Tarragona

  • The Roman and pre-Roman ruins are the main attraction in Tarragona. Well-preserved Cyclopean and Phoenician architecture can be found in this old Roman settlement.
  • There is a beach.
  • The Port Aventura amusement park (and the adjacent Costa Caribe aquapark) for the kids (and adults!).
  • The beach town of Salou is nearby.

Guided Tours of Tarragona & Sitges

You can take a guided tour of Tarragona and Sitges, spending half a day in each. The tour company picks you up in Plaça Catalunya, in the center of Barcelona and returns you there approximately ten hours later.