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Barcelona is truly a city blessed. Perched by the sea it is home to some of the world’s most stunning architecture, a fantastic arts scene and a nightlife that is hard to match.
If you are looking for a romantic stroll down Las Ramblas, or just fancy marvelling at the Sagrada Familia, then there’s a cheap flight to Barcelona that has your name on it.
And we’re about to show you how to find it.
To be honest, there's a reason to go on holiday to Barcelona for every month of the year.
The summer months may see the lively city packed to the rafters, but there’s festivals to enjoy and a beach to soak up the sun from.
Spring and autumn offer better bets for a cheaper flight, and an ideal temperature to explore the city. But, take note, Easter’s Holy Week processions mean you’ll be hard pushed to find a real bargain flight during this holiday.
The best time for cheaper flights is from mid-September to November. If you want to really avoid the crowds, though, winter is not too cold (with the temperature rarely dropping below 2-3oC) and bargains are still available.
It’s not all about the season you book in, though. There are cheap flights to be found to Barcelona at most times if you know the secret tricks to find them.
To find the best price plane tickets to Barcelona try searching Expedia using these tactics.
If you have a little freedom over the dates you can fly then use our ‘Show Flexible Dates’ feature. This appears just above where your flight options are returned – and it lets you see exactly when the cheapest tickets are across a range of days near your suggested one.
Finally, you may wish to consider looking for flights that land in Barcelona Girona and Barcelona Reus airports. But do bear in mind that Girona and Reus are actually more than an hour by road or train from Barcelona itself.
The only airport that is in the city itself Barcelona-El Prat. It is more than an hour to the city if you select a flight to Barcelona Girona and Barcelona Reus.
Barcelona-El Prat is located just seven miles southwest of the city centre. Regular overland trains run to the city, with the journey taking around half an hour, and the city Metro has also now been extended to offer similar journey times.
There are also night buses (N17 for Terminal 1 and N17 for Terminal 2) that run to Plaça de Catalunya, and a more expensive but faster Airport Aerobus service.
Taxis from the airport can be as much as €40, but car hire is available from the airport – and it’s an easy drive into the centre.
To help you make the most of your time in the city here are three of its lesser-known attractions.
Lose yourself in the Parc del Laberint d’Horta (near Parc Guell)
The hedge maze may be one of the city’s hidden gems, but it has been delighting visitors for centuries. Its tall manicured hedges create a maze with more than 600 metres of twists and turns.
See some tasty sculptures in The Chocolate Museum (Jaume I stop on Barcelona Metro)
Combining the history of the world’s favourite treat, with a small dash of Spanish pride and some very artistic sculptures created from chocolate, this museum is so good you could eat it.
European Museum of Modern Art (near the Picasso Museum)
A temple to modernity, tucked away in an 18th century palace amid Barcelona's more well-known museums.