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The city of Blanes (Girona) is located between two airports: The larger international Airport of Barcelona-El Prat and the smaller international Airport of Girona-Costa Brava. Transoceanic flights will arrive to Barcelona-El Prat Airport only and Girona-Costa Brava Airport, mostly operating with RyanAir, works with several national and European destinations.
Airport of Barcelona – El Prat
The Airport of Barcelona is connected to Blanes through regular and inexpensive train service and coach service.
Trains to Blanes depart from Barcelona Airport (Terminal 2) every 30 minutes and the journey lasts approximately two hours. There is a free shuttle bus from Terminal 1 to train station at Terminal 2. The line R2 connects the Airport to Barcelona-Sants train station, where a transfer to line R1 is necessary. Line R1 connects Barcelona-Sants to Blanes. The ticket can be bought in the Airport Train Station and the price is 6.15€. The timetables are available here: R2 and R1
IMPORTANT: Blanes train station is far from the town center, but frequent buses can be caught in front of Blanes train Station (1.85 €, 15 minutes ride) We suggest to get off at Plaça Catalunya stop, which is near to the 2 hotels that we recommended. Also taxis can easily be found at Blanes train Station.
The Bus service has a lower frequency than the trains, but it departs from both terminals of the Airport and makes a direct trip, of also about two hours. The price is 11€ and the timetables are available here. This is an easier option since it requires no transfers and stops at Plaça Cataluña, at the center of Blanes.
Airport of Girona – Costa Brava
The Airport of Girona is closer to Blanes than that of Barcelona, but unfortunately public transportation is worse than bad in the area. There are only 3 buses per day and the price is 10€. You can download the timetable here. You can also get from Girona Airport to Blanes by a 30 minutes taxi ride, which should cost you about 50 to 60 €. Sharing a taxi may result in an inexpensive option for small groups arriving together to Girona Airport. Depending on the number of delegates arriving to Girona Airport and their schedules, the Organization may arrange a vehicle for picking groups of delegates up. We recommend delegates flying in through the Girona-Costa Brava Airport to contact the Organization with their flight schedules.
We recommend two hotels in Blanes for which we have negotiated some saving on their regular prices.
- Hotel Costa Brava: www.hotelcostabravablanes.com
This hotel is not luxury, but correct and clean and located in an excellent downtown location. I negotiated special deal for the IBIS delegates, so you will have to inform that are an IBIS delegate when booking your room. Room and breakfast prices are: single room 36,50 €/night and double room 58 €/night.
- Hotel Horitzó: www.hotelhoritzo.com
This is a fancier hotel at the beach front, about a 15 minute walk from downtown. Prices for room and breakfast prices are: Double room with sea view, 115.00€ per day and per room; Double without sea view, 95.00€ per day and per room, Single room with lateral sea view, 78.00€ per day per room. Again you will have to indicate during the booking process that are attending the IBIS 2017 Conference.