Fly to Barcelona from seven departure locations throughout the US. Booking early increases chances of getting a cheap flight ticket and child discounts can be up to 90%. Relax in our lounges, and the more you fly with SAS, the more benefits and discounts can be acquired.
• Many daily flights to El Prat Airport in Barcelona
• Cheap flight tickets to Barcelona- book in advance and save money
• Seven departure locations to Barcelona from the US-coast to coast
• What's always included when you fly with SAS
• Personal entertainment on intercontinental flights
• Child discount of up to 90%
• Eurobonus – get unique offers and discounts
• Relax before you fly in our lounges
DAILY FLIGHTS TO EL PRAT AIRPORT IN BARCELONA
Fly to Barcelona with a short layover in Copenhagen or Oslo from seven departure locations across the U.S.
El Prat Airport is located approximately 7.5 miles south west of Barcelona city center. Travelers can easily move to and from the airport with various modes of public transportation.
CHEAP FLIGHT TICKETS TO BARCELONA – BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE MONEY
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When using the calendar, you can see the flight ticket prices on both a daily and monthly basis. With this convenient layout, it’s easy to find the cheapest day to plan your trip. We update price and availability with each new search – price variations may occur when you proceed to booking.
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SEVEN DEPARTURE LOCATIONS TO BARCELONA FROM THE US – COAST TO COAST
SAS offers daily departures from multiple locations throughout the US. We fly to Barcelona from:
• Boston (BOS)
• Chicago (ORD)
• Los Angeles (LAX)
• Miami (MIA)
• New York (EWR)
• San Francisco (SFO)
• Washington DC (IAD)
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WHAT’S ALWAYS INCLUDED WHEN YOU FLY WITH SAS
We have everything covered before, during and after your flight. Many amenities are included in your flight ticket when you fly with SAS, including:
• 23 kg of baggage
• 24-hour return policy
• Online check-in
• Seat selection
• Music, movies and games on personalized screens
• Power outlets
• Wi-Fi (on retrofitted planes)
• Meal, snacks and beverages
• Newspapers in our app
• Child discount up to 90%
Download our app – this way you are always able to book your next flight to Barcelona directly from your smartphone or tablet. You can of course still find the best price and departures on flysas.com.
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CHILD DISCOUNT OF UP TO 90%
Traveling is an experience for the whole family. When flying with children, you can enjoy discounts depending on your child’s age.
Children under the age of 2 (0-23 months) can enjoy a discount of up to 90% on the price of their ticket when they sit on their parent’s lap during the flight.
Children 2-11 years of age have their own seat aboard the flight. You can enjoy a discount of up to 25%.
EUROBONUS – GET UNIQUE OFFERS AND DISCOUNTS
Flying should be easy, inspiring and rewarding. Join EuroBonus to start earning points every time you fly with SAS. It’s completely free to sign up, and members enjoy special benefits and offers.
At SAS, we’ve gone one step further. Members can accumulate points on your hotel stays, car rentals and even on everyday purchases.
The more you fly, the more benefits you get – redeem your points at either SAS or our many partners.
RELAX BEFORE YOU FLY IN OUR LOUNGES
Make your travel experience a true getaway. When you upgrade your flight ticket, enjoy special access to our lounge area without any additional fee. EuroBonus members can also use accumulated bonus points to upgrade.
Lounges are equipped with a delicious, fresh buffet, and refreshments such as wine, beer, water, tea and coffee.
Long trip ahead of you? Our lounges are also available for a rejuvenating nap before the flight. In addition, there are quiet spaces to work.
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EL PRAT AIRPORT (BCN) - BARCELONA
El Prat Airport is located just 7.5 miles south west of the Barcelona city center. There are a number of transport options to get you to your final destination quickly and inexpensively. Within the airport, travelers can access free WiFi to check routes, the latest news or share your location with friends and followers. To increase your download speed, upgrade to premium WiFi.
Forgot to buy something? El Prat Airport also has a large shopping area, where you can pick up some last minute gifts.
TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM EL PRAT AIRPORT
There are a few convenient options to get to and from El Prat Airport. The Aerobús service takes you directly to Barcelona city center, ending at the Pl. Catalunya – right in the heart of the city – in 35 minutes. In addition, the metro – the L9 Sud metro line – connects the airport to the city and here you can transfer to get to your final destination. There are also bus stops at the airport on different levels and at both terminals – T1 and T2. As there are many different bus routes going to and from the airport, make sure you get on the right one.
In addition to public transport, visitors can also take a taxi, which could be worthwhile as the distance to the city center is very short. You can also rent cars directly at the airport.
CAR RENTAL AT EL PRAT AIRPORT
A number of car rental agencies are located directly at El Prat Airport, making car rental and drop off quick and easy. Renting a car will give you the freedom to not only explore beautiful Barcelona, but also the surrounding area and scenic coastline, known as the Costa Brava.
SAS can help you find the perfect rental for your travel and you can even get extra EuroBonus points in the process.
Barcelona-El Prat Airport
08820 Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona
Telephone number: +34 91 321 10 00
TRANSPORTATION IN BARCELONA
Barcelona is a relatively flat city, and definitely worth exploration on foot. The neighborhoods flow seamlessly together, each bringing their own unique charm and culture. To travel larger distances within the city, there is a well-developed public transportation system, making it easy to move throughout. Intercity buses and metros are available inside of Barcelona. In addition, regional trains and buses are available for daytrips to explore the surrounding areas.
If you are going to use more than one mode of transportation – i.e. bus and metro – you should buy an Integrated Transport ticket.
INTEGRATEAD TRANSPORTATION TICKET
Avoiding the hassle of multiple tickets and saving money are two good reasons to purchase an Integrated Transport Ticket. An Integrated Transportation ticket lets you use different modes of transportation seamlessly within the same journey, without the need to purchase a new fare. In Barcelona, there are six different types of tickets. The price depends on how many zones you will be crossing during your journey (1-6).
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BARCELONA – THE CAPITAL OF CATALONIA
Barcelona is a gem on the Mediterranean Sea. It’s not only the political capital of Catalonia, but also the cultural and historical heart of the region. The old city dates back to 218 BC when the Romans first arrived in Catalonia, with many remains still visible today such as the Roman grid plan. Strolling through the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic), you can imagine yourself as a person living hundreds of years ago in this stunning capital city.
From the food, to the art, to the beach, to the architecture to the football and beyond, Barcelona has been enchanting and inspiring travelers since its early beginnings. It’s no wonder that Barcelona is often considered one of the top European vacation destinations.
THE CLIMATE IN BARCELONA
Barcelona’s climate makes it a particularly attractive place not only to visit, but also to live in year round. It’s categorized as Mediterranean climate, summers are hot and dry, and winters are mild and relatively wet. The average annual temperature is a comfortable 70 F during the day and 57 F at night, though the temperature fluctuates based on the season. In January, the coldest month, temperatures can range from 44 F to 67 F on average during the day and 40 F to 50 F at night. During the summer, August is the hottest month with daily temperatures ranging from 78 F to 89 F during the day and steady 73 F in the night. Luckily, the beach is never far away and you can easily cool off on those hot summer days. Spring and autumn are often considered the ideal times to visit Barcelona, especially due to the mild temperatures.
HISTORY OF BARCELONA
Barcelona’s history dates back far before the first arrival of the Romans. Pre-Roman coins that have been found in the area suggest that the predecessors of the Iberian Laietani tribe may have inhabited it as far back as 35,000 BC. Corpses have been found in 1991 dating back to 4,000 BC. However, no one is completely certain of whom – if anyone – actually lived in area and thus the history remains open to debate.
