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Airports of Barcelona

The prices for Barcelona flights depend on many factors: the season, the city of departure, the airline, the availability of discounts and sales.

Helpful information

  • Barcelona is located in the Spain (ES)
  • IATA code: BCN
  • Continent: Europe
  • Currency: Euro (EUR) (Course: 10 EUR = 9.96 USD)
  • Current time: 12:36 (GMT+1)
  • Current date: 2023.12.06 offers cheap flights to Barcelona from most major UK airports. Booking with us means you're guaranteed to get the cheapest flight tickets to Barcelona. 

So whether you’re planning a romantic getaway with your significant other, a weekend away with your mates, or you simply fancy experiencing something different, Barcelona is the place to go. Famous for its modernista buildings and sandy beaches, this stylish metropolis is also the second largest city in Spain.

Barcelona attractions include breathtaking architectural works by Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, including the former's best-known work, the Sagrada Família which has been in construction since 1872.

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Things to Do in Barcelona

  1. Start your day with a walk down La Rambla, a tree-lined, pedestrian esplanade, which stretches between Barri Gòtic and El Raval. Ensure you visit the Mercat de La Boqueria, a bustling public market and feast for the senses.
  2. Barcelona is renowned for its home-grown art nouveau movement, modernisme. Take a stroll through the Illa de la Discòrdia in the Eixample district and admire famous buildings by Gaudí, Domènech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch. Must-sees  include Casa Lleó Morera, Casa Amatller and Casa Batlló.
  3. Follow Gaudí’s footsteps to his most famous work and the symbol of Barcelona, the Sagrada Família church. Park Güell is another must-see on the Gaudí trail. 
  4. Check out the hip El Born neighbourhood. Towards the southern end of the Passeig del Born, you'll find Santa Maria del Mar, one of the most important Gothic churches in Catalonia.
  5. Spend a lazy afternoon at one of the many Barcelona beaches. La Barceloneta is the city's most popular beach, with Icària and Mar Bella following closely behind.
  6. Take a day trip to Montserrat. Spectacularly beautiful, Montserrat is a Benedictine monk mountain retreat and is located about an hour's train journey from Barcelona. Visiting La Costa Brava or Sitges is another great way of spending a day out of the city.
  7. Make sure that you visit some of the city's museums, including MNAC or MACBA, and CosmoCaixa. Not to mention the unmissable Picasso Museum, as well as the Joan Miro Foundation.
  8. Take a Tramvia Blau (blue tram) to Tibidabo mountain. Rising to 512 meters, the summit offers stunning views over the city and the Mediterranean coastline.
  9. Go to a FC Barcelona football match or do the Nou Camp Tour. You can also visit one the many Barcelona FC Shops located in the city centre.
  10. Visit the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc at night time. Light and music performances take place at the fountain all year round.

Shopping in Barcelona

Love shopping? Then you're going to love Barcelona's collection of shops and shopping centres! With more than 30,000 stores catering to all tastes in clothes, shoes and accessories, the Catalan city is a true shopper's paradise.

Barcelona Shopping Line

Barcelona's famous shopping line gives visitors an opportunity to wander from shop to shop whilst admiring some of Barcelona's most celebrated architectural treasures.

La Roca Village

Situated just over half an hour away from the city, La Roca Village is Barcelona's premier shopping centre. It's home to over 900 outlet boutiques, including the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands.

Vintage shops in Barcelona

For an alternative shopping experience, we recommend paying a visit to the narrow streets of Gracia Barcelona. This district is famous for quirky boutiques and vintage shops, including PHILO (Carrer del Montseny 21) and Retro City (Travessera de Gracia 154).

Eating in Barcelona

From countless tapas bars to Michelin star eateries, Barcelona restaurants offer a plethora of options for the discerning foodie. Here are a few other tasty regional specialities to whet your appetite.

Seafood in Barcelona

The maritime district of Barceloneta is home to most of the traditional, family-run paella and seafood restaurants. It's a good idea to book a table before heading over, especially  at lunchtime.

Botifarra catalana 

Made from pork spiced with cinnamon, fennel seeds and black pepper, Botifarra is Catalonia's most famous sausage. The dish was a favourite of Salvador Dali, who was born in the province and spent most of his life here.

Cava wine

This delicious white or pink sparkling wine is produced in the Penedès region of the province of Catalonia, situated around 40 kilometres south west of Barcelona. The name cava comes from the Latin word meaning ‘cave’ or ‘wine cellar’.

Insider's Tips

-        The Spanish emergency phone number is 112

-        Breakfast: 8:00 am – 10:00 am | Lunch: 13:00 – 15:30 | Dinner: 20:30 – 23:00

-        Business hours: Monday – Saturday from 9:30 – 13:30 and 16:30 – 20:00

-        A large number of Barcelona bars use a three-tier payment system. Whilst outdoor seats usually pull in the highest surcharge, drinking at a table is often more expensive than when you're sitting at the bar.

-        Most restaurants in Barcelona offer a menú del día; an inexpensive, fixed-price meal which is available at lunchtime. This usually includes two or three courses and a drink, costing around 10 euros.

-        Barcelona has a large, reliable network of tourist information points that are located in the most popular areas of the city.

Getting from Barcelona Airport

Getting from Barcelona Airport to the city centre is comparatively quick and easy, with several  options available to suit all pockets.

Airport taxis

Expect to pay around €25.00 for the journey from T2 and €30.00 for your journey from T1 when travelling to the city centre.

Trains from Barcelona Airport

The RENFE train service runs from Barcelona Airport to the city centre every 30 minutes, taking approximately 25 minutes.

Aerobus express bus service

The Aerobus is a bus service that connects the airport and the city centre. It usually runs every 6-15 minutes, and can be caught outside Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

TMB number 46 bus

This bus operates during the day between 5am and 12:15am to and from both airport terminals. You can use the T10 transport ticket on this journey.