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Cheap Flights to Barcelona

As the capital of the buzzing Catalonia region, Barcelona is a dream destination, with its colourful markets, vibrant flamenco scene, and endless options for authentic cuisine.

Our flights will take you to this special part of Spain, where iconic modernist architecture blends with outlandish Catalan Gothic style to create a surreal yet beautiful environment.

If you'd rather try Spanish culture at a different pace, we have flights to many other parts of Spain: whether you want to relax on the beach, or go bar-hopping in Madrid.

How much are flights to Barcelona?

Our cheap flights to Barcelona from the UK are very competitively priced, whether one-way or return. Select your flight date and departure airport to find low-priced tickets to Barcelona.

Why choose Barcelona?

Aside from the length of the flight to Barcelona and the fact that there are some great cheap offers available, there are endless reasons to book a trip to Barcelona.

You can't help but discover some of the unique history of this fantastic city as you wander its stunning streets. Start in the tightly-knitted centre of the Old Town, a complicated tangle of alleyways concentrated around the Cathedral and El Raval barrio.

Barcelona boasts a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites - including several of Antoni Gaudi's works, such as the Sagrada Familia cathedral (that has yet to be finished) and Park Guell. There are numerous art galleries showcasing a range of classic and contemporary pieces, with artists such as Miro, Tapies and Picasso among those whose works are on display.

For a break from art and culture, head to one of Barcelona's beaches - between them there is over 4.5 km of sand for you to lie back on and work on your tan. There are also some exceptional parks in the city if you want to head to a green space rather than the seaside.

Which UK airports have direct flights to Barcelona and how long do they take?

Given the popularity of Barcelona, many UK airports offer flights there. Choose to book with Monarch and you can fly direct from:

  • Manchester Airport
  • Birmingham Airport
  • London Gatwick
  • Leeds-Bradford Airport

Flying time varies a little depending where you depart from and there's a 1 hour time difference between the UK and Barcelona. Average flying times are:

Flight time to Barcelona  
Manchester Airport 2 hours 25 minutes
Birmingham Airport 2 hours 20 minutes
London Gatwick 2 hours 15 minutes
Leeds-Bradford Airport   2 hours 25 minutes

Airports in Barcelona

There’s one international airport in Barcelona: Barcelona-El Prat Airport. There are two terminals at the airport, and Monarch is based in Terminal 2. Barcelona Airport is about 21 miles outside the city centre.

How to get to Barcelona from the airport

There are a few different ways you can transfer from the airport into the city centre:

  • Bus:

    There are several bus services from the airport to various districts in the city. The Aerobus is one of the most popular, and costs €5.90 (£5.10) for a one-way ticket.

  • Taxi:

    Travelling by taxi from Terminal 2 into the city tends to take between 20-30 minutes, and will cost an average of €25 (£21.60).

  • Train:

    The airport is serviced by two trains per hour, stopping at Estacio Sants, Passeig de Gràcia, and El Clot. One-way tickets cost around €4.50 (£3.90).

When to go to Barcelona

Barcelona is a year-round destination, with plenty to see, do, and explore every month of the year. Of course, things like crowds and temperature will change with the seasons. Understanding what Barcelona’s like throughout the year will help you choose when best to book your flights.

Barcelona in the winter

The winter months of December, January, and February are the coldest, but while it’s a bit chillier this time of year, the trade-off is flights and hotels are typically cheaper. But just because it’s not as hot, it doesn’t mean the city loses any of its attraction: it still looks stunning and lower crowds make it even easier to explore. Average wet days get a low volume of rain, but you can always duck into a tapas bar to escape if you do get a downpour.

Average temperature: 10°C, highs of 14°C, lows of 5°C

Barcelona in the spring

Springtime is March to May, and one of the most popular times to visit the city. The weather begins to get warmer, but it’s not quite scorching hot yet, making it ideal conditions for wandering the cobbled streets. Rainy days happen, but the warmer temperatures, longer days and (usually) quieter crowds compared to summer make it the perfect time of year to fly for many.

Average temperature: 12-16°C, highs of 22°C, lows of 8°C

Barcelona in the summer

June, July, and August are Barcelona’s hottest months, with high temperatures that mean the beach (only 10 minutes from the city centre) becomes a prime destination. Daylight can last up to 10 hours per day, with low risk of rain, meaning you can make the most of the urban attractions and still head out to relax in the sand. The entire city comes to vibrant life in the summer especially, and everyone (tourists included) comes out to make the most of it.

