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Warnings

This section provides advice and tips concerning Girona Airport and its services, as well as security issues and extra charges.

Different Airport Names

Girona Airport is known by various different names, which can cause confusion, especially when booking your flights. The Spanish name is GIRONA, but the Catalan name is GERONA, so these names are used interchangeably. There are other variations too; for example, Ryanair calls it Barcelona-Girona Airport, while others call it Gerona-Costa Brava or Girona-Costa Brava. The code for Girona airport is GRO. The ICAO airport code is LEGE.

 

Different Airport Names

Girona Airport does not have any kind of Embassy or Diplomatic representation. If you loose your document or Passport you cannot check in to a Ryan air flight. Most aerolinias accept the complaint with the police theft of your passport, but Ryan air does not accept this. If you loose your document you better don't loose your time coming to this airport and trying to check in the airplain.

Checking in

Be careful to ensure you arrive at Girona Airport in good time for your flight. For most flights within Europe, check-in opens two hours before your flight, closing 40 minutes before take-off. For international flights, the normal check-in closing time is 1 hour and a half before your flight. (Make sure you leave enough time to get through security and get to your gate.) Please check with your specific airline by following the link in our Flight Destinations section to find out more information on check-in policies.

Extra charges

In recent years, most airlines (including budget ones) add extra charges for checking in luggage, extra bags, bags over the weight limit, specific seat reservations, priority boarding and flight changes. Please see our Flight Destinations for specific information on each airline's extra charges. Special attention should be paid for those travelling with Ryanair, as they tend to add the most charges.

Lost luggage

If your luggage is lost, go to the information desk of the airline you flew with. Some of the smaller airlines don´t have their own resident desk at Girona Airport, so you´ll need to go to the Aena desk to report your missing luggage.

 

Transport to and from Girona Airport

Girona Airport provides good transport services, but be careful with taxis. The price per kilometre in a Girona taxi is 1.08 euros per kilometre. We strongly advise against taking a taxi to or from Barcelona city centre, as this can cost up to 120 euros. The bus service is excellent as it is set up to correspond to Girona Airport's specific flight departures and arrivals. However, bear in mind that the buses stop at midnight, so if your flight arrives late and you want to travel a long distance, your options are car hire, taxi, or staying in one of the nearby hotels (see our transport section and hotel section for more details on these options).

Also, be aware that Girona Airport does NOT have a train station, so the only option is to take a train to Girona, and then take a bus or taxi from there to the Airport.

 

Taxis from Estació del Nord in Barcelona

Be aware with taxis taken from Estació del Nord, when you arrive with the bus from Girona airport to Barcelona bus station. Normally there are no problems with taxi drivers around the city, but the most dishonest ones are operating by this station.

The normal cost for a ride to Barcelona center from estació del Nord is around 6 to 8 euros, including suplement for large size baggage or night fee. DO NOT pay more than 10 euros for any trip around Barcelona from Estació del Nord.

To avoid any problems with the taxi, check that the green light on the top of the car is switched on, and turned off when you get into the car. Be aware that the "taximetro" is turned on when you start the ride, with a starting price of maximum 1.75 euros during the day and night, and 2.90 euros starting price on the weekends during night (thursday, friday and saturday night).

Second, give to the driver your address and tell him you will NOT PAY MORE THAN 10 euros for the ride.

If you get cheated by a taxi driver, you should do the following:

  1. Ask for the receipt to the taxi driver with his license number, picking up point address and time, drop off address and time, and total cost with VAT included.
  2. Go to your hotel reception to ask for help.
  3. If any of these options are possible, try to contact the police and the taxi association's number. 

Services in the terminal building

Although Girona Airport does have restaurants and shops, their services are very limited. There is a restaurant and a few cafes, as well as a couple of shops both in arrivals and past security. There are three cash machines, but there are no facilities for exchanging money, so make sure you sort this out elsewhere. The shops have magazines, food, and drinks, but they do NOT sell tabacco or alcohol, and do not sell foreign newspapers, so make sure you stock up before you get to the airport. Please see our Services section for more information on the services available inside the terminal building.

Pickpockets

Estacio Nord is Barcelona's main bus station and connects Girona Airport to the city centre. Be careful with your bags as pick-pockets operate in this area, and tourists are their number one target. You should also be careful in the main busy tourist areas such as Las Ramblas, the Barri Gotic and La Boqueria. Only carry bags with secure zips, and keep your eye on them at all times.

Police

There are three different police authorities in Catalunya, all handling different legal affairs. You will find more information about each establishment in our Security section, but be aware that if you do happen to get mugged, you should contact the regional police, called the Mossos d´Esquadre. They deal almost exclusively with these sorts of crimes.

 

Warnings

Comments about Warnings

It's been removed
15 Jan 2009 Guillermo
The bellow comment has been removed just after we noticed
SHAME!!!!
15 Jan 2009 User
Remove that racist comment!!!
14th Jan entry...
14 Jan 2009 User
Nice to see the Spanish aren't racist then! Is no-one monitoring the posts ? Disgusting. It should be removed immediately.
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14 Dec 2008 User
Do you have her name? We can contact someone at the airport to advise about this employee!
Harrassment
22 Nov 2008 User
Whilst waiting to go through security at Girona airport, two spanish airport employees walked passed me and my two friends. One of the ladies stated to my friend "your luggage lady, i'm watching, where you flying too". My friend responded "Liverpool" The employee remarked "I got he luggage check today for Liverpool" thinking no more of this we went through security and waited for our plane. When ready to board the employee spotted my friend and tapped her on the back, saying "your luggage, i'm watching" The basket that you have to put your hand luggage in to make sure it is not too big was on display and me and my freinds approached this and checked our bags. Unfortunatley, one of my friends bag did not fit. It was the shape of the bag not the weight.(7.2Kilo's). The employee would not let her board the airplane thus publically humiliating her before shouting at me and my other friend to go. We waited on the tar mac waiting for my friend to come through, but she did not, and the gate was closed. I had my friends passport and handbag and boarded the plane. A few minutes later we was ready for taking off, my friend not with us. The pilot of ryan air told me that once the gate was closed no-one could come through. Horrified that my friend was still in the airport, i asked the pilot for help. My friend is 55 years old, she had no passport with her and was treated very badly. In my opinion and the opinion of many others who boarded that plane she was picked out and harrassed. It was the pilot of ryan air that came to her rescue and eventually after a 30 minute delay my friend was allowed to board the plane. This woman who ever she is does not deserve to work with the public. She could have offered solutions in stead of publically humiliating my friend. This incident was witnessed by many people. I hope this woman reflects on her attitude. A bit of customer service would be nice. I will never fly into Girona again.
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