Barcelona to Girona Day Trip

Girona from the River - Barcelona to Girona Day Trip

Girona is a wonderful place to visit, and a great day trip from Barcelona.  As there are plenty of things to do in Girona, you could easily spend a whole weekend here, but for this post let’s assume you only have enough time for a day in Girona.

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How to get to Girona from Barcelona

Girona is well connected to Barcelona via public transport, and unless you have your own car then it is far easier to go to Girona by bus or train than it is to hire a car specially to go to Girona.

Train from Barcelona to Girona

This is the easiest and by the quickest way to get to Girona so you can make the most of your day.  Trains run regularly from Barcelona, and the high-speed AVE trains to Girona only take 38 minutes from Barcelona Sants Station.

Check the timetables and prices on the Renfe website where you can buy e-tickets in advance online.  Girona train station is in the centre of Girona, about 10-15 minutes’ walk from the old town.

Buses from Barcelona to Girona

Buses leave from Barcelona Estació del Nord, and take just under 2 hours to reach Girona.  The downside of taking the bus for a day trip is that you might not arrive until the middle of the day, so this option is better if you’ve got a night or two to spend in Girona.  Buy bus tickets from the bus station or in advance from Omio.

Tours to Girona

You can also join a tour from Barcelona to Girona if you prefer.  Some tours also include visits to Figures to the Dali museum, or to the Costa Brava beaches and fishing villages along the way.

This tour is just to Girona, and includes coach transport to Girona, a two-hour walking tour of Medieval Girona and free time to explore the city on your own.

5 of the Best Things to do in Girona

While you’ve only got a day in Girona, don’t rush to do too much.

Wander the Streets

One of the best things to do in Girona is simply to walk around.  The maze of narrow streets, pretty squares and independent shops makes a day wandering in Girona well spent indeed!  While you can quite happily explore by yourself, if you’d like to join a tour this Girona walking tour is highly rated and means you won’t miss anything!

Admire Girona’s Bridges

The Onyar River flows through Girona, and there are several bridges which cross the river – providing wonderful views and photo opportunities.  The most famous bridge in Girona is the Pont de les Peixateries Velles, with a criss-crossed lattice iron walkway, that was designed by Gustave Eiffel (yes, the Eiffel Tower guy!).

This is one of the best places to take photos in Girona, especially on a still day when the colourful houses which line the river banks have crystal clear reflections in the river.

Girona Cathedral

Girona’s cathedral is most recognisable building in Girona, and is perched above an impressive staircase leading up to the Baroque façade.  The cathedral is a mix of architectural styles, as different architects left their mark.  The Romanesque church was built in 1064, with a Gothic redesign in the 1400s which includes the widest Gothic nave in the world.

Entrance to the cathedral and the nearby Basilica de St Feliu costs €7 per adult (with discounts for retirees, students and children)

Girona Cathedral and Flower Festival
Girona Cathedral and Flower Festival

Walk the City Walls

Girona’s Passeig de la Muralla – city wall walk – has some of the best views of the city from the medieval walls.  Admire the views of Girona’s pretty rooftops, with the spires of the cathedral and beautiful Catalan countryside beyond.

Game of Thrones Tour

Girona was used as a filming location for Game of Thrones, so fans of the show might spot locations as they explore the city, or you could take a dedicated Game of Thrones tour to see all of the sights and get more insider info on the show.

Girona Flower Festival – Temps de Flors

One of the highlights of any trip to Girona – or indeed to Barcelona – is the wonderful flower festival which takes place in May every year.  The streets and buildings in Girona are decorated with beautiful flowers in intricate designs.  It is a popular event, so it will be busy, but it’s definitely worth battling the crowds.

The festival runs for a week, but it is best to visit in the first few days, as the flowers begin to wilt and the displays suffer from all of the visitors.  If you’re planning to spend the night in Girona, book your hotel well in advance as you might struggle to find somewhere at the last minute.