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Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Barcelona (BCN)
Book in the Goldilocks Window
There’s no specific day of the week when airline tickets magically drop, but there is a time period when flights are usually cheaper. We call it the Goldilocks Window. It’s not too last-minute, yet not too far in advance either. This just-right time period is about 1–3 months before a domestic flight and 2–8 months before an international trip.
That said, if you plan to travel during peak season, like summer in Barcelona, we recommend looking on the earlier end. So if you hope to visit Barcelona in July, you’d be wise to start looking at fares in October. Last-minute deals are few and far between during busy travel periods. Prices typically rise at the 21-, 14-, and 7-day points ahead of departure dates, so don’t hold out thinking a deal might come up. Book before those dates if possible.
Use the Greek Islands Trick
Sometimes, especially during peak travel seasons, flight prices just don’t drop. But before you give up and pick a different destination, try our beloved Greek Islands Trick. It works well for the notoriously expensive Greek islands, but it can be used for all of Europe in the summer or whenever prices are high.
If you really want to fly from Atlanta to Barcelona for a summer holiday, you may be looking at a price tag of $1,200 or more. Instead, check out fares to London, which can be found for under $700. Pair that with a low-cost airline ticket (sometimes under $150) from London to Barcelona, and you’ve saved yourself a bunch of money you can put toward extra days in a hotel or a trip to the Sagrada Familia.
And don’t limit yourself to London. The point is just to get as close to Barcelona as possible for the cheapest price, then get creative with the last leg. You could fly a budget airline, take the train, the bus, or rent a car.
Search alternative departure airports
This is like the Greek Islands Trick but on your departure side. If you live in Chicago, you probably search flights from O’Hare and Midway and stop there. Why wouldn’t you when you have two major airports right there? But we see flights from airports big and small all the time. You might be surprised by a great deal out of Milwaukee or Madison, for example, and you could make a quick trip (by car, train, or even a short flight) to one of those airports for your departure.
Sometimes, especially for long-haul flights, it can even make sense to look farther afield. If you see a $350 deal from New York to Barcelona, it could be worth looking for a $170 flight from Chicago to New York. Yes, it’s more work, but you can sometimes game the system and save a lot of money.
Fly when it’s cheaper
Summer is one of the busiest travel seasons in Barcelona and all over Europe, and it’s for good reason. Kids are on summer break and people like traveling in warm, sunny weather, especially if there’s a beach involved.
The more flexible you can be with your travel dates, the better your chances are of finding cheaper flights. We like traveling during shoulder seasons, the months tucked on either side of a destination’s high and low seasons. Think late spring and early fall in Barcelona. The weather is still great (maybe even better), and there are fewer crowds and lower prices. If chilly weather doesn’t bother you, you can save even more by traveling in the off-season (Barcelona never really gets that cold, anyway). If you’re visiting from the US and don’t have Thanksgiving plans, this can be a great time to save money by traveling internationally, as most American travelers are flying domestically during that time so domestic flights will be higher.
If you’re set on a summer vacation, try to look for fares on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Those are generally the cheapest days to fly, while Fridays and Sundays are the most expensive.
Set alerts for specific trips
Set alerts for specific trips Keeping track of airfare as it fluctuates can be frustrating. Luckily, technology exists that can do the work for you. Set up fare alerts for your itinerary, keeping in mind that you should set up more fare alerts if you have any flexibility in your dates or airports. Then, you’ll get an email when fares drop into your target price range or by a significant amount. We recommend doing this before the Goldilocks Window we talked about above so you can see prices fall during that time.
The Barcelona airport receives about 30 million visitors per year, with direct flights from nearly 200 airports around the world. From Europe, the East Coast of the US, plus Chicago, Atlanta, or LA, you can reach Barcelona on a nonstop flight. From elsewhere, you might have to make a connection, but there are no shortage of flights to the city.
Frequently asked questions about flying to Barcelona (BCN)
What is the airport code for Josep Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat Airport?