When the Romans arrived, they set up a settlement, now known as the Barri Gòtic, or Gothic quarter. The Roman medieval city flourished until it was taken over by the Visigoths in early 5th century AD. Then in early 8th century, the Moors moved up from Gibraltar, conquering the Iberian Peninsula and thus Barcelona, though the remnants are most apparent still in the south of Spain. In the 9th century, the Franks conquered the city and this began Catalonia’s separation from the rest of Spain – an idea that is still alive and well today.
THE LEGENDS OF BARCELONA’S FOUNDING
There are a few legends of Barcelona’s true founding and consequently its name. The first states the city is of Greek origin, founded by Hercules. He was on a journey with nine ships, when they became separated. Eight found each other, and they set off to find the ninth ship – only to find it docked at the bottom of the hill of Montjuic. The members of the crew had fallen in love with the area naming it Barca (meaning boat) and Nona (meaning ninth) – hence the name “Barcanona”.
Another legend dates back to the Carthaginians, specifically to Hannibal Barca, Hannibal’s father. When Hannibal arrived in the region, he fell in love (a common theme in legends, we suppose) and gave it his last name, Barca. Neither of these is backed up with evidence, but legends nonetheless.
THE COUNTS OF BARCELONA
The Counts of Barcelona has played an important role in both Barcelona’s and Catalonia’s history throughout time. After the Franks conquered Catalonia from the Moors in the early 9th century, an era ruled under feudalism by the Counts of Barcelona began, and would continue into the 15th century.
The Emperor of France nominated the Counts of Barcelona. Through this period the bond to the Frankish overlords loosened and Barcelona, as well as Catalonia, became more and more independent. The Crown of Aragon was established in 1137, and the empire expanded greatly, even reaching as far as Greece. In the year 1479, Count Fernando married Isabel of Castile, merging the two most powerful monarchies in Spain. Count of Barcelona is still a hereditary title of the Spanish monarchy to this day.
Barcelona, the capital city of Catalonia, is deeply intertwined in the conflict over independence from Spain. The conflict began hundreds of years ago, following the War of Spanish Succession from 1701 to 1713. In accordance to the peace treaty Barcelona lost its self-government rights, in addition to significant elements of its independence. The oppression of the Catalans peaked during the rule of the Spanish dictator Franco, in which it was made illegal to speak the native language of the region, Catalan.
Currently, a movement for independence is still in motion, however, it is more economically motivated. Catalonia is the strongest economic region in Spain, and is burdened by the country’s heavy debt. Visitors to Catalonia will notice signs of this movement and strong ties to the Catalan culture throughout Barcelona and the region.
SIGHTS & ATTRACTIONS IN BARCELONA
As a whole, Barcelona offers visitors a wide variety of activities, nearly unmatched by any other European city. A warm, mild climate throughout the year makes the outdoors particularly accessible, and the city beach is a popular spot no matter what the season. History, art and a number of museums and galleries – devoted to some of the world’s most famous artists such as Picasso and Dalí – are dispersed throughout its urban core and Catalonia. Barcelona’s architecture is world-renowned, especially due to the work of Antoni Gaudí and visitors could spend an entire trip marveling at his numerous buildings and structures, many of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
For sports fans, the FC Barcelona soccer stadium is not to be missed, and experiencing the atmosphere at a home game is a once in a lifetime experience. In addition to the many sights and attractions, Barcelona is a city easily explored by foot, the charming streets buzz with life, history and culture, culminating to make an experience truly inspiring that you will never forget.
LA SAGRADA FAMILIA
Barcelona’s most impressive sight has to be La Sagrada Familia. As the most visited monument in Spain, if you only do one thing during your trip to Barcelona, marveling at its intricate enormity must be it. Construction began 150 years ago, and was turned over to Barcelona’s most famous architect Antoni Gaudí in 1883. Gaudí based his architectural concept on Gothic and Byzantine cathedrals, adding new Art-Nouveau designs to create something that is truly magical.
In the exterior, the spires may be the most distinctive feature, seen from miles away. Additionally, the cathedral has three grand facades, each depicting a different religious scene. Once inside, the sunlight beaming through the intricate stained glass designs is unmatched. Gaudí felt that “color is the expression of life”, and it is truly reflected in La Sagrada Familia.
