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Get ready to explore the capital of Catalonia by booking flights to Barcelona with British Airways. Whether you’re looking for a cultural city break, a slice of urban beach life or a laid-back getaway, you can count on a wonderful flight with our fantastic British Airways cabin crew. Embrace the holiday feeling during your flight before you arrive in invigorating Barcelona.
Make plans to visit a lively destination with it all on a Barcelona vacation. Sit back and relax during your flight to this creative city before immersing yourself in the thriving lifestyle of this medium-sized metropolis. When you fly in our economy (Euro Traveller), you can choose a great value fare with hand baggage only or pick a ticket that includes 23kg of checked baggage allowance and free seat selection 24 hours before you fly. Alternatively, our business (Club Europe) fares offer access to private lounges, priority boarding and extra space on board.
Flights to Barcelona depart daily from London Heathrow (LHR) and last around two hours. With multiple daily flight times, your journey to the city-meets-beach of Barcelona will be easy breezy. See which airports we fly from.
Select the cabin to suit you, whatever your budget, taste or style, whether you journey in economy (Euro Traveller) or in business (Club Europe).
Read our Barcelona travel guides for more inspiration on what to do when you arrive.
With dazzling summer temperatures hitting an average high of 28°C, the city-beach blend of Barcelona is a best of both worlds destination.
Spring time can rise to 20°C and is a pleasantly quiet time to visit the cities main attractions. This cooler season makes it comfier to wander around the city without breaking a sweat. Come May and June, the city sees more faces as the weather starts to heat up for a glorious summer. July and August champion the peak season for Barcelona, as the hottest months. Soak up the Mediterranean climate, with highs peaking in the 30°C’s and the average summer sea temperature hovering at a refreshing 20°C.
Autumn is delightful in the city, with warming temperatures of early 20°C’s and cooler evenings, which makes sleeping that tad easier. From around November, colder temperatures creep in, as does the rain with scatters of showers. Night time will be even chillier, so pop in extra clothing layers and a rain jacket. Explore the wonders of the city outside of the summer peak with cheaper air fares.
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Direct flights from London to Barcelona take around 2 hours. You can fly from London Heathrow (LHR) or London Gatwick (LGW) to Barcelona Airport (BCN). British Airways provides several direct flights to Barcelona from London. Choose from a variety of daily flights with a selection of departure times.
Barcelona Airport (BCN) is just seven and a half miles from Barcelona’s city centre. Hiring a car gives you the freedom to make your way to the city in your own time, as well as venture further afield. Drive along the coastline of Costa Dorada or Costa Bravo to explore little seaside villages or discover pretty vineyards in valleys and on mountaintops.
You can also reach Barcelona’s city centre via the Aerobus bus service or the RENFE R2 Nord train; you can also hop in a taxi from outside of the arrivals area. The ride will take about 30 minutes and cost around 30 euros. Alternatively, make your trip away even easier by pre-booking an airport transfer to your Barcelona hotel before you travel. You’ll be given the opportunity to add a shuttle or private door-to-door transfer once you’ve booked your Barcelona flight or holiday.
If you’re travelling on a British passport you will not need a visa to visit Barcelona. If you’re from a country outside the EU, you may need to apply for a visa in advance of your trip. You can find out more information, check your visa requirements and apply by visiting the IATA Travel Centre.
Which cabins can I book when I fly to Barcelona?
Our economy cabins are great value for those looking for cheap flights to BCN:
Business cabins are located at the front of the plane, with the middle seat kept free for extra legroom and added comfort.
1. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself fully hydrated throughout the flight and beforehand. Limiting your alcohol and caffeine intake during the flight and before it will aid this, and could also help you sleep.
2. You can beat jet lag by adjusting to your new time zone as soon as you board the plane to Barcelona time. Use our jet lag calculator to find out more.
3. Move around regularly during the flight and do some simple stretching exercises to keep blood flowing. The slowing of blood circulation is one of the most common side-effects of jet lag.
Our Barcelona hints and tips will have you feeling like a local in no time
Although tipping is optional here, expectations vary in different situations. If you sit at a table for a drink or dine in a restaurant, a 7-10% tip is expected. However, if you sit at a bar for a drink or to chow down on tapas, you might get giggled at for tipping – because it isn’t expected here. Taxi drivers should be tipped between 10 cents to 1 euro for short trips and bellman 1 euro for carrying luggage. Tour guides should always be tipped; hand out 10 euros for a one-hour tour.
Spend an afternoon at the enchanting Parc Güell. Take a bus, hop on the metro or walk to one of Barcelona’s most beautiful icons. Wander around Gaudi’s hillside paradise, soaking up the colourful mosaic marvels. From here, you can gaze out over the whole city. Make your way to Carmen Hill to reach this picturesque hot spot in the Gracia neighbourhood.
Take a break in the cooler spring temperatures in Barcelona, reaching highs of 20°C in the day. This allows you to stroll through the city without over-heating. Take your trip in the summer for sun, sea and sand. Soak up the average highs of 28°C, hit the beachside and cool down in the shade with a sangria. Autumn stays pleasant, with balmy temperatures and winter gets chillier with patches of rainy days.
Where to stay
Whether you want a spot on the seafront, a retreat tucked in the cultural corners of the city or accommodation on the hillside, our carefully selected Barcelona hotels will suit you – whatever your budget.Book a stay
What to eat
Famous for delicious plates of tapas, tantalising pans of paella and scrumptious sangria, Barcelona is a foodie hub for all. Saunter through Mercat de la Boqueria, an indoor food market bursting with fresh smells of local produce, tapas from specialised stalls, pizza stands and more.
Things to do
Immerse yourself in the sensational surroundings of this city. Join a walking tour and stroll the charming streets to see architectural wonders, hop on a bicycle and ride along the beach promenade. For an urban aquatic adventure, take a rowing boat out on the lake at Parc de la Ciutadella.Things to do
Make sure your trip to Barcelona is truly unforgettable by talking to one of our European travel specialists.