These three regions are all about one and a half hours from Barcelona and the following are your best options for arrival:
- Train – Both to Priorat (Marçà-Falset station) and Empordà (Figueres station) you can take a train to the region. It’s about hours each way. Priorat has a bit more limited schedule and is 24€ round trip. Empordà is about 24-32€ round trip depending on the type of train. While you may be told that there is a high speed AVE to Priorat, it stops in Camp de Tarragona which is about one hour more to Priorat by car and isn’t a good option. Likewise, the AVE/TGV to Figueres-Vilafant stops about 5km to the west of the center of Figueres and isn’t terribly convenient–plus it’s very costly to take in an ad hoc manner.
- Car with a Driver – While offering the ability to sit back and enjoy the ride, these are typically very expensive and run about 600€+ for the day no matter if it’s a car for four people or more. If you’re a larger group it can be decently economic, but still costly.
- Rental Car – This is generally the best of both worlds as it’s the most economic form of transportation as well as giving you a good deal of freedom to move about and see what you like. With gas, tolls, and depending on which car you rent, it will generally be about 150€ for a day (albeit a bit more in summer.) We can provide detailed directions on how to get to the regions if you choose this option. There is a Europcar office in Vila Olimpica, Barcelona that we’ve referred people to often as they’re just off the Ronda Litoral that gets you out of Barcelona. While not the cheapest, they don’t mess about in hidden costs and you can return the car quite late to their 24 hour parking lot. Be very, very careful of companies at the airport, especially Gold Car which is simply horrid and shouldn’t even be allowed to have a business license. Ah yes, the alcohol limit for driving in Spain is one of the lowest in Europe so someone needs to stay sober if renting.