Despite its popularity – attracting approximately three million people each year, the cathedral is not yet finished. Following Gaudí’s death in 1926, other architects took over, mimicking his design and style. However, progress is quite slow, as the foundation relies solely on private donations and recently the ticket entrance price of visitors to enter. It is expected to be finished in 2026. Additionally, Pope Benedict XVI consecrated the church in 2010.
Barcelona was also the early childhood home of the world-famous modern artist Pablo Picasso. In honor of the Spanish artist’s life and work, the Museu Picasso was constructed in the center of the city, set inside five contiguous medieval stone mansions. The museum showcases the work of Picasso as a timeline throughout his life. The initial rooms begin with Picasso’s early pieces, with the most famous later on in the collection. These were the most famous of his career.
More than 3500 artworks are in the collection, including the biggest collection of Picasso’s earliest years – also called his formative years, in which he lived in Barcelona during this period. In addition, the museum is also home to his most famous early paintings such as the First Communion (1896) and Science and Charity (1897), as well as later work such as the Las Meninas series (1957), modeled after the famous Velázquez work by the same name.
THE CAMP NOU EXPERIENCE
Soccer is a religion throughout Spain, and Barcelona is no exception. Camp Nou, the home of Barcelona’s most famous soccer team FC Barcelona is the largest stadium in Europe, with a capacity of 99,354. Visitors can take a tour of its sacred grounds, and the tour is not just for fans of Barcelona, Camp Nou an impressive experience for anyone. Throughout the tour you will also see how the club’s history and social commitment are connected to its Catalonian history and identity. Combine your visit with a live match for the ultimate sports experience you will never forget.
SIGHTS IN BARCELONA ON UNESCO’S WORLD HERITAGE LIST
Throughout Barcelona, there are number of UNESCO World Heritage Sights. The works of world-famous architect Antoni Gaudí is well represented on this list, with a total of seven attractions including: Parque Güell, Palau Güell, Casa Mila, Casa Vicens, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo and the Crypt in Colonia Güell.
In addition, there is also the Palau de La Musica Catalana and the Hospital de La Santa Creu I de Sand Pau, both built by modernist architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner.
SHOPPING IN BARCELONA
The residents of Barcelona have a style all their own – a subtle mix of bohemian and cosmopolitan fashion – and shopping in the city has the potential to be a shop ‘til you drop experience. Fashion, interior design, food and much more is available throughout the Barcelona’s many shops.
The most popular retail areas are concentrated in the city center and historical area. You can find a number of brand names and department stores. In addition, the winding cobblestone streets of the old city are full of unique boutique shops selling local or one-of-a-kind pieces. There are two “sale seasons” each year – once in winter beginning in the second week of January, and one in summer beginning on July 1st.
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ART & CULTURE IN BARCELONA
Barcelona’s art and culture scene is rich, deeply rooted in history, and morphed by some of the greatest artists who have lived and worked in the Catalonian capital. Museums are abundant – art, culture, science, history, and entertainment – you name it. Exhibition centers are constantly evolving, showcasing contemporary works such as photographs, interactive works or conceptual art, and Barcelona is home to some of Europe’s most prestigious art galleries. Literature has also played a significant role in the city’s history, giving readers a more in-depth understanding of Catalonian culture.
THE GREAT ARTISTS
Some of the world’s greatest artists and creative minds have called Barcelona home. These include Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Antoni Tápies and Antoni Gaudí, among many others. These great minds have – and continue to – shape Barcelona’s artistic development today. You will regularly see elements of their influence throughout the city, in addition to a thriving art scene in galleries and exhibition halls.
Museums such as the Museu Picasso, the Fundació Joan Miró, the Fundació Antoni Tàpies are located right in the city center of Barcelona. In addition, the Dalí Theatre and Museum in Figueres is well worth a day trip.