The airport code for Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat Airport is BCN.
When is high season in Barcelona?
Like most of Europe, high season in Barcelona is from June through early September. This is when kids are out of school and families travel. Plus, it’s the best time to take advantage of Barcelona’s beaches.
When is the best time to visit Barcelona?
Barcelona has sunny weather year-round, and there’s no real bad time to visit. The best time to visit to go to the beach is June–September, though it’s also the most crowded and can be too hot to spend much time walking around sightseeing. The shoulder seasons are a favorite for general sightseeing and dining. That’s April–May and September–October. The weather is beautiful, nice enough to spend time outdoors wandering and dining, but it’s not too hot and there are fewer crowds and lower prices than in the summer.
The cheapest time to visit is typically October–February. It gets chilly (but not cold), and there can be rainy days. However, this is also a great time to visit for Christmas markets, to celebrate the National Day of Spain in October, or for Carnival in February. These events are busy with local tourism, but flights are still fairly cheap, as they don’t bring international crowds.
Does BCN have its own on-site hotel?
There is a Sleep & Fly inside Terminal 1 of BCN. It has double, triple, and premium rooms, as well as a fitness center, free wifi, a business center, and a 24-hour front desk. Rooms start at €180 per night.
What lounges are available at BCN?
- Terminal 1: Premium VIP Lounge, Sala VIP Colomer, Sala VIP Miro, Sala VIP Pau Casals
- Terminal 2: Sala VIP Canudas
All of the lounges at BCN are available for all passengers. First Class, Preferred Class, and Business Class passengers get complimentary access, while others can purchase access starting at $38 for three hours. All lounges have snacks, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, wifi, TVs, and flight monitors. The Premium VIP Lounge, Sala VIP Miro, Sala VIP Pau Casals, and Sala VIP Canudas also have showers. The Premium VIP Lounge has a gym, and the Sala VIP Canudas, Sala VIP Pau Casals, and Sala VIP Miro have children’s rooms.
What are the rules for traveling with pets to BCN?
Pets in the airport must remain in carriers, and visitors must follow airline-specific guidelines for traveling with pets. In addition, visitors from outside of Spain must fit their pet with a microchip, make sure their pets’ rabies vaccinations are up to date, and have a pet passport, among other restrictions.
How far is BCN from Barcelona?
BCN is about ten miles from the Barcelona city center, about a 20–25 minute drive or 40 minutes via public transit.
What are the transportation options for getting from BCN to Barcelona?
There are a number of options to get from BCN to Barcelona:
- By rideshare or taxi: The roughly 10-mile trip from the airport to the city center takes 20–25 minutes and will cost €30–€35. Taxis are located right outside the airport and are more plentiful and generally slightly cheaper than Uber, which has had regulatory issues with the Spanish government.
- By public transit: The train is the cheapest way to reach the city center. It departs from Terminal 2 (look for directions to Renfe, the Spanish national railway). The ride takes about 30 minutes and costs €2. There are machines in the station to purchase tickets. The train runs about every 30 minutes. You can also take the metro on Line 9. It does not go directly downtown, so you’ll have to transfer at Torrassa and take the red line to Catalonia Square or the blue line toward Sagrada Familia. It takes about 30 minutes and costs €5.15. Tickets can also be purchased from a machine in the airport. Lastly, the Aerobus takes 35 minutes and costs €8.90. It departs from both terminals and stops at three points around Barcelona.
How long is the flight to Barcelona?
From around Europe, flights to Barcelona are plentiful and short, from around 1–2 hours. From New York and elsewhere in the Northeast, a direct flight is about 7.5 hours, and from Miami, Chicago, or Atlanta, it’s around 9. From LA, flights take just under 12 hours.
You can fly from Dubai or Cairo to Barcelona in 7.5 hours, and from Sale, Morocco, in 2 hours. From most of the rest of the world, you’ll have to make a connection, and your flight time could range from 10–18 hours.
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