How to find cheap flights to Barcelona
You can find the best deal on flights to Barcelona using Skyscanner. The average cost of a flight to Barcelona is £147.82, but Skyscanner have found return flights to the Catalan capital from as cheap as £39.
You can find the cheapest time to fly to Barcelona by using the 'cheapest month' tool on Skyscanner search. This will highlight the most affordable dates and months to fly in. If you'd like to find the cheapest time to fly in a month, select the month in which you'd like to fly from the menu, then search to see the most affordable flight tickets.
When to book flights to Barcelona for the cheapest tickets
Skyscanner have found that the best time to book a flight to Barcelona is 8 weeks in advance – this is when you can save up to 14% on your flights. The Skyscanner best time to book tool is a great way to find out when you should book, to find the cheapest time to fly.
If you know you'd like to fly in the next few weeks, months or year, set up a Price Alert for your journey from the UK to Barcelona. This way, Skyscanner will alert you when the price drops on your watched flight.
Airports with direct flights from the UK to Barcelona
There are direct flights to Barcelona from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Bristol, Newcastle, Cardiff, Belfast and Humberside. Direct flights to Barcelona last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on where you are flying from.
If you're flying to Barcelona from Glasgow, Cardiff, Norwich, Inverness or Newcastle, there are plenty of connecting flights that will have you in Barcelona in less than 4 hours.
Airlines that fly to Barcelona from the UK
British Airways, Ryanair, easyJet, Monarch and Jet2 are just a few of the airlines that offer direct flights from the UK to Barcelona. EasyJet offer cheap seats from London Southend to Barcelona, and Monarch offer budget flights from London Gatwick, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham.
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Airports in Barcelona
Barcelona-El Prat International Airport (BCN) is the main airport in Barcelona. This is located 12km from the city centre, and it's one of the busiest airports in Europe – being very popular for connections all over the world. You can also reach the French border, Valencia, Madrid, and much more of Spain by car from Barcelona Airport. Compare affordable car hire prices at Barcelona Airport here.
How to get to Barcelona from the airport
The Aerobús is the fastest way to reach Barcelona city centre – this service goes from the stations at T1 and T2 to Plaça Catalunya. It costs €5.90 for one ticket. The Metro is another speedy, affordable way to get into Barcelona. The L9 Sud line connects T1 and T2 to Fira Gran Via (ideal for getting to Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter and Barceloneta).
There are also taxi ranks outside T1 and T2, which will cost between €24 and €43 to use, depending on where you go in the city. Barcelona's Airport website offers a complete guide to public transport from Barcelona Airport.
Airport alternatives to Barcelona
Whilst Barcelona is the closest airport to the city, Ryanair offer very cheap flights to and from Gerona, which is 54 miles north of Barcelona. If you're comfortable driving in Spain, it's easy to rent out a car at Gerona and drive down to the city.
When is the best time to visit Barcelona?
There's a reason to visit Barcelona for almost every month of the year. Whilst summer is crowded, it's an amazing time to see festivals like Primavera Sound, soak up the sun on Barceloneta beach, and revel in the heat of the Spanish summer. Easter is always an interesting time to visit due to the festivals and processions in Holy Week (Semana Santa en Espanol), but you will need to book your accommodation weeks in advance. In winter, it's pleasant as there are so few crowds, and the Christmas markets of Las Ramblas are a unique take on the traditional German fare. New Year's Eve on Las Ramblas is always fun too, as the Spanish definitely know how to party.
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What the weather’s like
As you can expect, Barcelona experiences sizzling summer temperatures between June and August: it's not ideal for seeing the city on foot, but if you're here for beach days, bar hopping and shopping in cool, air-conditioned stores, it's a great time to be here. Spring and autumn are better for avoiding heatstroke and the summer crowds, and in winter, you'll be treated to an almost< empty Barcelona, even if there are a few showers and cold spells. The temperature only drops to around 2-3ºC, so it's not too cold either.
City guide: what to see and do
Gaudi Museums, House and Galleries: Park Guell, Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, and Casa Battllo are iconic works of Antoni Gaudi, the Catalan artist and architect from Reus. Even if you're not on a tour, you can't avoid Gaudi's influence in the city – the iconic curved buildings are a signature style of his!
Explore Las Ramblas: La Boqueria is the main foodie market off Las Ramblas that everyone raves about. Make sure you visit during the late afternoon to score a table at one of the seafood bars though, before meandering down the main street, bartering with stalls and trying plenty of sangria in the surrounding bars.
Shopping in Barcelona: You could spend a whole day raiding Mango, Zara and the other high street shops here, or you could go all out on Passeig de Garcia – this is one of the most expensive, luxury shopping streets in Europe.
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