Average temperature: 20-24°C, highs of 29°C, lows of 18°C

Barcelona in the autumn

Early autumn weather can still feel like summer, but temperatures start to cool off in October and November. Crowds become quieter, making it a perfect time to visit for those who want to enjoy a bit of Spanish sun without the bustle. The trade-off is that chances of rain increase during this time. Good thing the city's cafes and museums are top notch.

Average temperature: 13-22°C, highs of 26°C, lows of 9°C

Our top tip for Barcelona

“Visit the 9th floor cafe El Corte Ingles in Placa Catalunya, the large square in central Barcelona. Order a coffee and churros with chocolate to see the amazing views of the Barcelona city.” Alesha, cabin crew flying from London Gatwick

Want more recommendations? Find out all you need to know with our top tips.

Barcelona highlights

Incredible architecture

One of Barcelona's most raved-about aspects is its incredible architecture, which has attracted a number of great creative minds. The works of Antoní Gaudí are particularly renowned - his various masterpieces are littered throughout the streets of Eixample in the form of benches and buildings, churches and cathedrals.

Walk up to Casa Batlló on Passeig de Gracía, which resembles an underwater magical kingdom of incredible proportions both inside and out. Visit the beautifully organic Casa Mila and admire its delicate-looking balcony structure. Be left awestruck by the Sagrada Familia, the soaring scale of which is utterly jaw-dropping.

It's not all about Gaudí though, and veritable jewels in Barcelona's crown also comprise landmarks such as Parc de la Ciutadella and its magnificent majestic fountain. Worth checking out is Hospital Sant Pau and its beautifully decorative buildings, each one resembling a brightly coloured, freshly iced cake.

Then there is the mix of architectural styles that you will come across simply by walking through the streets. You never know when you might come across a block of flats with an auditorium that resembles a giant butterfly or something equally as strange.

Catalan cuisine

Gastronomy is where Barcelona most strongly feels the Spanish influence, with tapas proving exceptionally popular with visitors and residents alike. And why not? It's a highly social way to eat, with each person ordering two of their favourite dishes to share with the table.

Keep in mind that this is no way to dine alone - it's better to order a plate of fresh fish or even a paella if you're here without friends. Tapas dishes vary dramatically and depending on your personal taste, you may want to try croquettas of various fillings, calamari with mayonnaise, baby squid with olive oil, octopus sliced and roasted Galician-style and the ever-popular patatas bravas.

Top Barcelona districts

One of the best things about Barcelona is the diversity of its various districts. Below are a few highlights for you to explore during your break in the city.

Eixample - In the heart of the city is Eixample, where you'll find some of Barcelona's most famous monuments, including the Sagrada Familia, Esquerra de l'Eixample and Quadrat d'or.

Sants Montjuc - Sants Montjuc boasts some of the best shopping areas in the city, the beautiful Parc Montjuc and the fascinating neighbourhood of Poble-Sec.

Ciutat Vell - Ciutat Vell has an eclectic mix of sights, from the Barri Gotic area where some of Barcelona's oldest landmarks can be found to Port Vell, which combines historical attractions like the Maritime Museum with modern offerings such as the Barcelona Aquarium and the IMAX Port Vell. Ciutat Vell is also where you'll find the well-known La Rambla shopping street.

Sant Marti - Located on the coast, San Marti is one of Barcelona's most modern districts and is home to the ultra-chic waterfront district of Poblenou, as well as cultural facilities that have been developed in the area's disused factories.

The surrounding area

The city of Barcelona boasts a plethora of attractions, but also makes a great place to base yourself for day trips. Surrounding the sprawling metropolis, mountains pierce the skies at intervals, making for excellent hiking opportunities.

Montserrat is a particularly invigorating place to go to, with its system of locomotives and trains that lead to the summit. Also accessible are the resort towns of Lloret de Mar in Girona with its charismatic coastline, Sitges with its feel-good factor vibe and Tarragona with its enormous Port Aventura theme park.

In short, Barcelona and the surrounding resorts allow for myriad ways to keep you occupied on your holiday, whether you're stopping for a short city break or planning to spend an entire summer trip here. The city's remarkably well put-together infrastructure means it's easy to get from one side of the other quickly and easily, and tourist information can be found everywhere you look.

If all that still hasn't convinced you that Barcelona is the right choice for your next getaway, don't worry! We have many flights to many other parts of Spain, such as Malaga, Almeria and Alicante.

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