ARCHITECTURE IN BARCELONA
Barcelona’s architectural riches cover a span of more than 2 000 years and are seamlessly eclectic: Roman, Medieval, Renaissance and Modern. Remnants of the Romans are still felt by the temples, ancient city walls, narrow cobblestone streets, arches and columns. In the Barri Gòtic, you can find architectural designs from the Middle Ages, such as narrow passageways, lively plazas, the impressive Gothic Cathedral La Seu (1289-1460), and the Church Santa Maria del Mar.
From here, move to the main Catalan Art Nouveau, or "modernisme" sights, located mainly in the Eixample neighborhood along the Passeig de Gracia, and most notably created by the whimsical Gaudí and his architectural contemporaries. For a more complete look into this style, the city has organized a tour known as the Ruta del Modernisme.
DINING & NIGHTLIFE IN BARCELONA
A highlight of any trip to Barcelona is experiencing its culinary treasures and exciting nightlife culture. The city is bursting with restaurants, tapas bars, cafes and local marketplaces serving up fresh, local dishes that are sure to impress. With food so central to the social life of the people, it’s no surprise that El Bulli – crowned the “world’s best restaurant” for multiple years at a time – was once located in the northeast corner of Catalonia (before it was reopened as a creativity center in 2014).
Nightlife in Barcelona, like most parts of Spain, is an exciting experience that lasts until sunrise. There are limitless possibilities from bars and taverns with live bands to multi-story clubs featuring world-famous DJs. Start your evening with a sunset cocktail and let the night take you away.
THE UNIQUE CATALAN COOKING
Catalonia’s cooking style is a mix of traditional Spanish cooking, with significant influences from other cultures – both from near and far away. Mediterranean ingredients such as olive oil, fresh vegetables and produce, fish, meat and cheese are the staple ingredients of many dishes. The unique Catalonian gastronomy is linked to both the nearby mountains and the seas and elements from the other areas of Spain such as paella from Valencia, Basque-style pintxos, and Tortilla de Patatas from Andalucía are well-known dishes.
Cured meats reign supreme in all of Spain, and Barcelona is no exception. Jamón (cured ham), fuet, botifarra, and lloganissa (similar to chorizo) are a must-try. For a heartier dish, try Zarzuela de Mariscos, a type of seafood stew made of cuttlefish, prawn, mussels, and sometimes lobster. Fideuà, a twist on paella made with thin noodles instead of rice is a traditional treat, while anchovies are a quintessential Catalan dish. Top off your meal with a Crema Catalana, a dessert made from custard with caramelized sugar. And don’t forget to wash it all down with a glass of delicious Cava (a Catalan version of sparkling wine) or Vermouth.
NIGHTLIFE IN BARCELONA
No matter what part of the city you find yourself in, a good party is never far away. There is something for everyone – you can enjoy tapas and wine at a local bar, dance in the many nightclubs or take a pub-crawl through the streets of Barcelona. Many people start out at Las Ramblas, the pedestrian core of the city center stretching from Placa de Catalunya to the Port Vell. Once the sun goes down, street performers entertain the masses. Stretch out in any direction into the narrow streets of the medieval Old Town.
In the Barri Gòtic, bars and taverns are tucked into dark corners, offering a more authentic nightlife vibe in addition to Irish pubs, regularly attracting younger crowds and tourists. El Born, also near the city center, offers a slightly more sophisticated atmosphere with trendy bars and cafes. On the other side of the spectrum, Raval is a bit edgier and alternative. Visiting in the warm weather? Head to one of the chiringuitos – or, beach bars – to enjoy a cocktail with the ocean breeze and sound of the waves in the background.
FACT BOX: BARCELONA
Time difference: +1
Country code: +34
Languages: Catalan and Spanish.
Spanish Embassy in the US: 2375 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037, United States
United States Embassy in Barcelona: U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Paseo Reina Elisenda de Montcada, 23, 08034 Barcelona, Spain