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To get from Reus Airport to your hotel, book an airport shuttle transfer that calls at selected drop-off points, or hire a private minibus in advance. Otherwise, a taxi makes the journey in about 20 pain-free minutes.
If you’ve landed in Barcelona, you’ll need to make the journey by bus, overland train or metro from the airport to the city centre where you can hop on the train to Salou. After just over an hour of rattling along the coast, you’ll be stepping off in Salou.
You can also ride the Plana buses from Barcelona, which depart from the bus stop in front of the Casa Batlló. Be sure to check the schedule before you head for here, however, as these can be seasonal.
It’s an hour’s journey from Barcelona Airport to Salou, so expect a hefty taxi fare if you opt for the easy option. Car hire is a better choice. See more on that below.
Once checked in, finding your way around Salou and the rest of the Costa Dorada is fairly cheap and easy, even for the navigationally challenged. Trains, buses and taxis are all available. Look out for the Plana buses, which ferry car-free travellers between towns far and wide, from Cambrils to Tarragona.
The main Plana bus route is between Tarragona and Cambrils, and it passes through Salou every 30 minutes. Get a ticket on the bus itself, or save money by grabbing an electronic card at the nearest tabaco shop, and charge it up with trips every time. This works out a bit cheaper, providing you’re planning to make a habit of using the bus.
Plana also runs a bus service to Barcelona, which has a few advantages over the train. Firstly, it stops around town, so you don’t have to trek into the old town to jump on it. Secondly, it usually runs until a little later at night so you don’t have to stick to train timetable curfews.
Trains run from the main station in the old town of Salou to nearby cities such as Barcelona and Valencia. You can get to the former in just over an hour, while a train trip to the latter takes just under two and a half hours.
That’s assuming you’ll want to take a break from Salou’s golden beaches at all.
Taxis are easy to come by too. A few taxi stands are located around town, or you can ask staff at any bar, restaurant or your hotel to call one for you. Prices are reasonable, but expect to be charged more if you are heading for the airport with luggage in tow or travelling at night.
There’s another slightly less sophisticated, but heaps more fun and family-friendly option for getting around, and that’s the mini tourist train, or Trenet Turístic as it’s known.
This train chugs along a single circular route around Salou, passing all of the main beaches, historic buildings, the lighthouse and the church of Santa Maria del Mar. It’s funny little wagons will also carry you to the local theme park resort, PortAventura World.
Stops for the tourist train are marked with a red totem. Tickets can be bought for single trips on the train itself, or, depending on how much you plan to ride, you might want to buy a 24-hour ‘hop on, hop off’ ticket.
You can rent your own two-wheeled transport too, with lots of outlets in town offering bicycles, mopeds and scooters.
Cheap car rental in Spain is ideal for those who prefer total independence. Find out more on our Salou car hire page.