Flights from Manchester to Barcelona
Thinking of flying to Barcelona? Before you book your cheap flights from Manchester to Barcelona here’s everything you need to know:
How to get to Manchester airport
Manchester Airport (MAN) is just under 14km from Manchester city centre and is accessible by a number of public transport services. It takes under 30 minutes to reach Manchester Airport by train from Manchester Piccadilly station. The Manchester Metrolink will bring you to the airport from Cornbrook station in under 35 minutes, with trains operating every 12 minutes. There’s also the 24-hour bus service, number 43, which runs every 10 minutes (30 minutes at night) and leaves from the city centre with stops in between. It takes just 20 minutes to drive to Manchester airport via the M56 motorway, with short-stay and long-stay parking options available on arrival at the airport.
Manchester Airport: Overview
Manchester Airport is one of the UK’s busiest, welcoming around 25 million passengers every year. It has three passenger terminals currently in operation, with plenty of cafés, restaurants and retail outlets if you have some spare time before your flights from Manchester to Barcelona. Because of how busy the airport can get, we recommend allowing yourself plenty of time to pass through security before you fly from Manchester to Barcelona.
Barcelona El-Prat Airport: Overview
Barcelona El-Prat (BCN) is close to the city centre – just 12km away – and has plenty of public transport options to get you to your destination. After your flights from Manchester to Barcelona have landed you can take the train from terminal 1 to Passeig de Gràcia station, which provides a transfer to the Barcelona Metro system. You can also take the underground metro link to the city or use the Transports Metropolitan de Barcelona 46 bus route. If you are renting a car for your trip, you can drive to the city in about 20 minutes via the C-31 motorway. Make sure to check out Ryanair Car Hire to get the best deal.
What to expect on arrival in Barcelona
The Catalonian capital is a city like no other. There is so much to do in Barcelona it’s hard to squeeze everything into one paragraph, but here are some highlights.
Your first stop should be Las Ramblas. Here you’ll find cool museums, iconic monuments and some wonderful restaurants. So once your flights from Manchester to Barcelona land and you have checked into your hotel, leave your luggage behind and go explore.
Barcelona is home to some of the best bars and restaurants in Europe so make sure you indulge in the local cuisine and a cocktail or two. A trip to the Camp Nou is a must-see for football fans, and if you can set a day aside, thrill seekers will love PortAventura World in Salou. For more information on what to do in Barcelona, check out Try Somewhere New.
Five Fun Facts about Barcelona:
- Barcelona had no beaches until it hosted the 1992 Olympic Games. Now there are 7 beautiful beaches along the coast and it was recently named “Best Beach City” by National Geographic
- The most visited museum in the city belongs to FC Barcelona which attracts football fans in their droves every year
- 12 metro stations are completely abandoned in Barcelona and are rumoured to be haunted
- Paris’ famous Eiffel Tower was originally planned to be in Barcelona, but Spain turned down architect Gustave Eiffel because the controversial structure wouldn’t fit the city’s aesthetic
- You won’t have to look very hard to find a park in Barcelona, with 10% of the city being covered by green spaces
From Manchester to Barcelona: Practical Information
Weather in Barcelona is pretty warm throughout the year, with limited rainfall. It can get quite hot over the summer with temperatures reaching between 27°C and 30°C between June and September. Winters remain mild too, with highs of 17°C between November and March. If you’re not a fan of the heat, the best time to fly from Manchester to Barcelona is in the spring, when temperatures are between 15°C and 19°C from February to April.
Barcelona is a very busy city. Fortunately, there are plenty of public transport options available to find your way around the city. The metro, trams and FGC trains are probably the quickest and cheapest way around with each journey costing just €2.20. If you’re interested in seeing the city and keeping fit at the same time, Barcelona is a great city to explore by bike. The city has fully integrated cycle lanes and exploring the city’s parks by bike is a real treat.
It’s important to remember that Spain uses different plug sockets to those in the UK, so make sure you pack a travel adaptor before you fly from Manchester to Barcelona.
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