Getting to Barcelona by Air or Coach
Our online field study quotes exclude the cost of travel
insurance and flights to Barcelona.
Making your own travel arrangements can save you money and give
your group more flexibility.
The most common way for our groups to travel to Barcelona is by air
but you also have the option of using your own coach and ferries to get here.
There are three airports serving the area. Barcelona's El Prat
is the most common port of entry but flights do operate to Girona and Reus,
mostly on a seasonal basis. Transfers from these two airports are between one
and two hours respectively from the accommodation we use in the Barcelona area.
A small surcharge would be necessary if either of these airports were chosen as
your point of entry. A Barcelona airports map is available: Barcelona
Airlines serving Barcelona from the UK
British airways, www.ba.com
fly from London Heathrow and London Gatwick.
From London Heathrow, between April and October, there
are up to 8 flights a day and 6 a day between November and March.
From London Gatwick, between April and October there are
3 flights a day and 2 per day between November and March.
Advance group bookings often see flights with British airways
being as competitive as the low cost operators serving Barcelona.
For group bookings go to 'information' tab on their web page
and follow the link to 'group travel', or contact them directly by telephoning
0844 493 0765 between 08.30 and 17.00, Monday to Friday.
fly to Barcelona from London Gatwick, London Luton and London Southend airports.
They also offer direct flights to Belfast, Bristol, Liverpool
From London Gatwick there are up to 6 flights a day,
from London Luton 2 a day and London Southend up to 2 a
From airports outside the London area flights schedules vary
seasonally but with the exception of Belfast (4 per week) tend to be a
minimum of daily between April and October and 5 per week between November and
For group bookings you can simply use their web page but if you
require extra assistance the airline can be contacted on-line via firstname.lastname@example.org
or by telephone +44(0)843 104 1200
Jet 2, www.Jet2.com
fly to Barcelona from Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.
From Glasgow, there are 3 flights per week between June and October and 2 a week from February to April.
From Leeds, there are 4 flights a week between April and
September and 2 a week from October to March excluding January.
From Manchester, there are 5 flights a week between
April and September and 4 a week from October to March excluding January.
For group bookings, on their web page, go to the 'Extras' tab
and follow the link to 'group bookings' for ten or more people.
fly to Barcelona from Birmingham, London Gatwick, Leeds and
From Birmingham, there are 5 flights a week between
April and October.
From London Gatwick, there are up to 2 flights per day
between April and October and 5 per week between November and March.
From Leeds there are 2 flights a week between February
From Manchester, there are 6 flights a week between
April and October and 3 per week between November and March.
For groups of over 15 people, go to 'group bookings' for an
on-line enquiry form or telephone 0333 003 0111
operate a daily flight from London Gatwick throughout the year.
For group bookings, go to 'group travel' on their web page,
which caters for parties of over 9 people.
fly to Barcelona from Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh,
Glasgow-Prestwick, Liverpool, London Stansted and Manchester.
From Birmingham, there are 5 flights a week between
April and October and 3 flights a week between November and March.
From East Midlands, there are daily flights between
April and October.
From Edinburgh there are 4 flights a week between April
and October and 3 a week between November and March.
From Glasgow Prestwick, there are daily flights between
May and October.
From Liverpool, there is a daily flight between April
and October and 4 per week between November and March.
From London Stansted, there are up to 4 flights a day throughout the year.
From Manchester, flights commenced in November 2014
operating 3 times a week until March 2015.
For group bookings, up to 25 people can be booked at one time
on their booking system, or go to the 'groups' page on their web site for
further information, where groups of over 20 are catered for.
fly from London Gatwick and Cardiff.
From London Gatwick, there are up to 3 flights a day
between April and October and 2 flights a day between November and March.
From Cardiff, there are seasonal flights operating
between May and September operating 3 times a week.
For group bookings, up to 25 people can be booked directly
on-line or call 0034 933 787 749 for further assistance.
Airlines serving Barcelona from outside the UK
Barcelona airport is well connected within Europe and
throughout the world. For schools outside of the UK wishing to use our study
centre, there is no shortage of options as to how to get to Barcelona.
Previous schools have in the past used the following airlines
to get to Barcelona from Europe, North Africa, the Middle and Far East and
Flying to Girona or Reus
Ryanair is the main operator into these two airports and
flights tend to be more seasonal than year round, mostly operating between May
From Girona, there are flights to Bournemouth,
Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow-Prestwick, London-Luton and
From Reus, there are flights to Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow-Prestwick, Liverpool, London-Luton, London-Stansted and Manchester.
Airport Arrival Arrangements
A member of our staff will be waiting to meet your group at the airport upon arrival. We will advise you in advance who this will be, together with contact details.
In cases where students and accompanying staff have to use more
than one flight, all flights will be met upon arrival by a member of our staff
and groups transferred to their hotel. A surcharge may be incurred depending
upon the time delay between arrivals.
All airport-hotel transfers are made by our Barcelona coach transport provider.
Which Airport Terminal?
Barcelona airport has two large terminal buildings: T1 and T2, connected by a shuttle service. Airlines are allocated to a particular arrival or departure terminal.
Travelling by Coach
For large groups, travelling to Barcelona by coach may be the
lowest cost option. For further UK-Barcelona coach transport information please
refer to UK-Barcelona coach transport.
Small groups may prefer the option of travelling to Barcelona
on the scheduled public coach service. Seats on the London-Barcelona Eurolines
service may be booked by clicking here
Travelling by Sea
From England ferries operate from Plymouth, Poole
and Portsmouth to either Bilbao or Santander.
L D Lines Poole-Santander 1 crossing per week, 26 hours.
Brittany Ferries Portsmouth-Bilbao 2 crossings per week, 24
Brittany Ferries Portsmouth-Santander 3 crossings per week,
Brittany ferries Plymouth-Santander 1 crossing per week, 19.5
www.aferry.co.uk for comparison sites
The journey time from Bilbao or Santander to Sitges is approximately 7 hours.