When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Barcelona?
For cheap flights to Barcelona, aim to visit during the low season, lasting from January to March, or the shoulder season of September and October. Easter is a great time to visit Barcelona if you’re interested in seeing the city’s celebrations, and summer is always a popular time, since there is always something going on, but Barcelona flight prices will go up at these times.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Barcelona?
If you want to visit the city for Easter or during the summer, then make sure to book your Barcelona flights at least two months in advance. If you choose to visit in the low or shoulder seasons, you might find more last-minute flights to Barcelona than at other times of the year, meaning it’s more likely that you’ll secure cheap flights to Barcelona.
Flying to Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN)
Barcelona-El Prat (BCN) Airport is 11 kilometres from central Barcelona. It is one of the busiest European airports, handling more than 44 million passengers annually.
There are daily direct flights to Barcelona from a number of United Kingdom airports. British Airways offers return flights from London Heathrow and London Gatwick as well as seasonal flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow. EasyJet has flights to Barcelona from Bristol, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, Newcastle and Southend. EasyJet also offers seasonal flights from Belfast. Barcelona flights with Jet2.com leave from Manchester with seasonal flights also available from Glasgow and Leeds Bradford. Ryanair offers return flights from Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London Stansted and Manchester. Vueling provides Barcelona flights from Birmingham, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester with seasonal service from Cardiff, while Norwegian Air offers direct flights from London Gatwick and seasonally from Edinburgh.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
There are two terminals at BCN. Budget airlines, such as EasyJet and Ryanair, use Terminal 2, while the larger, newer Terminal 1 handles all other flights and carriers. A free shuttle bus connecting the two terminals runs 24 hours a day every 7-10 minutes. In both terminals, there are a number of ATMs and currency exchange kiosks. There is one Caixabank branch in each terminal. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the airport. There are a number of places for duty-free shopping as well as food and drink.
Getting to the City from Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN)
It has never been easier to get from BCN airport to the city centre. Metro line (L9 Sud) connects to the airport and links up with other metro lines in the city. You can also take the train (R2 North Line) to the main station (Barcelona Sants). In addition, several buses from both terminals head to the city. A public transport card can be bought at the airport, allowing you to travel on all forms of public transport. Outside the arrivals hall, there is a taxi rank with metered taxis. If you wish to hire a car, there are a number of car hire companies in both terminals.
Why Visit Barcelona?
With mountains on one side and the Mediterranean on the other, Barcelona truly has it all: stunning architecture, a vibrant nightlife, incredible food and a proud population. It is no wonder, then, that Spain’s second city is one of the most-visited places in Europe. As the capital of Catalonia, locals set themselves apart from other areas of Spain. You are more likely to see the Catalonian flag flying from homes than the national flag.
Barcelona is filled to the brim with beautiful buildings, none more so than the Sagrada Familia, the famous church designed by Antoni Gaudí, that has been under construction from more than a century. Tourists flock to Las Ramblas and the large indoor market of La Boqueira for a taste of Barcelona. There are also excellent museums located throughout the city. Wherever you are in the city, you are never too far from the beach. If mountains are more your thing, then take a short trip outside the city to Mount Tibidabo or Montjuic Hill.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
British citizens do not need a visa to travel to Spain. Your passport only needs to be valid for the length of your stay; it does not need to be valid beyond the duration of stay in the country. Spain uses the euro. ATMs and currency exchange offices are widely available and accept most international credit cards. In addition to medical and travel insurance, British travellers are entitled to state medical treatment if carrying a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).